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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).

This could be the first airplane on Mars — This article, This could be the first airplane on Mars, originally appeared on This render shows what the Prandtl-m might look like on Mars. NASA When I think of airplanes on Mars, I imagine a sci-fi scenario with robotic winged flying machines swarming through the Martian air, gathering data like a flock of hyper-intelligent space seagulls.

Why The Tech Industry Hates Patent Trolls, and You Should Too — Congress is inching closer than ever to fixing the single biggest problem in U.S. tech policy. Characteristically, it's doing so years after the issue became obvious. Patents-the limited monopoly inventors get from the government for proving they've created a new, useful and non-obvious thing-have one job described in the Constitution, to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts."

Wi-Fi wrongly blocking sites? Blame humans — A. I was left asking this question after a recent United Airlines flight on which I could not read a story at the tech-news site Pando Daily -- and the error message offered no hint about what was wrong except that the site " could not be viewed."

Instagram targets real-time events in Twitter challenge — Instagram on Tuesday began letting users easily tune into hot topics of the moment as the Facebook-owned image sharing service stepped squarely into Twitter's domain. Updated versions of Instagram applications released in the United States for mobile devices powered by Apple or Android software boasted Explore pages complete with trending topics and places.

Ebay to ban listings of Confederate flags — SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc said on Tuesday it will ban Confederate flags and related items containing the flag's image from its website calling the flag a "symbol of divisiveness and racism."

Facebook can spot you even if your face is covered — New York, June 23 (IANS) You cannot hide from Facebook, no matter what you do. An experimental algorithm out of Facebook's artificial intelligence lab can recognise people in photographs even when their faces are not fully visible. Instead it looks for other unique characteristics like hairdo, clothing, body shape and pose, reported New Scientist.

Tech Firms Trust Our Government Even Less Than You Do — (Thinkstock) Last week, for the fifth year in a row, the Electronic Frontier Foundation released one of the most important annual reports in tech policy - even if most people have never heard of it. In its "Who Has Your Back?"

Wonky Wi-Fi on one device? Take it to the bridge — Q. We bought a new connected TV that won't stay connected -- its WiFi drops out after only a few minutes of service. Moving the router closer to the TV didn't help. What else can we do? A. Malfunctioning WiFi is a regular topic in this column (not to mention in my own life).

The Hottest Trailers of E3 2015 — Star Wars: Battlefront (Credit: EA) This year's E3 solidified a trend in the promotion of upcoming games - we're seeing fewer (and shorter) pre-baked cinematics, and ever-longer sequences of actual gameplay. This may be because gamers are less patient than they once were, or because graphics are now so good that nobody can tell the difference anyway.

My Password-Manager Service Got Hacked. Things Could Be Much Worse. — (Photo by Rob Pegoraro/Yahoo Tech) At 11:09 last night, I got the one e-mail you don't want to get from the service keeping your passwords safe. Hint: It has the phrase "security notice" in its subject line. LastPass, the Fairfax, Va., password-management firm I use on a near-daily basis, discovered on Friday that somebody got into its network.
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Jul 01, 2015

@CStein66 You don't--an issue that the proponents of these services tend to gloss over.

Jul 01, 2015

... the storage-usage figures in the Settings app indicate his local files are still there. Beyond getting a viewable filesystem, ideas?

Jul 01, 2015

#AppleMusic puzzler from a reader: Post-iOS 8.4, Music doesn't show all his own music files, only iTunes purchases. Weirder yet, cont'd...

Jun 30, 2015

@alpert I hate that. Also hate the trend of hiding everything but the domain name. Why treat the reader like a simpleton?

Jun 30, 2015

You can get the gist of this news from the first five characters of the story's URL. Good work, Posties.…

Jun 30, 2015

@boteball Google can respond by showing those idiot drivers more ads for funeral services.

Jun 30, 2015

@edbott Sounds like any tech journalist at a conference. Or at least any tech journalist with my name.

Jun 30, 2015

RT @attackerman: Dismantle the NSA if it hasn't given the #USWNT the German playbook

Jun 30, 2015

Facebook's site says my page has received four new messages; only one awaits. I thought counting was something programs were all good at.

Jun 30, 2015

Still no iTunes 12.2 to be found for my MacBook. Should I try asking Apple Maps for directions to the update?

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