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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  • Frog Tool 15 function multi-tool packs MacGyver know-how

    This 15 function multi-tool from Frog Tool seems like it can do anything. Definitely something to throw in the glove-box or desk drawer for an impromptu situation. Just check out all that the stainless steel tool can do. Plus, at only $4.99, it would make a great stocking stuffer. Gatco via Toolmonger Read More

  • $25 million dollar campaign in the works for Blu-ray

    Expect an $25 mil advertising blitz for Blu-ray this holiday season themed “Tru Blu.” Trailer Park, a LA Firm, is going to make sure consumers are aware of the high-def format and hopeful – I’m thinking out loud here – will showcase more than just the pretty picture. Moms and Pops need to know that Blu-ray isn’t just a better picture but also… Read More

  • Circuit City laying off corporate employees too

    Red shirt Circuit City workers aren’t the only employees getting the pink slip as a report by the Richmond Times-Dispatch indicates that headquarter staffers will be laid-off too. The Circuit City local paper estimates that 500 – 800 people will be let go from the Richmond, VA home base and the remaining 1,000 white collared workers will be consolidated into one building. Does… Read More

  • Multi-touch for Windows 7 demo'd

    [ digg_url = ‘’;
    digg_bgcolor = ‘#ff9900’;
    digg_skin = ‘compact’;
    digg_window = ‘new’; Windows 7 is getting a good amount of press, and I mean good press. It seems that people are looking forward to the next Windows incarnation and the… Read More

  • ABI Research states the obvious: Blu-ray player prices are dropping

    Well lookie there, ABI Research has confirmed what we have been reporting for a while. It seems that *gasp* Blu-ray players are dropping for the holiday season to the $150-$200 range. We have already seen players that low (Sony BDP-S300 $142 with 4 movies) and Black Friday is sure to reveal more options. The only questions is wether these prices are going to stick around after the… Read More

  • Circuit City scamming people on "liquidation" sales

    Circuit City is hurting right now and apparently that is justification for ripping people off under the umbrella of a liquidation sale. These so-called sales are within the 155 stores that are being shut down immediately, but a few reports have indicated that prices are being marked up and then receive a magic 10% off, resulting in a “sale.” In fact, these in-store prices are… Read More

  • 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