Matt Peckham

Matt Peckham writes about games and general technology for TIME. His work has appeared in Variety, The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC News, MSNBC, The Sci-Fi Channel and others. He has an M.A. in English from Creighton University and lives in Michigan. Drop him a line here.

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Who Really Invented the Computer?

If someone up and asked you “who invented the computer,” how would you respond? Bill Gates? Steve Jobs? Al Gore? Or say you’re more historically savvy, might you venture Alan Turing? Perhaps Konrad Zuse? Turing is the guy who, in …

Mobile Flash Abandoned for HTML5: Adobe Surrenders, Apple Wins?

You can look at this one of two ways: Steve Jobs was right on the money about Adobe Flash, or Steve Jobs shrewdly worked to ensure he’d be right about Adobe’s mobile multimedia plugin by using Apple’s leverage to put the tool in a stranglehold. However you view it, it’s death seems all but assured: Adobe’s reportedly killing mobile …

Consumer Reports Declares ‘Antennagate’ Over with iPhone 4S

Good news, would-be iPhone 4S buyers still unconvinced Apple’s death-grip reception troubles with the iPhone 4 didn’t carry over to the lookalike iPhone 4S: Consumer Reports claims they’ve been banished.

“In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same …

Sony’s PlayStation 3D TV: Gorgeous with One Glaring Problem

Imagine my surprise when, last week, the UPS guy dropped off a package from Sony containing a brand new flatscreen TV—not just any flatscreen, mind you, but Sony’s new PlayStation 3D TV! Remember when they announced it back in June at E3 2011? I’d forgotten all about it until it appeared on my doorstep, as if by subconscious …

Rumor: You Thought Siri Was Exclusive to Apple’s iPhone 4S?

Look at that iPhone 4S, all sleek and new and, well, pretty much identical to the iPhone 4 on the outside. It’s what’s inside that counts, from the 4S’s superior camera and faster all-in-one processor to a voice assistant named Siri you can’t find anywhere else—anywhere else that’s not an Apple phone, anyway.

It sounds like a Siri …

Hello, 3D PC! HP Unveils TouchSmart 620 All-in-One

Okay you visually healthy don’t-need-glasses tech buffs, here’s your chance to don a pair of Buddy Holly-thick specs (thicker, in fact) while parked in front of a computer monitor that doubles as your PC. Meet the HP TouchSmart 620 3D Edition, another svelte, tower-free desktop HP’s adding to its already crowded lineup of all-in-one …

And Today’s ‘Fastest Computer in the World’ Award Goes to…

Anyone else tired of these “fastest computer in the world” stories? I am. They almost sound like bragging. Look what we did with our computer, but you can’t with yours! I don’t really care whether a Smaug-the-dragon treasure horde’s worth of silicon can do 10 or 100 petaflops. I just want to know how many frames per second it gets in …

What the Heck Happened to Siri?

Open mouth, insert foot: Siri apparently did something like that yesterday, responding to iPhone 4S owners’ questions with decidedly un-savvy answers. Answers like: “Sorry, I’m having trouble connecting to the network” and “Sorry I’m not able to connect right now” and “Sorry, I don’t have a network connection.”

But users actually did

Worst Cyber-Criminals in the World: China and Russia, Claims U.S. Report

Forget Anonymous and LulzSec, according to a new U.S. report compiled from research by over a dozen spy agencies and area experts, the world’s worst cyber-criminals are China and Russia. The Chinese in particular are in the U.S.’s crosshairs, accused in the report of being “the world’s most active and persistent perpetrators of economic …

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