Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

Mike Elgan is an opinion columnist at large who writes for Computerworld.com, The Raw Feed, TechGear and many other online and print publications. In the past, Mike has worked as chief editor for Windows Magazine, HP World Magazine, Inside HP, HP World News, The Palm Reader, Palm News, Road Tricks, Portable Life News, Laptop Life, BuzzWords, Pocket Windows and Portable Windows. The World Is My Office

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Smartphones make people distracted and unproductive

Smartphones make people distracted and unproductive

A smartphone can sap attention even when it's not in use or turned off and in your pocket. That doesn't bode well for productivity.

Why Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are the same thing

Why Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are the same thing

People are already confused about virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), 360-degree video and heads-up displays. It will get worse before it gets better.

How smart cities like New York City will drive enterprise change

How smart cities like New York City will drive enterprise change

Laying high-speed fiber across an entire city and connecting sensor-based public Wi-Fi kiosks is good for the public -- and very good for business.

Why 'experiental' marketing will be a massive IT challenge

Why 'experiental' marketing will be a massive IT challenge

Marketing is all about experiences now; to succeed it will need the two-letter technologies: AR, VR and A.I. And to scale it will need smartphones, selfies, live-streaming and social media.

The augmented reality boom will transform phones (and business)

The augmented reality boom will transform phones (and business)

Starting next year, look for AR to begin transforming enterprise communications, logistics, manufacturing, analytics, product design, training, marketing and collaboration.

Avoid the mouse trap: Old habits wreck new tech

Avoid the mouse trap: Old habits wreck new tech

New technologies that can revolutionize business and have powerful new UIs are emerging quickly. But most people are still tapping away on keyboards.

Google wants to kill your phone

Google wants to kill your phone

Google is laying out a path to make phones obsolete and replace them with something much better.

Why total bans on remote work don't remotely work

Why total bans on remote work don't remotely work

Companies seem to be moving in different directions when it comes to remote workers. Some have embraced the practice. Others have banned it. But there is a middle ground.

The 5 surprising things to know about smart glasses

The 5 surprising things to know about smart glasses

As you hear about augmented reality over the next few years, understand where it's going: straight into smart glasses to power enterprise applications.

We need virtual assistants that talk to each other

We need virtual assistants that talk to each other

A lot of companies have developed voice-based virtual assistants, but you still have to choose one and stick with it.You shouldn't have to.

Inside the trillion-dollar selfie industrial complex

Inside the trillion-dollar selfie industrial complex

The taking of selfies and other photographs inspired and driven in part by social sharing is the key to the future of business, marketing and the artificial intelligence age.

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