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 Michigan. Drop him a line here.

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A New Record? Microsoft Claims 350 Million Windows 7 Licenses Sold

Call it a record, or just a whole lot better than Windows “rhymes-with missed-ya,” Microsoft says Windows 7 can lay claim to 350 million licenses sold since it launched on October 22, 2009.

And that’s about all they said, meaning no, we don’t have the breakdown in terms of full copies, upgrades, versions bundled with new PCs, …

PlayStation Network Outage a Disaster for Sony

Just like that, Sony’s PlayStation Network is down, and hard. Know how I know? Because I just tried to watch an episode of Friday Night Lights over dinner with my wife and couldn’t. My PS3 kept flashing a “you must first sign into the PlayStation Network to sign into Netflix” popup. I tried signing into the PlayStation Network …

Hide Your Hard Drive’s Secrets in Plain Sight

Encrypting data on your hard drive can be such nuisance, what with all the special apps and public/private keys, and the whole thing might as well be a pound of slag if you forget the passcode.

What if you could just hide everything in plain sight?

Turns out you can. It’s called steganography, from the Greek steganos, …

iPhone Growth Suddenly Soaring in China

It’s a country with a population of over 1.3 billion, so this should surprise no one, but yes, China appears to be to the iPhone what flowers are to bees.

IDG News reports that in a conference call yesterday, Apple COO Tim Cook revealed that between January and March 2011, iPhone sales in “Greater China” surged nearly 250 …

Alienware Bolsters Gaming Portables, Adds Monster 18-inch

13 too small? 15 too big? Why not settle for 14-inches of portable powerhouse gaming? Or don’t settle at all with the “most powerful 18-inch gaming laptop in the universe.” Or how about just going the ultraportable route with “the most-powerful sub-14-inch notebook in the universe”?

That’s a lot of “universes.” Must be an

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