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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  • MythTV to get a fresh coat of paint with GUI updates

    MythTV is incredibly popular DVR alternative and the next update will roll-out new interface changes. The new software update gives developers dramatic more control over the GUI and should bring spectacular new effects including animations and OpenGL support. Every spot of the GUI should receive immediate updates and eventually more themes should appear utilizing the back-end. Read More

  • Commodore meanders into the Core i7 party; everyone stares at the old dude

    Okay, here’s one more Core i7 ‘puter to announce. Commodore – yup that Commodore – has just announced the Core i7’s will be available in its rigs too. No new models, but rather just a new CPU options for the build to order computers. Prices start at $3,399 for the GX model line that includes dual 1GB ATI Radeon GPUs and a high-def paint finish but can shoot up… Read More

  • Pioneer CEO says flat-panel biz to be O.K. through tough times

    Pioneer has just opened its second retail location and the companies CEO doesn’t seemed worried even with the dismal fate of Circuit City and Tweeter. According to Masao Kawabata, Pioneer products are recession tough thanks to its mid to high-end niche market of premium products. So while mainstream Best Buy-specialdisplays might be having issues, Kuro displays and such should be fine. Read More

  • The Big Bang Theory takes on Star Wars and Star Trek; apologizes

    The Big Bang Theory Season 2, Episode 8 Sheldon I’m sorry, but I’m not going to watch the Clone Wars TV series until I’ve seen the Clone Wars Movie. I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intend. Nice, and the Star Trek bit is refering to a couple of jabs at Star Trek Movies. But after the show, instead of showing the usual credits, the image above… Read More

  • Velocity Micro and CyberPower join the Intel Core i7 extravaganza

    With Dell, Alienware, and Gateway already party’n their cores out, Velocity Micro and CyberPower are joining the festivities too. Velocity Micro’s Edge, Raptor, ProMagix and Vector model lines are all gaining a Core i7 option starting with the Core-920 for $1,699, and continuing up to the stratosphere with the Core-940, and Core-965 Extreme. The CyberPower offering, dubbed… Read More

  • Hide a Gameboy inside a Ti-83 calculator

    Tired of playing Drug Wars or a Mario remake on your ‘ol Ti-83 calculator? Just transplant a Gameboy inside a Ti-83 carcass and no one will be the wiser. All it takes is a little cutting and soldering to mod the screen and map the keypad but after that, your Kirby game’n will be hidden from curious eyes. MarkBowers.org via MAKE Read More

  • iPhone turned numeric keypad with Numberkey app

    Having a dedicated numeric keypad can be a lifesaver occasionally, and while a dedicated pad with real keys is the best, a little application can turn the iPhone or iPod Touch into an impromptu one as well. The Numberkey is only $1.99 and utilizes WiFi (really? no Bluetooth) for the 18-keypad connectivity. Four skins (after the jump) come with the app so you can match up your new… Read More

  • New honeycomb tire takes 'run-flat' to a whole new level

    US Soldiers and Michigan drivers share one thing in common. The absolute need for better run-flat tires. Soldiers have to deal with IEDs and weapon fire where Michigan drivers have to pilot over post-Winter sinkholes. Both can be disastrous for the tires and wheels so that’s where this honeycomb tire enters. Current run-flat solutions still require some air pressure to be present… Read More

  • The Clean Mountain Can or The Mt. Everest Poop Collector

    Ever wonder where everyone, you know, goes when climbing Mt. Everest and other such peaks? Personally, I have lost sleep over it but no more. This simple looking container, dubbed the Clean Mountain Can, stores frozen poo in a portable and smell-free method. Apparently some Everest-loving climbers have been spending their free time cleaning up the mountain after decades of free-wheeling… Read More

  • Digital transition 90 days away. Are you and your family ready?

    The Digital Transition is mere months away and still, many have questions and misconceptions about the February 17, 2009 switch. It can be confusing but your family is relying on you to get it right. Follow the link for some frequently asked questions and answers. Read More

  • Tiny Bluetooth dongle easily updates your laptop

    In case your laptop was built pre-Bluetooth, this tiny dongle will bring your laptop into this era. It only costs $14.95 and supports Bluetooth v2 on XP and Vista without any drivers. While it probably doesn’t offer the range as full size dongles, it should offer enough range for in-room connectivity.  USB fever via gear diary Read More

  • Dell quietly launches Intel Core i7 XPS Desktops

    Without fanfare or press releases, Dell has launched desktops featuring Intel’s Core i7 CPU. The Studio XPS lineup gain the Core i7-920 2.66GHz or 2.93GHz and start out at a reasonable $1,499. Gamers can opt for the latest Intel CPU and the Dell name (without the Alienware premium) with the XPS 730x starting at $2,599 with the same Core i7-920. Or, spend a bit more cake with the 730x… Read More

  • INCASE launches iPhone 3G Power Slider battery pack

    Generally, 3rd party iPhone batteries add extra talk time and do little extra but the INCASE Power Slider does so much more. Not only does the case wrap the precious iPhone 3G in a protective sleeve, it also adds a mini-USB port for easy syncing and charging. Yeah, it adds some bulk but it also bumps the standby time up to 330 hours and talk time on a 3G network to 5 hours (10 hours on 2G). It… Read More

  • Dominos can now be ordered via TiVo

    Yeah, um. Okay. In what seems like the ultimate American fatty wet dream, TiVo owners can now order Dominos pizza from the comfort of their coach. Apparently it’s to much for to ask a person to reach over and grab the cordless phone. All it takes is a few clicks on the remote to navigate to the widget and from there you can order up to $100 worth of Dominos food. Ultimate TV app or a… Read More

  • Fujitsu launches 15,000 RPM, 147GB 2.5-inch HDD

    While Fujitsu certainly isn’t the first to launch a tiny 2.5-inch 15,000 RPM hard drive, it’s the first to launch one with 147GB capacity. The new line from Fujitsu come in both the aforementioned 147GB size and also a 73.5GB size. The HDD has an average seek time of 2.9ms with a buffer size of 16MB and the super fast, high capacity laptop drives should drop sometime in the… Read More

  • ASUS super-smartphone P565 launches

    ASUS’s smartphones have always impressed and the latest is no different with a monstrous 800MHz processor. The P565 has been rumored for a while but ASUS has gone official with the phone and its ready to rock Windows Mobile 6.1. Besides the 800MHz CPU, the phone is loaded with HSDPA capabilities, 2.8 VGA touchscreen, 256MB of flash memory, 802.1b/g, Bluetooth, and a microSD/SDHC slot… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Memorex Blu-ray Player on Woot

    Quick. Hurry! FAST! Woot has a hella good deal today on a Memorex Blu-ray player but it will only be available ’till the end of the day or it sells out. Best of all, you don’t have to wait in Black Friday lines to get a Blu-ray player under the $150 mark. True, this player is a Profile 1.1 player and therefore cannot do any of the fancy BD Live features but still, it’s not a… Read More

  • Amazon participating in OLPC XO giving mission

    True to its word, Amazon is throwing its global retail reach into the OLPC XO mission this Christmas season. The site is now offering buy-one, send-one to a developing nation notebook program. Or if you as a seasonal philanthropist choose, Amazon will ship one to a child of your choice. ‘Tiss the season of giving, folks. via PC World Read More

  • BlackBerry Curve 8900 simulator now available

    Jones’n for some sweet BlackBerry Curve 8900 action? I hear yah, so you might wanna check out the simulator on BlackBerry’s download site to satisfy your itch. Just don’t let your old 8300 see you’re cheating on it. It could get ugly. BlackBerry via CrackBerry Read More

  • Chief produces "World's Thinnest" tilting mount for the thin HDTVs of the world

    What’s the point of owning one of the ultra-thin TVs if it’s hung with a standard wall mount that’s two inches deep? None. There has been thin mounting solutions before but Chief has produced the thinest model with a tilting ability yet. It’s not self-powered or motorized, but it can support a flat-screen up to 100 lbs and collapses to a mere three-quarters of an… Read More