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Who the $#@! is Mike Elgan? 

I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast ( 

My opinion columns appear all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, eWeek, Baseline and elsewhere. 

I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer with strong opinions. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)

My Thoughts on Google+:

After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 

I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication.

I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 

I even use Google+ for social networking!

Although I'm most active on Google+, you can also follow me here: 

And you can download my top 200 most popular posts as an eBook by clicking here.

I'm ranked #1 on the Google Plus Score list, which is based on user engagement.

I'm the #7 Most Recommended Person to Follow on Google+ (as voted by users). 

I'm one of Mashable's top nine Google+ Power Users.

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I've also created and moderate these Google+ communities.

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Is social networking dead?

Twitter re-categorized itself as a "news" app on iTunes. 

Facebook is focusing on live streaming, video and news. 

And Google+ is emphasizing maker and content creation rock stars. 

Meanwhile, people are leaving these sites for upstart messaging apps by the hundreds of millions. 

Is social networking dead? 
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Yes, social networking is dead.
No, social networking is alive and well.
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IMO no, it's another transition, there is a social context for it, social context is the most important factor in technology.
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Why you'll want augmented hearing

(Read my column: )

The past few years have seen the emergence of a smattering of cloud-based white noise sites that simulate coffee shops. Sites such as Coffitivity and Hipstersound let you not only choose the ambient sounds of a coffee shop, but also specific locations such as Brazil or Paris. A site called Coding gives you the sounds of a room full of developers writing code.

There are many others.

These sites are nice. But they're basically just recorded and looped sounds.

The new world of augmented hearing will replace canned sounds with the digital processing of actual sounds.

Here's how you can try augmented hearing free, and also learn about the coming wave of augmented hearing devices:


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Well that's nice, but since we are on the subject of ambient background noise, why not go directly to a pinnacle (imho) of human background noise presentation made listenable.  Even if on Youtube:

Enjoy.... your welcome.
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Snowden - here comes the trailer!

Directed by Oliver Stone and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley.
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I think I'll pass on the canned omelet

Only Japan -- in this case a company called Mr. Kanso -- would can an omelet. (This is the same kind of omelet used for sushi. But still...)

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I guess if we eat spam how much worse could this be?
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Shooting down drones is actually a thing

Apparently they make drones specifically to be shot out of the sky with shotguns. The leading brand is called Gnat.

Here's video of drone-shooting enthusiasts doing their thing:


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Looks interesting but the young man's comment caught my attention, "I've never shot down a plane before..." It's like he should have done it at some point. 
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What we need is the re-Uberfication of Uber!
Is Uber turning into your traditional taxi company?
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+leona thayer​ you can't just open one. There's crazy regulations and requirements, and most cities enforce a certain maximum number of cabs in service.
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Need to make sure someone takes their pills? There's an app for that!

An app called AiCure uses artificial intelligence, plus a smartphone, to make sure someone takes their medicine.

The patient has to show the pill to the camera, and the pill is recognized and the dose approved by the app.

Here's the crazy part: The app then watches the patient take the pill, and even listens to the swallow sound to make sure it's really happening. It can tell whether the pill is actually swallowed or not.

AiCure is being used in US drug trials as we speak.

If the patient fakes it, or fails to take the medicine, the app informs the trial organizer.


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really useful device
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The quantified life of Gordon Bell

I asked Gordon Bell about lifelogging, about the quantified self movement and about predicting the future of technology.

Listen now:

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#fatcast #computing #technology #gordonbell #lifelogging #quantifiedself

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Buzzfeed whispers the news with new ASMR Facebook Live channel

BuzzFeed is conducting an experiment on Facebook Live to whisper the news.

ASMR, the initials for "autonomous sensory meridian response," is the effect of whispering and various sounds that has the effect of calming and mesmerizing some people, a "brain orgasm," according to some.

BuzzFeed calls it "a euphoric journey through the news."

It's weird because the news itself is filled with upsetting realities like terror attacks, drug cartel murders and Donald Trump, and you receive those realities while being lulled into a trance.


"This is the Internet and the Internet is weird. It’s always been weird. Especially when there’s a new format like this, the weirdness comes out."
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Grass flip flops exist, for some reason

It's like walking barefoot through a field of Astro-Turf.

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In Cuba, even the dogs dance the cha cha cha
I took this video in Cuba -- you'll enjoy it. Happy Monday!
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So so funny !
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Worst portable charger design ever

The Powerbomb is a portable, 13,000 mAH charger that can charge your phone or tablet and get you arrested at the airport.

It looks like a hand grenade, for some reason.

(Fortunately, I don't believe this is an actual product. Just a bad design.)

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Luma Fitness cost us $232 per class. Here's why. My wife and I signed up for a year at Luma fitness at the beginning of last year. Luma Fitness limits the number of students per class. You have to sign up. If the class is full, you can't take that class. And the classes are usually full. You can see this for yourself. For example, when I wrote this review on Saturday morning, you can see from my screenshot that every Sunday class that takes place at the gym is already full. (The only available classes are a trail running class -- we already trail run every day and don't need to pay a gym for that -- and a second class that's way above our fitness level.) We work during the day, and want to work out after work. Those classes are the most unavailable, especially the ones at our fitness level. We're very busy, and often had a hard time making time for the gym. But when we did find the time, we found that Luma Fitness classes were already full. Because of that, we were able to attend only 10 classes for the year. We paid them $2,148 and used their gym 10 times. The nightmare continued. Our membership ended at the end of January. You have to give 30 days notice in writing to terminate the membership, which we did on January 6. Yet they're charging us for the full month of February. We called and argued with them about it, but they were horrible and nasty and insisted that we pay the full month, rather than honor their own contract of 30 days notice. They KNOW we won't be using their gym for the month of February. They KNOW we paid them thousands of dollars without using their service much. But they are just taking our $179 for the month anyway. I guess the $2,148 we paid for 10 classes wasn't enough, so they took more. So now our grand total is $2,327 for 10 classes. Instead of going to Luma Fitness, just flush $20 bills down the toilet twice a week. You'll save money, and you'll get more exercise.
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Shirley rules!
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Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
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Best place for breakfast in the State of California. I'm not kidding. This place rocks. It's mostly a French cafe, but with Moroccan and Mexican influences. The food is as good as food gets, and the owner is an awesome guy, too. Do NOT leave L.A. without eating here. You're welcome.
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