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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  • GeForce 9400M to rescue the Intel Atom?

    The Achilles heal of Intel Atom powered netbooks/nettops is that the graphic power sucks. Hopefully, that will change with an on-motherboard GeForce GPU 9400M. That graphics chip is the same found in Apple’s latest MacBooks and should help improve the lackluster Intel Atom’s graphic performance. Read More

  • Sony axing 16,000 jobs and $1.1 billion in costs

    It’s rough out there. Sony is scaling back operations and cutting 16k jobs worldwide as the electronics firm’s sales slows during the econimic downturn. 8,000 of the cut jobs would come from regular workers and the other half would be from temporary and contract workers. The entire cut will account for only 4% of the total workforce. These lay-offs are to be expected as… Read More

  • Poll: Are you going to buy The Dark Knight

    I can’t tell you the last DVD/Blu-ray I purchased. It might have been the Matrix years ago, but I’m going to run out and buy The Dark Knight Blu-ray in a few minutes. I don’t know what it is, but I want that disc. Maybe I wanna be in on the best selling title of all time race. Don’t get me wrong, it was an amazing movie, but I don’t have much desire to watch it again. Read More

  • Confirmed: Sony to launch Playstation Home by the end of 2008

    The United Kingdom’s Times claimed Sony would be launching the Playstation Home next week and it seems they might be right. SCEA has confirmed with site Joystiq that the launch is almost here. “We’ve been saying it will launch by the end of calendar year 2008,” PlayStation Home director, Jack Buser, responded when asked about a December release. “And… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Woot Off!

    Woot understands that you have some last minute Christmas shopping left so it’s a great time for a Woot Off! I, for one, am hoping for some female persuasion gifts. Maybe Woot will Coach purse. Maybe? Probably not. Oh, well. Happy Woot’n. Read More

  • Honda done with F1 Racing and reallocating funds to ECO car development

    There was a time when winning races on Sunday meant sales on Monday, but the general populous might have moved from that mentality as the race cars drifted farther from production models. Honda is the latest in a long line of car manufacturers to refocus into developing economic cars and withdrew from Formula One racing today – totally. Read More

  • Review: Hitachi DZ-BD10HA Blu-Ray camcorder

    Short Version: A versatile HD camcorder that’s perfect for home videos, but not so much for budding video professionals. Read More

  • 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
    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