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Stories by Mike Elgan
You hear the word "monopoly" thrown around a lot these days, especially about Google and Apple.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in 2004 that <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3426367.stm">the problem of spam would be solved within two years</a>. It seemed unlikely at the time, and in fact 2006 came and went without so much as a dip in the crushing load of unwanted email advertising.
Intel this week promised a smartphone based on its Atom processor will hit the market in the first quarter of 2012, while Google announced plans to make future Android releases work on Intel's mobile chips.
I have a love-hate relationship with Google+. Because I love it and use it so much, I really hate its current limitations.
The microblogging service Twitter debuted five years ago, and by all accounts it's one of the great success stories of the social media era.
Location data retention sounds like a medical condition. In a way, it is. And your phone's probably got it.
It's hard to remember now, but there was a time when Finland was at the center of the cell phone universe. As cell phones overtook pagers, then smartphones overtook cell phones, Nokia was the hottest company in the industry.
Imagine sitting down at a public PC, surfing the web, visiting Facebook, checking your online bank account and buying something on Amazon.com -- all without entering passwords or credit card information.
All big companies have their critics. But what's interesting about Apple's detractors is universal surprise. Their disappointment often stems from finding out that Apple isn't the company they thought it was. So I'm going to explain some fundamental aspects of Apple's culture. Next time, you won't be blindsided and confused.
It wasn't long ago that bank customers judged the quality of their local financial institutions by the sturdiness of their columns and vault doors. That idea is a throwback to an era when money was physical, and so was security.
The touch screen is taking over cellphones, as well as mobile computing and even desktop computing. Both Apple and Microsoft are working on a transition to touch-enabled versions of OS X and Windows. Touch screens are coming in and keyboards and mice are on their way out.
Industry titans Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. are getting rave reviews this week about innovative new approaches to Internet search and communications, respectively.
Twitter has gone mainstream, big time. Much has been written about Twitter etiquette, or "Twittiquette," which is concerned mainly with what to do and what not to do on the microblogging service itself. But what about socially acceptable rules for when -- or when not -- to use Twitter at all?
One of the great industry dramas that takes place each year is the concurrence of Macworld and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).