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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  • CrunchDeals: Dash Express for only $200

    The Dash Express impressed us and now the traffic-intelligent GPS is only $200 on Amazon. There is still the $9.99 monthly subscription, but it’s a heck of a GPS unit for a great price. If you can get past the comically large casing, you gain a Yahoo local aware search powered by a great interface. Please note though, this deal is for today only so jump on this fast. Read More

  • Mac Mini to get NVIDIA mobo?

    The Mac Mini’s future is in question, but the latest rumor indicates that the cheapest Macintosh might get its motherboard from NVIDIA. Since the late-2008 MacBooks and MacBooks Pro sport the dedicated graphic GPUs, the rumor doesn’t seem to far off in left field. Having a Mac Mini equipped with decent graphic capabilities would give curious onlookers one more reason to jump… Read More

  • iPods, Asus EEE PCs coming to Toys 'R' Us

    Sometime in the coming weeks Toys ‘R’ Us is going to start selling iPods and, more notably, Asus EEE PC’s as the retailer is grasping for higher holiday sales. The iPods are going to be in their own little iPod boutique that is sure to be decorated in novel all white fashion. Read More

  • DIY: Batman mask out of duct tape

    A wise man once said that anything could be fixed with a roll of duct tape and 6-pack of beer. Well, I added the last part but the first thing about the duct tape is more than true. In fact, duct tape aficionados can now hone their craft by making a Batman mask mostly out of the silver tape. Just don’t wear it out in public; you will look like a douche. Read More

  • Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud OS platform announced

    Microsoft just made its first cloud OS, dubbed Azure, officially official. The system allows developers and hobbyist alike to collaborate together on a flexible and interoperable application platform. Applications created within can run from the cloud or even enhance non-cloud based applications with the hive-like features.  Azure reduces the need for up-front technology purchases, and… Read More

  • Give your BlackBerry 88xx a color trackball of your choice

    If your BlackBerry 88xx series mobile phone is getting a little stale, a Sharpie marker and a few minutes of your time is all you need to customize it to your liking. Basically, you’re going to tear the phone apart to reach the LED behind the trackball and color it with your favorite color. Even if you use a permanent marker, the color will eventually fade due to the… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Black Friday Edition

    Black Friday is right around the corner – well, like a month away – and thanks to the leaky Internet, retailer’s deals will slowly appear allowing for a bit of preplanning. We are going to track the lowest priced GPS unit, Blu-ray player, and HDTV as each one of these advertisements leak out over the coming weeks. Sears’ deals have just surfaced and it’s a… Read More

  • WTF: Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter Blu-ray edition

    When C-run movies such as Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter drops on Blu-ray, it signals that the next-gen HD format is here and we better like it. Want the movie? m’kay $12.95 on Amazon right now. Read More

  • MOTONAV GPS units dropping exclusively at RadioShack

    Motorola has quietly released its new GPS units – MOTONAV TN20 & TN30 – and the two are going to be for sale only at RadioShack. The TN20 rocks a 3.5-inch touchscreen with NAVTEQ provided maps and more than one million searchable points of interest. The big bro TN30 is equipped with all the TN20 functions, but has a larger 4.3-inch touchscreen along with Puerto Rico and… Read More

  • Best Buy to sell Jawbone headsets in two new colors

    The newish Jawbone is one of the hottest Bluetooth headsets on the market and two new color options are going to be available at Best Buy. Previously, the color palette was limited to black, silver and gold; or as Jawbone likes to call ’em: Blah Blah Black, Silver Tongue, and Goldy Lips. The new color options of Babbling Blue and Rambling Rose are going to carry the same $139.99 price… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Recertified 42-inch Philips 1080p LCD

    Woot; good ‘ol Woot. The LCD might be recertified – whatever that means – but if that’s cool with you, it’s only $749. Yeah, $749 for a 42-inch, 1080p LCD. Not to shabby considering the average price of this set elsewhere is north of $1,100. Hopefully though, Black Friday will produce similar if not better LCD deals. Read More

  • Motorola AURA gets poked, prodded, and photographed

    The up-scale AURA might be Motorola’s last attempt to remain relevant in a post-RAZR mobile world and yet the dudes at Mobile Review got their grubby hands on the $2k cell phone. It sounds like they were impressed with the build quality and the round LCD, but Moto might have dropped the ball on the GUI by simply reworking a standard square LCD menu rather than, you know… Read More

  • Bloodhound SSC rocket car will try break 1000 MPH – who cares?

    Listen, I’m not questioning the kahonas of these British chaps trying to break 1000 MPH on land. Hell no, but with a $16 million dollar backing from the British Science Minister and a hybrid rocket/jet propulsion, they had better go that fast. A Eurojet EJ200 fighter jet engine should get the ‘car’ up to 300 MPH where a rocket will hopefully boost the speed over the 1k mark. Read More

  • Sulu fires back at Captain Kirk

    Entertainment Tonight caught up with George Takei and the recently married man gave his thoughts on Shatner’s recent YouTube assault. Autoplaying video after the jump… Read More

  • jill-e designs steps up and produces manly camera bags dubbed jack

    jill-e designs have been around for a while with great, but pricey, camera bags. the firm has won numerous awards but is now stepping in to the male arena with its jack lineup. three different bags make up the line starting with a rolling camera bag, followed by a messenger style, and lastly, a medium sized case. all the models are made out of rich brown colombian leather, with contrasting… Read More

  • Apple goes political with California's Prop 8

    In an attempt to stay non-partisan, here is Apple’s official statement on California’s Proposition 8 that aims to eliminate rights of same-sex couples to marry. Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex… Read More

  • It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a flying lens!

    A so-called flying lens could be the key to developing the next-gen, ultra-tiny transistors and optical drive technology. The new approach employs a metal arm with a tiny lens the literally flies above a chip’s surface which happens to be the equivalent of a 747 flying two millimeters above the ground but offers so much potential.  Professor Zhang explains an overview of the… Read More

  • ZvBox to enter the custom install market; good for them

    I was less than impressed with the ZvBox, but the concept is very solid and the company seems to be committed to the product. ZeeVee is taking the next logical step and entering the custom install market with a rack mountable version of the ZvBox with better cooling and more connectivity options. Also, an improved GUI which should be entering beta soon (thank goodness). Hopefully this… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Oprah loves the Kindle so here's 50 bucks off

    Amazon Kindle is either Oprah’s favorite gadget or Amazon sent over the largest fruit basket looking for the ultimate endorsement. Either way, by using OPRAHWINFREY as a coupon code, her glorious name nets you $50 off the e-books standard $359 price. Gosh, is there anything Oprah can’t do? Amazon via BBG & Lockergnome Update: Our lovely Doug has pointed out that this coupon… Read More

  • Garmin comes out on top of J.D. Power GPS rankings

    The J.D. Power and Associates just released the 2008 Portable Navigation Device customer satisfaction rankings with Garmin taking the top seat and TomTom following closely behind. These scores are a composite of six factors that include: ease of use, routing, system appearance, speed of system, voice direction, and navigation display screen.  Garmin ranks highest among portable… Read More