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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).

Chess champion caught cheating by hiding an iPhone in the bathroom — A 25-year-old chess champion named Gaioz Nigalidze was recently caught cheating via his iPhone while playing at the 17th annual Dubai Open Chess Tournament. According to tournament investigators, Nigalidze made suspiciously frequent trips to a bathroom stall where, come to find out, he had hidden his iPhone behind a toilet, appropriately wrapped and concealed in wads of toilet paper.

Right-wing group blamed in leak of U.S. officials' home addresses: CBS — U.S. authorities are investigating the online leak of home addresses of senior officials and former officials from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, CBS News reported on Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed the leak but would not elaborate on who was affected or how many addresses had been leaked.

5 cool new features in iOS 8.3 — Apple released iOS 8.3 last week, but it didn't really divulge many of the newest features that you can use in your workflow now. After upgrading your device, here are five of the coolest features you'll find in the latest iOS update.

3D Robotics’ Solo Drone Can Fly Circles Around You — At this video-maker's conference, 3D Robotics unveiled its new Solo drone, a $999 (and up) quadcopter with a new brain, backup autopilot, and Lego-like capacity for upgrades. While many drones are better described as remote-controlled copters, the Solo is supposed to be smart enough to keep itself out of trouble.

The Other Reason Tax Prep Should Make You Nervous — Few things make me feel less secure about my money than tax time. Not because the Feds taking some of it. No, it's because tax prep reminds me of how weak security can be at many of the financial sites tax-prep services need to talk to.

The Other Reason Tax Prep Should Make You Nervous — Few things make me feel less secure about my money than tax time. Not because the Feds taking some of it. No, it's because tax prep reminds me of how weak security can be at many of the financial sites tax-prep services need to talk to.

Tips to trim a Mac's Time Machine backup — Q. My Mac keeps telling me that Time Machine could not complete the backup because the backup disk is out of space. How do I fix that? A. Before everybody says "well, duh, have it back up less stuff," remember that filing down a backup set to fit on a given disk isn't so obvious in Apple's Time Machine software.’s first smartwatch winds down — Unlike the about-to-ship Apple Watch, the PULS has been around since October. Sort of. That's when musician/entrepeneur/occasional trademark collector unveiled this $399 "smart cuff" at's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco . And then an invite-only preview program began: You could make your case for getting a chance to buy one by testifying about your "leader," "trailblazer," "cultural tastemaker," "dreamer," "creator" or "fashionista" status.

New aluminum battery for smartphones can be charged in a minute — The researchers, who detailed their discovery in the journal Nature, said the new aluminum-ion battery has the potential to replace lithium-ion batteries, used in millions of laptops and mobile phones. Besides recharging much faster, the new aluminum battery is safer than existing lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames, they added.

You can now sign up for HBO without having cable — Starting Tuesday, you can buy an HBO subscription without having to pay for cable. The premium cable channel's HBO NOW service started to welcome subscribers on Tuesday, a few days ahead of the channel's biggest premiere of the year, the new season of "Game of Thrones."
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Apr 17, 2015

@Rafe @mmasnick @GlennF That's craziness. Unlike, say, spending an hour chipping away at a piece to keep it at an acceptable per-word rate.

Apr 17, 2015

@e_russell Will the 757s going to domestic routes keep their international interiors? If so, wouldn't mind seeing them IAD-SFO and IAD-LAX.

Apr 17, 2015

@PenguinTweet Unlike the Concorde. My failure to find a way to fly on that may haunt me for decades.

Apr 17, 2015

RT @ejacqui: Going on a tab hoarding purge. If you come across a tab that doesn't bring you joy, it's time.

Apr 17, 2015

@boteball Good memory! Does that still work? And for Sprint phones roaming on it?

Apr 17, 2015

We may have wireless reception throughout #WMATA tunnels in 2019, a mere seven years later than once planned:…

Apr 17, 2015

Artwork-with-your-kid a.m. at preschool, so of course I drew a plane and my daughter helped with a flowers-and-butterfly livery. #avgeekdad

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