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Why Facebook will cut the Timeline in half

Facebook is experimenting with a one-column Timeline instead of two. It's a good sign that Facebook is taking web design seriously and users will appreciate it.

By Mike Elgan | 03 November, 2012 11:14

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, internet, social media, Personal Technology, Facebook

Coming soon: Cameras that never stop taking pictures

Soon, we will reach a time where pictures are as easy to take as they are not to take, and they will be infinitely disposable. When that happens, says Mike Elgan, the default mode for most cameras will be to never stop taking pictures.

By Mike Elgan | 27 October, 2012 10:14

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Canon, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, internet, social media

Here comes the shameless social money grab

Social networking sites are businesses, and they have the right or, in the case of publicly held companies, the obligation to make money.

By Mike Elgan | 22 October, 2012 14:26

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social networking, internet, Facebook

Why I blog on Google+ (And how)

The best blogging platform isn't a blogging platform, but a social network, writes columnist Mike Elgan. He explains how and why he uses Google+ for blogging.

Opinion: What it's really like to be a digital nomad

Mike Elgan is a digital nomad. Almost all his worldly possessions are in storage and he's living for now in Sparta, Greece. But living the digital nomad life isn't what you think.

Are you being watched ... by your phone?

If you're paranoid that your phone is spying on you, don't watch Person of Interest, which highlights the many ways to hack, track, listen in on and use smartphones to monitor people, says Mike Elgan.

Opinion: Is Apple lost without Steve Jobs?

Apple announced a lineup of great products this week, but there was something conspicuously missing. The big announcement revealed that Apple without Steve Jobs is a different company.

yARN: The rise of the social picture gadget

Images are suddenly trumping words on social sites, and the trend is going to transform consumer electronics.

Software that lies (so you don't have to!)

Mike Elgan uncovers a massive lies-for-sale industry in the mobile and social networking world.

Social networking just got real

In the 1995 sci-fi thriller Virtuosity, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, the virtual bad guy from a supercomputer crime simulator (played by Crowe), managed to escape the world of software and make it into the real world as a nano-tech self-generating Android. That's a far-fetched premise, but Virtuosity was a great movie anyway.

Are biometric ID tools evil?

Fingerprint readers, iris scanners, palm vein scanners, facial recognition systems and more -- biometric ID tools are going mainstream. But will the mainstream go biometric?

Opinion: Why Acer is wrong about Microsoft Surface

Acer's CEO tells Microsoft to 'think twice' about building tablets because it's "not something you are good at." Columnist Mike Elgan says the CEO should think twice about his statement, because he is wrong.

Elgan: Facebook's Summer of Fail

Facebook's stock price is in the toilet and critics want Zuckerberg to quit. But first, the bad news.

In depth: A new app lets you send pictures via sound

Columnist Mike Elgan finds a new app called Chirp that could revolutionize how we all communicate and share data.

Opinion: Why the mini-tablet is the children's toy of the year

Small touch tablets will utterly dominate holiday gift sales to children this year, and will become as much a part of kids' culture as Barbie and LEGO, write columnist Mike Elgan.

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