Mike ElganContributing Columnist, Computerworld

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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.

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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.