Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

Mike Elgan is a technology-obsessed journalist, author, blogger, podcaster and digital nomad. He writes a weekly column for IDG’s Insider Pro. Learn more at his website: elgan.com.

Here comes ‘antidisinformation as a service’

Lies and fake news are coming after your company’s brand and reputation. Time to get your AaaS in gear.

How voice technology will reshape business

Everybody expects voice tech and virtual assistants like Google Assistant, Alexa and Cortana to make a big splash in the enterprise. Here's what to expect.

Why Amazon is the new Microsoft

Why Amazon is the new Microsoft

The Amazon Alexa platform dominated CES this year. The virtual assistant is shaping up to be the most important new operating system.

There's no such thing as a 'remote' employee

When everyone is remote at least part of the time, the whole idea of a remote worker is obsolete.

Yes, Apple is building a car

Yes, Apple is building a car

All signs point to Apple building cars in the same way (and for the same reason) they build iPhones.

Why your next business phone will be an Amazon Echo

Why your next business phone will be an Amazon Echo

Virtual assistant appliances are for the home. The first business Echo will work like a landline business phone.

How the Amazon Echo Look improves privacy

How the Amazon Echo Look improves privacy

Why the privacy critics are dead wrong about Amazon's new A.I. bedroom camera.

OK, Google, let's put the new voice ID everywhere

OK, Google, let's put the new voice ID everywhere

Google Home now recognizes who you are when you talk to it. This technology is too powerful and useful to leave at Home.

Honesty is not the best privacy policy

Honesty is not the best privacy policy

Hackers, tech companies and governments want our personal information. Only lies can save us now.

Why smart stores don't check out

Why smart stores don't check out

Amazon, Starbucks and Apple want you to walk into their stores, pick up your items, then walk right out. But there's a problem.

 The laptop is dead

The laptop is dead

Here's Mike Elgan's open-and-shut case on why the venerable laptop is on its way out.

How to protect yourself from ATM crime

How to protect yourself from ATM crime

Banks like Wells Fargo are rolling out much better ATM security. Here's why it won't stop ATM theft.

It's time to face the ugly reality of face recognition

It's time to face the ugly reality of face recognition

Most forms of biometric data are hard to get, and you usually need someone's permission to capture fingerprint or iris scans. But anyone can take a picture of your face.

Anything you post can and will be used against you

Anything you post can and will be used against you

Sure, the CIA can hack your TV, but public posts on Facebook could really hurt you.

How YouTube TV will kill cable

How YouTube TV will kill cable

YouTube's new live TV service will make TV mobile, flexible, easy, competitive and super profitable for Google.

Note to self: Stop taking notes!

Note to self: Stop taking notes!

Artificial intelligence makes scribbling or typing notes and reminders obsolete. Talk and the notes just happen.

Why Google and Apple will rule mixed reality

Why Google and Apple will rule mixed reality

Sorry, Microsoft and Magic Leap. The Silicon Valley smartphone giants have one thing you haven't got.

Why Twitter's new anti-harassment tools will fail

Why Twitter's new anti-harassment tools will fail

Twitter's new policies won't solve the harassment problem, and they'll ruin engagement, too.

Google's myriad messaging apps: Which are best for you?

Google's myriad messaging apps: Which are best for you?

With 12 overlapping apps and services to choose from, Google's communication offerings can be overwhelming. Here's how to understand the options and choose the best ones for you.

5 shocking new threats to your personal data

5 shocking new threats to your personal data

The internet and smartphones have come up with five new and surprising ways to steal or expose our personal data. These trends make panic sound like a good idea.

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