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Next door to Washington, DC
Freelance Technology Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  digital culture, telecom, gadgets, tech policy, smartphones, consumer electronics, computers, social media, internet
Doesn't Cover: software, enterprise

Journalist covering/often vexed by computers, gadgets and other things that beep. Read: @YahooFinance, @USATODAYtech, elsewhere. Write:

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).

Here's what Republicans (and maybe Trump) think about tech policy — Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, on July 21, 2016. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) Let me be clear: Donald Trump doesn't think much of Hillary Clinton's IT strategy.

Keeping old router on Verizon Fios will cost you — Q. Verizon says I can only keep my old, discontinued router if I pay a new, $2.80/month fee, or I can buy a new router from them. Do I have any alternatives? A. Fios subscribers around the country who got their routers for free from the New York firm years ago may be getting an "Important Service Information about your Fios Account" e-mail.

Here’s how to make sure no one else can read your Facebook Messages — The social network that launched a thousand privacy scares is giving you a way to send messages so private that neither the company nor anybody but your correspondent can decrypt and read them. Facebook (FB) calls this new Messenger feature "Secret Conversations," and it not only lets you scramble messages

Twitter won’t solve its harassment problem by banning one jerk — Apparently, you can be too annoying for Twitter. Tuesday night, that social network permanently banned writer Milo Yiannopoulos for suggesting to his roughly 400,000 followers that actress Leslie Jones deserved some hate mail - an invitation that resulted in a torrent of racist insults that led Jones

When an iOS app update starts with an uninstall — Q. My bank's iPad app tells me that it's being retired and that I have to remove it and then replace it with a new app. Why couldn't the bank update the existing app? A.

Tech execs weren't being totally fair when they trashed Trump's tech policy — One hundred and forty-five technology executives, investors, inventors and other bold-face names posted an open letter Thursday to make one thing clear: They can't stand Donald Trump. Many people share that sentiment, to judge from the continued high negative approval ratings the presumptive Republican nominee keeps racking up in polls.

Verizon's new plans don't have to cost extra — Q. Now that Verizon's changed up its pricing yet again, should I drop my current plan for one of the new ones? A. The plans that Verizon Wireless rolled out Wednesday do cost more than their predecessors--which led grumpy Twitter users to tee off on the nation's largest wireless carrier.

Those massive data overage charges may soon be a thing of the past — By Rob Pegoraro Which would you rather have happen when you exhaust the data you've paid for on your smartphone: a hefty overage charge, having no data at all, or getting your downloads cranked all the way down to 2G sluggishness? A few years ago, you could only choose between the first two options.

The worst thing Hillary Clinton did with her email — by Rob Pegoraro Comey scolded the email practice of Clinton and her colleagues, criticizing the State Department's entire security culture as "generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government." "She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related emails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries," Comey said.

Name that network: The carriers behind wireless resellers — A. Wireless resellers -- known in the business as MVNOs, short for " mobile virtual network operators " -- have to get their signals from somewhere, but most of the time it's from only one of the big four U.S. carriers.
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Jul 25, 2016

@jameswester I also dare to dream that Apple will someday retire the Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. Sad!

Jul 25, 2016

@bc_butler If only we could hear a crowd chanting against the DMCA's section 1201 at some point.

Jul 25, 2016

I'd like to think that the people chanting "No TPP" were angry about its ugly IP provisions, but so far people rarely vote on tech policy.

Jul 25, 2016

This started off like Bernie's Oscars speech, except he forgot to thank his agent and God.

Jul 25, 2016

RT @rschles: What does she meant that the issues this country faces cannot be boiled down to 140 characters? That's just absurd and here are 9 reasons wh

Jul 25, 2016

Translation of my timeline right now: Beyoncé is not our queen, Michelle Obama is.

Jul 25, 2016

Sen. @CoryBooker is good at talking to people. How else can a guy get elected in Jersey when he won't get a bagel with egg and Taylor ham?

Jul 25, 2016

Correction, that's call-spam detection coming to Nexus and Android One phones.

Jul 25, 2016

@philnickinson Well, that's another thing that note needed to clarify...

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