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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  • Samsung overtakes Motorola as top US cellphone vender

    There was a time when the RAZR was king and HelloMOTO was all the rage. Sadly, Motorola hasn’t kept up with the time and is still living in that world while other venders, like Samsung, continue to innovate and produce quality handsets. Motorola’s US market share has dropped from 32.7% last year to a respectable 21.1% in ’08, while Samsung slightly overtook Moto with… Read More

  • The future of cells phones by Ericsson

    Ericsson has big plans for cell phones – big plans. Ultimately by the 2012, the company sees 100+ Mbps connection with 12-20MP cameras as you can see by the chart above. Plus, your lowly phone will be able to record HD video and sport a 1GHz CPU. So in less than four years all this is suppose to happen, Ericsson? M’kay. The megapixal camera is within reason, and even the HD video… Read More

  • New artworks available for the Zune

    46 new back panel designs for the Zune are now available. Neat-o. Read More

  • The Claw Bike Storage device up for presale on Amazon

    Fans of ABC’s American Inventor should remember The Claw from last season. It’s a neat bike-hanging device that grabs and releases the bike, or other items, at a touch of the large button. The thought is all you need to do is lift your bike high enough to engage the button that releases the spring-equipped claws, therefore holding the bike in place. To release, you simple lift… Read More

  • iPhone 2.2 beta screenshot leaked; the world stops and stares

    iPhone 2.2 screenshots of have surfaced showing some evolutionary upgrades. The App Store is getting a fresh coat of paint with a slightly more streamlined interface and some icon placeholders. The big upgrade comes in the ability to download 10MB or less podcasts over the craptacular AT&T 3G network all from a polished Podcast directory. Details are sketchy if EDGE users will be left in… Read More

  • AT&T Fuze dropping at $299 on November 11th

    AT&T Fuze. You know, the slick slider from HTC, appears to be hitting stores on November 11th and will carry a $499 price without a contract or $299 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two year contract. The deets come via an internal AT&T equipment brief document which, other than the price and availability, doesn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know. Initial thoughts? Read More

  • The tough as nails Goodyear GY500X GPS drops; survives

    NCC and Goodyear have a GPS aimed right at the truck and recreational vehicle owner. The GY500X, of course, has the standard GPS navigation, but it also indicates commercial routes, height restrictions, weight restrictions and pretty much everything a big-rig would need to know. It sports a 4.3-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and that sexy rugged casing with the Goodyear logo on top. Read More

  • Buffalo joins the 500GB 2.5" HDD party

    Large 2.5″ hard drives have slowly emerged throughout ’08 and now Buffalo got its hand stamped to the party. The drive, creatively named HD-NH500S/M, spins at 5400 RPM and connects via SATA. The drive is launching in Japan only for a cost of 166€ ($215 USD) but it might make its way ‘cross the Pacific. Read More

  • New lighted Kindle folio lights up your e-books

    One of the biggest cons for the Kindle, and most e-ink devices for that matter, is the lack of backlighting. Some call it a feature but others, like me, find it annoying at best. There are numerous lighting solutions for e-book readers and Periscope has another to add to the fold. The company integrated a LED reading light into a folio complete with a notepad and pockets. Kind of handy for… Read More

  • Dual-lamp Sanyo LP-XTC50 projector announced

    The latest must-have spec in high-end projectors are dual lamps. They offer better brightness control, longer lamp life, but are somewhat hard to find. The latest from Sanyo does, however, sport the dual-lamp goodness and features the standard set of large venue projector features: 5,000 ANSI lumens, 1,100 contrast ratio, 1024 x 768 resolution, and because of the dual lamps, up to 6,000 hours… Read More

  • TEAC rolls out turntable, cassette recorder, CD recorder in retro digs

    If you happen to still have LPs laying around and have sometime to dub ’em onto a digital medium, this TEAC player might be for you. Or, if you happen to have grandparents that still enjoy their LPs and their turntable died on ’em, this TEAC player might be for your. Perhaps, you are piecing together a 1970’s-style smokers room and need an appropriate sound system to… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson gets official with the W705 Walkman phone and the MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker

    We kind of knew these two Sony Ericsson products were dropping today, and so, here are the Sony W705 Walkman phone and MBS-900 Bluetooth speaker. The quad-band W705 seems like an upgraded G705 with WiFi, YouTube access, 3.2 MP camera, and a FM radio with TrackID built-in. Plus, it has a large 2.4-inch screen along with an accelerometer for Shake Control. The whole thing is made out of a… Read More

  • Jurassic Park, ER creator Michael Crichton dies

    One of the best selling authors of our day has passed-on. Michael Crichton wrote Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, and created ER during his 66 years on this earth. He wrote under numerous pen names, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard, and was ultimately a great contributor to both the literary and film worlds. Ultimately he wrote at least 30 books, was involved with 15 movies… Read More

  • Cobra stuffs GPS into latest radar detectors

    Cobra revealed its latest radar detector lineup at SEMA ’08 and the high-end models receive the GPS treatment. Now, this isn’t GPS navigation rather speed trap notification from either Cobra’s database or the ones you program. The XRS 9960G and XRS R10G feature a small OLED screen where the notifications appear and they even display both the GPS notifications and which way… Read More

  • USB floppy thumb drive

    Concept of a USB thumb drive shaped like a floppy disc. Smile. It’s nostalgic. Nosfut via likecool via OhGizmo Read More

  • Maxell Japan releases tubular iPod speaker system

    The world is truly a better place now that Maxell launched another iPod dock. The MXSP-1100 supports all dock-equipped iPods and iPhones with a speaker output of 2×4.2 watts. Not a lot of power, but the modern look might make up for the lackluster sound; maybe. Anyway, the speaker system will come in either black iron or mahogany brown when it drops on November 25, 2008 with a price… Read More

  • Laserkerf II: A laser miter saw guide that might actually work

    Miter saw laser guides tend to be more sizzle than steak but the Laserkerf II might actually work. The beam illuminates where the blade is actually going to cut and even indicates the kerf’s width correctly. So instead of showing the user a line that’s approximately where the blade is going to cut, this $79 add-on shows exactly where the cut will be made. It’s powered by… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player and four movies for $142

    Amazon is getting rid of the older and non-BD-Live Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player and is throwing in four Blu-ray titles to start your collection. It sure seems like a nice deal for those looking to jump into the HD movie realm cheaply, but if you can spend a bit more coin, wait until Black Friday. You should be able to pick up a Profile 2.0 / BD-Live player for ’bout the same price sans… Read More

  • Rare vacuum tube clock up on ebay

    There is something nostalgic, nerdy, and, dare I say, classy about this vacuum tube clock. Pedestrians might think that your retro clock is powered by bluish-green LEDs, but you and your nerdy friends will know that 16-segmented tubular vacuum fluorescent displays really produce the display. The ebay auction only has 10 hours left so if you have $152 to spare, you can own… Read More

  • Nintendo sells-out DSi's first wave in Japan

    There is little doubt that Nintendo’s evolutionary DSi will be a hit and eager Japanese gamers snatched up the first round of units within a few days. Reportable, it took only two days for Nintendo to sell through 170,000 of the 200,000 available DSi’s with the remaining 30,000 held up in unclaimed pre-orders and back-up inventory. The company has prepped another 100,000 units… Read More