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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  • Popular Science's open call for 'Best of' Awards

    Popular Science's open call for 'Best of' Awards

    PR agencies, corporations, inventors and home tinkers, the time is upon you to submit your latest invention to Popular Science. The ever so popular “Best of What’s New Award” judging is about to begin but they want to make sure they see, well, everything. Anyone can enter, but it isn’t free and you should remember that past winners include the iPhone from last year… Read More

  • Yamaha BD2900 Blu-ray player leaked

    Yamaha BD2900 Blu-ray player leaked

    CEDIA is right around the corner, so AV heads can count on a slew of new high-def gear dropping and Yamaha isn’t disappointing. Word is that their latest Blu-ray player — the BD2900 — should drop in November, packed to the chassis full of goodies. 1080p/24fps-compatible HDMI, 12-bit Deep Colour, BONUSVIEW, and other standard fair for high-end equipment. In fact, there… Read More

  • Cannonball Run ready Audi R8 'Blackbird'

    Cannonball Run ready Audi R8 'Blackbird'

    This isn’t Burt Reynolds car. There are so many gadgets seamless built into this Audi R8 that it blows our, and Alex Roy’s, mind. If there ever was a car built specifically for underground, coast-to-coast, high-speed racing, this is it. Kind of makes you wonder if it was built to beat Roy’s 31 hour, 4 minute New York to Santa Monica Pier run. What we think is the… Read More

  • Rock Band 2 XBOX 360 Bundle not coming 'till October?

    Rock Band 2 XBOX 360 Bundle not coming 'till October?

    Rock Band groupies aren’t going to like this. It seems that Harmonix has pushed the Rock Band 2 XBOX 360 Bundle Edition’s early release back to October 19. For those not keeping track, that was the date the standalone game was shipping for all platforms.  Originally, a wanna-be-rock’r could pick up the program a month early on September 14, but that person would have to… Read More

  • Linux, Mac, & Windows XBMC port coming – Codename Atlantis

    Linux, Mac, & Windows XBMC port coming – Codename Atlantis

    XBMC, the undisputed, heavyweight champion of media centers, is finally being cross-ported with a simultaneous release. The upcoming release for Linux, Mac, Windows, and the Xbox should launch in two months, with an Alpha 3 release right around the corner for a bug hunting. Once this monumental feat happens though, the sky is certain to open up with beams of heavenly light shining down… Read More

  • NAB approves four-week quiet period around DTV switch

    NAB approves four-week quiet period around DTV switch

    Sssh. This is strictly hush-hush. The National Association of Broadcasters have passed a four-week ‘quite period’ that should maintain analog signals before and after the national shutoff date of February 17, 2009. From the sounds of it, the majority of the networks have signed the action –CBS is one notable exception – which will give procrastination Americans two… Read More

  • Fluid Digital's latest media server rocks Media Server TV Pack

    Fluid Digital's latest media server rocks Media Server TV Pack

    Remember how Microsoft is only sending the TV Pack upgrade to OEM partners and not allow end-users an upgrade path? Fluid Digital is one of those OEMs and it seems they are one of the first companies annoucing availability. Their updated quad-tuner equipped servers will be available sometime later this year and will, of course, have ClearQAM capabilities thanks to the Media Server TV Pack. Read More

  • DIY HDTV tin foil antenna

    DIY HDTV tin foil antenna

    Not to ‘geek up’ the site or anything, but check out this DIY HDTV antenna. We can’t vouch for the strength of it, but what do you have to lose? It’s not like there is anything on TV these days nor does it cost anything but a bit of tinfoil and a couple of metal clothes hangers. Go ahead and give it a try. We have an thousand bonus points going to the first AV nerd… Read More

  • Broadband adoption slowing down

    Broadband adoption slowing down

         Photo Source: Flickr American households aren’t hook’n up to broadband access like they used to says Wired. The adoption rate here in the States is at a seven year low and it seems that prices are to blame. With $4 gas and Ramen Noodle dinners, high-speed access mustn’t feel like a necessity anymore. So what’s a struggling provider to do? How about… Read More

  • Plasma TVs face tough 'green' regulations down under

    Plasma TVs face tough 'green' regulations down under

    Most gadgetphiles know that plasmas use more energy than LCDs but the Australian government want all of their citizens to know too. The government is rolling out a system currently in place for other household appliances but aimed this time at televisions. The vast majority of plasmas aren’t going to fair very well, and even some might be banned from sale. A Panasonic director indicated… Read More

  • Psystar shipping Leopard Restore Disk

    Psystar shipping Leopard Restore Disk

    Pretty cut and dry. Persons that purchased one of Psystar’s OS X-equiped computers will receive a restore disk thus removing one of the large critizems of the companies systems. Previously, customers had to ship their Mac clones back to the company for OS re-installs. Oh, and the disks are free. Just fill out a form and either fax or snail-mail it back to Psystar. Details Read More

  • Bang & Olufsen sound coming to Mercedes-AMG cars

    Bang & Olufsen sound coming to Mercedes-AMG cars

    We can’t think of a more fitting partnership than sticking ridiculous overpriced and over-engineered Bang & Olufsen speakers into a ridiculous overpriced and over-engineered Mercedes-AMG motorcar. The gadget gods above must be smiling down that two of their greatest creations are finally working together. B&O-equiped cars have been rolling around for a while now — notably… Read More

  • Mummy 3 better on Blu-ray than in cinema says director

    Mummy 3 better on Blu-ray than in cinema says director

    Rob Cohen, director of such Hollywood blockbusters like Stealth, The Fast and the Furious, and most recently, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, thinks Blu-ray shows off his latest creation better than the theater. According to Cohen, the post-production makes the visual effects pop on the high-def media. “Things that are dimensional, like the dragon lunging at the camera, in… Read More

  • Jointech throws down the $99 J-PRO JL7100 'Mini Laptop'

    Jointech throws down the $99 J-PRO JL7100 'Mini Laptop'

    Who says that inflation is driving up the cost of everything? ‘Cause what we have here is a bona fide laptop-ish computer for less than a $100: the Jointech J-PRO JL7100. Sure, it might come from a company we haven’t heard of either, loaded with Windows CE 5.0, and sporting a 7-inch VGA screen, but it’s only a 100 bones. For those still with us, this little guy is equipped with… Read More

  • Microsoft Media Center TV Pack gets official

    Microsoft Media Center TV Pack gets official

    The latest upgrade to WMC, codename Fiji, is finally official. We’ll try not to harp on Microsoft to bad about the Windows Media Center TV Pack, but honestly, that’s kind of hard as the pack isn’t what it was suppose to be. Missing is the DirecTV and H.264 video compression support. More importantly though, the good folks at Redmond choose not to allow home theater PC… Read More

  • Walmart increased HDTV sales during July

    Walmart increased HDTV sales during July

    Walmart might lack the style and class of other electronic establishments, but the retail uber-giant realized an July increase of entertainment merchandise. This was led by flat-panel TVs along with video game and digital media. While you might not want to admit to your A/V snob friends, Walmart does offer most decent models at, well, everyday low prices. We aren’t here to debate the… Read More

  • Vonage apparently not so attractive anymore

    Vonage apparently not so attractive anymore

    Times are tough for Vonage right now as they struggle to gain new customers. During the second quarter of this year, Vonage only signed up 2,080 new customers compared with 56,691 from the same quarter last year. Their struggles boil down to a lack of advertising cashflow, as well as what we can imagine a tremendous competition increase. There was a time when Vonage’s snarky… Read More

  • 32 GB flash coming from Toshiba by Christmas

    32 GB flash coming from Toshiba by Christmas

    Toshiba is prepared to roll out their latest and greatest NAND flash chips produced with the 43-nanometer process. These 32GB drives should hit the production lines in the fourth quarter after samples are made available in September. So if our math is right, they will work their way into your next-gen PMPs, mobile phones, and/or anything else that simply must contain that much memory… Read More