Matt Burns

Matt Burns
Matt is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch. Matt Burns is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch. His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Monster Deer Block is not made by Monster Cable

    Monster Deer Block is not made by Monster Cable

    Monster Cable has a history of suing companies with the word ‘monster’ in their name. An indoor glow-in-the-dark mininture golf company named Monster Golf felt Monster Cable’s wrath last May. This time, it’s Denco’s apple or sweet corn flavored Monster Deer Block. Why anyone would confuse an overpriced, AV cable and hunting bait is beyond us. So thankfully… Read More

  • McCain, technology, and you

    McCain, technology, and you

    John McCain’s technology plan was released yesterday. Since the plan is from a politician, obviously you might want to approach with skepticism, but click through for our summery. In no way does this reflect the views and/or opinions of Crunchgear, we’re just summarizing the long-ass article for you. Read More

  • DIY "Porteur" rack

    DIY "Porteur" rack

    Perfect for paper boys or urban dwellers, this crafty porteur rack only looks like a 3-beer project. Really, all the rack consists of are metal shelf supports and some elbow grease. The shelve supports should provide ample support while not weighing down the front of the bike too much. Hopefully with this DIY solution, a few more bike messengers can save some coin as their jobs are quickly… Read More

  • Hidden camera clock brings out the spy in all of us

    Hidden camera clock brings out the spy in all of us

    No one will ever expect your tacky clock’s real purphase is spying. For only £37.95, you too can feel like a MI5 agent just like Bond. Just place the clock in the desired location, plug in the wireless receiver to the mains (UK adapter included), connect the receiver to your DVD or TV (cables supplied) and that’s it, your system is ready to go. Now all your spy gear is missing… Read More

  • More Palm Pro pics surface

    More Palm Pro pics surface

    More Palm Pro pics found in a Chinese Palm forum and WMExperts provides us with more tech specs. 400Mhz CPU , but snappy response 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM! (Other reports show “In use: 43.96mb, Free 57.72mb) 320*320 screen GPS Full Tri-band 3G, Quad-band GSM 2 Megapixel camera microUSB connector! 3.5mm Earphone connector 1500mah battery (this is looking like it might actually be… Read More

  • Latest Bond movie pimping a Ford Ka

    Latest Bond movie pimping a Ford Ka

    Nothing screams super-spy, gadget tech like a Ford Ka hatchback: 13-inch rims, 45 mpg, and sexy metallic gold paint job. The last Bond flix had a Euro-spec Ford Mondeo sedan cameo, but Bond’s female counterpart is expected to pilot this European Blue Oval in the Quantum of Solace. Who knows what gadgety is stuffed into the tiny car, but the grill is big enough to house at least four… Read More

  • 'Extreme' National Geographic titles coming to Blu-ray

    'Extreme' National Geographic titles coming to Blu-ray

    National Geographic is bringing a collection of extreme sport clips shot entirelly on IMAX to Blu-ray. The film showcases snowboard, windsurfing, and rock climbing, all shot on high-def’s granddaddy. Blu-ray is the absolutely, perfect medium to showcase IMAX’s 70 mm stock, but how about World’s Wackiest Police Takedowns or When Animals Take Revenge instead of lame… Read More

  • Netflix shipping some DVDs again

    Netflix shipping some DVDs again

    Per Reuters, Online DVD rental pioneer Netflix Inc resumed some shipping on Thursday after the most severe outage in its history stopped distribution to a third of its 8.4 million customers. Some centers began shipping late last night and the company hopes the rest of the centers will resume today. No word if subscribers are going to be compensated but those red-sleeved DVDs… Read More

  • CrazyPC 5.25-inch bay toaster – seriously

    CrazyPC 5.25-inch bay toaster – seriously


    It’s only $29.99 (!!!) and CrazyPC has ‘em in stock.  Fits in a standard 5.25 drive bay Toasts bread in just minutes (bread sold separately) Requires available USB port and 4 pin Molex power connector Attractive aluminum finish face plate Windows based software interface controls variables for time duration and heat intensity (Mac OS version coming soon!) Includes crumb tray… Read More

  • Want an EV car? Build one yourself.

    Want an EV car? Build one yourself.

    You don’t need a $40,000 Chevy Volt to be part of the green crowd. Just convert your current vehicle from gasoline to electric. It might cost you more than the car is worth, but you won’t be sending your bucks overseas.  CNN is showcasing two fellas that did just that. One with a Honda Civic del Sol and the other with a Chevy S-10. Both are now electric and both were converted… Read More

  • XBOX 360's 'Braid' developer banking on game sales

    XBOX 360's 'Braid' developer banking on game sales

    The utter nostalgic simplicity of Braid is making the indie developer swim in a lot of coin. Jonathan Blow’s game has already sold 55,000 copies and at $15 a pop, that works out to an impressive $825,000. Who knows how much he’s getting after Microsoft’s pimp tax but it’s got to be enough to cover his rent.  So what are you waiting for, 55,000 fellow XBOX 360… Read More

  • New Panasonic VIERA plasma said to have 42 year half-life

    New Panasonic VIERA plasma said to have 42 year half-life

    So if a Panasonic VIERA plasma’s screen has a half-life of 42-years, that states that the screen will loss all it’s brightness in 84-years. Or 2093. Or when George Bush VI takes office. Or when we might finally have flying cars. Or when…you get the idea. CEPro presents an interesting question on this claim, “Will you die before your TV?” Hmmm. So even if the… Read More

  • Remote Wake coming to Intel motherboards

    Remote Wake coming to Intel motherboards

    You know Wake-on-LAN? Great tool for IT, but not for the general public. Enter Remote Wake from Intel. This feature takes WOL and ups the ante by allowing VoIP and media server programs to activate a sleeping computer. So if you have a Skype call from your buddy in Amsterdam while you and your computer is sleeping, the ‘puter will turn on and then wake you from your own slumber. Also… Read More

  • Psystar 'Definitely still shipping' Mac clones

    Psystar 'Definitely still shipping' Mac clones

    Despite Apple’s end user licensing agreement expressly forbidding the installation or sales of its operating systems on third-party hardware, Psystar is ‘still shipping‘ the computers. And don’t forget they now come with a restore disk. via Information Week Read More

  • Netflix having shipping issues

    Netflix having shipping issues

    Email sent out to all 8.4 million Netflix subscribers today. Jim Goldman, CNBC, dug a little deeper and found out that Netflix is having, having severe system issues on our shipping Accroding to his Netflix source, the company didn’t ship any DVDs on Tuesday, only a few Wednesday, and none so far today. We’ll pass on the latest news as soon as we get it. No Dark Crystal for… Read More

  • Polo Ralph Lauren to launch 'shop by cell phone' in US – What?!?

    Polo Ralph Lauren to launch 'shop by cell phone' in US – What?!?


    Image source: Cellular-news Picture it now. A Ralph Lauren boardroom full of green MBAs, ripe in their late twenties, tweeting away on their iPhones. Suddenly, one of the suits light bulb pops on: “Gentleman, we need to embrace the online marketplace and provide our customers innovative shopping solutions.” (Those playing the corporate drinking game can now take three… Read More

  • NBC equipped with 500 terabytes for '08 Olympic Games

    NBC equipped with 500 terabytes for '08 Olympic Games

    There is a nausiating amount of ’08 Olympic video coverage this year, and all we really want to watch is a little Table Tennis. There is so much video recording that for every 24 hour day, there is 212 hours being recorded onto massive media servers. Seagate hooked NBC up with 20 Omneon MediaDeck servers that hold a total of 500,000 gigabytes, or 500 terabytes, for the task. Plus, while… Read More

  • Lian Li producing DIY XBOX 360 case – PC-XB01

    Lian Li producing DIY XBOX 360 case – PC-XB01

    XBOX 360 getting a little hot? Tired of losing sleep over the Red Ring ‘of Death? DIY’ers might want to pick up the $150 Lian Li PC-XB01 chassis. Simply (yeah right) remove all of the XBOX 360′s innards and install ‘em into this new case for a cool operation thanks to the included 120mm rear fan. Hardcore gamers, or cooling freaks, can even install a water cooling system. Read More

  • Logitech gobbling up Ultimate Ears

    Logitech gobbling up Ultimate Ears

    Looks like Logitech wants some of the consumer and professional headphone pie. The ware maker is already one of the top dogs in the accessory biz, but with the now-upcoming acquiation of Ultimate Ears for $34 million cash, Logitech is going to be able to have their pie and eat it too. This expansion seems like a great fit for Logitech’s lackluster headphone… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: Verizon FiOS

    CrunchDeal: Verizon FiOS

    It’s a pity that not everyone can get Verizon’s FiOS but for those in the service area, now might be a good time to look at the service. New customers can score either a free year of a HD DVR or HD Home Media DVR. Current subscribers can upgrade and get a free month of HBO and Cinemax; sucks that current customers always get shafted. The offer is good through October 4. Sounds like… Read More