Stories by Mike Elgan

Google+ gets the pivot of the year

Google transforms its everything-for-everyone social network into a site that does one thing really well -- connecting supernerds.

By Mike Elgan | 23 November, 2015 14:15

Tags: Google+

Facebook turned your lock screen into the new Twitter

Facebook's new app uses notifications on your lock screen as a 'newspaper.' And so the war over lock screen real estate begins.

By Mike Elgan | 16 November, 2015 14:15

Tags: Facebook

Why email is a better virtual assistant

Google is inventing something better than Siri, Cortana, Alexa or even Google Now. It's email with a virtual assistant that uses artificial intelligence to help you out.

By Mike Elgan | 09 November, 2015 14:15

Tags: Google

Why virtual reality is the next social network

The first mainstream social virtual world came into existence last week. Oculus VR, the virtual reality company owned by Facebook, released an app called the Oculus Social alpha. But even as we gather and interact in virtual worlds, will VR really bring us together or just isolate us more?

By Mike Elgan | 02 November, 2015 14:00

Tags: Facebook

You are your smartphone

Welcome to the new identity. An increasing number of services don't care about your password, your signature or even your mailing address. If you've got the authenticated phone, you're you.

By Mike Elgan | 26 October, 2015 14:15

Tags: smartphone, apps, mobility, wireless, social networking

Why your gadgets sound so good

Have you noticed how great technology sounds these days? There's a reason for that.

10 new words you need to know in Silicon Valley

As mobile and consumer technology alters our lives, new coinages bubble up in the social networks to capture and express how people live. Here are 10 new words you need to know in order to describe the culture of Silicon Valley as well as the culture changes the valley is bringing into existence.

By Mike Elgan | 12 October, 2015 14:02

Tags: language, technology, Culture

Are Apple and Facebook bad for democracy?

Apple and Facebook are asserting themselves as gatekeepers of necessary information to the public. Can we trust them?

New tech syncs small speakers for big sound

In the past week, new methods for synchronizing speakers to create loud, high-quality sound have emerged. Finally.

A computer's place is in the kitchen

Forget the living room. The kitchen is the true family hub now. Here's what Amazon is cooking up.

By Mike Elgan | 31 August, 2015 13:15


Here comes the drone backlash

Soon it will be politically incorrect to express enthusiasm for drones or fly them in public. Too bad. Drones are cool.

New earbuds give you super-hearing

Listen to this: The world of earbuds is about to be transformed by startups whose products let you customize what you hear.

By Mike Elgan | 18 August, 2015 01:44

Tags: consumer electronics, Kickstarter, Wearables

How Facebook, Apple and Twitter are ending online equality

The latest trend in social networking is the rise of elitism.

By Mike Elgan | 10 August, 2015 20:18

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Apple, twitter, social media, internet, Apple Music, Facebook

Will Facebook envy wreck Twitter?

There's never been anything quite like Facebook. As a company, Facebook specializes in collecting, hoarding, keeping and engaging users. As a social network, it dominates the market with the largest user base. Facebook has a monopoly as the social network of choice for friends and families.

By Mike Elgan | 04 August, 2015 01:48

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Oculus VR, WhatsApp, Instagram, twitter, social media, internet, Facebook

Is Apple's control freakery out of control?

Apple makes money. A LOT of money.

By Mike Elgan | 28 July, 2015 00:41

Tags: mobile applications, Apple, McDonald's, Google, mobile, Apple Music, mobile apps

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