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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. Seen at @YahooTech, @USATODAYtech, and elsewhere.

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).

Verizon Has the Best Single-Line Smartphone Plan — This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article below at How We Decided If you're in the United States and looking for a carrier with good coverage, fast bandwidth and-this may surprise you-affordable single-line plans, you should consider Verizon Wireless.

Dish Customers Lose CNN, Cartoon Network in Contract Dispute with Turner — ( Photo: Associated Press) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. Dish Network said Tuesday that Turner refused to extend the overall deal.

Will Sports Learn from HBO’s Grand Online Experiment? — Not nearly this soon. Not only has HBO done financially very well by tying access to its original programming to pay-TV subscriptions, it is owned by the entertainment conglomerate, Time Warner, that also runs the nation's second-largest cable service, Time Warner Cable.

Retiring an old iPad? Back it up first — Q: If I retire my old iPad for one of the new models, how do I make sure all of my data is off the tablet and none of it is left behind before donating or selling it?

Twitter Could Fix Gamergate. Why Doesn’t It? — Three times in the past several weeks, women have felt compelled to leave their homes after being targeted on Twitter with rape and death threats personalized with their home addresses - all because they voiced contrary opinions about the video-game industry while possessing two X chromosomes.

What's new in Google Voice: MMS — Q. How does this new Google Voice MMS support work, and why isn't Verizon part of it? A. Google's announcement of its calling service's newfound fluency with multimedia messaging - a brief Google+ posting by product manager Alex Wiesen - left a few things out of focus.

Captions are good for panels, not just photos — LAS VEGAS--I am here once again for yet another conference, this time Tech Cocktail's Celebrate. Some of the discussions here ranged a bit afield of my own consumer-tech focus, but It's been a pretty good event overall--including my turn in the spotlight this morning, when I interviewed SmartThings founder Jeff Hagins about the future of smart homes...

Our Relationship with the New Social Network Ello: It’s Complicated — The fascination over Ello, the "simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network" that bills itself as an antidote to Facebook and its advertising foundation, shows two things at work. One is that although 1.32 billion of us show up on Facebook at least once a month, some of us are still not satisfied by it.

What's cranking up your laptop's cooling fan? — Q: My Dell laptop keeps overheating. What could be causing this, and what can I do to fix it beyond cleaning the ports for the cooling fan? A: This is not a question with an automatic answer. But the single hottest part of a laptop will usually be its processor.

MLB playoffs > NFL, NBA and NHL playoffs — It's 0-0 in the bottom of the second inning of the Nationals' division series against the Giants. I am excited to see my city's team playing in October. And a little nervous. The 2014 postseason--the second the Nats have reached since coming to D.C.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @jonfortt: If you're going to write about a new app, LINK TO IT. Because you know App Store search for new stuff is horrible

Oct 23, 2014

RT @mmasnick: All redirects to @techdirt are being declared malicious for reasons unknown. The full URLs are fine. Only links.

Oct 23, 2014

@mims If you don't prepare to work around a tech company's unwillingness to grant access, you and your work will end up in a bad place.

Oct 23, 2014

Hey, @Support: The Internet Archive is not a malware host. Why are you telling users it is? (cc @brewster_kahle)

Oct 23, 2014

Does Twitter tell you this link to @internetarchive's copy of Apple's 10/22/1996 home page "may be unsafe"?…

Oct 23, 2014

Always hilarious when the one guy con-calling into a meeting starts mistaking the voice of one person in the room for another's.

Oct 23, 2014

Good security upgrade by @TMobile, but why does it think its customers don't care to know about it?… cc @JohnLegere

Oct 23, 2014

Elli addresses a worry I and others have raised (…) by converting to a public-benefit corp.…

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