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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).

Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 update - download it now! — If you have a reasonably new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, today is your lucky day. Forget about the blizzard ravaging the East Coast, Apple just released a brand new version of its iOS operating system to the public.

Your Car and Your Smartphone's Coming Communication Breakdown — You'll see the downside of your next car having a computer for a dashboard when you go to buy a new phone and realize it's not compatible with that car. You may find, in a few years, that your big four-wheeled computer doesn't talk with that new phone you want (or that your company supplies to you).

U.S. Justice Department spies on millions of cars - WSJ — The Justice Department has been secretly gathering and storing hundreds of millions of records about motorists in an effort to build a national database that tracks the movement of vehicles across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Now: Sling Delivers ESPN for $20 a Month, No Cable Required — Finally, you're going to be able to watch ESPN online without paying your cable company for a hundred bizzaro channels you don't care about. S tarting tomorrow, Dish Network will start taking customers for a $20/month, online-only service called Sling TV.

Use Google apps over Gogo Wi-Fi for free — Q: I didn't pay for the Wi-Fi on a recent flight, but the Google apps on my phone worked anyway. How could that happen? A: For some time now, travel bloggers have noted that flights offering Gogo's inflight Wi-Fi would let them use Google's mobile apps without paying that air-to-ground service's usual rates, from $5 an hour to $16 a day if purchased in advance.

Feds pay woman $134K over fake Facebook profile used in drug case — The federal government has changed course in a drug investigation in which agents pulled a woman's photos from her cell phone without her permission and used them to create a fake Facebook account that ...

The Worst Version of Windows Is… — Microsoft has something new for us today: Windows 10, the next major release of its desktop operating system. It gets a public unveiling in Seattle this morning. Watch: We live-blog the Windows 10 announcement. Window 10 should be a welcome development to those of you who regard Windows 8 it as the worst version of Windows ever made.

Obama’s Community-Broadband Plan: 4 Ways to Understand His State of the Union Pitch — You're going to hear words in tonight's State of the Union address about "community broadband," which is cities or counties building Internet connections for their citizens. After the State of the Union, if you stay tuned in to the news, you will then hear more than a few arguments against President Obama's sales pitch.

How to free iTunes purchases from DRM — Q. I still have over a hundred old iTunes purchases with DRM that don't work in my non-Apple devices. How can I convert them to DRM-free files? A.

5 CES Innovations That Completely Flopped — Like more than 170,000 of my closest friends, I went to Las Vegas last week for Consumer Electronics Show, to see what's coming in technology. As usual, I also saw a lot of tech that will never be delivered. Just as I do every year. Are are five real tech clunkers.
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Jan 29, 2015

Dear Apple: You may think Roku's box is no Apple TV, but that's no reason for OS X's autocorrect to change that name to "Rook."

Jan 29, 2015

Good to see @MicrosoftStore (here, Tysons Corner) list a phone's real price as prominently as the subsidized one.

Jan 29, 2015

@ShopTysons FYI, my walk from Metro to 8000 Towers Crescent would've been even easier if somebody had shoveled the path atop parking deck C.

Jan 29, 2015

These upper and lower decks between Tysons and the Metro stop makes me think of the Loop in Chicago, which is good.

Jan 28, 2015

@boteball I was tweeting pictures and video from the first revenue service Silver Line train to Reston. So: not that closeted :)

Jan 28, 2015

Least surprising DoD procurement ever (an A380 Air Force One? LOL), but a 747-8 should look good in that livery:…

Jan 28, 2015

Can we make it through Data Privacy Day without news breaking of any major new data breaches? Only 9.5 hours to go...…

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