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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).

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 .

How to prolong your MacBook's battery life — Q. My MacBook Air now shows a "Service Battery" warning under the battery-gauge menu. Can I ignore it, or is the battery about to die on me? A. If you use one of Apple's laptops for enough years, you will probably see this message when you click on the battery icon at the right end of the menu bar.

How the government plans to make your self-driving car safer — A self-driving car may someday have to decide between your life and the lives of others. But how should the car choose? If don't know how to make that decision, that's okay - Washington doesn't either.

No, Ted Cruz, the US isn't giving away the internet — A small band of Republican lawmakers is engaged in a fierce, last-minute fight to force the Obama administration to retain its authority over part of the Internet. Yes, you read that correctly. The unlikely spectacle of Republicans battling to preserve government control shows that you can make an argument out of anything in Washington - at least, if the White House offers an opinion about it first.

The EU's new copyright reforms could change the internet — Some of the European Union's leaders think they've come up with a two new way to boost the continent's digital economy: let newspapers bill search engines like Google and Yahoo (Finance's parent company) for showing snippets of news stories, and get video sites to make sure their users don't uploaded

If a sentence in an email ends in 'J,' it's OK — Q. Why do people keep ending sentences in e-mails with a "J" where I think a smiley emoticon would go? A. You're not looking at some secret messaging shorthand. Instead, you can blame Microsoft. No, really. That strange substitution comes from a bug in its Outlook software for Windows that's been around since at least 2010.

Facebook outlines its plan to insert ads into Live videos — DENVER - Facebook knows you like live video - and it's pretty sure that you won't mind if those real-time clips start playing automatically with audio, then have ads appear in the middle. Facebook product director Fidji Simo revealed the new details about the social network's video strategy during in an interview with CNN's social-news director Samantha Barry here at the Online News Association's conference .

Congress could blow an opportunity to fix a major email privacy issue — Congress could fix this email privacy issue, but might not. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It's now been over three and a half years since the mass-market irrelevance of that part of ECPA has become common knowledge, and the law remains on the books unaltered. After several years of having attempts to fix ECPA in Congress run aground, we're now closer than ever.

How to buy an iPhone 7 without getting locked into a carrier — A. The deals don't have to be as long as you keep one thing in mind: If you value preserving your ability to shop around for service, you don't want to buy your phone from your carrier.
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Sep 28, 2016

@WilsonCalvert We had something like that around D.C. last fall--$4 flat-rate UberPool. Saved my butt from Metro disruptions at least once.

Sep 28, 2016

T-Mobile free LTE in 14 S. American, 19 European countries good through 2016:  (They had to match Fi somehow, yes?)

Sep 27, 2016

Got an invite from @Uber_DC to pay $10 for 10 "Uber Plus" flat-rate rides ($2 UberPool, $8 UberX) w/in D.C. and environs over 30 days. Sold?

Sep 27, 2016

@anildash Pretty sure I am more of a dork in person; the only real question is, how much more?

Sep 27, 2016

@LanceUlanoff @SpaceX Reminds me a little too much of the Soviet N1 moon rocket...

Sep 27, 2016

Interesting news for NEC regulars. Students of surveillance, note slide 61's mention of support for "Video facial recognition technology."

Sep 27, 2016

Watching an entrepreneur explain how he's going to terraform Mars. NBD.  (Commercial crew first, @elonmusk!)

Sep 27, 2016

@tynanwrites @reckless Yet another argument for increasing infrastructure investment, or something.

Sep 26, 2016

Now that I've read it... what if Trump was only saying the bed weighed 400 pounds, not the hacker? I fear we've all rushed to judgment here.

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