Stories by Mike Elgan

Confessions of a technobiophiliac

Smartphone makers like Apple, Samsung and others have flirted with different materials to make their smartphones -- metal, plastic, even glass front and back with the iPhone 4 line.

Tech toys train tots for a troubling tomorrow

Toys always reflect the larger culture -- its biases, fears and, most of all, its technology. New York's Toy Fair 2015 happened this week, and the latest round of new tech toys is bringing some of the most disturbing tech trends to children.

Why Apple is the most successful company in history

Everyone knows that Apple had a great fourth quarter and that its most successful product line, the iPhone, is doing better than ever, too.

Protect yourself from hackers and the NSA

The downside of email, chat, text and messaging apps is that they make you feel like you're communicating privately, with only the intended recipients. And that your messages are private. Until they're not.

7 smartphone rules changed this week

Federal regulators have been throwing their weight around lately, and mostly to good effect for consumers and users of mobile technology.

Why Surface Hub is more interesting than HoloLens

Microsoft had an unusually kick-ass event this week. They trotted out the next version of Windows, which is called Windows 10.

Why I'm still excited about Google Glass

I love covering Google, because the company is unpredictable. They believe in crazy moon-shot projects and have the resources to pursue them. And they put stuff into the public eye way, way before it's ready for prime time.

Here comes the 'Internet of Self'

Two of the biggest trends at International CES this year are the quantified self movement and the Internet of Things (IoT).

12 life-changing social media resolutions

Want to transform your live? No, not your real life. Your online social media life. Here's how.

The hottest wireless technology is now sound!

Using sound for transferring data is nothing new. In the 1940s, when IBM tried to solve the problem of how to use regular telephone lines to connect two computers, it figured out a way to convert data into sound, send the sound over the phone and then convert it back into data. (Yes, I'm talking about the modem.)

Why Google should leave Europe

Spanish lawmakers did something dumb this week. They passed a new law that forces Google to pay news publishers a fee for sending valuable, monetizable content from Google News to their sites.

Why Google and Facebook need balloons, drones and rockets

We tend to think that everybody's online these days. In fact, only one-third of the world's population has access to the Internet. The other two-thirds are simply beyond reach.

Why the FAA's drone rules should never get off the ground

It's hard to believe, but it's illegal to fly a drone in the U.S. for commercial purposes.

Can't wait for the Apple Watch? You're not alone

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, unveiled the Apple Watch at a special event in September. The press was herded into a special tent to look at prototype watches running canned videos of what the watch might look like.

Rise of the celebrity tech entrepreneur

California is a house divided, with global entertainment powerhouse Hollywood in the south -- epicenter of the movie, TV and music businesses -- and global technology powerhouse Silicon Valley in the north.