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 Confirms the ‘PlayStation 4′ Is Underway

The PlayStation 4 exists, surprise! Bet you never saw that coming. Except it’s not called the PlayStation 4—not yet, anyway. But yes, Sony admitted it’s in the offing in one of those indirectly-traveling-from-New-York-to-L.A.-by-way-of-China references.

Perhaps you’ve heard Sony’s PlayStation division posted a profit for its fiscal …

Can’t Play DiRT 3 Online? Blame Sony’s MIA PlayStation Store

You just picked up Codemasters’ grit-flinging, gravel-grinding rally racer DiRT 3 for PlayStation 3, and let me guess—you can’t play online or swap YouTube video replays with pals. Bummer.

You’re not alone. It’s because the PS3 version requires a special piece of downloadable code to put its online mode in gear. And since that …

Sony Admits Canadian Site Hacked, Thousands of Records Stolen

Down, down, to offline town: Sony says it’s shuttered online services in Canada, Indonesia, and Thailand this morning after detecting a ne’er-do-well on the (virtual) premises. This, after a 26-day PlayStation Network outage, followed by a veritable spree of copycat hacks.

Poor Sony, the world’s biggest cyber-pincushion. Every time I …

Grab Windows 8 Before World Ends in 2012

No, you can’t put money down on a copy yet, but it looks like Windows 8′s a-comin’ sometime next year. So sayeth Microsoft doyen Steve Ballmer in remarks yesterday.

“As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8,” said Ballmer, addressing developers in Tokyo. “Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a …

Answer Phone Calls On Your Hand! Wait, What?

Imagine your phone ringing on the breakfast bar across the room. Could it be the job offer you’ve waited all week for? But—drat—you’re smack in the middle of changing your three-month-old, who’s made something otherworldly and possibly radioactive in his diaper. Not the best of times to swipe your potentially contaminated fingers …

Suit Accuses Cisco of Helping Design ‘Great Firewall’ of China

It’s the accusation every company’s fluff department dreads: abetting creepy privacy-quashing tools and supporting human-rights abuses, including torture—just a few of the charges Falun Gong practitioners are leveling at networking giant Cisco Systems in a federal lawsuit filed in California last week.

The suit filed by Washington …

Apple: Us? Track You? Never Planned To, Never Will

Squaring off with the U.S. Senate, Apple’s singing a privacy-friendlier song that ought to please location-tracking skeptics—assuming they buy what Cupertino’s selling.

Appearing with Google and Facebook before the Senate’s Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance Subcommittee, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Government …

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