Mike Elgan

Mike Elgan is an opinion columnist at large who writes for Computerworld.com, The Raw Feed, TechGear and many other online and print publications. In the past, Mike has worked as chief editor for Windows Magazine, HP World Magazine, Inside HP, HP World News, The Palm Reader, Palm News, Road Tricks, Portable Life News, Laptop Life, BuzzWords, Pocket Windows and Portable Windows. The World Is My Office

This is why Amazon will open physical bookstores

Virtual assistants: They're made out of people!

Virtual assistants: They're made out of people!

The responses from virtual assistants are far more human than most of us assume. In fact, every response is carefully crafted by a person or a team of people.

Photographic memory made easy

Photographic memory made easy

Lifelogging used to be an obscure area of geek research. Now you're doing it every day. Here's how to lifelog even better.

Brightest idea ever: A.I. light bulbs

Brightest idea ever: A.I. light bulbs

What's the next invention that will change the world like the smartphone has? I believe it will be the artificially intelligent light bulb.

Finally: Smart glasses that don't look dumb

Finally: Smart glasses that don't look dumb

When smart glasses look like regular glasses, they'll become just another option at the eye doctor.

How Google's Project Tango will change your life

How Google's Project Tango will change your life

Project Tango is a Google platform for giving phones and tablets a sense of space, and it's going to radically change how people use their mobile devices.

The dark side of the coming chatbot revolution

The dark side of the coming chatbot revolution

The future of chatbots will combine both personal assistance and conversational functions. But they also come with risks.

Here comes 'Desktopgeddon'

Here comes 'Desktopgeddon'

The public believes the desktop Internet is better, but in reality the opposite is now true.

Social media addiction is a bigger problem than you think

Social media addiction is a bigger problem than you think

Social networks are massively addictive -- by design -- which makes it really hard for users to break their online habits.

This is why tech toys are dangerous

This is why tech toys are dangerous

Toys are dangerous. I'm not talking about toys with sharp edges, toxic materials or parts that constitute a choking hazard. I'm talking about hacking -- a new threat to the safety of children. Last week, the risk got real.

6 nerd words everybody gets wrong

6 nerd words everybody gets wrong

The language of technology is a moving target. As the technology changes, so do the usage models, business models and behaviors associated with it. So do the words.

Google+ gets the pivot of the year

Google+ gets the pivot of the year

Google transforms its everything-for-everyone social network into a site that does one thing really well -- connecting supernerds.

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