Stories by Mike Elgan

Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion

Companies are engaged in a kind of arms race with competitors to see how many apps they can get everyone to use. But this aggressive push for more apps is going to end up giving users app fatigue.

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Four reasons Microsoft is a new company

There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

Why Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon want to be each other

It was a loony week in Silicon Valley. Four major technology companies announced expensive and risky programs to become less like themselves and more like their competitors.

15 mysteries about the Moto 360 smartwatch

We've seen pictures and videos of Motorola's round smartwatch. But the most important facts are still unknown, and Mike Elgan has a lot of questions.

Ready for your electronic tattoo?

Electronic tattoos are the ultimate wearable computer. There's no telling what a patch of electronics stuck to your body somewhere and connected wirelessly to a smartphone can do once app developers get involved.

How do you feel? Your phone may soon tell you

A variety of projects unveiled in the past year aim to give mobile apps the ability to instantly detect a person's emotional state.

Secure smartphones are nice, but not enough

In the past week, two new ultra secure smartphones have been in the news. One is called the Blackphone. The other is called the Black phone. The difference in their names is a space. Here's what we know about the two most secure smartphones ever created.

Google phone project could transform smartphones

A slew of cool new smartphones are expected to debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But Google has already unveiled what is almost certainly the most interesting phone of the year.

How mobile apps are changing fast food

The world of fast food is getting faster - and redefining the future of mobile payments. Just look at what several US fast food retailers, including Taco Bell and Chipotle, are doing.

Why wearable computing is waiting for A.I.

This week, Google Glass got a new app called 'Refresh' that seems small, but it represents the future of wearable computing.

How 'Lenovorola' changes the mobile world

Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo. The deal makes Google better, Lenovo bigger and Motorola gets a new lease on life.

Why Facebook and Google+ are headed in opposite directions

The two major social sites, Facebook and Google+, are embracing opposite strategies for the future, but they are heading to the same place: To add social intelligence to everything you do.

Three big trends converge at CES

Lifelogging and lifestreaming got a boost from wearable computing and the quantified self at International CES this week. Welcome to the future.

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Is Apple's 13-in. iPad a desktop for kids?

Rumors about Apple building a very large iPad have been unavoidable for seven months. But does a giant iPad make sense?

Why 2014 is the 'year of smart glasses'

In the technology press, every year is the year of this and the year of that. Much of this kind of prediction is based on expectations or wishful thinking and is essentially meaningless.

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