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Julio Ojeda-Zapata
Works at The St. Paul Pioneer Press
Attended Colegio Espíritu Santo in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in St. Paul, MN
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Don't look now, but Comcast boosting Internet speeds again (but just for bundle users).
Wait, another Comcast speed hike? Internet-Speed-Tests-Header-600x338. I received some eyebrow-raising (in a good way) news out of Comcast today. One of their PR people summarized it so well in an e-mail, I'll just paste that in here: Hi Julio,. Dave asked me to reach out to you and let you know ...
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Facebook Messenger on Apple Watch? Happy dance.
Facebook today issued a notable update to its Facebook Messenger iOS app today, bringing three major iOS 9 and watchOS 2 enhancements. Most importantly, today's update includes the native Apple Wat...
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Writing for TidBITS, I dissected Google's recent product announcements.
Google followed Apple’s September media event with a set of product announcements that were quite similar: new smartphones, a productivity-focused tablet, new streaming-media hardware, a mobile OS update, and photography announcements. Google and Apple, once very different, are more alike every day.
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On my tech blog: I checked out the new Android Pay, Google's answer to Apple Pay.
I check out the all-new Android Pay. android-pay-celular. I pay for stuff with my phone or my watch whenever I can. This never gets old. When I am in a store with a wireless-payment terminal, I consummate my transaction by tapping my iPhone or Apple Watch against the “near field communication” ...
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Wow, wondering if I should have held off on that iMac purchase back in May.

Should I sell the iMac now and go Retina? Thoughts, friends? Tempted ... but do I really NEED a 4K display?
With September's iPhone release in the rearview and the iPad Pro set for an early November launch, Apple is ready to add some new Mac hardware into its fall product line. Apple is currently plannin...
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I am not usually one for celebrity tiffs ... but I like your style and courage, Tim Gunn.
Tim Gunn isn't afraid to admit he's no fan of Anna Wintour.  The 62-year-old fashion consultent r...
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Good news for fans of 3M Cloud Library: New owners said they will keep working on it.
Book lovers would be forgiven for feeling alarm at the news that 3M has sold off its library-systems division, which is responsible for the 3M Cloud Library ebook-lending service.
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I turned on Wi-Fi calling on my AT&T-based iPhone now that this feature is available.
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Writing for TidBITS, I dissected's recent product announcements.
Amazon has just updated nearly its entire Fire line of tablets and streaming boxes with a host of new features, all while sharply undercutting Apple on price. Maybe the biggest news: you now can buy cheap Fire tablets in six-packs.
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Think you wiped that phone or drive properly before discarding it? Don't be so sure.
Users of smartphones, hard drives and solid-state storage devices often do not erase their data from the equipment properly before getting rid of
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I am soooooooooooooo excited about season two of 'The Flash.' Such a good show.
“The Flash” certainly lived up to its name in season one, racing through story and major plot points, from divulging the title character’s secret identity to key supporting players to killing off o...
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A tour of Spanish accents: Spot on, and very funny.
Many of us took Spanish in high school, but that barely scratches the surface of this beautiful and complex––and highly diverse––language. This video gives you a tour of the different kinds of Span…
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  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press
    consumer-technology reporter and blogger, present
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Chicago Reporter
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Tech writer. Nerd. Boricua. Cover picture by Steve Borsch.

I’ve had a lifelong fascination with technology, and I’ve been a journalist all my life — starting with my cute little articles for my grade-school newspaper, “La Flama,” in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

So, in a way, I’m one of the luckiest persons alive: I work as a technology journalist.

Today, I cover consumer technology for for, a MediaNews Group and Digital First Media property, and its St. Paul Pioneer Press dead-tree counterpart.

I report on a wide range of tech topics, post often to my tech blog, and slap together tech videos from time to time (when I’m not in one).

I also write books on occasion.

My third, recently released book, The Mobile Writer, is aimed at those who want to be productive on mobile devices (such as iPads and Android tablets) but don’t know how to get started. The book is a tech-gear and how-to guide for those wanting to get real writing done on ultraportable computing gadgets, but confused about their many hardware and software options.

Buy The Mobile Writer  here.

I’m also the author of iPad Means Business and Twitter Means Business. A fourth, coffee-themed book is in the planning stages.

I’m active on TwitterGoogle+ and Facebook, among other social networks.

I make frequent appearances on local and national TV-news broadcasts, radio programs and technology podcasts. This blog has archived video or audio of most such media appearances.

I speak with some regularity about journalism, technology and social media (and how the three intersect). A number of such engagements are archived here in video or audio form.

I’m a nerd (in the sci-fi-fanatic and tech-enthusiast senses of the word). I love to merengue, make sushi and brew that perfect cup of café (watch me rave about my favorite coffeemaker).

A native of Quito, Ecuador, I spent most of my childhood in San Juan and wear the “boricua” badge with pride.

I live with my wife and son in St. Paul, Minn., where I sometimes grumble about the non-tropical climate but love to strap on a snowboard.

  • Colegio Espíritu Santo in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Tata (what my wife and son call me), Bombi (high-school nickname), Julio (pronounced "JULE-ee-oh" instead of the usual "HOO-lee-oh; nickname on my mother's side of the family), July (nickname on my father's side of the family)
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Get out of your KFC rut. Pollo Campero, a fast-food chain of Guatemalan origin, serves divine grilled chicken along with to-die-for empanadas, tasty beans, awesome yucca fries (that could make you forget all about the potato variants) and fried plantains. I eat here a lot with my family and the staff knows and pampers us now ... but you'll be treated well, too. You won't have your food brought to your table at KFC. Oh, Campero has fried chicken, too. It's good, but the grilled chicken is better. You may disagree. Check it out and see! You may never again go to KFC.
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reviewed a year ago
Two bites into her rama spinach peanut curry, my wife reacted badly to something in the dish and almost coughed up a lung. I sent the dish back, explaining that my wife was in distress, and asked for something else on the menu. Management refused to provide a replacement dish and insisted on charging us for the mostly uneaten plate. We refused to pay for it, paid for the rest of the bill (no tip) and left. We will never eat there again.
Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
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