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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  • Paramount Wireless enters the world of earphones with iHarmonix

    New earphones. Yay. Just what the world needs.  The Platinum Series The ‘higher-end’ line that includes cell phone control. The i-Series has an in-line mic and a multi-function button for phone and music control. The ev-Series drops the mic but retains the volume and playback control. The e-Series is just the earphones. $59.99, $59.99, & $49.99, respectively. The Style… Read More

  • Unmanned aerial drones to patrol US Canada border

    The good ‘ol United States of America is going to employ Predator drones on the US Canada border within a few days. The unmanned arial drones have been used for years on the southern Mexican border, but they are now needed to keep a watchful eye on Canadians seeing that the US has a booming jobs market. After all, we need to keep Canadians from defecting as it’s common knowledge… Read More

  • Logitech outs the Comfort Lapdesk – looks comfy

    Who hasn’t burned their legs while enjoying the ‘portability’ of a notebook? Or done the notebook squeezed between the legs balancing act. Yeah, not fun but the new Logitech Comfort Lapdesk should keep the burning notebook off your legs. Logitech combined multiple heat dispersing tactics to make ensure the repose of the Comfort Lapdesk user: multiple heat shields… Read More

  • Semi-confirmed: Wal-Mart to sell the iPhone this month

    Wal-Mart iPhone rumors have been swirling for a while now, but the rumor is no more – hopefully. The gigantic, behemoth, monstrous, small-town killing retailer will sell the iPhone this month according to a Bloomberg and Reuters report. Exact details aren’t available like launch date, staffing, and if a 4GB model will be sold. Eh, we’ll find out all those details shortly. Read More

  • Apple MacTablet / Netbook rumors spin back up

    Macworld is right around the corner and so the insufferable rumor mill is powering back up. Apple might launch some sort of tablet/netbook in a few weeks and according to a Computer World blog wrote by 9to5Mac editor, chances are it will be powered by ARM system. Apple has an internal PA Semi team working on future ARM chips for the iPhone/iPod Touch ARM chips cost an order of magnatude less… Read More

  • TiVo Netflix HD hands-on

    The TiVo Fall update that dropped yesterday had a little somethin-somthin hidden under the hood. Netflix is now up and ready; HD content included. So far I’m impressed. The interface is TiVo-familiar. High-def content queues up almost instantly verses the Xbox’s near-almost present lag. Picture quality is good- not great, but good. Three things though, TiVo. Read More

  • TiVo rolls out Series 3/HD fall update; Amazon Unbox HD not included

    TiVo Series 3 and HD owners woke up to the Fall update today. There are a few, slight UI changes that owners should greatly appreciate. Primarily, the main menu is better labeled with Video On Demand and Music, Photos & Showcases taking the place of Find Programs & Downloads, Music, Photos, Product, & More, and Showcases headings. Might seem like a minor bump but… Read More

  • Microsoft geeks it up with retro tees

    There isn’t a better way to proclaim your love for everything Microsoft than a faux 80’s t-shirt. These shirts are part of the same campaign that encouraged everyone to show their creepy, YouTube side and state that they are a PC. Too bad they aren’t official Microsoft digs otherwise they might be a hit with nerdy hipsters. Official name: softwear. Lame. Read More

  • Convert an old Xbox 360 HD DVD drive into a gun laser sight

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    Go grab that Xbox 360 HD DVD drive and give it new life with this mod. What you’re going to do is rip it apart and make a sweet-ass laser pointer/gun sight/cat teaser. It’s not like you’re ever going to use it again. Look at it. It’s just sitting there, mocking your early-adapting ass. Oh… Read More

  • Dell jacks up the price of Windows XP

    Dell has been offering Windows XP as an alternative to Vista for a while, but the price just took a jump. Instead of a modest fee, consumers now need to pay $150 for the older operating system. Thankfully though, this option is now available on some Inspiron systems instead of Dell’s previous practice of only offering OS choices on its business systems. Either Dell decided to cash… Read More

  • Incipio's Lloyd adds a microphone to your 4G iPod Nano

    iPod microphone add-ons have been around for…well…as long as the iPod and Incipio has a refreshed model dubbed Lloyd for the new(er) iPod Nano. It simply snaps onto the bottom located dock connector and even features a pass-through headphone jack. All this goodness, including noise reducing design, can be yours for only $17.95. Read More

  • Kevin Rose's top 10 gift for geeks

    The Internet’s wunderkind released what he feels are the top 10 gifts for geeks this year. It’s worth while, to be honest. I didn’t even knew that there was a washer/dryer-safe USB drive but that’s #2. I can vouch for #9; great tool. Check it out. Read More

  • Careful. These USB dinos might not be as cuddly as they look.

    Novelty USB flash drives drives are a dime a dozen these days, but there is something about these fire-breathing dragons that are just so damn cute. Look at ’em! They are available in a verity of colors and all have a flexible silicone lid that flips open to reveal the USB port. Could be a great stocking stuffing at only $21.95 for a 4GB dino. X-Treme Geek via Technabob Read More

  • True gamer T-Shirts that everyone will love

    These certainly will not get you laid but boy are they clever. $18-$20. Read More

  • US-bound Denon DVD-A1UDCI universal Blu-ray player priced

    Denon outed the amazing DVD-A1UDCI Blu-ray player – which we predicted back at CEDIA – just the other day and thankfully, us here in the States will not have to deal with the exchange rate. You see, the European model carries a MSRP of 4,000 Euros which works out to be a whopping $5,800 in US dollars. The US-bound model, however, will sell for only (LOL) $3,800 which works out to… Read More

  • CarJack Streets – a GTA clone for the iPhone

     
    Who doesn’t wanna play the original top-view, Grand Theft Auto on their iPhone. Carjack Streets might be the closest thing we get and while it’s not out yet, seems promising. Scheduled to come out in January or February of ’09. Read More

  • OCZ adds eSATA in Throttle flash drives for quicker pr0n transfers

    USB 2.0 was great a few years ago when flash drives were measured in megabytes but now that they are reaching double-digit gigabytes, the interface can be a tad slow. OCZ understands that and hooked its latest flash drive up with eSATA for the main interface. Thanks to eSATA, the Throttle can read at 90MB per second and write at 30MB. That speed is fast enough to playback HD material, according… Read More

  • U.S. soldiers stationed in Japan getting a monster time-shifting DVR

    We feel for soldiers stationed abroad. It’s hard enough to watch Desperate Housewives without the Misses, but it also comes on at a weird time ’cause of the time difference. Allied Telesis Capital is helping our soldiers with a gigantic time-shifting device that will broadcast U.S. television programs at the right time on the right day kind of like a super TiVo. Read More

  • Traveling to Switzerland? Stay in nuclear bunker. It's cheap.

    Hotel accommodations these days are too opulent. Who needs central heat and carpet? No one. Only the Wall Street fat cats, that is. Real people stay at this converted nuclear bunker zero-star hotel that offers rooms for only £6. They even provide you with a a hot water bottle heating system and a bed to sleep on for that price! I know, what a good deal. Plus, if you’re lucky… Read More

  • Uh-oh. Adviser says Obama's an iPod guy

    Just when you thought President-Elect Obama could buck the common trend and be his own man by sporting a Zune, a close adviser states he’s an iPod fanboy. Sorry, Zune boys. It looks like your main man isn’t that big of a maverick after all. Instead, he clarified Obama’s position as an Apple fan and an owner of an iPod, which he most often uses when working out. Zune or iPod… Read More