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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  • The Poulsen Hybrid electric kit can zip most compact cars into the future

    Plug-in electric vehicles might, one day, be a big hit but the Poulsen Hybrid kit will allow compact car owners a piece of the action early. The upgrade works by incorporating two electric motors on each of the drive shaft-equipped wheels in a moon rover-type fashion. (FWD or RWD compatible) These motors do not drive the wheels entirely but rather provides an extra gas saving boost… Read More

  • Nintendo makes $6 per Wii sold; Mario swimming Scrooge McDuck style

    According to David Gibson a number cruncher at Macquarie Securities, Nintendo is raking in the cash with the Wii at $6 a pop. Nearly 19 million Wii’s have been sold this year alone which works out to be a $114M profit for the gaming company. So yeah, if that profit estimate is correct, Nintendo is doing O.K. in these rough economic conditions. Considering Microsoft and Sony have had… Read More

  • Apple now shipping in-ear heaphones

    Can you believe that Apple announced its near-audiophile grade in-ear headphones way back on September 9th, 2008 and they are just now shipping to customers? Crazy. A refresher is probably appropriate since they were announced nearly three months ago. Read More

  • Onkyo HDC-1L HTPC/netop: now with less audiophile goodies

    The first-gen Onkyo hasn’t exactly made a splash in the HTPC market – do you know anyone that owns one? – but maybe the new models will help the home theater namesake penetrate more markets. By ditching audiophile-grade amplifier along with a DAC, the price has dropped from 200,00 yen ($2,149) to 59,800 ($643) which should spur some sales. Still, the netop is… Read More

  • PS3 2.53 firmware finally shows up and enables full screen Flash

    It took a while, but the full-screen Flash 2.53 PS3 firmware is available for your updating. So yeah, now, after the long holiday weekend, you can watch YouTube videos full screen on you TV. Exciting. Available via System Update. Read More

  • Apple's 24-inch LED Cinema Display (finally) unboxed

    It’s been a while (10/14/08) since Apple first announced the next version of the Cinema Display but with the display now shipping, unboxing pics have surfaced. The LED-powered display looks just like it did when we first peeped it way back on October 14. The display hasn’t revealed any unannounced features but the lack of a power brick is a welcomed surprise. AppleInsider also… Read More

  • LaCie intros the CurrenKey: a flash drive destined to be lost

    Flash drives are easy enough to lose when they actually look like a piece of technology so why even buy LaCie‘s CurrenKey ’cause you know its going to get lost anyway. It looks like a coin, for goodness sake. The USB 2.0 drive is even constructed out of metal so it’s going to feel like a coin, too. Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand unboxed

    The BlockBuster OnDemand set-top streamer is now available and for those interested in the nitty gritty, here are some of the first screen caps and product shots by Dave Zatz. So far it seems like the set-top box is just your average, post-beta but not quite production ready device. The big surprise for me is that Blockbuster OnDemand is not purely a streaming service. Video can be played… Read More

  • My Mojo HD is gone

    What a bad day. Long story but to top it off, Mojo HD is gone. My TiVo just informed me that the station has been removed from my Comcast lineup. No more Zane Lamprey on the best, damn drinking TV show ever: Three Sheets. MojoHD, previously InHD, was a pioneer in the HD world with one of the first 100% HD lineup but now that almost every mainstream station has a high-def feed, the suits in… Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand coming to Blu-ray players (PS3?), too

    Blockbuster went official with plans for a set-top streaming box last week and now the company CEO is stating that the same capability will soon be available in Blu-ray players as well. Allegedly this option will be available in the first quarter of 2009 but what player is going to have the option? The Playstation 3 perhaps? Read More

  • This is why I don't shop on Black Friday

     http://www.liveleak.com/e/f59_1227894726 Here is a prime example of America’s incessant spending habits. They were fighting over Wal-Mart’s Xbox 360 Arcade Guitar Hero 3 bundle for $199, BTW. Insane. No wonder there was fatalities yesterday. Read More

  • MSI Windbox is a VESA-mount's best friend

    MSI deserves a round of high-fives for the Windbox. Generally, all-in-one computers tend to be pricey and stick owners with limited LCD screen options so the Windbox’s mounting solution just makes so much sense. The nettop is a slim-line PC that affixes to the standard LCD VESA mounting holes allowing owners to choose their monitor. Read More

  • Princeton Japan intros a massive 5TB NAS

    Princeton Japan has a NAS for you torrent freaks. The DN-503AH-PDC (wow) ships with 5TB storage capacity that support RAID 0/1/5/6 configurations. All the standard NAS features are present, including 10/1000 Ethernet and hot-swappable HDDs. The NAS has a December Japanese launch slated but hopefully U.S. downloaders will get a chance to fill it as well. Read More

  • Nikon breaks the D3x's cover

    There once was a time that companies could keep upcoming products under wraps until they were announced in traditional press releases and product catalogs; remember those days? Then the Internet came around and everyone lost company loyalty with spy shots and product leaks, but maybe Nikon actually went back to the ‘ol days with the Nikon D3x. Read More

  • Pioneer announces the BDR-S03J 8x Blu-ray burner; still a while away

    In case Sony’s 8x Blu-ray recorder isn’t for you, Pioneer is soon to have its own super-fast Blu-ray PC burner. The BDR-03J can author Blu-ray media at 8x speeds, DVD-R at 16x and CD-Rs at 32x; not that you’re burning the later that much anymore. The serial-ATA optical drive is dropping in Japan sometime in January, but will hopefully hitch a ride ‘cross the Pacific… Read More

  • Don't forget about Cyber Monday!

    Black Friday gets all the press but Cyber Monday might have just as good deals this year. The Monday after Thanksgiving was dubbed Cyber Monday a few years ago retailers started offering Black Friday-ish deals following the big shopping weekend. According to Shopzila 84 percent of online retailers plan on having a promotion this year so expect some good deals from retailers like Newegg, Buy… Read More

  • Help me find a quality Apple-friendly keyboard

    Well, I’ve burned through another Apple keyboard. The last one lasted about year. Not too bad, but I’m sick of buying ’em and I have been searching for a high-quality model with no success. What I’m looking for is something with-non membrane keys that’s equipped with an Apple key and volume control. Das Keyboard would be my ideal choice but some reviews state… Read More

  • Why Microsoft should make the ZunePhone

    The Zune phone rumor is rearing its nasty Steve Ballmer head again thanks to a CNBC report talking about a device codenamed, “Pink.” Instead of simply dismissing this old rumor again, it might have some truth to it as the mobile world has changed significantly since the last time a ZunePhone rumor circulated. The iPhone is the U.S.’s best selling mobile phone of all… Read More

  • Pixel Qi developing tech for longer mobile battery life

    While the world is still waiting for the $75 laptop, the same company is working on a raising cell phone and notebook battery life to 20-40 hours. We’re not dogging Pixel Qi for trying to develop killer tech, but all it seems the start-up is good at is writing press releases at this time. As for the laptop battery life, it’s extended due to a new screen technology that reduces… Read More

  • Are you doorbusting this Black Friday?

    Most agree that this years Black Friday so-called deals kind of.. well.. suck. Sure, there are a few Blu-ray players around the $150 mark and Wal-Mart has an old Magnavox for $128. Every retailer has a $99 GPS along with a wide selection of cheap flash memory, but those are not worth sleep deprivation alone. Best Buy is trying to pawn off a 50-inch 720p plasma and Circuit City’s… Read More