Stories by Mike Elgan

Opinion: How to run your own NSA spy program

The ideas behind the NSA's spy program are built into a wide variety of tools available to everybody. W We walk you through the steps for building your very own PRISM-like program.

By Mike Elgan | 22 June, 2013 11:15

Tags: security, cyberwarfare, CIO, Facebook, privacy

How super high-def displays change everything

The new super high-resolution screens bring beauty, clarity and precision to our work and play, writes columnist Mike Elgan. Are they worth the extra money? Definitely.

By Mike Elgan | 15 June, 2013 11:13

Tags: Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, Macintosh, laptops, sony, acer, Archos, Dell, Apple, Computer Peripherals, Google

Opinion: How Microsoft could rule consumer electronics

Microsoft has everything it needs to beat Apple and Google and rule consumer electronics. What it lacks is the will to ship that technology to consumers and provide people with a compelling, breathtaking and wonderful vision of the future.

By Mike Elgan | 08 June, 2013 11:12

Tags: hardware, consumer electronics, Microsoft, hardware systems, Nokia, desktop pcs, Personal Technology, PCs

The social network wars are over. The winner: email!

With every new social network and social service, with every new instant and not-so-instant way to communicate, email rises in importance. Columnist Mile Elgan explains how innovation has transformed email into the best social network.

By Mike Elgan | 01 June, 2013 11:17

Tags: web apps, Internet-based applications and services, social business, Google, twitter, Path, social media, internet, Facebook, Pinterest

Opinion: What I learned using only Google products

Columnist Mike Elgan spent three weeks using only Google products -- the Chromebook Pixel laptop, the Nexus 10 tablet and the Nexus 4 smartphone. Here's what he discovered.

By Mike Elgan | 25 May, 2013 11:09

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, wireless, smartphones, hardware systems, Android, laptops, mobile, mobile apps, Apple, consumer electronics, Google

Lifelogging gets real

As privacy-invading technologies and location-aware applications become commonplace and accepted (and they will), and more products like Saga, Memoto and Glass become pervasive, the idea of lifelogging will become more appealing.

By Mike Elgan | 11 May, 2013 11:12

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

Opinion: What I learned living abroad as a digital nomad

Digital nomad Mike Elgan returns to the US. after 10 months of travel and shares these tips for working and living abroad.

By Mike Elgan | 05 May, 2013 06:10

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

Google Fiber divides users into 'the fast' and 'the furious'

Google's Fiber project in in Kanas City, Austin and Provo shows that very high Internet speeds are possible in the U.S., but nobody except Google is working to make it happen.

By Mike Elgan | 27 April, 2013 10:54

Tags: telecommunication, Google, Time Warner Cable, time warner, internet, broadband

Opinion: Google Glass mysteries revealed!

Google made a long list of announcements and revelations about its cyborg eyewear Glass. Google is taking a very conservative, controlling approach to the platform, not unlike another Apple's style.

By Mike Elgan | 20 April, 2013 11:11

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

Opinion: Why your clothes need a mobile upgrade

The clothing most of us wear hasn't changed to keep up with mobile technology. But there are apparel makers that are rising to the challenge.

By Mike Elgan | 13 April, 2013 11:10

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

Why Google+ is best for 'real-life streaming'

Mike Elgan says Google+ is the most capable system for so-called "real-life streaming." He lists four reasons for his selection of that social network.

By Mike Elgan | 06 April, 2013 11:14

Tags: web apps, Internet-based applications and services, Evernote, Google, social media, internet

How Microsoft lost the future of gesture control

Microsoft squandered its five-year head start in gesture control technology and is now falling behind. By the time the company gets Kinect for Windows into the consumer market, Leap Motion may already own that market.

By Mike Elgan | 30 March, 2013 11:13

Tags: Apple, applications, consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft, Windows, software, Personal Technology, operating systems

Opinion: 8 myths about the smartwatch revolution

By the time Apple ships its rumored 'iWatch' smartwatch, it will be entering an already crowded market. That's a good thing, says columnist Mike Elgan.

By Mike Elgan | 23 March, 2013 10:41

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Google, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, financial times, Personal Technology, sony

Opinion: More innovation means less control. Is that bad?

Innovation in mobile computing, search and social media increasingly means taking control away from users, but at what cost?

By Mike Elgan | 16 March, 2013 11:13

Tags: web apps, Internet-based applications and services, Google, twitter, Internet Search, social media, internet, search engines

Smart apps think (so you don't have to)

Over the next few years, almost every app we use and every website we visit may function less like a machine and more like a person helping us to do our work and live our lives.

By Mike Elgan | 09 March, 2013 12:08

Tags: Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, mobile apps

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