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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).

Well-Encrypted Phones on Vulnerable Cellular Networks: Anxiety All Around — The police are upset about Apple and Google's latest smartphone advances. The problem is the encryption in both iOS 8 and Android Lollipop operating systems. It is turned on by default and there is no master key that Apple or Google can give to investigators, even if they have a warrant.

Comcast changes tune on 'change of service' fee — Q: Comcast is hitting me with a $2.99 fee to cancel my service. Is that right? A: That "change of service" surcharge has been a poorly disclosed part of the cable giant's price structure for a long time, but Comcast says it's finally going away.

Nexus 6 review: Stop the screen-specs madness — You're not going to sneak up on anybody with a Nexus 6 in your hand. The latest smartphone from Google stands out for a few things, but its gigantic 5.96-inch screen leads the list.

Here is everything on sale at Best Buy for Black Friday — Tech fans and gadget lovers are surely waiting for this year's Black Friday sales bonanza to kick off, and the first Black Friday ads have already been published, including Best Buy's 47-page Black Friday listing which was dug up by BFAds. According to the site, Best Buy will start its Black Friday Sale at 5:00 p.m.

Chinese spend billions in world's biggest online shopping day — China's biggest annual shopping bonanza smashed records Tuesday as online sales on Alibaba alone hit $8 billion, more than the total racked up the same day last year across all platforms. That followed a frenetic morning of shopping -- sales on Alibaba's e-shopping platforms exceeded $2 billion in just the first hour.

5 Things to Know About Obama’s Net-Neutrality Push — President Obama posted a note to the Internet on Monday morning, admitting a mistake: When it comes to keeping the Internet open for everybody's creativity, we've been doing this wrong since at least 2002. He proposed we hit the Undo button. Why? Put simply, fast Internet access in the U.S.

Facebook won't unfriend Flash, but it should — Q. Facebook requires Flash to watch video on my desktop, but not on my phone. Why the mismatch? A. It's frustrating - you see a video a friend shared, complete with what looks like a functioning "play" button, but when you click it you only get a "Flash Player upgrade required" error message.

How Verizon Wireless Is Tracking You All Around the Web — What if the one company that stays with you wherever you go on the Internet - that is, your Internet provider - started inserting cookies in your webpages and could track your online habits for marketing purposes? That is basically what Verizon Wireless is doing, and it's the cause of justifiable outrage.

Nexus 9 tablet shows Google is thinking bigger --- but not big enough (review) — Few parts of the Android ecosystem have improved more and gotten less credit for it than tablets. The gap between 2010's crude Samsung Galaxy Tab and polished products like last year's Nexus 7 is immense.

Google's Nexus Player is no Apple TV; it's not even a Chromecast — When Google announced last month that it would bring a $99 streaming-media Nexus Player to the market, it invited a one-word response: Why? Google's past ventures into TV-connected appliances have not fared well.
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Nov 20, 2014

@rschles You should hear half the buzzwords getting thrown around in these product pitches.

Nov 20, 2014

The catch: You have to open your Iotera femtocell base station for other users to access. #demo2014

Nov 20, 2014

Track your pet/device/kid with a tiny pod that can run three months on a battery using @Iotera's proprietary wireless network. #demo2014

Nov 20, 2014

The @YonomiApp connects connected devices--e.g., Sonos music pauses and Philips Hue lights blink to let you know you have a call. #demo2014

Nov 20, 2014

The @getklink app surfaces data from "over 100" sources about the person on the phone. Meant for sales; bet it's used for dating. #demo2014

Nov 20, 2014

Are the #demo2014 judges not allowed to ask "what's the business model?" and "where does the money come from?" Asking for a friend...

Nov 20, 2014

Lifebox ( and its question-of-the-day system sounds like a Quora for your social life and relationships. #demo2014

Nov 20, 2014

Kandid does private social sharing of photos; founders say it "sits between" Facebook/Instagram and Snapchat. Um, good luck... #demo2014

Nov 20, 2014

"Built in mobile assistant" app from @getGlanceAt analyzes your e-mail and calendar to streamline scheduling meetings. #demo2014

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