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 Ann Arbor, Michigan. Drop him a line here.

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Netflix Was Right, and We’re Being Fickle

No doubt many see this Netflix debacle, in which the company admits it just lost 800,000 subscribers in its fiscal third quarter, as vindication. They balked when the company hiked its price a few bucks a month, and they absolutely howled when Netflix tried to separate DVD rentals and online streaming into two discrete services. The …

IBM Simulates Part of a Human Brain, All of a Cat’s

Cat lovers allergic to cats (but not robo-kitties), your day of bliss may be closer: IBM’s put together all the supercomputing parts and pieces to replicate the number of neural synapses inside a feline noggin. That, in short, means they’ve managed to simulate the essential pieces of Fluffy’s brain.

And not just a cat’s brain, but …

Apple’s Hush-Hush MacBook Pro Refresh

No, Apple’s surprise MacBook Pro updates this weekend don’t involve a MacBook Air-like tapered chassis or major graphics manufacturer rethink, in which, say, Nvidia reclaims its spot from rival AMD. Instead, Apple’s simply nipped and tucked its pro-grade laptop lineup, tweaking speed, video and storage prowess across its 13-inch, 15-inch …

Hulu Plus on Wii, 3DS by Year’s End, and…Stop-Motion 3D Video?

Add Hulu Plus to the Wii and 3DS’ stable of long-expected features: Nintendo says the subscription-based video service will come to both its console and 3D handheld by the end of this year.

That means Wii and 3DS owners willing to fork over $7.99 a month (and endure “limited advertising”) will have access to shows like Modern Family, …

Catfight! Siri, Meet Iris, Your 8-Hour-Old Android Rival

For all Steve Jobs’ grousing about rivals trying to pinch his thunder, you know what they say: only run-of-the-mill creators borrow—great ones swipe ideas wholesale. That includes Apple’s iPhone 4S-dwelling Siri, by the way, which is just Apple’s take on much older (and, some might say, smarter) natural language chatbots like

How Much Does the iPhone 4S Cost to Make?

Maybe you paid $200 for a 16 GB iPhone 4S, or another $100 for the 32 GB version. Maybe you were already under contract and not eligible for an upgrade, broke open the piggybank, and forked over $649 for the 16 GB model. Whatever the case, want to know what Apple’s paying to put these things together? About what else—and I’m talking …

Meet Lytro, the Light-Field Camera that Snaps 4D Pics

Say hello to Lytro, a new consumer-grade camera capable of focusing on multiple points in an image with eye-popping accuracy after you’ve snapped the picture. We first heard about it this summer, and now it has a release timeframe: early next year. What, you thought “4D” was just marketing gibberish? Because 4D implies “time,” and what …

PlayStation Vita Finally Arriving in U.S. February 2012

Bumped from its original planned “holiday 2011″ release window, Sony’s PlayStation Vita will finally hit the U.S. (and pretty much everywhere else, worldwide) on February 22, 2012, roughly two months after Sony’s powerhouse gaming portable goes on sale in Japan.

Sony president and CEO Jack Tretton broke the news at the Web 2.0 Summit …

Meet DROID RAZR, the ‘World’s Thinnest’ 4G LTE Phone

It it really, truly “impossibly” thin? With “unstoppable power”? A device ready-made for America’s “fastest and most reliable 4G network”? Hey, what do you expect Verizon and Motorola to say when they’re showing off their new powerhouse portable, a smartphone they’ve dubbed the DROID RAZR? As in: “DROID Strong” and “RAZR Sharp” (go …

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