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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Apple Officially World’s Largest Smartphone Maker—Guess by How Much

It wasn’t enough to surpass the U.S. government with a whopping $76 billion in cash reserves, now Apple’s been declared the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer as well. It must have something to do with that mobile phone they make. What’s it called again? The i-Something?

Yep, that. And according to Strategy Analytics, it pushed …

How to Make Your OS X Lion Purr Like a Snow Leopard

I know, you generally love Lion, but you also sometimes hate Lion and wish it would just settle down and respect your commands, several of which probably involve getting it to behave like its predecessor. We can help, or at least point out some of your options, say you’re partial to Apple’s prior cat.

The following tip sheet isn’t an …

Apple Yanks iTunes from ‘Christian Values Network’

Apple’s known for taking principled stands on all sorts of issues, and now it’s taken another by pulling iTunes from the “Christian Values Network.” CVN, which operates shopping portal CVG.org, raises money for various religious groups through product purchases at over 600 participating companies (including Apple). Think Target, Avon, …

The Ups and Downs of Mac OS X Lion

Pulled out your e-wallet and deposited $30 in Apple’s coffers for a digital copy of OS X Lion? Patiently (or not so patiently) sucked all 4GB down and rolled through the upgrade process with all your applications more or less intact and functional? Figured out that a lot of the changes you don’t like (say, auto-disappearing scrollbars, …

What Does It Take to Get Kicked out of an Apple Store?

Of all the questions you might conjure for Apple’s coolheaded retail store employees, here’s one you (and they) probably haven’t considered: What does it take to get booted from an Apple Store?

Walking in with a dog? Ordering a pizza and having it delivered to the second floor? Taking your (very tall) wife on a “romantic” date? …

RadioShack Kicks T-Mobile to Curb, Embraces Verizon [Updated]

It’s goodbye T-Mobile, hello Verizon at RadioShack HQ this morning. The scrappy consumer electronics chain says it’ll sever its profit-starved relationship with T-Mobile and take up with mobile giant Verizon Wireless instead. While RadioShack reported a sharp decline in second-quarter profits, news of the Verizon deal sent company shares …

Mozilla Admits Building ‘Boot to Gecko’ iOS, Android Competitor

Ready for something like Mozilla’s Firefox on your mobile phone? Okay, you can already get that if you’re an Android user. So how about something like Firefox running in its own Mozilla-crafted mobile operating space?

Heads up Apple and Google, it sounds like the company that wrapped a fox around a globe (and a browser around much of …

RIM Slashes 2,000 Jobs on Market Losses to Android, iPhone

Things are looking grim and grimmer for Canada-based Research in Motion, who said today they’d slash 2,000 jobs to counter sales declines. “Slash” would be the correct verb, too, since 2,000 equals roughly 11% of RIM’s global workforce, reports Reuters.

The logic behind the job cuts: RIM says it’s zeroed on “eliminating redundancies …

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