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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).

Tip: Upgrade Your Songs For Free At Google Play Music’s Site — Apple's iTunes Match has long been the simplest way to gain absolution for your past music-downloading sins, letting you replace all those old MP3s you got from Napster with shiny, higher-fidelity copies of the same tracks.

Verizon’s Free Video Deal: Will It Cost Us in the Long Run? — (Image: Rob Pegoraro/Yahoo Tech) Verizon Wireless is streaming all over the idea of net neutrality. Of course, that's not how the nation's largest wireless carrier - which just began exempting video streamed via its own go90 video app from the data quotas of its service plans- would describe it. Instead
Feb 09, 2016

Verizon Wireless's end run around net neutrality: Its video app doesn't counts against its data caps. At @YahooTech:…

Feb 11, 2016

A line I wish I'd put in this post: Verizon Wireless zero-rating its own video app backdoors net neutrality.…

Verizon won't shut off email as soon as you feared — Q. What's the deal with Verizon's e-mail deactivation policy? Do I have to keep reading my messages on its site to keep my account active? A. The reader who sent this question got an e-mail from Verizon late last year with a somewhat foreboding warning that "if you haven't accessed your email account in over 180 days, your email account will be deleted and cannot be reactivated."
Feb 08, 2016

Verizon will close customers' dormant e-mail accounts--but subscribers can't do that on their own. At @usatodaytech:…

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...…

Feb 08, 2016

Sorry, You’re Probably Not As Connected As #Facebook Says You Are… via @YahooTech

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

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Feb 12, 2016

Nice surprises: readers will send me encrypted mail, and @GPGTools' UX is pretty good.... but a few glitches linger.…

Feb 11, 2016

@tbridge I can't be the only person to note the resemblance between the new Woodridge library and the Endor shield generator bunker, right?

Feb 11, 2016

Hello, Maine. I'm talking about cord cutting on @MPBNnews from now until 1.

Feb 11, 2016

A line I wish I'd put in this post: Verizon Wireless zero-rating its own video app backdoors net neutrality.…

Feb 11, 2016

Real talk by @fmanjoo (with astute points from @anildash) for Twitter and Wall Street about delusions of grandeur:…

Feb 10, 2016

Mr. @ChipPickering on why the word "Internet" is so scarce in the Telecom Act: "We didn’t want the Science Committee to get jurisdiction.”

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