Stories by Mike Elgan

Inside Apple's secret plan to kill the cash register

If you've ever been to a store, you know the drill: Browse the merchandise, pick something, carry it to the checkout counter, maybe wait in line, pay, then walk out with your purchases and a receipt.

How I publish from Google+

Technology broadcaster Leo Laporte had me on his show, This Week in Tech (TWiT), recently. I mentioned that I publish all over the Internet automatically from my Google+ stream.

Dispatch from the technology culture wars

It's an election year, so you're going to hear a lot about the "culture wars." You know: The endless battle between conservative and progressive values.

Opinion: I have seen the future (And it's made of glass)

It's hard to think of glass as an area of rapid technology evolution. But it's one of the central technologies that will bring us incredible innovations over the next couple of years.

Why Google should be allowed to 'harvest' your Wi-Fi data

The Federal Communications Commission cleared Google of wrongdoing in the so-called "WiSpy" case. It was the right decision.

Are you ready for a 'quantified life'?

That smartphone you carry around is a box full of sensors.

Opinion: Three futuristic products you'll never own

The future isn't what it used to be. Futurists of yesteryear once predicted that by the year 2000 we'd be driving nuclear-powered cars, eating food in pill form and living in domed cities.

Why Amazon can't win a tablet price war against Google

When you order something from Amazon , it comes in a box.

The newspaper industry must change, or become yesterday's news

Something catastrophic happened to the newspaper industry this month, a catastrophe that the industry itself does not appreciate: Apple shipped an iPad.

Finally: A truly magical iPad

Everybody's excited about the new Apple iPad 's high-resolution screen. But ultimately, the Retina display is just a pretty face. It can't do anything that the screens on previous models couldn't do.

Inside story: Dispatch from the post-PC revolution

While introducing the new iPad, Apple CEO Tim Cook this week said on stage that we're entering a " post-PC world".

This year's mobile screens will stun and amaze

It seems like all phones and all tablets do all things for all people these days. Every single smartphone and touch tablet has become just about everything anyone could ever want in a mobile device.

Five mobile technologies that didn't change the world

It's an awesome time to be a gadget-happy consumer electronics freak. Multi-touch user interfaces. Huge advances in miniaturization and battery life. Cloud-based storage. Mobile computing has never been better.

Analysis: Rise of the 'phablet'

The Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone is one of the biggest phone launches ever.

The timeline's time has come

Facebook will soon foist its new Timeline feature on users as part of its plan to update its interface.

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