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 ...
Q. My download speeds seem much slower than advertised. How can I verify that I’m getting what I paid for, and what can I do if I’m not? A. In most cases, you’re debugging not one connection but two: the access your Internet provider brings to your house, and the Wi-Fi network that distributes it to most devices in your home. Start by getting third-party measurements of the download and upload speeds your computer sees at the bandwidth-measurement sites Speedtest.net and M-Lab.
Q. Why do my Apple devices keep asking for my Apple ID password at random moments? A. You can forgive Apple for an abundance of caution with your Apple ID — the universal login to such services as the App Store, iCloud, iTunes and FaceTime. But the seemingly random way this system can pop up a nag for your password can yield some head-scratching moments. Rich Mogull, CEO of the cloud-security firm Securosis, outlined two possible causes.
The members of Team USA from left to right: Sanjna Ravichandar, Colleen Johnson, and Katie Johnson. Courtesy: Rob PegoraroA horde of rolling robots overran a concert hall in Washington, D.C., on Monday and Tuesday. The machines built by 163 teams of teenagers to compete in the inaugural First Global Challenge had one job: collecting and sorting plastic balls in a small arena approximating a stream passing through a village.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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