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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  • Longer life lithium-ion batteries coming to a hybrid near you

    Hybrid and plug-in vehicles have been plagued by poor battery performance in the past. The next-gen rides simply do not offer that much MPG improvement because of the lackluster batteries, but LG Chem and STMicroeclectronics are working on something new. By harnessing a more powerful and efficient battery management chip, they hope to improve lithium-ion batteries enough… Read More

  • It seems the latest Mac firmware doesn't fix the 4GB RAM issues

    Apple sent out new firmware yesterday that was suppose to fix a few items in the latest MacBook Pro. Early reports indicate that it doesn’t seem to fix the RAM issues though. James Kendrick, from jkOnTheRun, is indicating that his system still freezes and locks up with 4GB of RAM installed. Anyone else experiencing the same? Read More

  • AT&T now offering iPhone at-home activation

    It seems that Apple has loosened its iron grip on the iPhone by letting AT&T not only sell the phone online, but also allowing consumers to self-activate it at home. Crazy, I know. Previously, the phone could purchased online, but you still had to trek to a AT&T or Apple location for activation. It actually works out well for gift giving. Good luck trying to activate on Christmas Day. Read More

  • Dell intros the OptiPlex 160 Tiny Desktop Computer; it's a nettop

    Dell is jumping into the world of tiny Intel Atom-powered desktops with the OptiPlex 160. There really isn’t anything fancy or special about this nettop. It lacks an optical drive but has the standard Atom CPU, Gigabit Ethernet, Wifi, and a trio of hard drive options including a 160GB HDD, 64GB SSD, or 20GB “Ultra Performance” drive. Prices start out $536 for the base… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Panasonic Blu-ray player and 6 titles for $209

    Blu-ray players are starting to take off thanks to killer deals like this one. Amazon is running a deal on the Panasonic DMP-BD35K with four Warner Blu-ray titles through December 13. But that alone isn’t good enough to be considered a CrunchDeal. Thankfully, Panasonic is throwing in Ratatouille and The Nightmare Before Christmas via a rebate which makes it worthwhile. Panasonic… Read More

  • iPhone hope? Pastebud bringing Copy and Paste between Safari and Mail

     
    Ladies and Germs, we have news. Copy and Paste might finally come to your iPhone. This clever method bypasses the App Store by utilizing two Javascript bookmarks and web services that don’t require any software installation. The service, dubbed Pastebud, is launching tomorrow and according to the video above, seems to work well. Perfect? Nope, but a hella big step forward. Read More

  • Monster Cable outs the Beats by Dr. Dre LeBron James custom edition

    Monster Cable is out to make money with the Beats by Dr. Dre with another special edition. These cans are equipped the same innards of the standard black edition, but sport a custom LeBron James #23 paint job. Only 20 of these ‘phones have been made with 15 of ’em going to King James’ Cavalier teammates so chances are you will never, ever be able to rock these. Sorry. There… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: hhgregg accepting Circuit City gift cards through February

    Electronics retailer hhgregg will now accept Circuit City gift cards through Super Bowl Sunday, 2009. The small print is that the cards can only be applied to 20% of the total purchase price and they cannot be used online. Other than that, go at it. If you have some Circuit City gift cards laying around and nothing to spend them – or your local Circuit City closed shop – head on… Read More

  • Buying a cheap HDTV could cost you in the long run, says home theater specialists

    I this conversation with my mother-in-law last weekend. Her, “So this Curtis Mathes LCD isn’t any good? You sure, ’cause they are a good brand.” Me, not looking directly in her Medusa-like eyes, “Nope.” And today, I find that the Home Theater Specialist of America warns against purchasing a cheap HDTVs. You know they are serious ’cause they are… Read More

  • Office Depot closing 112 locations

    Circuit City and CompUSA now have another partner to sing the retail blues with ’em. Office Depot has announced plans to close 112 stores, or 9% of their North American retail spots over the next three months. Specifics haven’t been announced, but we do know  “45 stores in the Central U.S., 40 in the Northeast and Canada, 19 in the West and eight in the South” will… Read More

  • Review and Giveaway: HP MediaSmart 1TB Server

    Short version: A pre-built Windows Home Server box that offers a bit more than standard NAS’s. Read More

  • Whoops; Sharp and LG Display caught price fixing

    Two of the largest display companies, Sharp and LG Display, have been caught fixing TFT LCD prices and will plead guilt next week. Details about the crime haven’t been released but we do know that LG is going to pay $400 million and Sharp, $120 million in fines. Ouch. Some suits aren’t getting their Christmas bonus this year. Read More

  • HP to sell laptop battery with 3-year no degradation claim

    HP might have a solution to laptops batteries slow death thanks to a Boston-Power-made battery. The battery, dubbed Enviro by HP, should hit select platforms in early 2009 features with some kick-ass features. Allegedly, the battery can be be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes and will not degrade before a 1,000 re-charges. HP is backing the battery with a 3-year warranty to ensure… Read More

  • Psystar drops some antitrust claims, adds others

    Psystar is kind of turning into an annoying step-brother by “respectfully disagreeing” with the courts latest findings, but by adding other charges to take the place of the dismissed ones. This whole case seems like it’s going to continue on OJ style, – the first one – never-ending and just wasting taxpayers dollars. Maybe there is a silent… Read More

  • Tesla Motors needs a bailout, too

    Tesla Motors is discovering that it cannot build cars on hopes and dreams alone; real capital is required, too. The forward-thinking company is stating that they will not be able to produce their 4-door, Model S electric car without a $350 million dollar US government loan. Remember, the founder stated a while ago that all the pre-orders for the Roadster will be fulfilled, but without this… Read More

  • TiVo now injecting ads when users pause TV

    The days of skipping advertisments completely with the help of a DVR might quickly disappear. TiVo is now injecting ads when owners simply pause TV. So far the ads haven’t been rolled out to the newer Series 3/HD models and seem to only be on Series 2 boxe,s but the time will probably come when everyone has them. Apparently, the monthly costs associated with TiVo weren’t… Read More

  • Review: Hitachi P50X902 Director Series 50-inch Plasma

    To the point: A nice plasma that offers a quality image, good colors, and a great scaler. Too bad it’s overpriced. Read More

  • 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