Stories by Mike Elgan

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, hardware systems, smartphones, wireless, laptops, tablets, Personal Technology, mobile, 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, Google, consumer electronics, Networking, smartphones, wireless, Personal Technology, mobile

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, smartphones, hardware systems

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, Networking, ios, 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, Networking, Emerging Technologies, qualcomm, hardware systems, wireless, sony, Personal Technology, mobile

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

Why you plug gadgets into the wall like a Neanderthal

In the future, phones, tablets and wearable computing gadgets won't come with chargers - they'll use inductive chargers built into desks, kitchen counters, bedside tables, cars and other surfaces.

By Mike Elgan | 24 August, 2013 10:46

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

What wearable computing is really all about

Wearable computing gadgets aren't toys for lazy geeks or harbingers of a dystopian future. Here's why you're going to love wearable computing.

By Mike Elgan | 17 August, 2013 11:12

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

So what's wrong with being tracked by advertisers?

Companies are getting more aggressive about using your phone to track you and then send you location-based mobile ads. So what?

By Mike Elgan | 11 August, 2013 01:23

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, security, smartphones, internet, social media, mobile apps, privacy

The Moto X represents the future of everything

The Moto X is a revolutionary smartphone that will push everyday voice interaction with an artificial intelligence virtual assistant into the mainstream.

By Mike Elgan | 05 August, 2013 08:17

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

The joy of glogging

Columnist Mike Elgan tries out the new Google Glass eyewear and uses 'glogging,' a new social medium for sharing experiences that takes blogging to a new level.

By Mike Elgan | 27 July, 2013 11:10

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Internet-based applications and services, Networking, wireless, Tumblr, internet, social media, Path, Personal Technology, mobile, Facebook, Google, consumer electronics, twitter

Why the mob rules

Many of today's hottest products do something similar -- they get their value from the collective actions of users. Mike Elgan explains why crowdsourcing and all that user data is so successful and valuable.

By Mike Elgan | 20 July, 2013 11:08

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Internet-based applications and services, Networking, Kickstarter, wireless, location-based services, Tracker, internet, social media, mobile

Opinion: Why the new 'superphones' really are super

These phones have features that radically exceed not only those of other phones but also those of other consumer devices. That's why they are dubbed 'superphones'.

By Mike Elgan | 13 July, 2013 11:09

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

What kind of crazy scheme is Motorola hatching?

Motorola and Google say in a new ad their upcoming Moto X phone will be designed by users. How will you design your own smartphone? And why would Google let you do this?

By Mike Elgan | 06 July, 2013 11:08

Tags: Motorola, Mobile/Wireless, Google, consumer electronics, Networking, Android, smartphones, wireless, mobile

Finally! A full-featured 'phablet'

Phablets (phones + tablets) need wearable devices to make them powerful and mainstream, as well as acceptable in business. Here's one company that understands this.

By Mike Elgan | 29 June, 2013 11:12

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

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