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.

Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound business

Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound business

Spotify began a buying spree in an apparent bid to dominate podcasting. Here’s what it knows that others don’t.

How fake news is changing the internet

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?

How Google plans to reinvent the user interface

How Google plans to reinvent the user interface

Google’s next move will be like 'Minority Report,' but on your watch, toaster and factory floor.

Ambient computing is in the air

Ambient computing is in the air

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

It’s time for BYOF (bring your own Fi)

It’s time for BYOF (bring your own Fi)

Google targets Google Fi at consumers and families. But it’s even better for business. Here’s why.

Google Maps is the new social network

Google Maps is the new social network

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

The dark side of folding-screen and dual-screen smartphones

The dark side of folding-screen and dual-screen smartphones

Everybody’s talking about folding-screen and dual-screen smartphones. Here are 7 reasons to ignore the hype.

Why Microsoft and Google love progressive web apps

Why Microsoft and Google love progressive web apps

Microsoft wants everything to run on Windows. Google wants everything to run on the web. (And what does Apple want?)

The first smart display for business: Your Android phone

The first smart display for business: Your Android phone

Here’s why I think Google will announce a ‘smart display’ feature this week for Android optimized for business use.

Why 5G will disappoint everyone

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

Why everyone is talking about everything talking

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

In killing Inbox, Google takes another swipe at its most passionate users

In killing Inbox, Google takes another swipe at its most passionate users

It fits a pattern that tells us that Google sees everyone as having equal value, which just isn’t true.

Social media and trolls: The end is near

Social media and trolls: The end is near

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

What is a search engine, anyway?

What is a search engine, anyway?

If you think a search engine exists as an index to the internet, it’s time to update your thinking.

Here comes ‘antidisinformation as a service’

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.

Can the police search your phone?

Can the police search your phone?

Enterprises work hard to protect company secrets. Here’s why the biggest threat may be law enforcement.

Sorry, gamers. Magic Leap means business!

Sorry, gamers. Magic Leap means business!

Everybody thinks Magic Leap's mixed-reality system is going to turn our homes into the movie ‘Avatar.’ It's actually headed for boardrooms and corporate meetings.

How voice technology will re-shape business

How voice technology will re-shape 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 SMS and voicemail are making a comeback

Why SMS and voicemail are making a comeback

Assumed to be smoldering on the ash heap of history, SMS and voicemail are finding new life with new technology.

Fake products? Only AI can save us now.

Fake products? Only AI can save us now.

The arms race is on: Counterfeiters will use AI to create convincing fakes; smart enterprises will use AI to fight back.

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