Stories by Mike Elgan

Opinion: Is Apple lost without Steve Jobs?

Apple announced a lineup of great products this week, but there was something conspicuously missing. The big announcement revealed that Apple without Steve Jobs is a different company.

Social networking just got real

In the 1995 sci-fi thriller Virtuosity, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, the virtual bad guy from a supercomputer crime simulator (played by Crowe), managed to escape the world of software and make it into the real world as a nano-tech self-generating Android. That's a far-fetched premise, but Virtuosity was a great movie anyway.

Are biometric ID tools evil?

Fingerprint readers, iris scanners, palm vein scanners, facial recognition systems and more -- biometric ID tools are going mainstream. But will the mainstream go biometric?

Opinion: Why Acer is wrong about Microsoft Surface

Acer's CEO tells Microsoft to 'think twice' about building tablets because it's "not something you are good at." Columnist Mike Elgan says the CEO should think twice about his statement, because he is wrong.

Google announces social sharing done right

The upcoming Google+ History will prepare your content for sharing, but holds it in a private space until you choose to share it. It's how social networking should work, writes columnist Mike Elgan.

In depth: Siri, how do I feel?

Apple, Google and Microsoft are all working on technologies that can read the emotions on our faces. These tools will make our computers and phones more capable and more 'human.' They will also help advertisers target us more effectively.

Elgan: When bad tech ideas don't fail

The world of technology and startups generates some amazingly brilliant ideas. But it also produces some amazingly bad ones. If only they would fail earlier, faster and more often.

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