Stories by Mike Elgan

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

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.

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