Stories by Mike Elgan

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.

Written by Mike Elgan29 Dec. 12 11:51

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.

Written by Mike Elgan22 Dec. 12 12:12

Finally: Real virtual assistants

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

Written by Mike Elgan17 Dec. 12 16:25

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.

Written by Mike Elgan01 Dec. 12 12:15

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.

Written by Mike Elgan17 Nov. 12 12:12

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.

Written by Mike Elgan03 Nov. 12 11:14

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.

Written by Mike Elgan27 Oct. 12 10:14

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.

Written by Mike Elgan22 Oct. 12 14:26

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.

Written by Mike Elgan13 Oct. 12 11:15

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.

Written by Mike Elgan06 Oct. 12 11:06

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.

Written by Mike Elgan22 Sept. 12 10:48