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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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These three virtual assistants point the way to the future

Step aside, Siri, Cortana, and Alexa. We look at three new virtual assistants that raise the bar for usefulness, interactivity, and personalization.

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Security tips from a super-hacker: Kevin Mitnick's advice on protecting laptops, smartphones, and more

Virtually everyone in technology knows about Kevin Mitnick, the one-time fugitive hacker who is now a security consultant. Mitnick has a wealth of security advice for the public.

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The surprising truth about Facebook's Internet.org

No, Internet.org is not a nonprofit organization that subsidizes Internet access for new users.

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How real people help Cortana, Siri, and other virtual assistants feel alive

The responses from virtual assistants are far more human than most of us assume. In fact, every response is carefully crafted by a person or a team of people.

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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?

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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.