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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).

Weak Wi-Fi drags down DSL? Try moving the modem — Q. My Verizon DSL modem-router combo doesn't offer enough Wi-Fi range. Can I replace that with a better model? A. Yes, although Verizon doesn't make that option at all clear. Its support site is silent on the subject, and spokesman Harry Mitchell had no advice to offer on it either.

3 Questions to Ask Before Putting Cameras on Cops — Two weeks ago, many of us were sure that if only Darren Wilson had had a body camera, justice would have been more easily served in Ferguson, Missouri. Then, a week ago, things didn't look so clear. Video taken by a passerby of Eric Garner's fatal chokehold arrest did not stop a grand jury from declining to bring an indictment.

4G me not: WiMax isn't LTE and is going away at Sprint resellers — A. It is, and you'll need a new hotspot when that happens. Sprint announced some four years ago that it would replace its pioneering mobile broadband with the faster LTE standard other carriers use. Now, WiMax has less than year to live.

The European Union Wants to Regulate Google - Some More — (Thinkstock) It's been years since Google could have considered itself welcome in Europe, but over the past few months the level of resentment there has escalated dramatically - and inconsistently. So before you ask, "What's German for 'Google Derangement Syndrome?' " you might want to know what's happened recently to spike the mistrust.

Warning: iPhoto won't know if you change a password in OS X — Q. I can't e-mail a photo or share it to Facebook from iPhoto. I would changed the passwords for those accounts, but the new ones are in OS X already. What did I miss? A. Apple's operating system includes a handy Internet Accounts system-preferences pane to store logins to e-mail and social-media services for use by such OS X apps as Mail, Contacts and Calendar.

BlackBerry will pay you up to $550 to dump your iPhone 6 for the Passport — Do you want to be super productive with a rugged phone that will help you work wide and do real work? Even better, do you want to get $550 to buy it just for trading in your wimpy, un-wide iPhone 6? There's great news for you, then.

Is The Uber Problem Changing How Startups Treat Privacy? Not Much. — It's been a rough month for privacy in the world of tech startups. A round of unappealing revelations have left the car-dispatch service Uber looking more than a little creepy, and other tech newcomers don't appear much better.

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.

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.
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Dec 19, 2014

A good thing about the holiday season in Washington: seeing other countries' decorations. Merry Christmas, Australia.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @edbott: A major corporate support organization just insisted that I follow them so they could DM me a link to their press release archive.

Dec 19, 2014

3-D printing isn't cool. You know what's cool? 3-D printing on a space station.…

Dec 19, 2014

AFAICT, no senior North Korean government figures were insulted in the making of that movie. Note also: They still suck anyway.

Dec 19, 2014

Went to a screening of the Michael Mann "cyberthriller" (their word, not mine) #Blackhat this morning. Talk about a timely release...

Dec 18, 2014

@Scott_Radcliffe The metric is where we respond to the overall pitch, not how we respond to it, right?

Dec 18, 2014

@Scott_Radcliffe There are lots of reasons I might not be able to pick up. I use Google Voice; VM isn't that bad to deal with.

Dec 18, 2014

Look, I'm not exactly a fan of the voicemail UX. But it exists for fairly sound reasons. Use it, or don't bother calling at all.

Dec 18, 2014

Calling me and then not leaving a voicemail suggests you will only say your piece if I drop everything to hear it in real time. Um, no.

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