Stories by Mike Elgan

Rise of the Planet of the Lockscreens

The humble lockscreen is about to become the most important interface on your smartphone, says columnist Mike Elgan.

By Mike Elgan | 19 July, 2014 21:21

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, ios, smartphones, Android, software, operating systems, mobile apps, Facebook

Why we need an underground Google

There has never been a search engine that accurately reflects the Internet.

By Mike Elgan | 14 July, 2014 23:49

Tags: internet

Google shows Apple how to buy a music service

Google bought Songza this week. The company makes a music app that competes with Pandora, Rdio, Spotify, Beats Music, iTunes Radio and other music services.

By Mike Elgan | 07 July, 2014 23:57

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, internet

Why Android Wear is the new iPad

Columnist Mike Elgan tested a smartwatch with Android Wear and said he has experienced a culture-changing platform.

By Mike Elgan | 28 June, 2014 21:22

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, wireless, smartphones, Android, mobile, Personal Technology, IDG, Apple, consumer electronics, Google

Why you shouldn't buy the Amazon Fire phone

Amazon launched a new smartphone this week. It's called the Amazon Fire phone, and it sports some unique hardware, software and services.

By Mike Elgan | 23 June, 2014 23:43

Tags:, consumer electronics, smartphones

Apple's iBeacon gets fun

Apple's iBeacon location technology used to be ignored or used on boring retail applications. Now it's showing up in consumer apps and being deployed in increasingly fun places.

By Mike Elgan | 07 June, 2014 21:06

Tags: Apple, ios, location-based services, software, operating systems, mobile apps

Get ready for the summer of smartwatches

Smartwatches have been around for a while, but they have been bulky and clunky, and of interest primarily to gadget fans. This summer, all of that will change, says Computerworld columnist Mike Elgan.

By Mike Elgan | 31 May, 2014 21:06

Tags: Pebble, Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, wireless, mobile, Personal Technology, sony

The hottest trend in mobile: going offline!

The consumer electronics industry has spent the last 20 years making everything connect wirelessly to the Internet -- from PCs to TVs, cameras to speakers.

By Mike Elgan | 24 May, 2014 21:13

Tags: wireless networking, Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, wireless, smartphones, mobile

How Tom Wheeler's FCC plan will wreck your Internet

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal is brilliant because it takes the U.S. as far away from net neutrality as possible by presenting the killing of net neutrality and making it sound like the opposite.

By Mike Elgan | 17 May, 2014 21:06

Tags: Gov't Legislation/Regulation, telecommunication, Federal Communications Commission, regulation, government, Government/Industries, broadband

The rise of vagueness as a service

An unexpected trend is emerging in technology. Information presented to the user is growing vague. Columnist Mike Elgan explains why.

By Mike Elgan | 10 May, 2014 21:10

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Apple, social media, internet, mobile apps, Facebook

Inside Facebook's brilliant plan to hog your data

Facebook's Anonymous Login is designed to create scarcity in the user data market, which increases the value of that data, and forces more small companies to get that data through Facebook's ad network, rather than from the users directly.

By Mike Elgan | 03 May, 2014 21:09

Tags: Anonymous, Internet-based applications and services, social media, internet, mobile apps, Facebook

Why the social networks are falling apart

The social networks are falling apart -- breaking up into multiple sites and apps that do in a scattered way what used to happen centrally.

By Mike Elgan | 26 April, 2014 21:19

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

3 privacy violations you shouldn't worry about

In the past few years, the public has been confronted with hitherto unimaginable levels of personal privacy invasions.

By Mike Elgan | 22 April, 2014 00:20

Tags: online safety, security, nsa

Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion

Companies are engaged in a kind of arms race with competitors to see how many apps they can get everyone to use. But this aggressive push for more apps is going to end up giving users app fatigue.

By Mike Elgan | 12 April, 2014 21:20

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, dropbox, Networking, wireless, smartphones, None, mobile, mobile apps, Facebook, WhatsApp, consumer electronics, Instagram

Four reasons Microsoft is a new company

There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

By Mike Elgan | 05 April, 2014 22:24

Tags: applications, Microsoft, smartphones, hardware systems, Windows, tablets, software, operating systems, Windows Phone, Apple, consumer electronics

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