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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

Gadgets: Built to Not Last

That shiny new Android phone you just bought? Yeah, it's a piece of trash. No, I'm not some Google-hating Apple fanboy. The iPhone 4 is junk, too.

Spam Will Wreck Social Networks Next

Analysis: They poisoned e-mail, then they ruined search, and next spammers will taint your social networks.

How Google Plans to Clone You

Google last week acquired Phonetic Arts, which specializes in technology that transforms a recorded voice into a computer-generated voice.

Why HP's Slate Isn't Anything Like the iPad

HP's Slate 500 and Apple's iPad have nothing significant in common--in fact, they're in entirely different device categories and can even be thought of as opposites.

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Why Book Publishing Needs the Silicon Valley Way

Silicon Valley nourishes and funds intellectual property. The book publishing industry can learn a lot from that model.

E-Mail Service Nags, at Your Instruction

Analysis: By addressing this third-party as a cc: to a Gmail message, you arrange for a reminder to follow up.

Say It With Me: Voice Is Ready for Prime Time

Talking is the best user interface. But is the technology there yet?

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Why is Google So Condescending?

Analysis: Recent comments by Google's top PR guy and even its CEO make me wonder whether the company understands how such comments do far more harm than good.

As Google Gets Smarter, are We Getting Dumber?

Analysis: Google has replaced what for many may be the last creative act -- building search queries -- with another process of selecting from available choices.

Know Your Touch Screens

Ever since the iPhone, gadget makers of all kinds got busy replacing real buttons with virtual ones on touch screens, but touch alone isn't what the new generation is all about.