Mike ElganContributing Columnist, Computerworld

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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


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.

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How to run your own private PRISM program like the NSA

Why should the NSA have all the surveillance fun? Its PRISM spy software is built into a wide variety of tools available to everybody.

Laptops with super high-def displays worth price

The only problem with Retina-quality, ultra high-resolution and 4K screens is that once you've used one, it's hard to go back to lower resolutions.

Microsoft could have edge on consumer electronics with some retooling

The software maker has all the technology, patents, design skill and engineering it needs to leapfrog Apple and Google and own the future.

Email is still the glue that holds the social Web together

With everybody choosing a different communications medium, email is increasingly the only one we all have in common.

Social media's lifelogging now a Saga worth telling

A company called A.R.O. this week shipped a new iOS and Android lifelogging app called Saga, which creates a page for each location where you spend time.

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Mobile computing on the go a novelty overseas

Digital nomad behaviors that are normal in the U.S. and almost mandatory in Silicon Valley are very strange in many countries.

Google Fiber divides users into the haves and have nots

Google's Fiber project demonstrates that very high Internet speeds are possible and nobody except Google has the vision or courage to make it happen.

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Google comes clean(er) about Glass: What you need to know

Since announcing Google Glass a year ago, Google has revealed few details until recently, after making its cyborg eyewear available to a select group of testers. Recently the company released some more information as the gadget starts to appear in the wild.

Mobile world beckons clothing that helps you carry all your devices

Clothes should be designed to enable the easiest and safest use of our touch-screen devices.

Google+ tops for 'real-life streaming'

The social network and growing competitor of Facebook does non-annoying location remembering and sharing with some surprising features.