Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

Mike Elgan is a technology-obsessed journalist, author, blogger, podcaster and digital nomad. Learn more at his website: elgan.com.

Get ready for an explosion of smartphone innovation

Get ready for an explosion of smartphone innovation

Smartphones are fragile, bulky, distracting, insecure and hard to type on, and they don’t last long on a charge, right? Well, not anymore!

Why we’re getting self-driving delivery before self-driving Ubers

Why we’re getting self-driving delivery before self-driving Ubers

The public will have to wait another decade for self-driving Ubers. But autonomous vans are already delivering groceries.

Apple needs two more Android apps

Apple needs two more Android apps

Apple won’t truly succeed with iMessage or Apple Pay unless it expands beyond the Appleverse.

Why Amazon is the new Microsoft

Why Amazon is the new Microsoft

The Amazon Alexa platform dominated CES this year. The virtual assistant is shaping up to be the most important new operating system.

Will Google kill Chrome OS and Android in 2018?

Will Google kill Chrome OS and Android in 2018?

The rumor mill says Google is working on an operating system to replace both Chrome and Android. Does that make any sense?

Dual-screen clamshell devices will kill the tablet

Dual-screen clamshell devices will kill the tablet

When a phone is also a laptop, who needs a tablet?

With smartphones like these, why do we need laptops?

With smartphones like these, why do we need laptops?

It’s official: Smartphones are powerful enough to serve as laptop or desktop computers. What are we waiting for?

Why we can’t trust smartphones anymore

Why we can’t trust smartphones anymore

A new class of security problem is caused by smartphone makers that create vulnerabilities deliberately without telling customers.

Why virtual assistants are the ‘killer app’ for wearables

Why virtual assistants are the ‘killer app’ for wearables

‘Hearables’ and smart glasses will keep us in range of our virtual assistants everywhere, all the time.

Critics are wrong to slam iPhone X’s new face tech

Critics are wrong to slam iPhone X’s new face tech

They should acknowledge that Apple is doing face scanning right with Face ID.

Apple's iPhone X proves it: Silicon Valley is getting emotional

Apple's iPhone X proves it: Silicon Valley is getting emotional

Technology like the iPhone X's new camera system and Face ID will increasingly figure out how you feel, almost all the time.

The latest iPhones show why A.I. is the new electricity

The latest iPhones show why A.I. is the new electricity

New technologies abound in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, but one of them is not like the others.

Why you'll wear a body camera

Why you'll wear a body camera

As costs go down, quality goes up and ease of use improves, wearable cameras will become more compelling, even at work. Here's why the body cam revolution is coming.

Why smartwatches failed

Why smartwatches failed

Major smartwatch makers – Apple, Samsung and others – rushed into the market before the technology was ready and didn’t focus on the enterprise first.

Wanted: A world where virtual assistants help (without being asked)

Wanted: A world where virtual assistants help (without being asked)

Only two virtual assistants – those from Google and Facebook – can eavesdrop on your conversations and chime in with helpful suggestions. We need a lot more of that.

Smartphones make people distracted and unproductive

Smartphones make people distracted and unproductive

A smartphone can sap attention even when it's not in use or turned off and in your pocket. That doesn't bode well for productivity.

Why Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are the same thing

Why Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are the same thing

People are already confused about virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), 360-degree video and heads-up displays. It will get worse before it gets better.

How smart cities like New York City will drive enterprise change

How smart cities like New York City will drive enterprise change

Laying high-speed fiber across an entire city and connecting sensor-based public Wi-Fi kiosks is good for the public -- and very good for business.

The augmented reality boom will transform phones (and business)

The augmented reality boom will transform phones (and business)

Starting next year, look for AR to begin transforming enterprise communications, logistics, manufacturing, analytics, product design, training, marketing and collaboration.

Avoid the mouse trap: Old habits wreck new tech

Avoid the mouse trap: Old habits wreck new tech

New technologies that can revolutionize business and have powerful new UIs are emerging quickly. But most people are still tapping away on keyboards.

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