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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Sony’s New 3D Head-Mounted Display Probably Hipper than Viewmaster

So Sony’s launching a new 3D head-mounted display, which looks like a pair of goggles you could sit a couple action figures in and take for a pretend Jetson-style spin. Ugly? Check. Cumbersome? Check. Potentially deadly if worn while ambling across the room to pluck an adult beverage from the fridge? Check.

Didn’t we used to call this …

The Future of Toys Is…Apple’s iPad?

Could tablets like the iPad ever replace toys like LEGOs, Erector Sets and crayons? Probably not, but startup Launchpad Toys thinks the iPad (and presumably tablets in general) has the potential to.

Okay, so the iPad’s already fairly toy-like. If you have one and kids, or you’re just a big kid (like me), you’ve probably goofed around …

Nokia Admits Hack Last Week More Serious, Closes Developer Forums

Welcome to your weekly hack update, in which a major company admits its perimeter was breached and someone made off with piles of sensitive data. In this installment: Nokia, the Finland-headquartered mobile device manufacturer, and their online development community.

Yep, that community was reportedly infiltrated by ne’er-do-wells who …

Apple Puts New CEO Tim Cook’s Tenure on Timetable

How long will Apple’s Tim Cook sit on Apple’s CEO throne? Probably through the midpoint of 2021, according to the board of directors, who made the move last Friday to lock Cook in with one million shares of restricted company stock. Half of those shares are scheduled to vest between August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021—so long as Cook …

How Big Is IBM’s Biggest Storage Array in History?

Everyone know what a petabyte is? No, not a petting zoo for ancient computer chips, or copies of the once influential 1980s computer mag. We’re talking about one quadrillion bytes, or 1,000 terabytes. For context, I’m the (proud) owner of a 1TB external USB hard drive, and yes, it wasn’t cheap. Last I checked, the biggest consumer hard …

Track Hurricane Irene on Your iOS or Android Device

Any hopes that Hurricane Irene might swing further east and somehow avoid smacking into the U.S. along the Eastern Seaboard have nearly vanished. While the storm’s weakened somewhat from a Category 3 (111 to 130 mph winds) to a Category 2 (96 to 110 mph winds), it could well strengthen again before it makes landfall in North Carolina …

Jobs Resigns, Apple’s Stock Drops and RIM’s Goes Up?

Gauging the U.S. stock market’s like refereeing a game of psych-out, so caveat reader, but as short-term signals go, it looks like Apple’s misfortunes—say the world’s most illustrious CEO resigning—are not-so-disguised blessings for Research in Motion.

RIM shares surged more than 2% Thursday morning after the Blackberry …

NASA Satellite Shows Hurricane Irene Lashing Bahamas

Want to see what a major hurricane looks like chewing through a nation of 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 islets? NASA’s TRMM satellite has the goods, displaying Hurricane Irene—white tendrils of tropical fury stretching hundreds of miles north and south of the island chain—as it whips over Crooked Island in the Bahamas.

TRMM, …

End of an Era: Apple’s Steve Jobs Steps Down, Tim Cook Steps Up

And just like that, Steve Jobs has stepped down from his throne as CEO of Apple and handed the scepter to the current chief operating officer, Tim Cook. You can’t say no one saw it coming. Jobs has been on a medical leave of absence since January 17, 2011 for undisclosed reasons (he had a liver transplant in April 2009 after battling …

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