Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

Mike Elgan is a technology-obsessed journalist, author, blogger, podcaster and digital nomad. Learn more at his website: elgan.com.

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.

Why fake news is a tech problem

Why fake news is a tech problem

While "fake news" has always existed, the recent explosion of disinformation, conspiracy theories and half-truths calls for serious action. The tech industry needs to step up.

Why Apple will make smart glasses

Why Apple will make smart glasses

Instead of making unfashionable smart glasses, Apple will make fashionable glasses smart.

Social networks let the rich buy influence

Social networks let the rich buy influence

New monetization schemes on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook let sites profit from inequality.

Everything is a virtual assistant now

Everything is a virtual assistant now

At CES this week, we're learning that virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa will be delivered as a utility to almost every appliance in your home.

7 things Silicon Valley needs to stop doing in 2017

7 things Silicon Valley needs to stop doing in 2017

I love you, Silicon Valley. You know I do. But there are a few things you keep doing that exasperate everyone.

Software is eating the food world

Software is eating the food world

Put down that lab-grown meat burger and slimy Soylent shake. Silicon Valley has a better idea than freaky fake food.

Digital nomad survival tips you can use anywhere (Part 2)

Digital nomad survival tips you can use anywhere (Part 2)

Here are my best, most surprising new ideas about how to travel while using technology to protect your money, property, health and life.

Does Google listen in on your life?

Does Google listen in on your life?

A widely held myth says Google eavesdrops on your life to improve search results. It doesn't, but should it?

How to shoot a drone out of the sky

How to shoot a drone out of the sky

An entire anti-drone industry is emerging. These new tools will enable drone detection, tracking, identification, disabling, and even hacking and hijacking the drones as they fly.

Why you should start using Google Keep right away

Why you should start using Google Keep right away

Services like Keep, Evernote and Microsoft OneNote are often called "note-taking apps." But they've grown beyond their roots, now offering collaborative workflow, reminders, checklists, geofencing, optical character recognition, voice...

How lifelogging will become easy and automatic

How lifelogging will become easy and automatic

Before, only academic supergeeks tracked and recorded everything to achieve a photographic memory. But now you can, too.

Where are the wearables you wear elsewhere?

Where are the wearables you wear elsewhere?

The vast majority of wearables are biometric wristwatches, measuring mostly heart rate and bodily movement. Here are some alternative gadgets.

Why 'invisible smart glasses' are the perfect wearable

Why 'invisible smart glasses' are the perfect wearable

Dozens of companies promise conspicuous, bulky and expensive smart glasses. But the best idea is regular glasses that are smart.

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