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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. Seen at @YahooTech, @USATODAYtech, and elsewhere.

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).

Why Some Stores Won’t Take Apple Pay, and How to Punish Them

yahoo.com — If you want to use Apple Pay or Google Wallet at a Rite Aid or CVS drugstore, sorry, your money's no good there. Instead, you're in for an experience like the one I had on Monday at a CVS.

Security update: AOL learns to two-step, and why your ISP may not

usatoday.com — Q: My AOL account got hacked. I'd turn on two-step verification, but it's not an option. Will it be ever? A: Yes, it will. The company has been working on a version of this security option and says it plans to bring it to customers very soon.

Verizon Has the Best Single-Line Smartphone Plan

time.com — This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article below at How We Decided TheWirecutter.com If you're in the United States and looking for a carrier with good coverage, fast bandwidth and-this may surprise you-affordable single-line plans, you should consider Verizon Wireless.

Dish Customers Lose CNN, Cartoon Network in Contract Dispute with Turner

yahoo.com — ( Photo: Associated Press) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. Dish Network said Tuesday that Turner refused to extend the overall deal.

Will Sports Learn from HBO’s Grand Online Experiment?

yahoo.com — Not nearly this soon. Not only has HBO done financially very well by tying access to its original programming to pay-TV subscriptions, it is owned by the entertainment conglomerate, Time Warner, that also runs the nation's second-largest cable service, Time Warner Cable.

Retiring an old iPad? Back it up first

usatoday.com — Q: If I retire my old iPad for one of the new models, how do I make sure all of my data is off the tablet and none of it is left behind before donating or selling it?

Twitter Could Fix Gamergate. Why Doesn’t It?

yahoo.com — Three times in the past several weeks, women have felt compelled to leave their homes after being targeted on Twitter with rape and death threats personalized with their home addresses - all because they voiced contrary opinions about the video-game industry while possessing two X chromosomes.

What's new in Google Voice: MMS

usatoday.com — Q. How does this new Google Voice MMS support work, and why isn't Verizon part of it? A. Google's announcement of its calling service's newfound fluency with multimedia messaging - a brief Google+ posting by product manager Alex Wiesen - left a few things out of focus.

Captions are good for panels, not just photos

robpegoraro.com — LAS VEGAS--I am here once again for yet another conference, this time Tech Cocktail's Celebrate. Some of the discussions here ranged a bit afield of my own consumer-tech focus, but It's been a pretty good event overall--including my turn in the spotlight this morning, when I interviewed SmartThings founder Jeff Hagins about the future of smart homes...

Our Relationship with the New Social Network Ello: It’s Complicated

yahoo.com — The fascination over Ello, the "simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network" that bills itself as an antidote to Facebook and its advertising foundation, shows two things at work. One is that although 1.32 billion of us show up on Facebook at least once a month, some of us are still not satisfied by it.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @amcafee: OK, that's pretty good. @uber turns its car icons into bats tonight... pic.twitter.com/YIWo6tm4Ct

Oct 31, 2014

@violetblue I'm recalling a Steve Jobs quote - or paraphrase - about iOS offering "freedom from porn."

Oct 31, 2014

@PRCog Well worth the time, especially if you follow it up with a visit to a good aerospace museum.

Oct 31, 2014

Weirdly but perhaps appropriately, my writing that tweet was interrupted by the roar of a fighter-jet flyover of Arlington Cemetery.

Oct 31, 2014

@jason_koebler My home office isn't that large, and I knew what shelf had my copy of Wolfe's "The Right Stuff."

Oct 31, 2014

@ethanklapper This does provide a little more context for why NASA picked the more conservative CST-100 over Dream Chaser.

Oct 31, 2014

@ethanklapper For Orbital and VG, yes. For SpaceX and Boeing, it's more weight on their shoulders.



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