Stories by Mike Elgan

Who wants a custom mobile phone?

Two different companies this week announced two different visions for customizable mobile phones. Are we entering a new era, where mobile phones are used and sold like laptops -- where you snap on extra functionality on the fly or have them built to ...

Hyperconnectivity here we come

Apple CEO Steve Jobs told an interviewer at Macworld this week that's Kindle e-book reader will fail. His shocking reason?: "People don't read anymore."

Amazon Kindle does e-mail and more

In all the marketing blather about Inc.'s awesome new Kindle e-book reader, you won't hear "e-mail," "RSS feeds" or "online calendars" mentioned at all.

Do video games make kids violent, stupid and sick?

Video games have occasionally served as a convenient scapegoat for whatever ails youth. But just this week, the normal trickle of blame has become a torrent, with loud proclamations from many quarters that computer games are making kids violent, stup...

iPhone season? Or open season on the iPhone?

Well, it's the moment of truth for this year's holiday shopping season: iPhone, yes or no? Tracy Mayor put the Question of the Year to Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie, PC World Editor in Chief Harry McCracken, Computerworld Online News Edit...

Wishing you and yours a haptic holiday

When playing Halo 3 on your Xbox 360, or other games on other consoles, your handheld game controller shakes and rumbles to coincide with on-screen explosions, crashes, gunshots and grenade detonations.

New software 'mirrors' your mobile phone online

A company called Dashwire this week unveiled free new software that essentially mirrors your mobile phone on the Web, backing up all your data -- contacts, text messages, calls, photos, videos and phone settings -- and letting you access everything o...

Forget the iPhone, all phones should be 'unlocked'

Apple's iPhone hasn't made an obvious dent in the market share of either handset competitors or carriers that compete with AT&T. But it has hit those other companies with something else unexpected -- and unwelcome: The iPhone has sharply raised consu...

The eight secrets that make Apple No. 1

Last week I wrote about how Apple's growing success will trigger accusations that it is a monopolistic, copycat bully and why the company should be defended against such complaints. This week, I'll discuss the secrets of Apple's growing success and c...

New robot walks, talks and learns

In the future, home entertainment robots will converse with us and behave as virtual pets, security sentries, food-and-drink servers and silicon-based companions.

Weird, scary and bizarre iPhone tales

The old carnival freak show is dead and gone (or has at least moved to reality television and daytime talk shows). But in our hearts, we still long to gawk at the strange and the bizarre.

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