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.

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  • DIY: A cheap flash diffuser

    Properly controlling your dSLR’s flash is a good first step in becoming a great photographer. Most dSLR’s flashes are just so harsh and external flashes are just so expensive, so what’s a photographer on a budget to do? A little help from a piece of Velum and a piece of tape is all you need to diffuse the built-in flash. Eventually though, you are going to have to cave to… Read More

  • Obama's presidential limo revealed and it's a beast

    Technology has made leaps and bounds since the last President was inaugurated so it’s only right that Obama gets a new ride. “The Beast” as it has been dubbed, is still a Cadillac but not one you can buy off the shelf. Of course it’s heavily modified and some claim that it can keep rolling even after a direct hit from a rocket propelled grenade, but even the style… Read More

  • Best Buy to get the Palm Pre exclusively?

    If the latest Internet rumor is true, Best Buy Mobile is going to be the only place – besides Sprint stores – you will be able to pick up the hot Palm Pre. It seems that the boys in blue will have an exclusive for 60 days. While this is just a rumor, it isn’t unrealalistic and might work in Sprint’s favor. The two worked together last summer on the Samsung Instinct… Read More

  • Gigantic Stargate SG-1 LEGO ship available on eBay

    Star Wars isn’t the only franchises with LEGO-loving fans. This massive Asgard Beliskner-class battleship proves there is at least one for the Stargate world. The 5L X 6W x 2T foot model has a buy it now options of $3500 and so far – cause the auction is still up – no one has purchased it. I’m thinking it would take a pretty big Stargate SG-1 fan to purchase this… Read More

  • The Sony VAIO P unboxed

    The Sony VAIO P is only available for pre-order here in the States, but the lucky chaps at Akihabara News already have a retail model right from Sony. In true Internet geek fashion they have a large unboxing slideshow for your gadget pr0n fetish. Go get ’em while their hot. Read More

  • Polls: Has the FCC done enough to promote the analog switch off?

    The transition from analog to digital broadcasts is just over one month away and some peeps on the Internet are getting a little antsy. Some say that the FCC and appropriate agencies have not done enough to prepare Grandma Patsy and Uncle bob. Personally, I don’t know what else can be done. It seems there is a ad spot nearly every commercial break about the subject during primetime.and… Read More

  • The 'don't call it a netbook' Sony VAIO P is now available for pre-order

    If the svelte VAIO P is your next computer, Sony has now started the pre-order. Sony is ready to take your money even though the little lappy will not ship until February. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Seagate 1.5TB HDD for $129 (no rebates)

    No matter how you feel about Seagate’s reliability, you have to admit that this is a heck of a deal. For only $129, you get a 1.5TB drive with a 32MB buffer. What a steal! Better hurry, these Amazon deals usually don’t hang around that long. Read More

  • Yet another Comcast FAIL post

    We’ve all had bad experiences with Comcast but hopefully no one’s coax network looks like this one in a Hanover, MD neighborhood. According to the Baltimore Sun, Comcast techs ran cables in such a way that they are simply laying on sidewalks and over a couple of driveways. Then there is the cable junction box cluster *uck shown in the picture above. And it was installed like that… Read More

  • US-bound Nintendo DSi priced and dated?

    According to the latest Internet rumor, American gamers will be able to get their hands on the Nintendo DSi on April 4th for $179. That date is significantly before the summer release that Nintendo had perviously stated but the handheld is selling like Hello Kitty panties in Japan so it only makes sense to launch it here as soon as possible. Read More

  • Blockbuster teams with Sonic Solutions to stream videos

    Blockbuster made good on it’s word to launch a streaming media platform before the end of 2008 and now BB is launching a computer-based movie streaming service just like Netflix. Actually, I’m sure a PR tool will be quick to point out via a nasty email that this service isn’t ‘just like Neflix’, but come on, it is. Read More

  • Dev Team teases iPod Touch 2G owners with redsn0w preview

    Yellowsn0w, the illustrious iPhone 3G jailbreaking software, launched at the beginning of this month and the Dev Team is already toiling hard at their next release. Even though the group hasn’t officially announced that redsn0w is the iPod Touch 2G jailbreaking software, it more than likely is. When Apple stuffed a better CPU into the latest Touch, it broke the original jailbreaking… Read More

  • Dell set to unleash killer smartphone?

    The smartphone market used to be reserved just to business types and nerds, but now everyone wants an iPhone or Palm Pre; Dell likely wants a piece of that action and might have a smartphone ready. It could be unveiled as soon next month at 3GSM or the Mobile World Congress. But does Dell have the goods needed to make a killer smartphone that stands out from the cool kids? The Palm Pre made a… Read More

  • Video: A stupendously exciting demo of Ford's Sync 3.0

    Ford and Microsoft has been hard at work upgrading their lovechild named Sync 3.0. The latest version upgrades simply adds more features but maintains the easy-to-use voice-activated system. Simply press the button on the steering wheel and say one of the pre-recorded commands. That’s it. Simple and easy. Exciting video demo after the break. Read More

  • Video: First drive of Ford's 140mpg Plug-in Escape

    After a quick breathalyzer test at 11:30 am, we were granted access for a spin in Ford’s upcoming escape. Overall, we came away impressed with the drive but curious about the plug-in’s price will be set at for the 2012 model year. Will it be higher than the seemingly inferior Chevy Volt? Ford’s being tight lipped ’bout it probably while it surveys the… Read More

  • Ruh-Roh. Sony might post first loss in 14 years and it would be a biggie.

    Sony has successfully stayed in the black ever since the mid-eighties but it looks like a $1.1 billion dollars loss will be recorded with red ink. Previously, Sony had stated that company was recession-proof but it only makes sense that consumers would buy less TVs and mobile electronics if they were loosing their homes. Update: maybe not? Read More

  • 2010 Honda Insight pictured inside and out

    Honda recently unveiled the second generation Honda Insight and we spend sometime with the Prius-look alike. The interior has a futuristic look that you know was done on a budget thanks to the cheap plastic. The dash cluster is not only fun, but functional, with the tach center located and the speedo housed alone above the main instruments. The radio and HVAC controls continues the plastic… Read More

  • AMEX Digital BD-P1 – a cheap Hong-Kong made Blu-ray player

    DVD wasn’t a success until that first Christmas when players were available for less than $40 and Blu-ray’s success probably weighs on a similar price barrier. Chinese manufacturers are certainly here to help and prices are slowly dropping to the Wal-Mart-acceptable level with the AMEX Digital BD-P1 as the latest no-name player that might be headed to the retailer. On paper, it… Read More

  • Hold your breath! Report states iPhone Nano coming in June!

    According to Chinese-language Economic Daily News a chip manufacturer is going to receive microchip orders from Apple sometime in March which must mean that we should see an iPhone Nano sometime around June. Right? It must. Maybe. Read More

  • WTF is this? Fiberglass poop on wheels?

    I found this abomination in the North Hall at CES. I don’t know what the hell it is nor what random company commissioned this disaster. I was too dumbstruck to get any details. Who care anyway? Gallery after the jump. Read More