Stories by Mike Elgan

Forget Amazon; I want a drone of my own

Governments and businesses are getting flying robots. But when will personal drones fly into our lives? Columnist Mike Elgan wants one.

By Mike Elgan | 14 December, 2013 13:02

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Google, Emerging Technologies, Networking, wireless, hardware systems, mobile, Personal Technology

Are your smartphone apps selling you out?

Apple's App Store, Google's Play store and other app stores are packed with apps that can compromise your security and privacy without you ever knowing anything bad happened. What's a mobile app user to do?

By Mike Elgan | 07 December, 2013 12:04

Tags: security, The Wall Street Journal, application security, Access control and authentication, wall street journal, privacy, mobile apps, Blackberry, Apple, Federal Trade Commission

Why smartphone food photos look horrible

Martha Stewart wants to show you horrible pictures of nauseating-looking food for some reason. Mike Elgan finds this personally vexing.

By Mike Elgan | 30 November, 2013 11:52

Tags: HP, consumer electronics, smartphones, twitter, Personal Technology

Are we giving up on mobile payments already?

Mobile payments have still not caught on as U.S. users stick with their credit cards. Now the innovation is coming in the form of new debit cards.

By Mike Elgan | 23 November, 2013 12:04

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, mobile payments, Financial IT, Google, Networking, wireless, mobile

Here comes the age of ambient everything

Trends in social, search, mobile, wearable and the Internet of things will alter our perception of reality. Change is in the air, says columnist Mike Elgan.

By Mike Elgan | 16 November, 2013 12:05

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, reddit, Mobile/Wireless, Pew Research Center, Networking, wireless, twitter, mobile, social media, internet, Facebook, social business, Google

The new killer app is a real human

The future was supposed to be automated and computerised. But it turns out that automation is creating demand for the human element.

By Mike Elgan | 09 November, 2013 12:03

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, Google, e-business, social media, internet, youtube

Is technology the cause of car crashes? Or the cure?

Passing laws to minimise accidents caused by distracted drivers is a good idea. But let's not dump advanced technology prematurely just because we assume it's a distraction, says Mike Elgan.

By Mike Elgan | 02 November, 2013 10:57

Tags: consumer electronics, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, Personal Technology, Cadillac

Opinion: Are online comments full of paid lies?

A thriving industry of paid-for user comments pollutes social networks with fake opinions. Let the reader beware.

By Mike Elgan | 26 October, 2013 11:05

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, htc, security, internet, social media

Are you a nomophobe?

The joys of mobile computing are not without a downside. A wide range of diseases, disorders and syndromes have emerged around our growing gadget habit.

By Mike Elgan | 19 October, 2013 10:19

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, YouGov, wireless, smartphones, hardware systems, tablets, mobile

Digital nomad survival tips you can use anywhere

Mike Elgan traveled over three continents in the past 18 months and has these tips for staying connected, keeping powered up and protecting your valuable gadgets from theft.

By Mike Elgan | 12 October, 2013 11:05

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, wireless, smartphones, hardware systems, tablets, laptops, mobile, Personal Technology, starbucks, consumer electronics

Does your phone need a phone of its own?

Phablets -- those smartphones almost as big a tablet -- are great, but it can be hard to get them out of a pocket or purse. Help is on the way in the form of tiny, phone-like devices that use Bluetooth to let you talk on the phone without holding a phablet up to your ear.

By Mike Elgan | 05 October, 2013 11:05

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

Where's my solar-powered iPhone?

Is there a solar-powered smartphone in your future? Mike Elgan thinks so, and he explains what's being done right now to bring that technology to reality.

By Mike Elgan | 21 September, 2013 11:09

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, smartphones

Why Apple's 'indoor GPS' plan is brilliant

Apple's iBeacons system will enable purchases, contextual marketing, automated check-ins and much more. And it's closer than you think.

By Mike Elgan | 14 September, 2013 11:06

Tags: Apple, mobile payments, ios, Networking, wireless, software, operating systems, mobile apps, wireless networking

Samsung and Qualcomm fail to launch the smartwatch revolution

The Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Qualcomm Toq are not starting smartwatch revolution you've been waiting for, writes Mike Elgan. Not to worry though, a flood of devices are coming next year.

By Mike Elgan | 07 September, 2013 11:07

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Emerging Technologies, Networking, wireless, hardware systems, qualcomm, mobile, Personal Technology, sony

Why are virtual assistant apps so shy?

The tech industry has been promising apps that interrupt us with important contextual information for two years. So where are they?

By Mike Elgan | 31 August, 2013 11:12

Tags: Apple, applications, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, software, mobile apps

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