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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).

Making sense of Windows 10's Wi-Fi sharing — A. Not on its own. If you don't change a single setting in Microsoft's new operating system, your friends will still have to ask for your WiFi password when they show up. The feature you may have heard about, "Wi-Fi Sense," isn't new.

Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message — Cyber security firm Zimperium on Monday warned of a flaw in the world's most popular smartphone operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message. "Attackers only need your mobile number, using which they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS (text message)," Zimperium Mobile Security said in a blog post.
Jul 28, 2015

Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message

Windows 10 Is the Product of a Chastened, Changed Microsoft — (Rob Pegoraro/Yahoo Tech) On Wednesday, Microsoft will ship a new version of Windows. And no, you haven't seen this movie before. Compared to every other operating system to ever come out of Redmond, Windows 10 is a different kind of upgrade.
Jul 28, 2015

The Microsoft of 1995 might be confused or angry about the Microsoft of 2015, but I like the change. At @YahooTech:…

Jul 28, 2015

Windows 10 Is the Product of a Chastened, Changed Microsoft… via @YahooTech #awesome column by the amzng @robpegoraro

Why Chrome questions your bank's security — Q. Chrome displays a yellow warning triangle over the lock icon at my bank's site. When I click that, it warns me about a weak security configuration. How do I fix that? A. You can't, because only your bank can change how it encrypts the connection between your browser and its site.
Jul 26, 2015

Your bank may not want to talk about its site's use of obsolete "SHA-1" crypto, but Chrome does. At @usatodaytech:…

Windows 10: 6 Excellent Reasons to Upgrade Your PC — Three days after Microsoft releases Windows 10 to the general public on July 29, I am making a special trip to my Mom's house to personally upgrade her Windows 8.1 laptop. I can't wait, and neither can she.
Jul 21, 2015

Windows 10: 6 Excellent Reasons to Upgrade Your PC… via @YahooTech and the most excellent @edbott #windows10

Jul 21, 2015

I'm making a special trip to my hometown to upgrade my Mom's PC. (Seriously.) Here's why.…

Jul 21, 2015

Hestitating about upgrading to Windows 10? @edbott says don't. It's totally worth it.… via @YahooTech

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Microsoft rushes emergency security fix for Windows — This article, Microsoft rushes emergency security fix for Windows, originally appeared on Microsoft Microsoft on Monday issued an emergency fix for all supported versions of its Windows operating system, plugging a hole that essentially allowed hackers unfettered access to victims' computers.

White House Creates @TheIranDeal Twitter Account to Promote Nuclear Agreement — The White House has created a new Twitter account to promote the international agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear program. @TheIranDeal urges people to tweet their questions and promises to "set the record straight." Watch @POTUS lay out the facts about the historic nuclear deal with Iran.

Why Online Comments Suck (and How to Fix Them) — (Rob Pegoraro/Yahoo Tech) Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it. The recent drama at Reddit is just the latest example. The managers of that expansive archipelago of forums have apparently just realized that the site provides a platform for some singularly hateful people.
Jul 21, 2015

From Usenet to Reddit, we keep seeing how unfettered comments can implode--and useful ones take work. At @YahooTech:…

Jul 21, 2015

RT @robpegoraro: From Usenet to Reddit, we keep seeing how unfettered comments can implode--and useful ones take work. At @YahooTech:…

Jul 21, 2015

“Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it.” @RobPegoraro’s latest.…

Jul 21, 2015

RT @Pogue: “Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it.” @RobPegoraro’s latest.…

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How to bid farewell to Flash — Q. I've been seeing more and more suggestions that I uninstall Flash. Is that a good idea, and how much will that inconvenience me online? A. Adobe's Flash plug-in was once an unquestioned ingredient of Web multimedia, but it's been having a bad half-decade since Apple CEO Steve Jobs publicly excommunicated Flash from the iPhone.
Jul 19, 2015

Doing without Flash isn't consequence-free, but it's easier than you might think. At @usatodaytech, I explain how:…

10 of the biggest duds in video game history — All too often, we convince ourselves that a game is going to be awesome based on fancy tech demos, early impressions, or the developer's pedigree...only to watch in horror as 50 things go wrong and it turns out to be a mess. Here's a look at 10 of the biggest busts in gaming history.
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Aug 03, 2015

Real-world IT: our kid's pre-school changed Gmail accounts because nobody could remember the old one's password or figure out resetting it.

Aug 03, 2015

@Wibbitz Sorry; I keep thinking I'll check out NY Tech Meetup when I'm in town, but this week isn't going to be one of those times.

Aug 03, 2015

I lived a block south of that building (…) for 1.5 years and felt pangs of jealousy every time I looked up at it.

Aug 03, 2015

Great @nitashatiku unpacking of "co-living" spaces, but I'm 99% sure the lead art is a $$$ Connecticut Ave. condo:…

Aug 03, 2015

@RManning_Mynt @Yubico Just this: The Edge-N key Google provided took many tries before Chrome would recognize and register it. Ideas why?

Aug 03, 2015

I read and could only think "how are the writers of @SiliconHBO supposed to parody that?"

Aug 03, 2015

@GlennF I finally read that essay. Wow. So much lack of self-awareness.

Aug 03, 2015

@alyssabereznak seriously cheapening the meaning of "glamorous" if applied to me

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