Stories by Mike Elgan

Apple, Samsung and Google under fire at Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress showed that Apple, Samsung and Google are still the smartphone industry leaders, but upstart and would-be has-been companies are fighting back.

By Mike Elgan | 02 March, 2013 12:05

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, ios, Android, smartphones, wireless, software, operating systems, mobile, Apple, Google, consumer electronics

Opinion: Will Apple envy wreck Samsung?

Samsung is tired of watching Apple run away with most of the money in mobile. Now, the Korean giant is making a big play to become like Apple -- a company that makes not only the hardware, but also the software and the store where you buy stuff.

By Mike Elgan | 19 February, 2013 15:53

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones, Samsung Electronics

Are transparent displays dumb or brilliant?

See-through screens won't happen for phones and tablets, but get ready for your windows to run Window, says Mike Elgan

By Mike Elgan | 02 February, 2013 12:07

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, smartphones, Fujitsu, Personal Technology, Transparent, Computer Peripherals, Apple

Opinion: Will Apple, Google and Samsung lose the smartphone market?

Mobile phone competition intensifies. Linux-based platforms are gunning for iOS and Android, and Chinese companies want to price the iPhone and the Galaxy S line out of the market.

By Mike Elgan | 26 January, 2013 12:11

Tags: research in motion, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, ios, Android, wireless, operating systems, mobile, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, Nokia, smartphones, software

Opinion: Wait, so why do we need phones again?

Phone service is obsolete, says Mike Elgan and wireless carriers are holding him back. Here's why he wants Google to be his phone company.

By Mike Elgan | 19 January, 2013 12:13

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, applications, Networking, wireless, software, mobile, Facebook, Origin, Apple, Google, skype

Gesture computing is here! (And it's out of control!)

As the dust settles over Las Vegas, it's becoming clear that this year's International CES ushered in a new era of in-the-air gesture control.

By Mike Elgan | 14 January, 2013 15:00

Tags: Microsoft, hardware systems

Why Social networks should be more like Facebook Poke

When it comes to Facebook users and their messages, almost nobody knows who can see or share their posts on social networks. And that's a problem that must be fixed, says Mike Elgan.

By Mike Elgan | 29 December, 2012 11:51

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, security, twitter, internet, social media, Facebook, privacy

New tech words for the new year

Here's my list of words for 2013 that we can all use to talk about -- and make fun of -- emerging trends in technology.

By Mike Elgan | 22 December, 2012 12:12

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

Finally: Real virtual assistants

Apple's Siri feature is supposed to be a "virtual personal assistant," and one that's "proactive" and "intelligent."

By Mike Elgan | 17 December, 2012 16:25

Tags: applications, software

What's so great about Google+ Communities?

Google has taken the social web to the next level with a new feature called Communities.

By Mike Elgan | 08 December, 2012 12:13

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, applications, software, internet, social media, Facebook

Opinion: I want a military smartphone

The U.S. military wants to put smartphones in the hands of all deployed troops. Their phones are going to be better than regular smartphones, says Mike Elgan, and that's why he wants one.

By Mike Elgan | 01 December, 2012 12:15

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, security, DARPA, smartphones, privacy

The new business model: Competing with partners!

Whether you blame Google, Microsoft or Apple, the old way of doing business in the mobile market is falling away. Mike Elgan explains why that's not necessarily bad.

By Mike Elgan | 24 November, 2012 11:19

Tags: Motorola, Google, consumer electronics, htc, at&t, Microsoft, hardware systems, smartphones, tablets, DISH Network

Opinion: Why smart people do dumb things online

David Petraeus, a brilliant man, did the dumbest thing imaginable with his email. He trusted it with his secrets. Here are some other options for keeping private things private online.

By Mike Elgan | 17 November, 2012 12:12

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

Opinion: Why the world isn't ready for the travel app revolution

Translation apps don't translate into actual usefulness, and the artificial intelligence travel guides don't compute. Mike Elgan explains why.

By Mike Elgan | 10 November, 2012 12:10

Tags: wireless networking, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, mobile, youtube, mobile apps

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

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