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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).

How Facebook places you where you've never been — Q. Facebook's telling me I've checked into a restaurant I've never visited and wants me to review it. How could that happen? A. This looks like a case of Facebook's efforts to get local businesses to market themselves on the social network intersecting badly with its database of places.
Sep 27, 2015

How Facebook can say you've checked into a place you've never visited and isn't even open yet, at @usatodaytech:…

Will Ad Blockers Kill the Internet as We Know It? — (Photo: Thinkstock) With the new iOS 9, Apple has found a way to both give to news sites and take away from them at the same time. And that combination is making a lot of Web publishers very nervous.
Sep 22, 2015

I don't mind ad blockers killing off the worst ads; I will mind if they send news fleeing into apps. At @YahooTech:…

Sep 22, 2015

RT @robpegoraro: I don't mind ad blockers killing off the worst ads; I will mind if they send news fleeing into apps. At @YahooTech:…

Sep 22, 2015

RT @robpegoraro: I don't mind ad blockers killing off the worst ads; I will mind if they send news fleeing into apps. At @YahooTech:…

Sep 22, 2015

RT @robpegoraro: I don't mind ad blockers killing off the worst ads; I will mind if they send news fleeing into apps. At @YahooTech:…

Apple Watch sales are about to explode, here’s why — With Apple Watch availability, functionality, and style options all poised to explode at the same time, there's a good chance that Apple's new wearable will soon experience a dramatic uptick in sales. And with the busy holiday shopping season fast approaching, the timing couldn't be better. But before

Why an old iPad can't get iOS 9 transit directions — Q. I upgraded my first-generation iPad mini to iOS 9 and everything seems to have gone well--but the Maps app isn't offering transit directions. What happened? A. This happened to me earlier this week when I downloaded Apple's latest iOS update on the afternoon of its release.
Sep 20, 2015

Undocumented by Apple: iOS 9 transit navigation doesn't work on some older iPads and iPhones. At @usatodaytech:…

Someone Created a "Netflix and Chill" Dating App

10 things you need to know about artificial intelligence — This article, 10 things you need to know about artificial intelligence, originally appeared on Image: iStockphoto/carloscastilla Ever since the the dawn of modern computing technology, scientists and innovators have been trying to develop a computer that can think like a human.

New Google Chromecast may debut this month, report says — This article, New Google Chromecast may debut this month, report says, originally appeared on It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Google may reveal a new version of its Chromecast streaming-media device at an event in San Francisco on September 29, making it the third tech giant to refresh its connected-TV product ahead of the holiday shopping season.

8 tiny-but-terrific iOS 9 features you may have missed — iOS 9 isn't the massive update that we saw with iOS 7 and iOS 8, but that doesn't mean it's bereft of cool new features. Below we've chronicled some small-but-significant iOS 9 changes flagged by Reddit's Apple community that will improve the device's overall usefulness and functionality. Check them
Sep 18, 2015

Did you download iOS9 yet? I'm always afraid something will go wrong! But, if you did - here are some little...

The Best Cure for iPhone 6s Envy? Saving Money on Other Mobile Gear — Not everyone wants (or can afford) Apple's latest Next Big Thing. But just because you appreciate a good deal, that doesn't mean you wouldn't also like to sport something pretty and/or new when you whip out your phone. Here are 7 great deals on mobile swag.

Who Really Owns Your iPhone? It May Not Be You — So you just bought yourself a new iPhone 6S. Congratulations. But do you really own that new smartphone? Or is still the property of the company that built it and/or your wireless carrier? The answer depends on who made it and how you acquired it.
Sep 19, 2015

"Who owns your iPhone?" turns out to be a multiple-choice question. At @YahooTech, I outline three answers:…

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Oct 04, 2015

@mackmckelvey Munoz is saying many more of the right things than Smisek did, and UA employees seem to trust him more. That's important.

Oct 04, 2015

Must've been a stop-the-presses moment to get the old CEO's letter out of @hemispheresmag three weeks after he quit.

Oct 04, 2015

You know you spend too much time at @Dulles_Airport when you spot a monitor and think "it's no longer showing the Windows XP screensaver!"

Oct 02, 2015

Third-party keyboards on my iPad mini are still a vortex of chaos in iOS 9, in case you were wondering about that.

Oct 02, 2015

RT @pourmecoffee: It's Cyber Security Awareness Month. Make sure to change up which kid's name you use as your password.

Oct 02, 2015

Update: The time-honored troubleshooting method of ignoring the stupid computer to run to the grocery store allowed both issues to go away.

Oct 02, 2015

Another problem: Calendar is blank on both Macs, even though System Preferences shows my Google account has calendar sync enabled.

Oct 02, 2015

Mail has been stuck at this dialog post-El Capitan install for an hour. Probably faster to resync from the server.

Oct 02, 2015

A little tip, would-be elected leaders: If you brush off atrocities with "stuff happens," you will NEVER get my vote.

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