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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).

Stethoscope 2.0? A Brief History of Unlikely Smart Devices

With rumors of a game-supporting Apple TV looming, Apple launches gaming Twitter feed

Hands On: Samsung’s Gear S2 Brings Some Elegance to the Smartwatch

Polaroid’s coolest camera in years prints your pics without using ink — When was the last time a Polaroid camera excited you? The answer is like "never" if you're 25 years old or younger. However, Polaroid on Wednesday unveiled a new camera called the Snap that's genuinely awesome, even if the year is 2015 and not 1985.

Intel's New Processors Bring 'Most Significant Advancements in Computing' — 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 — This article, Woz comes out for Bernie Sanders, originally appeared on 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 — 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:…

Sep 02, 2015

What Politicos Don’t Know About Encryption Could Make Us All Less Safe… via @YahooTech

New math hurts case for old unlimited data plans — 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:…

Hackers steal Gmail login details from Samsung smart fridge — 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 — This article, Found after 108 years: Message in a bottle set afloat for science, originally appeared on 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.
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Sep 04, 2015

Another #IFA2015 sighting: the @MixStik app-linked cocktail-assembly helper (fill to the glowing line).

Sep 04, 2015

A cable-compatible, triple-tuner Blu-ray recorder with a 2TB DVR included. Why we no have, America? #IFA2015

Sep 04, 2015

This washing machine notifies you when its built-in detergent tank is low and invites you to order more. FYI, Amazon.

Sep 04, 2015

Umm, sorry, this is Intel. All the blue should have clued me in

Sep 04, 2015

Seen at #IFA2015 today: a refrigerator with cameras inside, so you can check its contents from the supermarket. And take fridge selfies.

Sep 04, 2015

Annoyingly predictable in OS X: Leave Safari open to Facebook overnight, see Safari Web Content devouring 10+ GB of memory. But why?

Sep 03, 2015

Samsung's new Gear S2 smartwatch reminds me of an Apple gadget. No, it's not the Apple Watch. At @YahooTech:…

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