Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

Mike Elgan is a technology-obsessed journalist, author, blogger, podcaster and digital nomad. He writes a weekly column for IDG’s Insider Pro. Learn more at his website: elgan.com.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the splinternet

How I learned to stop worrying and love the splinternet

The web was never going to be worldwide. The idea of one single global internet is an obsolete fantasy.

How hearables will drive the attention economy

How hearables will drive the attention economy

A technology revolution in personal sound management will put you in control of your own attention in a noisy world.

Google needs to pull itself together

Google needs to pull itself together

It could be a much greater company if it could only figure out how to combine existing technologies into killer apps.

Why ‘ambient computing’ is just a marketing buzzword (for now)

Why ‘ambient computing’ is just a marketing buzzword (for now)

You’ll know ambient computing is really here when you don’t know it’s there.

Five reasons why smart glasses mean business

Five reasons why smart glasses mean business

Sorry, consumers. Smart glasses are for professional use only for the foreseeable future. Don’t try this at home.

Who’s slowing down fast 5G?

Who’s slowing down fast 5G?

Forget America’s opposition to Huawei. The real threat to 5G nirvana lies elsewhere. (Hint: Conspiracy theories are involved.)

Can Facebook be trusted with a virtual assistant?

Can Facebook be trusted with a virtual assistant?

A look at recent news has a lot to tell us about Facebook’s trustworthiness.

The smart speaker finally gets its killer app for business

The smart speaker finally gets its killer app for business

It turns out that the most important app for a virtual assistant appliance might be the one you create yourself.

Why you should stop using mobile data

Why you should stop using mobile data

Or, how to be smarter, healthier, happier and more successful and get a free smartphone every year.

What is Apple driving at with its iCar?

What is Apple driving at with its iCar?

Are rumor, speculation and myth around Apple’s Project Titan driving you crazy? Here are the facts on 10 falsehoods.

Get ready for the age of sensor panic

Get ready for the age of sensor panic

Cameras, microphones and other sensors are showing up everywhere. And this is just the beginning.

Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound business

Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound business

Spotify began a buying spree in an apparent bid to dominate podcasting. Here’s what it knows that others don’t.

How fake news is changing the internet

How fake news is changing the internet

The tools we all use for knowledge, communication and business are being re-engineered to stop disinformation. Is our loss of control worth it?

How Google plans to reinvent the user interface

How Google plans to reinvent the user interface

Google’s next move will be like 'Minority Report,' but on your watch, toaster and factory floor.

Ambient computing is in the air

Ambient computing is in the air

A massive convergence of technologies will enable us to use computers and the internet without really using them.

It’s time for BYOF (bring your own Fi)

It’s time for BYOF (bring your own Fi)

Google targets Google Fi at consumers and families. But it’s even better for business. Here’s why.

Google Maps is the new social network

Google Maps is the new social network

While Twitter tumbles and Facebook flounders, Google Maps has emerged as the best social network for businesses.

The dark side of folding-screen and dual-screen smartphones

The dark side of folding-screen and dual-screen smartphones

Everybody’s talking about folding-screen and dual-screen smartphones. Here are 7 reasons to ignore the hype.

Why Microsoft and Google love progressive web apps

Why Microsoft and Google love progressive web apps

Microsoft wants everything to run on Windows. Google wants everything to run on the web. (And what does Apple want?)

The first smart display for business: Your Android phone

The first smart display for business: Your Android phone

Here’s why I think Google will announce a ‘smart display’ feature this week for Android optimized for business use.

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