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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).

Some Android users face quandry with USB-C — Q. My new phone has a USB-C port instead of micro-USB. When can I expect the average charger to support that so I don't have to buy a separate adapter? A.
Nov 22, 2015

tl;dr of my @usatodaytech post: New phone has a USB-C port? Try not to lose its cable or charger until mid-2016.…

Who Should Be On Lyft’s Playlist After Justin Bieber? — Because I am always behind the times in pop culture, I almost missed my chance to discover that such a thing as "Bieber Mode" exists.
Nov 19, 2015

With @lyft's "Justin Bieber Mode" promo winding down, what artists should it market next? Some ideas at @YahooTech:…

The Best Prepaid and Alternative Cellphone Plans — If you're an average smartphone user willing to trade some of the finer points of traditional service from the major carriers in pursuit of lower costs, Consumer Cellular can save you hundreds of dollars over two years.
Nov 19, 2015

Unclear about prepaid and virtual-network wireless services that use the big four carriers? Some @wirecutter help:…

Nov 20, 2015

If you've asked a question on the @wirecutter's guide to prepaid and MVNO wireless, I may have already answered it:…

Nov 20, 2015

RT @robpegoraro: If you've asked a question on the @wirecutter's guide to prepaid and MVNO wireless, I may have already answered it:…

Nov 20, 2015

The Wirecutter (in the form @robpegoraro) has its latest updated guide out to MVNO/prepaid cell plans!…

Cross-Device Tracking: How the Ad Industry Will Follow You Wherever You Go — It's called "cross-device tracking," and you're probably going to start hearing a lot more about it. No IP address is an island As participants at a workshop hosted by the Federal Trade Commission Monday in Washington explained, the basic problem here is one you experience every time you fumble for
Nov 17, 2015

Do you know how many ad sites track you across your devices? Do you know how to opt out? Me neither. At @YahooTech:…

Nov 17, 2015

RT @robpegoraro: Do you know how many ad sites track you across your devices? Do you know how to opt out? Me neither. At @YahooTech:…

Nov 18, 2015

Are you ready for your smartphone to track what commercials play on your TV? One Web marketer is:…

T-Mobile's new deal will mean rate hikes for some users — A. That's the most confusing part of T-Mobile's upcoming service changes: Although its entry-level wireless plan will indeed provide twice as much data for the same price when its latest version debuts Sunday, its others will get more expensive as their data allocations double.
Nov 13, 2015

At @usatodaytech, a look at @TMobile's new rate plans and whether current subscribers should hit or stand:…

Robot sex, drone sheep-herding: what you missed at Web Summit — DUBLIN - "Straight to it: sex with robots. Does it happen? Should it happen?" The query I heard at the start of a panel Wednesday at the Web Summit here (seriously undersold with a "Robot Ethics" title) was not actually the weirdest thing I observed at this conference.
Nov 06, 2015

Robot sex, drone sheep-herding: the illuminating, insightful or just weird highlights from Web Summit…

Nov 06, 2015

You can probably guess what #websummit quote leads off my recap for @usatodaytech:… (Hint: You read it here first.)

Nov 06, 2015

RT @lauramandaro: Robot sex, drone sheep-herding: the illuminating, insightful or just weird highlights from Web Summit…

When a site rejects email "sub-addressing" — Q. I tried to sign up at a site using the plus-sign trick to create a custom e-mail address, but the sign-in page rejected me. What's going on there? A.
Nov 01, 2015

"Sub-addressing" yourself a new e-mail alias is legit, but some sites don't play by the RFCs. At @usatodaytech:…

Review: ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ saves its so-so story with marvelous multiplayer — (Credit: Microsoft) Even a grizzled supersoldier needs friends. That's the take-home message of Halo 5: Guardians. Microsoft's latest entry in its 14-year-old first-person shooter franchise - the first to be built from the ground up for the Xbox One - breaks from tradition by sprinkling team-based dynamics throughout both its solo campaign and its various multiplayer modes.
Oct 28, 2015

Review: ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ saves its so-so story with marvelous multiplayer… via @YahooTech

In Mexico, open government includes social justice, press freedom, and innovation — Alejandra Lagunes, the coordinator of the national digital strategy for the Presidency of Mexico, presenting the strategy in November 2013. Image: Alejandra Lagunes/Flickr In countries with enduring corruption issues, powerful organized crime, and press freedoms under threat, the idea of delivering a more open, effective government through technology is neither an abstraction nor a distraction; it's a necessity for improving public trust, upholding justice, increasing access to information, and securing international investment.

How Comcast wants to meter the Internet — NEW YORK (AP) - This year marked a turning point for Comcast, the cable giant: It now has more Internet than TV customers. And it's trying out how to charge you for the amount of data you use, much the way Verizon and AT&T do for wireless customers.
Oct 27, 2015

Thank a lot, Comcast, for bringing data caps to home Internet. Sincerely, Netflix

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Nov 24, 2015

Who needs a smartphone-linked car entertainment system when you have a kid who likes singing the 50 States Song? On repeat?

Nov 24, 2015

We have met the enemy, and it is math--still. At @YahooTech, how the crypto debate hasn't changed post-Paris:…

Nov 24, 2015

Agency head who has walked in space (and was the first American woman to do so) undeterred by Congressional bluster:…

Nov 24, 2015

Folks sending CES PR pitches do not appear to be deterred by that prospect.…

Nov 24, 2015

Pop quiz: What tech-support tasks do you think/fear you'll be asked to do for friends and family over Thanksgiving weekend?

Nov 24, 2015

Now *that* is how you announce your Twitter presence with authority. (Good work, Blue Origin.)…

Nov 23, 2015

"Highly disputed" footage? No: non-existent footage. Please show some backbone here, Posties.…

Nov 23, 2015

Hey, @LinkedIn: I am fully aware that I can manage my contacts and invitations. Please stop showing this reminder.

Nov 23, 2015

"This discussion doesn't show objectivity": Actual thing said on a @Nextdoor neighborhood mailing list.

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