Stories by Mike Elgan

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

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, Networking, Mobile device management, wireless, smartphones, 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, consumer electronics, Google, Emerging Technologies, Networking, wireless, hardware systems, mobile, Personal Technology

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, social media, internet, privacy, mobile apps

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, consumer electronics, Google, Emerging Technologies, smartphones, hardware systems, Android

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

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