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Security, the Edward Snowden Way
By Mike Elgan | Security Article Published July 23, 2014
Security applications recommended by Edward Snowden – who probably knows as much about Internet privacy as anyone.
Android Wear: Way Better Than You Think
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published June 30, 2014
Android Wear is a computer minus everything but the essentials, and it’s a user interface very carefully designed for the wrist.
Why Wearables Are Coming Into Fashion
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published May 15, 2014
Technology and fashion have merged, and you can expect that development to affect your own wardrobe in the near future.
Listen Up! Hearable Computing Is the Next Big Thing!
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published April 16, 2014
Desktop. Mobile. Wearable. What’s next?
It's Time to Bring Back Techno-Optimism
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published March 20, 2014
The loss of privacy and the constant flood of new gadgets is creating a backlash against technology. But unplugging isn't the answer.
Will the Facebook Bubble Burst In 2014?
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published December 26, 2013
Everybody uses Facebook because everybody uses Facebook. But what happens when they don’t?
Rise of the GoogleNet
By Mike Elgan | Networks Article Published December 18, 2013
How Silicon Valley is making the Internet faster and cheaper.
Google's 'Social Layer' Now on 2 Million Sites
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published December 11, 2013
Google has been talking about a "social layer" for years. Now we know what it looks like.
Why 'Glassholes' Are a Myth
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published December 4, 2013
No, Google Glass users aren't obnoxious snoops violating everyone's privacy while tuning out the world.
How Google and Microsoft Got Everybody Talking
By Mike Elgan | Applications Article Published November 27, 2013
Voice command software has been around for ages, but almost nobody used it. Until now.
Why You'll Get Google Glass
By Mike Elgan | Applications Article Published November 20, 2013
Next-gen apps show why Google’s augmented reality headset won't just be for niche markets.
Why YouTube Will Love Google+ Comments
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published November 13, 2013
When Google+ was integrated into YouTube, an epic culture clash erupted. Yet the move reveals much about Google's larger strategy.
Why Phone Numbers Are Obsolete
By Mike Elgan | Applications Article Published November 6, 2013
Google and Apple are revolutionizing telephony, with far reaching implications for communication.
Google's Magic Picture Machine Goes Beyond Science Fiction
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published October 29, 2013
Google’s new image manipulation solution is artificial intelligence as its most user friendly.
Why Apple Is Gunning for Microsoft
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published October 23, 2013
Apple's announcement yesterday made it clear that Microsoft -- not Google -- is Enemy #1.
Should Twitter, Facebook and Google Launch Newspapers?
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published October 16, 2013
People get their news from social media. Why don't Facebook, Twitter and Google just take over the news business?
Why Amazon Can't Compete with Silicon Valley For Payments
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published October 9, 2013
Amazon launched a new service this week for buying stuff with your Amazon username. Here's why it will fail.
Why Microsoft Should Fire Bill Gates, Too
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published October 2, 2013
A tech pundit opines that the Microsoft founder has made a series of mistakes that make him a poor choice as the Microsoft chairman.
Why Amazon Is the Most Innovative Tablet Maker
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published September 25, 2013
With its new Kindle Fire lineup, Amazon demonstrates that it’s in it to win it -- with innovation and a killer strategy. Plus: the Kindle is enterprise friendly.
How Microsoft Can Rise Again (Like Apple and Google Did)
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published September 18, 2013
All Microsoft needs to do to own the future is to stop being Microsoft.
Apple Changes the World Again. No, Really!
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published September 11, 2013
The new iPhone’s Touch ID system represents a monumental shift in how we use phones and what we'll use them for.
Why the 'C' in iPhone 5C Stands for 'China'
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published September 4, 2013
And the “S” in iPhone 5S stands for “Sino.” Here’s how Apple is changing your iPhone to fix its broken China strategy.
Why Not Record Everything, All the Time?
By Mike Elgan | Security Article Published August 28, 2013
New consumer gadgets let us record pictures, sounds and videos constantly. Is this good or bad?
Facebook and Google: "We're Going to Need a Bigger Internet"
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published August 21, 2013
Zuck, Larry and Sergey want to add 5 billion people to the Internet. Here’s how they’ll do it.
Why You'll Rule Meetings with Google Glass
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published August 14, 2013
You might think it's inappropriate to talk to your eyewear during meetings. But that will change.
Gadgets Replacing Smartphone Passwords
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published August 7, 2013
New smartphone features are eliminating the need for passwords--and that's a good thing.
The Truth About Google Glass
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published July 31, 2013
What's it like to wear Google Glass full-time?
Finally: Better Battery Life Coming to Mobile!
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published July 24, 2013
Would you believe 48 hours for a smartphone battery?
How Silicon Valley Will Kill Your TV
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published July 17, 2013
The major tech players have major plans to control content delivery.
Why Your 'Video Phone' Is Better Than George Jetsons'
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published July 10, 2013
The rise of Web-based video is changing many aspects of business and personal life.
On the Moral Superiority of (Web) Advertising
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published July 3, 2013
Advertiser-supported search engines represent a transfer of wealth from the world’s rich to the world’s poor – without onerous taxation.
The Smartwatch Revolution Isn't Waiting
By Mike Elgan | Open Source Article Published June 26, 2013
The leading tech companies are maneuvering for a titanic battle to win market share in the upcoming battle for smartwatch buyers.
Why You'll Soon Hire a Robot
By Mike Elgan | Data Center Article Published June 19, 2013
Robots will show up for work and transform your company. Are you ready?
How Google is Turning Maps Into Virtual Reality
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published June 12, 2013
The Waze acquisition could bring more user-generated data to Google Maps.
The New Yahoo is 'Google Lite'. Can It Succeed?
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published June 6, 2013
Yahoo appears to be borrowing from Google's playbook. Will the strategy work for the underdog? 
Why do Facebook Features Fizzle?
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published May 29, 2013
Facebook users won't try new features--unless Facebook forces them to.
The Real Social Networking Battle: Isolated vs Integrated
By Mike Elgan | Networks Article Published May 22, 2013
Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr raises questions about the future of social media.
How to Understand the Rise of Google
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published May 15, 2013
Google I/O starts today. Here’s why Google’s developer conference is technology’s Main Event.
Everything You’ve Heard About Google’s Chromebook Pixel Is Wrong
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published May 8, 2013
The Pixel is neither overpriced, nor limited in the ways people think it is. Here’s what you need to know.
What's It Like to Use Google Products Only?
By Mike Elgan | Applications Article Published May 1, 2013
An Apple fan starts a month-long experiment, limiting himself to Google hardware, software and services.
Google One Step Closer to 'Creating a Mind'
By Mike Elgan | Applications Article Published April 24, 2013
Google buys another company that will inch them closer to building an artificial human (a.k.a. Google Now)
Why is Big Brother Such a Moron?
By Mike Elgan | Applications Article Published April 16, 2013
Despite the massive data collected about us online, the Web giants appear to know quite little about us. Is Big Data a myth?
Why 'Emotion' is the New Killer App
By Mike Elgan | Applications Article Published April 10, 2013
Your social network, phone and even your TV will soon gain emotional intelligence. Don't worry. Be happy!
Why Facebook, Google and Amazon Have Secret Phone Projects
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published April 3, 2013
These three companies want to transform the smartphone experience. But how?
Why the Mobile Phone 'Subsidy' is a Myth
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published March 27, 2013
There are no "subsidies." What carriers like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon call a "subsidy" is actually a very high-interest loan.
Why I Want a Google Chrome Phone
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published March 20, 2013
Android is nice, but Chrome is the future. Here's why I believe a smartphone 'Chromebook' is coming to a pocket near you.
Why I'm Burning My Business Cards
By Mike Elgan | Applications Article Published March 13, 2013
The practice of transferring professional data on a tree-based storage medium predates the telegraph. Just say no – and take a look at some alternatives.
What Happens When Google and Apple Stream Music?
By Mike Elgan | Applications Article Published March 6, 2013
Both Google and Apple are rumored to be preparing streaming music services. Is this the end of Spotify and Pandora?
How Smartphones Conquered the Tech World
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published February 27, 2013
Smartphones have been central to technology for years. But now, everything must have explicit support for mobile phones.
Industrial Hacking Isn’t Just Made In China
By Mike Elgan | Security Article Published February 20, 2013
Suddenly, everybody's doing it. And if Google executive Eric Schmidt is right, honest companies don't stand a chance.
Why the Apple iWatch Needs Curved Glass
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published February 13, 2013
Here's what I believe the coming Apple iWatch will look like -- and how it will work.
Why Facebook Wants to Track Your Every Move
By Mike Elgan | Security Article Published February 5, 2013
A new report says Facebook will unveil an app that tracks your location 24/7. Resistance is futile.
Where's the Desktop Touch PC Revolution?
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published January 30, 2013
Whoever gets the desktop touch PC right first could own the future. Why aren't companies trying harder?
5 Tech Trends That Will Bring Back the Wristwatch
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published January 23, 2013
The smartphone killed the wristwatch. And the smartphone will bring it back. It's about time.
The Trouble with Facebook's Graph Search
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published January 16, 2013
Graph Search offers a more powerful version of everything Facebook already is, which might not be good news.
Why You Don't Need a Mobile Wallet
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published January 9, 2013
What's holding up the use of mobile phones as credit cards? A lack of need.
Why Your TV Will Have Intel Inside
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published January 2, 2013
The chip giant is working on a smart TV product. But why?
How Cell Phones Become Human
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published December 27, 2012
Google and Apple really are building human-like phones that think and even feel.
Will Video Ads Wreck the Internet?
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published December 19, 2012
Facebook is reportedly bringing auto-play ads to your News Feed. That's just the beginning.
The Apple TV Rumors Are Wrong
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published December 12, 2012
You've heard the rumor and speculation. Here's why they're way off.
Amazon and Apple: Think Of the Children!
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published December 5, 2012
Why Jeff Bezos and Tim Cook are the Ronald McDonalds of tech.
Understanding Facebook's Monopoly
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published November 28, 2012
Anti-trust regulators are living in the past. Here's why Facebook is technology's number-one monopoly.
Who Wants to Live In a Googletopia?
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published November 21, 2012
Google today is yesterday's Disney -- dedicated to realizing the city of tomorrow.
Are Smart Glasses Dumb?
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published November 14, 2012
Google and other companies are working on augmented reality gadgets you wear on your face. Will you want one?
Microsoft 2.0: a Big League Hardware Company?
By Mike Elgan | Features Article Published November 7, 2012
Rumors are flying about Microsoft phones, Microsoft gaming tablets, a Holodeck Xbox and more.
Why Apple Products Will Now Stop Failing
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published October 31, 2012
Apple CEO Tim Cook cleaned house this week, and transformed the company in the process.
Why Microsoft Should Copy Apple (in Ten Ways)
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published October 24, 2012
The trouble with Microsoft is that it's not copying Apple enough.
Why the iPad Mini Will Sell 10x More than Surface
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published October 17, 2012
Pre-launch, Microsoft’s new tablet looks cool. But not cool enough to compete with Apple’s killer tablet.
How Camera Phones Are Changing Everything
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published October 10, 2012
Cameras in phones used to be nice features. Now they’re the most important thing in technology.
The Social Smart Watch: A Timely Idea
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published October 3, 2012
Forget the Facebook phone. Facebook needs a watch. So does Google and Twitter.
Silicon Valley Has-Beens Strike Back
By Mike Elgan | Columns Article Published September 26, 2012
Yahoo, StumbleUpon and MySpace have been written off as over-the-hill losers. But now they're all fighting back with killer strategies for success.
Should the Wireless Carriers Be Nationalized?
By Mike Elgan | Mobile/Wireless Article Published September 19, 2012
I’m against the nationalization of private industry by government. But enough is enough.
When Search Takes Fewer Than Zero Seconds
By Mike Elgan | Features Article Published September 12, 2012
The future of search will give you the answer before you even ask.
Facebook's and Twitter's Dirty Little Secret
By Mike Elgan | Features Article Published September 5, 2012
Don’t tell anyone, but a shockingly high percentage of social activity is fake.
Why Blocking People Makes the World a Better Place
By Mike Elgan | Networks Article Published August 29, 2012
Do you hesitate to block people on social networks? If so, you shouldn’t. Blocking is a virtue.