Matt Burns

Matt is a Managing Editor at TechCrunch.

He started at TechCrunch as a freelance writer in 2008 and moved up the ranks to become the Managing Editor in early 2017. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, he has a special place in his heart for mobility startups and gadgets.

At TechCrunch he manages the editorial side of the company’s events including TechCrunch Disrupt, TechCrunch Sessions and the company’s various worldwide events. Previously he was a freelance writer at Engadget and EngadgetHD where he hosted podcasts until he was removed from that role after saying a swear word. He’s very sorry and promises it won’t happen again.

His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call. And woodwork.

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  • 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

  • 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