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.

Shining light on dark data, shadow IT and shadow IoT

Shining light on dark data, shadow IT and shadow IoT

What's lurking in the shadows of YOUR organization? What you don't know can hurt you. Insider Pro columnist Mike Elgan looks at how your business is at risk and offers six steps to minimize it.

How fake news is changing the internet

The tools we all use for knowledge, communication and business are being re-engineered to stop disinformation. Is our loss of control worth it?

Ambient computing is in the air, but what is it?

A massive convergence of technologies will enable us to use computers and the internet without really using them.

Why Google Maps is the new social network

While Twitter tumbles and Facebook flounders, Google Maps has emerged as the best social network for businesses

Why 5G will disappoint everyone

Wireless connections that are 20 times faster? What could be disappointing about that?

Why everyone is talking about everything talking

Suddenly, we’re looking at voice-first everything — including the voice-first workplace

Social media and trolls: The end is near

A new service uses NFC and blockchain to end trolling forever. (And just in time)

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When everyone is remote at least part of the time, the whole idea of a remote worker is obsolete.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

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