Mike ElganContributing Columnist, Computerworld

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Mike Elgan is an opinion columnist at large who writes for Computerworld.com, The Raw Feed, TechGear and many other online and print publications. In the past, Mike has worked as chief editor for Windows Magazine, HP World Magazine, Inside HP, HP World News, The Palm Reader, Palm News, Road Tricks, Portable Life News, Laptop Life, BuzzWords, Pocket Windows and Portable Windows. The World Is My Office

App Lets You Send Pictures via Sound

Chirp uses sound to transmit words, pictures and URLs from one phone to another, and it gets its name because its data transmission sounds like a robotic bird.

Mini-Tablet is the Children's Toy of the Year

Analysis: Go into any Apple store, or check out the Apple section at Best Buy, and you will always see very small children mesmerized by the device.

Why Small Tablets Will Dominate the Tablet Market

Analysis: The key attribute of small tablets that will drive them into mainstream use is low cost.

Robots in Cars Could Beckon Brave New Technology World

The major car companies -- including Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Ford, GM, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Volvo -- all have advanced self-driving car projects in the works, as does Google, many universities and even the Pentagon.

Parents Get New Weapons in War Over Kids' Phones

Analysis: Thanks to social networks, bullying is no longer confined to the schoolyard; victims are potentially subject to harassment anytime, anywhere, and from any handheld device.