Stories by Mike Elgan

A computer's place is in the kitchen

Forget the living room. The kitchen is the true family hub now. Here's what Amazon is cooking up.

New earbuds give you super-hearing

Listen to this: The world of earbuds is about to be transformed by startups whose products let you customize what you hear.

How Facebook, Apple and Twitter are ending online equality

The latest trend in social networking is the rise of elitism.

Will Facebook envy wreck Twitter?

There's never been anything quite like Facebook. As a company, Facebook specializes in collecting, hoarding, keeping and engaging users. As a social network, it dominates the market with the largest user base. Facebook has a monopoly as the social network of choice for friends and families.

Is Apple's control freakery out of control?

Apple makes money. A LOT of money.

New A.I. tech helps you write right

This column is a little cheerful, slightly analytical, both confident and tentative and just a tiny bit angry. But mostly, it's open, agreeable and conscientious. At least that's what IBM's Watson thinks.

Is it Google's job to fix society?

Social problems exist. Sexism, social stigmatization, crime and other problems have always plagued humanity.

The surprising genius of Apple's Beats 1 radio

When Apple announced it was creating an Internet radio station called Beats 1 to go along with its Apple Music service, I was dismissive.

Is facial recognition a threat on Facebook and Google?

Both Facebook and Google have been working hard at using computers and algorithms to identify people in photos. They've gotten really good at it.

4 news apps that will change everything

I'm a huge fan of newspapers. I've been subscribing to the print edition of The New York Times since I was in college.

Google on Apple: The end is near

The chat room and social network religious wars between Apple and Google demand that you take sides. But I've always felt that the best experience includes a cherry-picking of Apple hardware, Google services and apps from both.

Here comes the modular mobile revolution

The future of consumer electronics will be delivered this year in a Puerto Rican food truck.

Why you want Google Photos

We all love to take pictures. Smartphones make it easy.

How Google and Apple will smartify your home

The next big culture shift in consumer technology is clearly home automation. Over the next two or three years, a dizzying array of home appliances and devices will connect up with your phone and TV box to make everything "smart" (which, let's face it, is a euphemism for "more fun but also more expensive and complex").

Facebook: The other Internet

You can do almost everything online. Most people spend most of their web time doing just three things: communicating, buying things and consuming content.