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Next door to Washington, DC
Freelance Technology Journalist
Covers:  digital culture, telecom, gadgets, tech policy, smartphones, consumer electronics, computers, social media, internet
Doesn't Cover: software, enterprise

Journalist who covers/is often vexed by computers, gadgets and other things that beep. Read: @YahooTech, @USATODAYtech, elsewhere. Write:

Rob Pegoraro's Biography

Rob Pegoraro tries to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through reporting, reviewing and analysis–from 1999 to 2011 as the Washington Post’s tech columnist, now for a variety of online and print outlets. He may be the only person to have written for both Reader's Digest and Boing Boing.

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Have you ever used a typewriter?

The first keyboard I used was on a manual typewriter, and now I own one myself... largely for ironic purposes.

How is social media changing news?

The conversation with readers about a story no longer starts after you publish that piece; it's now a continuum.

What does it mean to be a journalist?

You're curious, you're in perpetual beta, and your first instinct when something's wrong is to reach for a keyboard (or touchscreen).

Sorry, You’re Probably Not As Connected As Facebook Says You Are — Until Thursday, I had not realized that the 4th of February was now "Friends Day" - but I'm now sure that Facebook will never let me forget the newly-invented holiday that doubles as the anniversary of the social network's 2004 founding. To mark the occasion, Facebook did two things.
Feb 05, 2016

Are you really only three and a half degrees away from everybody else on Facebook? It's complicated...…

Ways to ditch some -- but not all -- of your cable boxes — Q. My cable company finally scrambled all the channels so they can only be received with a cable box. Can I at least purchase these boxes anywhere? A.
Jan 31, 2016

You don't have to pay for a cable box... on secondary TVs... if your cable operator obliges. At @usatodaytech:…

When It Comes to Car Tech, the Cars Are Having a Hard Time Keeping Up with the Tech — (By Rob Pegoraro/Yahoo Tech) The promise it pretty simple: We want the smart parts of our phones to work in our cars, without getting distracted by the dumb bits or by having to touch the thing while we're driving.
Jan 28, 2016

At @YahooTech: car-smartphone connectivity looks more promising than a year ago, but is still kind of a mess.…

Sprint and T-Mobile Backtrack on Crazy iPhone Lease Deals - and Why That’s Good for You — Order is being restored to the smartphone-pricing universe. And while you might not be happy about that at first, you should be. A few weeks ago, Sprint quietly revised its iPhone Forever lease program - and by "revised," I mean "made immensely worse."
Jan 25, 2016

The quiet demise of Sprint and T-Mobile's $15/month iPhone: yet another reason not to lease a phone. At @YahooTech:…

How to prolong your phone's life in a power outage — Q. There's snow in the forecast, and I'm not sure our power will hold out. How can I ensure my phone stays on for as long as possible? A. If you're in the midst of an an epic blizzard, the state of your cell phone might seem a secondary consideration.
Jan 23, 2016

Good tips for all my #blizzard2016 tweeps: Prolong your phone's life in a power outage via @usatoday

Jan 23, 2016

Phone battery-life tips you should know--some, you may not--in case you lose power. My advice at @usatodaytech:…

Jan 23, 2016

RT @bakagi: How to prolong your phone's life in a power outage. #snowmageddon2016 via @usatoday

Tip: How to ‘Forget’ Old Saved WiFi Networks

Tip: How to Make Sure Someone Can Access Your Passwords in an Emergency

What to do after Microsoft ends support for older browsers — Q. Microsoft tells me it's no longer supporting the version of Internet Explorer I've been running. Do I just need to update to IE 11? A. Microsoft ended support for all older versions of its Internet Explorer Web browser on Tuesday--meaning no more security fixes, no more help--and the first move for people running IE 8, 9 or 10 must be installing Microsoft's IE 11.
Jan 17, 2016

IE 8, 9 and 10 are dead to Microsoft and should be to you. At @usatodaytech, next steps to safer browsing:…

Jan 18, 2016

What to do after Microsoft ends support for older browsers via @USATODAY

Jan 19, 2016

What to do after Microsoft ends support for older browsers Fast Forward — Getting Smart-Carded By Rob Pegoraro Washington Post Staff Writer July 2, 1999 As if I didn't already have enough electronics in my life, I started carrying around a computer in my shirt pocket a few weeks ago. Fortunately, it's fairly unobtrusive, only a little larger and heavier than a few business cards.
Jan 15, 2016

Huh: The piece I wrote for the Post about SmarTrip in 1999 hasn't gone down the bit bucket and even sorta holds up.…

State of the Union’s Technology? What Obama Didn’t Say — A State of the Union speech with a core message of "everyone chill the [bleep] out" was always going to be light on policy specifics: When you're reminding the audience that the world is not in fact on fire, bullet-point particulars can only serve as distractions.
Jan 13, 2016

State of the Union’s Technology? What Obama Didn’t Say… via @YahooTech

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Feb 05, 2016

It is hi-larious when an interview about telecom policy gets interrupted because the call drops.

Feb 05, 2016

In other news, links still take 2-3 tries to resolve in OS X Safari. To whom should I direct my ire about that?

Feb 05, 2016

Are you really only three and a half degrees away from everybody else on Facebook? It's complicated...…

Feb 05, 2016

@DerekKhanna The SEC? I still wouldn't be surprised to see anti-crypto types decide that ECPA reform is worth making a fuss against.

Feb 05, 2016

@DerekKhanna I was being sarcastic (I know, again...). As far as wins go, I am very tentatively optimistic about ECPA reform. Are you?

Feb 05, 2016

@DerekKhanna Prolonging current regulatory or legislative inertia can also count as a win!

Feb 05, 2016

Theory: As D.C. tech-policy groups continue to multiply, having food at events won't be enough--they'll have to tout the caterers involved.

Feb 05, 2016

I asked a reader for evidence of a highly questionable claim he sent me, and his reply includes an infowars link. Hoo boy...

Feb 04, 2016

PR pitch: "Nothing Says You Care More Than A New Laptop Bag." You sure about that?

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