Stories by Mike Elgan

Why e-books are bound to fail

E-books, those flat electronic tablets designed for reading downloadable, software-based books, are often packed with advanced displays and other leading-edge technology.

Why cell phones are still grounded

How many times have you heard this?: "At this time, all electronic devices, including cell phones and two-way pagers, must be turned off and put away. After takeoff, I'll let you know when you may use approved electronic portable devices."

Freedom from the office -- the Bedouin way

No matter who you are, you can embrace the new Bedouinism. You don't have to live in the Bay Area or the desert or work for a start-up. You don't even need access to a coffeehouse. It's easy, and I'll tell you how. But first, let me tell you why beco...

Why 'smartphone' is a dumb label

ABI Research analysts ruffled gadget-enthusiast feathers recently by suggesting that Apple's upcoming iPhone, though "clever and capable" cannot be considered a "smartphone." The reason, they said, was that a smartphone features an "open, commercial ...

BlackBerry Pearl is the smartphone of the future

Like today's best smart phones, the pocket communication gadget of the future will be an "everything device." At a minimum, it will function as a laptop, digital camera, video-capable media player, voice recorder, handheld, speakerphone and more. But...

Saving the planet, the easy way

Environmentalists have been urging consumers for decades to wake up to impending disaster and change their buying, driving and living habits to reduce pollution, cut energy consumption and help reverse global warming.

Windows Vista: The 'huh?' starts now

Microsoft is losing consumer operating system market share to Apple for many reasons, but most of those reasons can be oversimplified thus: Mac OS is simple, and Windows is complicated.

Wait! Don't buy Windows Vista!

Unless you've recently emerged from a coma, you know the consumer versions of Microsoft's new Vista operating system have already shipped to the public.

Moving beyond hope as a backup strategy

You can find volumes of information about mobile data security -- everyone knows that data on mobile devices, especially laptops, is at risk. But almost every article describes how to protect your company financially and legally from data loss. There...

20 things we don't know about the iPhone

Steve Jobs unveiled his breathtaking iPhone vision Tuesday, calling it a "magical" device that would "change the world" when it ships in June. Jobs' use of the word "magical" hit the nail on the head. Jobs' keynotes are more than just speeches. They'...

The new hotness: Personal tech in 2007

As Moore's Law, or something like it, continues to drive down the cost and size of electronics, increasingly sophisticated technology will find its way this year into consumer electronics products of all kinds. If you're a gadget freak, fasten your s...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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