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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Meet ‘Lift’, the New Social Network from Twitter’s Founders

Don’t look now, there’s another social network lurking, and with Twitter’s best and brightest pulling the strings, it already has all the proper buzz-wordy tags. “Interesting,” check. “Unlocking human potential,” check. “Positive reinforcement,” check and—wait a second, positive reinforcement? What are we, a Pavlovian …

Your Future Truck or SUV May Have a Ford-Toyota Hybrid Drivetrain

What’s your chief gripe about trucks and sport utility vehicles? Okay, after the part where their engines sound like a washing machine played through a distortion pedal. Right: fuel efficiency. The solution? Buy hybrid (if you can swallow the premium price, that is) where you’ll average, if not impressively, somewhere in the low 20s as …

Developer Offers ‘Proof’ Apple’s iPhone 5 Is Dual-Mode

I bought an iPhone 4 in February, but my wife, who wants one badly, decided to wait. She travels to Europe and the Middle East frequently through the year for her job, and while AT&T would cover her in all the places she currently visits, their coverage at her parents’ house in the U.S. is a voice and data black hole. Considering we …

Piles of Pivotal WikiLeaks Data May Have Been Obliterated

Ever have one of those days, where you accidentally expunge half your hard drive’s contents, then realize, shattered, that you don’t have a backup? Me too, and we can add WikiLeaks—the nonprofit private industry and state secret bean-spiller—to the brotherhood of the crushed and traumatized.

Or at least add in part. It depends …

Apple Slides Earthquake Early Warning System into iOS 5

Would a phone-based alert system have saved lives in Japan, had one been available for iOS users when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that raised a wall of water devastating much of Japan’s Pacific coastline hit in early March this year? Apple’s betting yes. Cupertino’s adding a special earthquake notification widget to the Japanese version …

IBM Salutes Apple by Declaring the PC Era Over

Of all the companies to turn on the PC, you’d think ol’ Big Blue would be last. But no, it looks like one of the engineers who helped design IBM’s very first personal computer three decades ago is celebrating the anniversary (this Friday, August 12th) by announcing something of a paradigm shift: his main computer’s now a …

Nintendo Outs ‘Flame Red’ 3DS, Walmart Drops Price Early

If you haven’t snatched up a 3DS yet (if not, we wouldn’t blame you, given the dearth of interesting games) Nintendo’s sweetening its upcoming price drop with a ‘Flame Red’ version. If red’s your thing—as opposed to “Aqua Blue” and “Cosmo Black”—Nintendo says it plans to offer the alternative color from September 9th, shortly after …

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