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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@robpegoraro.com.

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).

Intel's New Processors Bring 'Most Significant Advancements in Computing'

yahoo.com — Intel's latest generation processors -- codenamed Skylake -- will deliver incredible performance gains, better battery life, superlative graphics and the scope for PC makers to start getting creative in terms of new shapes and form factors when they start appearing in devices later this year.

Woz comes out for Bernie Sanders

yahoo.com — This article, Woz comes out for Bernie Sanders, originally appeared on CNET.com. Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. Getty Images The glorious thing about the current presidential campaign is that no candidate currently looks even vaguely presidential.

What Politicos Don't Know about Encryption Could Make Us All Less Safe

yahoo.com — It came up in the Republican debates in Cleveland last month. There, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said she would "absolutely" call on Apple and Google to "collaborate and cooperate" with law enforcement on encryption - to tear down the "cyberwalls," as she put it. Later in the debate, South
Sep 02, 2015

What some 2016 candidates aren't saying in the not-much-to-debate encryption debate but should, at @YahooTech: yahoo.com/tech/politicos…

Sep 02, 2015

What Politicos Don’t Know About Encryption Could Make Us All Less Safe yahoo.com/tech/politicos… via @YahooTech

New math hurts case for old unlimited data plans

usatoday.com — Q. Now that AT&T and Verizon have redone their wireless pricing, does it still make sense to hang on to their old, unlimited plans? A. Perhaps not--unless you don't need tethering yet still use an enormous amount of data otherwise.
Aug 30, 2015

Now that AT&T and Verizon aren't so stingy with data, their old unlimited plans seem less of a gem. At @usatodaytech: usatoday.com/story/tech/col…

Hackers steal Gmail login details from Samsung smart fridge

yahoo.com — A smart fridge has fallen victim to a cyber attack that exposed login details to Google's Gmail, according to security researchers. The breach of the Samsung RF28HMELBSR smart fridge raises privacy concerns for the security of the so-called 'Internet of Things' devices. The breach was discovered

Found after 108 years: Message in a bottle set afloat for science

yahoo.com — This article, Found after 108 years: Message in a bottle set afloat for science, originally appeared on CNET.com. Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom George Parker Bidder may not be a household name, but he's getting some modern-day recognition for a series of experiments performed between 1904 and 1906 in the UK.

Russia cancels short-lived Wikipedia ban

yahoo.com — MOSCOW (AP) - Russia on Tuesday canceled a ban on the Russian-language Wikipedia, which barely lasted a few hours and caused a storm among Russian online users. The Russian communications watchdog sent out notifications to Internet providers late on Monday, instructing them to block access to Wikipedia in Russian after a provincial court ruled that its entry on hashish contains banned information.

The One Feature Every Smartphone Needs: Vacation Mode

yahoo.com — I hope you've spent a healthy chunk of August looking at one beach, lake, mountain, city vista, or another. But I have this sneaking suspicion that, instead, you've spent an unhealthy amount of the month looking at your phone. How do I know? Because I've been doing the same thing, and I wish I were not.
Aug 25, 2015

You can't live with your smartphone on vacation, can't live without it. Solution: a "Vacation Mode." At @YahooTech: yahoo.com/tech/the-one-f…

Aug 25, 2015

RT @robpegoraro: You can't live with your smartphone on vacation, can't live without it. Solution: a "Vacation Mode." At @YahooTech: yahoo.com/tech/the-one-f…

What to do when Apple Music has its head in cloud

usatoday.com — Q. Since trying out Apple Music, my iPad shows all the music available online, not just what's on my iPad. That doesn't work well when I'm stuck on a slow Internet connection. How do I tell the Music app to only play the files on the tablet? A.

It's Time for Wireless Carriers to Shed Their Tech-Phobia

washingtonpost.com — Some tech-conscious cell phone shoppers have a new complaint: Verizon Wireless can't hear them now, and that's not good. What are they trying to say to that carrier? They'd like to use PalmOne's sleek Treo 650 "smartphone," which Sprint has been selling since December.
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Sep 02, 2015

The Z5 will come in 4.6" and 5.5" versions, the latter with a 4K screen that you will need superhuman retinas to appreciate properly.

Sep 02, 2015

Sony introduces new Xperia Z5 smartphone, leads off with its camera (for instance, an advertised .03-second autofocus time). #SonyIFA

Sep 02, 2015

Sony leading off its #IFA2015 press conference with a pitch for why "high dynamic range" (HDR) needs to be on your next TV.

Sep 02, 2015

Slide at Panasonic's #IFA2015 press conference reads simply "one more thing..." A moment later, we learn it's a new direct-drive turntable.

Sep 02, 2015

My thanks to the #IFA2015 companies that reused last year's network names and passwords for their press-conference WiFi.

Sep 02, 2015

Men's rights activists exploit Calif. law to mass-produce lawsuits against women-in-tech events, by @alyssabereznak: news.yahoo.com/this-californi…

Sep 02, 2015

There's also been a lot of time devoted to gaming hardware - including a laser projector - that I'm kinda too old to evaluate.

Sep 02, 2015

Notable at Acer's #IFA2015 press conference: the Revo Build, a PC you customize with stackable modules, and a digression about cooling fans.


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