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Mike Elgan is an opinion columnist at large who writes for Computerworld.com, The Raw Feed, TechGear and many other online and print publications. In the past, Mike has worked as chief editor for Windows Magazine, HP World Magazine, Inside HP, HP World News, The Palm Reader, Palm News, Road Tricks, Portable Life News, Laptop Life, BuzzWords, Pocket Windows and Portable Windows. The World Is My Office

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7 smartphone rules changed this week

The FCC and FTC have been on a roll lately, using their power to side with smartphone users. Here's what you need to know.

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In search of a social site that doesn't lie

Facebook and OKCupid experiment on users. So what's wrong with that?

Ready for your electronic tattoo?

The concept sounds simultaneously futuristic and bizarre. But mark my words: You'll get one. And sooner than you think.

How do you feel? Your phone may soon tell you

Emotion-detection capability is coming soon to a wide range of mobile apps, thanks to several systems now available.

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Why wearable computing is waiting for AI

A new app for Google Glass may seem trivial, but it represents the future of wearable computing.

Beware snoopy apps that ask more than they need to know

Some apps that don't seem to have anything to do with user data are actually watching and noting your usage habits and reporting back to their corporate overlords.

Could tech solve distracted driving as well cause it?

Passing laws to minimize accidents caused by distracted drivers is a good idea. But let's not dump advanced technology prematurely just because we assume it's a distraction.

Weeding out fake reviews online takes care, incentive

A thriving industry of paid-for user comments pollutes social networks with fake opinions. Let the reader beware.

Security tips for digital nomads

Here's a tale of traveling three continents in the past 18 months, staying connected, keeping powered up, and protecting valuable gadgets from theft.

Wanted: A truly helpful mobile virtual personal assistant

The tech industry has been promising apps that interrupt us with important contextual information for two years. So where are they?


Wall power outlets are so 2012

In the future, phones, tablets and wearable computing gadgets won't come with chargers, they'll use inductive chargers built into desks, kitchen counters, bedside tables, cars, and other surfaces.


Why you're going to love wearable computing

Wearable computing gadgets aren't toys for lazy geeks or harbingers of a dystopian future. Here's why you're going to love wearable computing.

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In praise of mob rule: Great ideas get crowdsourcing boost

Many of today's hottest products do something similar by drawing value from the collective actions of users through a selection of crowdfunding sites.

Moto X custom smartphone teased for intro next week

Motorola and Google say in an ad that their upcoming Moto X phone will be designed by users. What will we see at next week's announcement?

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Sony teams devices to merge the best of tablet and phone

So-called phablets merge the best features of phones and tablets, but early entries are awkward; wearable devices may make them powerful and mainstream, as well as acceptable in business.