Articles By Mike Elgan

Are Buzz, Facebook and Twitter creating ‘social insecurity’?

An insurance expert told the Britain's Telegraph newspaper that using location-centric mobile social services like Google Buzz, Twitter , Facebook and Foursquare could raise your home insurance premiums, or even result in the

Published on: February 24th, 2010 Mike Elgan

Two new Google location services will transform the way we live

Do you remember where you were the day they unveiled Facebook? No? How about Twitter? Amazon.com? Google Search?Massive, culture-shifting technologies are almost never recognized as such when first announced. They seem unimportant and

Published on: January 14th, 2010 Mike Elgan

Ten obsolete technologies to kill in 2010

Some old-and-busted technologies die gracefully of natural causes. Pagers, PDAs, floppy disks -- they're gone, and good riddance.But other obsolete tech lingers on, even though better alternatives abound that are easier, cheaper, higher

Published on: January 4th, 2010 Mike Elgan

Avatar’s success doesn’t mean big screen 3D is here to stay

James Cameron's hotly anticipated 3D movie, "Avatar," enjoyed a healthy opening weekend in North America, pulling in over $70 million. Besides stunning computer generated imagery and a predictable-but-appealing storyline, the movie will become

Published on: December 28th, 2009 Mike Elgan

10 outdated technologies we should toss in 2010

Some old-and-busted technologies die gracefully of natural causes. Pagers, PDAs, floppy disks -- they're gone, and good riddance. But other obsolete tech lingers on, even though better alternatives abound that are easier, cheaper,

Published on: December 24th, 2009 Mike Elgan

Galileo was wrong! The world revolves around … Apple

All big companies have their critics. But what's interesting about Apple's detractors is universal surprise. Their disappointment often stems from finding out that Apple isn't the company they thought it was. So I'm

Published on: November 24th, 2009 Mike Elgan

Some slacking off can make you more productive at work

Office "slackers" who sneak in a little Facebook and Twitter time do more work than the all-business, all-the-time folks. Researchers at the University of Melbourne confirmed this little truism in a new study.

Published on: August 31st, 2009 Mike Elgan

Free app will enable cheque deposit via iPhone camera

It wasn't long ago that bank customers judged the quality of their local financial institutions by the sturdiness of their columns and vault doors. That idea is a throwback to an era when

Published on: August 12th, 2009 Mike Elgan

Yet another iPhone is no big deal at all

The new iPhone 3G S is here! The new iPhone 3G S is here!Big deal. New cell phone hardware doesn't matter that much anymore. What's important now is software. And networks. Two years

Published on: June 23rd, 2009 Mike Elgan

Bing is elitist and Wave is confusing

Industry titans Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. are getting rave reviews this week about innovative new approaches to Internet search and communications, respectively. Even Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak told a reporter that

Published on: June 9th, 2009 Mike Elgan

Six threats that could tear down Twitter

Twitter is the hottest thing in technology right now. U.S. visits to Twitter.com more than doubled during the month of March alone.All that success is prompting the Debbie Downers out there to speculate

Published on: April 21st, 2009 Mike Elgan

Five ways to subdue e-mail before it smothers you

The average executive spends two hours a day on e-mail. That adds up to roughly one day per week. We probably waste a lot of time every day on phone calls and meetings,

Published on: April 15th, 2009 Mike Elgan

Six reasons why e-book sales will go through the roof this year

At what temperature do electronic books catch fire? We're going to find out sometime this year. E-book sales are about to ignite. On Monday, Amazon.com unveiled a new version of its Kindle reader.

Published on: February 12th, 2009 Mike Elgan

How to steal friends and influence people on Facebook

Every form of communication, from snail-mail to e-mail, chat and others, is subject to fraud and scams. But social networks like Facebook are subject to new, more dangerous opportunities for fraud. With e-mail

Published on: December 2nd, 2008 Mike Elgan

Mobile social networking poised to rake in billions

Within two years, I believe mobile social networking will become the most valuable business application since e-mail.Instant messaging started out as a social life booster for teens, but evolved into a vital form

Published on: September 8th, 2008 Mike Elgan