Stories by Mike Elgan

Is facial recognition a threat on Facebook and Google?

Both Facebook and Google have been working hard at using computers and algorithms to identify people in photos. They've gotten really good at it.

By Mike Elgan | 29 June, 2015 20:10

Tags: Google, security, data privacy, fbi, privacy, Facebook

4 news apps that will change everything

I'm a huge fan of newspapers. I've been subscribing to the print edition of The New York Times since I was in college.

By Mike Elgan | 23 June, 2015 00:55

Tags: new york times, Instagram, The Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn, wall street journal, twitter, mobile, mobile apps, Facebook

Google on Apple: The end is near

The chat room and social network religious wars between Apple and Google demand that you take sides. But I've always felt that the best experience includes a cherry-picking of Apple hardware, Google services and apps from both.

By Mike Elgan | 16 June, 2015 01:29

Tags: Apple, Google, WD, None, software, Apple iOS

Here comes the modular mobile revolution

The future of consumer electronics will be delivered this year in a Puerto Rican food truck.

By Mike Elgan | 08 June, 2015 21:38

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, lego, smartphones

Why you want Google Photos

We all love to take pictures. Smartphones make it easy.

By Mike Elgan | 01 June, 2015 00:38

Tags: Google, beca, 21, software, Google I/O 2015, internet, mobile apps

How Google and Apple will smartify your home

The next big culture shift in consumer technology is clearly home automation. Over the next two or three years, a dizzying array of home appliances and devices will connect up with your phone and TV box to make everything "smart" (which, let's face it, is a euphemism for "more fun but also more expensive and complex").

By Mike Elgan | 25 May, 2015 20:19

Tags: amazon.com, Internet of Things, internet

Facebook: The other Internet

You can do almost everything online. Most people spend most of their web time doing just three things: communicating, buying things and consuming content.

By Mike Elgan | 18 May, 2015 20:43

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, social media, internet, Facebook

The Apple Watch and our cyborg future

My first week of wearing the Apple Watch has transformed my thinking about the direction of mobile and wearable computing.

By Mike Elgan | 12 May, 2015 00:36

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Wearables

10 ways to fix Google+

Google+ turns four next month.

By Mike Elgan | 04 May, 2015 20:35

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, twitter, social media, internet

How new haptics tech will move you

Now that the Apple Watch is finally out in the wild, millions will be experiencing the next big thing for user interfaces. Call it "haptics plus."

By Mike Elgan | 27 April, 2015 20:34

Tags: popular science, Apple, emerging technology

Inside Apple's future iPhone camera

I've got an iPhone 6 Plus, and there's no getting around an obvious fact: The camera is pretty great.

By Mike Elgan | 21 April, 2015 02:02

Tags: galaxy, Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones, beca, iPhone, Apple iOS

Why floors, walls and ceilings are the next interface

It's a cliché to say that in the past few decades "everything has become computerized" and that the power and quality of our computers has increased massively.

By Mike Elgan | 11 April, 2015 21:22

Tags: popular science, emerging technology, Lumo

Three lies about Google Glass

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt shocked everyone last week by telling The Wall Street Journal that Google isn't killing Google Glass.

By Mike Elgan | 06 April, 2015 05:04

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, The Wall Street Journal, beca, wall street journal, Wearables

Why Facebook Messenger will fail as a 'platform'

Now we know why Facebook ripped Messenger out of the mobile version of the Facebook app last April: Messenger was destined to become a "platform" in its own right, complete with an API and developer program to help and encourage software companies to make Facebook Messenger-specific apps.

By Mike Elgan | 28 March, 2015 22:08

Tags: Line, Internet-based applications and services, WeChat, ESPN, social media, internet, Facebook

Inside Apple's gigantic Apple Watch rollout

The Apple Watch may or may not be an impressive piece of design or technology. But one thing is certain: Apple's preparations for retail sales of the watch are amazing.

By Mike Elgan | 24 March, 2015 00:18

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Wearables

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