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Next door to Washington, DC
Freelance Technology Journalist — Freelance
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@robpegoraro.com.

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).

Charter to drop data caps, but other companies still use them

Charter to drop data caps, but other companies still use them
usatoday.com — A. With approval by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice for its $55.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and its $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks, Charter Communications is clear to become the USA's second-biggest Internet provider.

Virtual reality: Feeling our way into an uncertain future

Virtual reality: Feeling our way into an uncertain future
yahoo.com — I spent some time playing with blocks on Thursday, but first I had to strap a computer to my face. The reason: I had an opportunity to try out Leap Motion's Orion virtual-reality setup, which tracks your hands so you can use them in whatever scene you see in the headset you're wearing.

‘A Beautiful Planet': friendly space station, muddled message

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf: We need to make room on the Net for all the machines

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf: We need to make room on the Net for all the machines
yahoo.com — The Internet is unlike many other major human inventions in one way: Most of the people who helped create it are still around. So if you have a chance to hear one of them talk, you should take it.

Oldies aren't goodies when it comes to phone plans

Oldies aren't goodies when it comes to phone plans
usatoday.com — Q. I'm paying $20 more a month for my phone than your column said I should. Am I getting ripped off? A. This was a common response to my column of two weeks ago about "device upgrade fees" newly imposed by Verizon Wireless and raised by AT&T.

For your ears only: Uvero offers earbuds with truly personalized fit

For your ears only: Uvero offers earbuds with truly personalized fit
yahoo.com — Shopping for stereo gear doesn't usually involve strangers inserting balloons into your ears, but Uvero is an unusual audio-hardware vendor. This Burlington, Mass., company takes the idea of mass-customization into especially cramped quarters, offering earphones that are customized for your personal ear canals.

Stop your Mac from singing the Bluetooth blues

Stop your Mac from singing the Bluetooth blues
usatoday.com — A. Having your computer randomly lose sight of a built-in bit of hardware isn't an experience confined to Windows users. In this case, OS X's settings can get sufficiently scrambled for it to report that a Mac's Bluetooth wireless is "Not Available," with a squiggly line through its dimmed menu-bar icon.

Hey Apple, how about shipping a new computer sometime?

Hey Apple, how about shipping a new computer sometime?
yahoo.com — As I was fussing over yet another glitch on my aging iMac the other night, and while doing so relying on my slightly-less-senior MacBook Air, two thoughts ran through my head: 1) I've probably waited long enough to replace a 2009-vintage desktop on which the optical drive and SD Card slot no longer work reliably and a 2012-vintage laptop that's seen so much use the N key's black coating is starting to wear off; 2) If I wanted to replace either computer with a Mac that itself qualifies as "new," I might have to wait even longer.

Beyond the robot: White House Science Fair celebrates a nation of nerds

Beyond the robot: White House Science Fair celebrates a nation of nerds
yahoo.com — (Images by Rob Pegoraro/Yahoo Tech) Even in the White House, the robots might have been expected. But the rockets and the live - and well-behaved! - chicken were something else entirely. That odd assortment of exhibits, along with the dozens of grade-school and high-school students responsible for them, filled the rooms, halls, and gardens at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Battle in the Clouds: Google Apps for Work Vs. Office 365

Battle in the Clouds: Google Apps for Work Vs. Office 365
biztechmagazine.com — Work is rarely a thing that only happens at a single desktop computer, and cloud-based apps reflect that reality much better than shrink-wrapped software. In the cloud realm, and present solid choices. Both offer a lineup of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, email and collaboration tools that enable users to move from desktop to notebook to tablet to smartphone, all for a low monthly fee.
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May 05, 2016

For all the crap I give Safari, I love Reader View: a one-click veto of a site's annoying ads that doesn't punish every other site.

May 05, 2016

Analyst Craig Moffett sounds sad that cable operators won't all use data caps as an "umbrella" against online video: fiercecable.com/story/cable-fa…

May 05, 2016

Add me to the list of people gobsmacked to see Facebook Live (as opposed to other video streams there) requiring Flash.

May 05, 2016

@binarybits Now reading that WH report. My first question: what the hell happened to the fonts in it?

May 05, 2016

If I'd shut down this Mac last night, I could've gotten to work on it in less time than I've spent quitting+restarting Mail, Safari, Chrome.

May 05, 2016

What's the over/under on when some fancy D.C. bar names its next artisanal cocktail the Arcing Insulator? twitter.com/martindicaro/s…

May 05, 2016

RT @JZdziarski: May 2014, so iOS 7. This is easy to crack. Also easy to get Apple to service with a warrant. twitter.com/robpegoraro/st…

May 05, 2016

An unnamed "expert" helped the LAPD get into a locked iPhone 5s, OS version also unstated, this March. Hmm. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

May 04, 2016

FYI, "cki" in #ckitech means Charles Koch Institute. Before you can ask, nobody advocated opening up the ride-hailing market to child labor.


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