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

Silicon Valley's next disruption: Reality!

Why Google+ is the place for passions

Why Google+ is the place for passions

The single biggest controversy about social media is whetherGoogle+ is a dying wasteland of non-activity or a hive of conversation and engagement. Mike Elgan is here to explain why it's the latter.

Why do contextual ads fail?

Why do contextual ads fail?

Companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon violate our privacy in order to show us relevant ads. So why do their ads miss the mark?

Why the Internet of Things may never happen (Part 2)

Why the Internet of Things may never happen (Part 2)

The Internet of Things idea of all our stuff seamlessly working together for our benefit is wonderful, but it's never going to happen.

How haptics will transform your gadgets

How haptics will transform your gadgets

The era of ubiquitous haptic user interfaces has been predicted for two decades. Now it's finally here. Can you feel it?

What Apple knows about smartwatches that Google doesn't

What Apple knows about smartwatches that Google doesn't

Instead of just being a peripheral device for your smartphone, the Apple Watch also functions as a peripheral to you, says columnist Mike Elgan.

Forget the iPhone: It's all about iWatch now

Forget the iPhone: It's all about iWatch now

Ten years from now, nobody will remember the announcement of the iPhone 6. They will, however, remember the launch of the Apple iWatch.

Why in-air gestures failed, and why they'll soon win

Why in-air gestures failed, and why they'll soon win

Don’t count out in-the-air gesture technology out yet. It will soon become a mainstream technology that just about everyone will use.

How to understand Twitter's bad new direction

Twitter this week made two small changes that indicate a big shift in direction for everybody's favorite microblogging service

The trouble with trolls (and how to beat them)

A vulnerable person. A sociopath or two on social media tormenting that person without consequence. That's trolling in a nutshell. Mike Elgan explains what you can do about it.

Google, Facebook go beyond social, beyond identity

In order to understand the strange but spectacularly profitable world of Google and Facebook today, it's important to start in the fall of 2010.

In search of a social site that doesn't lie

Mike Elgan would like to find a social network that doesn't lie to users, doesn't experiment on users without their clear knowledge, and delivers by default all the posts of the people they follow.

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