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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).

Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message

yahoo.com — Cyber security firm Zimperium on Monday warned of a flaw in the world's most popular smartphone operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message. "Attackers only need your mobile number, using which they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS (text message)," Zimperium Mobile Security said in a blog post.
Jul 28, 2015

Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message yhoo.it/1D8zpr2

Windows 10 Is the Product of a Chastened, Changed Microsoft

yahoo.com — (Rob Pegoraro/Yahoo Tech) On Wednesday, Microsoft will ship a new version of Windows. And no, you haven't seen this movie before. Compared to every other operating system to ever come out of Redmond, Windows 10 is a different kind of upgrade.
Jul 28, 2015

The Microsoft of 1995 might be confused or angry about the Microsoft of 2015, but I like the change. At @YahooTech: yahoo.com/tech/windows-1…

Jul 28, 2015

Windows 10 Is the Product of a Chastened, Changed Microsoft yahoo.com/tech/windows-1… via @YahooTech #awesome column by the amzng @robpegoraro

Why Chrome questions your bank's security

usatoday.com — Q. Chrome displays a yellow warning triangle over the lock icon at my bank's site. When I click that, it warns me about a weak security configuration. How do I fix that? A. You can't, because only your bank can change how it encrypts the connection between your browser and its site.
Jul 26, 2015

Your bank may not want to talk about its site's use of obsolete "SHA-1" crypto, but Chrome does. At @usatodaytech: usatoday.com/story/tech/col…

Windows 10: 6 Excellent Reasons to Upgrade Your PC

yahoo.com — Three days after Microsoft releases Windows 10 to the general public on July 29, I am making a special trip to my Mom's house to personally upgrade her Windows 8.1 laptop. I can't wait, and neither can she.
Jul 21, 2015

Windows 10: 6 Excellent Reasons to Upgrade Your PC yahoo.com/tech/windows-1… via @YahooTech and the most excellent @edbott #windows10

Jul 21, 2015

I'm making a special trip to my hometown to upgrade my Mom's PC. (Seriously.) Here's why. yahoo.com/tech/windows-1…

Jul 21, 2015

Hestitating about upgrading to Windows 10? @edbott says don't. It's totally worth it. yahoo.com/tech/windows-1… via @YahooTech

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Microsoft rushes emergency security fix for Windows

yahoo.com — This article, Microsoft rushes emergency security fix for Windows, originally appeared on CNET.com. Microsoft Microsoft on Monday issued an emergency fix for all supported versions of its Windows operating system, plugging a hole that essentially allowed hackers unfettered access to victims' computers.

White House Creates @TheIranDeal Twitter Account to Promote Nuclear Agreement

yahoo.com — The White House has created a new Twitter account to promote the international agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear program. @TheIranDeal urges people to tweet their questions and promises to "set the record straight." Watch @POTUS lay out the facts about the historic nuclear deal with Iran.

Why Online Comments Suck (and How to Fix Them)

yahoo.com — (Rob Pegoraro/Yahoo Tech) Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it. The recent drama at Reddit is just the latest example. The managers of that expansive archipelago of forums have apparently just realized that the site provides a platform for some singularly hateful people.
Jul 21, 2015

From Usenet to Reddit, we keep seeing how unfettered comments can implode--and useful ones take work. At @YahooTech: yahoo.com/tech/why-onlin…

Jul 21, 2015

RT @robpegoraro: From Usenet to Reddit, we keep seeing how unfettered comments can implode--and useful ones take work. At @YahooTech: yahoo.com/tech/why-onlin…

Jul 21, 2015

“Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it.” @RobPegoraro’s latest. yahoo.com/tech/why-onlin…

Jul 21, 2015

RT @Pogue: “Decades of upgrades to the Internet have yet to fix one nagging problem: the people on it.” @RobPegoraro’s latest. yahoo.com/tech/why-onlin…

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How to bid farewell to Flash

usatoday.com — Q. I've been seeing more and more suggestions that I uninstall Flash. Is that a good idea, and how much will that inconvenience me online? A. Adobe's Flash plug-in was once an unquestioned ingredient of Web multimedia, but it's been having a bad half-decade since Apple CEO Steve Jobs publicly excommunicated Flash from the iPhone.
Jul 19, 2015

Doing without Flash isn't consequence-free, but it's easier than you might think. At @usatodaytech, I explain how: usatoday.com/story/tech/col…

10 of the biggest duds in video game history

yahoo.com — All too often, we convince ourselves that a game is going to be awesome based on fancy tech demos, early impressions, or the developer's pedigree...only to watch in horror as 50 things go wrong and it turns out to be a mess. Here's a look at 10 of the biggest busts in gaming history.

Mobile screens: Do they really turn your kids' brains to mush?

yahoo.com — This article, Mobile screens: Do they really turn your kids' brains to mush?, originally appeared on CNET.com. James Martin/CNET When my 15-year-old daughter was a baby, I let her watch some TV. But I didn't worry about smartphones or tablets. Those devices weren't even around then.
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Jul 28, 2015

Trying to fix a Canon MP560's "B200" error by cleaning the printhead worked briefly, and now it won't turn on. An Uber, but for printouts?

Jul 28, 2015

@awzurcher Give GWU credit for doing the seemingly impossible job of making Georgetown look like D.C.'s affordable option.

Jul 28, 2015

Contributor lets you pay sites monthly and see fewer or no ads in return. Really hope Google shares uptake numbers. twitter.com/mattcutts/stat…

Jul 28, 2015

RT @emptywheel: Jim Comey finally has a dastardly criminal who got away with his crime by making his phone unavailable. pic.twitter.com/ZyquHyGH0W

Jul 28, 2015

How Google makes a bid for my (nonexistent) local-advertising budget: paper mail to my home. pic.twitter.com/f5WQ1W4m6V

Jul 28, 2015

@slarjy I'm amazed any of that post stuck around - the paper did a CMS switchover in 2004 or 2005 that resulted in a mass link extinction.

Jul 28, 2015

If you think I'm in the tank for Microsoft, I also wrote this: washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/article… (apologies for 404ed first age, and for my shirt).

Jul 28, 2015

If you don't trust Microsoft, maybe you shouldn't run their OS in the first place? twitter.com/dhohndel/statu…

Jul 28, 2015

Or everybody antsy over self-driving cars, even though people are often lousy drivers. Sorry, but you really should trust the machines more.



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