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Rob Pegoraro

Next door to Washington, DC
Freelance 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).

Your silly emojis are going to court — Emojis represent a specialized dialect that many English speakers struggle with. The same can also be said of legalese. So when the two intersect, things can get complicated, and fast. The array of symbols that we increasingly rely on for our messaging and social media are already starting to play a role in court cases.

Why the Calendar app in macOS Sierra can show a short memory — Q. When I search for old events on my Mac in Sierra's Calendar app, it doesn't show anything older than about two years. What's going on here? A. That's a glitch in Apple's new macOS Sierra, also known as version 10.12, and we seem to have been the first to bring it to the attention of the company's developers.

How to prolong your phone's life in a power outage — If you're in the midst of an epic storm, the state of your cell phone might seem a secondary consideration. But as we saw during 2012's Hurricane Sandy, the work the wireless carriers put into adding battery and generator backups to their towers after Hurricane Katrina can leave them the one functioning telecom system after the power goes out.

How to protect your email from snooping — In the bad old days, e-mail messages traveled from server to server as the equivalent of postcards, readable by anybody who could capture them flitting by. That's changed dramatically in the past few years, thanks to widespread adoption of "Transport Layer Security" (TLS) encryption.

The White House gathered tech leaders to tackle society's biggest problems — Last March, President Barack Obama issued a challenge to techies gathered in Austin for the South By Southwest festival: Stop ignoring Washington as uncool and put your talents to work on "new approaches to solve some of the big problems that we're facing today." Tuesday, the president followed up on

Why it matters that Google might be making its own phones — Over six and a half years ago, Google's attempt at selling its own idealized Android phone launched about as disastrously as possible. Its Nexus One failed to live up to pre-release hype, then Sprint and Verizon dropped plans to support it - and Google discontinued it six months later.

Why the chip card isn't the disaster everybody says it is — From all the grumpiness over the "EMV" chip-card transition, you'd think that the circuitry embedded in our new credit cards delivered a small electric shock every time you inserted one into a terminal at a check-out counter.

Why you may be able to finally ditch that old unlimited plan — A. Things have changed since last year, when I contemplated this question and suggested that most people would be fine spending less on increasingly-generous limited-data plans. On one hand, Sprint and T-Mobile have renewed their unlimited-data offerings.

Here's the cybersecurity debate Clinton and Trump should have had

How HP's decision to reject some ink cartridges reflects a much bigger problem — People don't need another reason to swear at their printers, but HP ( ) is giving them one anyway. That's because as of Sept. 13, some of the company's ink-jet printers began rejecting ink cartridges bought from other companies .
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Oct 24, 2016

Whole Foods cashier referred to my using Android Pay to make an NFC payment as "Apple Pay." #brandequity

Oct 24, 2016

@readDanwrite @dcassagnol @CTATech I'm tempted to blame part of this decline on the crummy state of Apple's Photos.

Oct 24, 2016

Replacement @bikeshare key - slightly narrower than its predecessor - arrived in the mail six days after I called.… 

Oct 24, 2016

I grew up reading the NYT and still read it almost every day; as a @wirecutter contributor, this news doesn't bothe… 

Oct 24, 2016

AT&T's Stephenson says he is "convicted" autonomous cars will be big. #vocabularymatters

Oct 24, 2016

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on that possibility: “I can’t prejudge any of this. I really don’t know.” I find that a… 

Oct 23, 2016

@tbridge @desiderioDC Picturing 95% of people who cheered on the Red Sox in 2004 holding their heads in their hands. [holds head in hands]

Oct 23, 2016

The Cubs are going to the World Series. See, 2016 isn't beyond redemption after all.

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