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Rob Pegoraro

Next door to Washington, DC
Contract Columnist and FreelanceWriter — Freelance, USA Today
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 why email is still the best messaging app — My latest descent into messaging hell came two weeks ago, when I saw a notification for a friend's message pop up in the growing list of notifications on my Android phone. I reflexively tapped the button to clear the list - and then realized I didn't remember which app the notification came from.

You can visit Yosemite National Park with Obama … in VR — I was standing in the middle of Yosemite National Park hearing President Barack Obama talk about the place, which was funny since I haven't been to Yosemite since 2001 and have never had a personal chat with the president.

Higher Ed’s Augmented-Reality Ambitions Highlight Infrastructure Requirements — It took a smartphone game starring decades-old characters to transform augmented reality from a computing curiosity into a pop culture medium. And it may require an equally old data-transfer method - Sneakernet - for higher ed to capitalize on the technology behind the Pokémon GO game.

Unlimited plans at Sprint, T-Mobile have limited appeal — A. The rewritten all-you-can-browse offerings from the nation's number-three and number-four wireless carriers have a couple of things in common: Both are cheaper than earlier unlimited plans at each firm, and neither quite qualifies as unlimited on closer inspection. With Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan, available from Friday on, you'll pay $60 a month--down from $75.

T-Mobile and Sprint’s new unlimited plans aren’t exactly unlimited — Sprint and T-Mobile want to sell you unlimited data for less. The chisel in T-Mobile's hands is arguably bigger than Sprint's, though. To replace the company's $95 unlimited plan with its new $70 per month "T-Mobile One" unlimited deal, which starts Sept.

To Wit: Twittering — Politicians can have their message of the day, but on the Web, anybody can have their message of the hour -- or the minute. Short updates on social-networking sites have become a new sort of public writing, the equivalent of text-messaging the Web.

How I finally got MLB to let me watch my home team online — All summer, I've been watching baseball in a web browser. Now, normally that would be completely unremarkable, except I've been viewing Washington Nationals games within sight of Washington, DC. That's a violation of baseball's regional-blackouts regime, which bars you from watching games online if you're anywhere near the vicinity of the home team.

Cure a calendar crash on Mac — Q. OS X's Calendar app hung up on me, so I force-quit it. Now it doesn't show any of my events and instead stays stuck on an "Updating calendars..." prompt. How do I get past that? A.

We need more high-speed internet, but politicians are blocking the way — Last week, the Federal Communications Commission issued a report documenting what many of you already know: You don't have much choice when it comes to broadband. Then on Wednesday, a court ruling held the FCC can't override state laws restricting cities and towns from launching their own broadband

This ambitious new service wants to be the ‘Spotify of news’ - but falls short — Print ads continue to dwindle while online ads, which make less money than their print-based counterparts, are often wildly irrelevant or annoying enough to goad readers into installing ad-blocking apps. Some ads even hide malware injected by third-party attackers .
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Aug 26, 2016

@fmanjoo First-rate food there. Will you get kicked out if you repurpose the yoga room as a kids playroom?

Aug 26, 2016

@fmanjoo If you're in T3, try to find a friend with an Amex plat card who can guest you into the Centurion Lounge. Good luck!

Aug 26, 2016

@monikarun It would be harder for servers to skim diners' credit cards that way.

Aug 26, 2016

@e_russell The chin looks a little chunky, although that may be a consequence of the livery accentuating it.

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