Stories by Mike Elgan

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

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, ios, Networking, wireless, smartphones, Android, software, mobile, operating systems, Apple, consumer electronics, Google

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, Samsung Electronics, smartphones

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

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

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, social media, internet, privacy, Facebook

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, social media, internet

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, applications, Google, software, social media, internet, 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: consumer electronics, Google, security, smartphones, DARPA, 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, htc, consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft, at&t, smartphones, hardware systems, tablets, DISH Network

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