Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

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

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.

The future of smart glasses comes into focus

The future of smart glasses comes into focus

What will smart glasses look like? How will they work? Who will use them? And how widespread will they be? It all became clearer this week.

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 'retail apocalypse' is a myth

The 'retail apocalypse' is a myth

Online shopping is killing brick-and-mortar retail, right? Wrong! The reality is better than you think.

Smartphones are driving us to distraction. Here’s help.

Smartphones are driving us to distraction. Here’s help.

Smart people are starting to cancel their social accounts and turn off smartphones. (Maybe that’s why they’re so smart.)

Google’s Clips camera offers a snapshot of things to come

Google’s Clips camera offers a snapshot of things to come

The most revolutionary product of the year so far is Google’s ‘trivial’ Clips camera. The reason might surprise you.

How to survive in the fake-information age

How to survive in the fake-information age

Understanding the emerging world of 'fake everything' is vital for figuring out what you and your company can do about it.

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.

There's no such thing as a 'remote' employee

There's no such thing as a 'remote' employee

When everyone is ‘remote’ at least part of the time, the whole idea of a remote worker is obsolete.

Disinformation as a service? DaaS not good!

Disinformation as a service? DaaS not good!

'Computational propaganda' started in politics, but may be coming soon to the world of business.

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.

Why 'experiential' marketing will be a massive IT challenge

Why 'experiential' marketing will be a massive IT challenge

Marketing is all about experiences now; to succeed it will need the two-letter technologies: AR, VR and A.I. And to scale it will need smartphones, selfies, live-streaming and social media.

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.

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