Now we know why Facebook ripped Messenger out of the mobile version of the Facebook app last April: Messenger was destined to become a "platform" in its own right, complete with an API and developer program to help and encourage software companies to make Facebook Messenger-specific apps.
Stories by Mike Elgan
Want to transform your live? No, not your real life. Your online social media life. Here's how.
Using sound for transferring data is nothing new. In the 1940s, when IBM tried to solve the problem of how to use regular telephone lines to connect two computers, it figured out a way to convert data into sound, send the sound over the phone and then convert it back into data. (Yes, I'm talking about the modem.)
It's hard to believe, but it's illegal to fly a drone in the U.S. for commercial purposes.
Amazon surprised everyone Thursday by unceremoniously launching a product called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/oc/echo">Echo</a>.
The single biggest controversy about social media, and one that has persisted for two or three years now without resolution, is whether <a href="https://plus.google.com">Google+</a> is a dying wasteland of non-activity, or a hive of conversation and engagement.
The issue of the decade is privacy.
Twitter has made two small changes that indicate a big shift in direction for everybody's favorite microblogging service
A vulnerable person. A sociopath or two on social media tormenting that person without consequence. That's trolling in a nutshell.
The humble lockscreen is about to become the most important interface on your smartphone, says columnist Mike Elgan.
Columnist Mike Elgan tested a smartwatch with Android Wear and said he has experienced a culture-changing platform.
The consumer electronics industry has spent the last 20 years making everything connect wirelessly to the Internet -- from PCs to TVs, cameras to speakers.
An unexpected trend is emerging in technology. Information presented to the user is growing vague. Columnist Mike Elgan explains why.
The social networks are falling apart -- breaking up into multiple sites and apps that do in a scattered way what used to happen centrally.
There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.