Patrick Nelson

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Patrick Nelson was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication Producer Report and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson wrote the cult-classic novel Sprawlism.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Patrick Nelson and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Reliability, not principally speed, will drive 5G

Road Test: Taking a self-driving BMW for a spin—at 60 mph in rush hour traffic

Road Test: Taking a self-driving BMW for a spin—at 60 mph in rush hour traffic

What it's like to pilot a fully automated BMW, with hands off the steering wheel and feet away from the pedals, along a Las Vegas freeway at 60 mph during rush hour.

Facial recognition to kick in for 2017

Facial recognition to kick in for 2017

Cameras will soon detect the emotions of a people answering survey questions. That and other facial recognition tech is about to become a lot more important.

Stanford researchers attempt vodka-based Internet messaging

Chemical-based texting, using pulses of liquid solutions shooting down a pipe could be an alternative to traditional wireless and cables for Internet of Things, think researchers

Wi-Fi chip cannibalizes ambient Wi-Fi signals for power

Wi-Fi chip cannibalizes ambient Wi-Fi signals for power

If the HitchHike technology is a success, IoT Wi-Fi radios may soon be the size of a grain of rice and transmit messages forever—without maintenance.

Just one autonomous car will use 4,000 GB of data/day

Just one autonomous car will use 4,000 GB of data/day

Autonomous cars will soon create significantly more data than people—3 billion people’s worth of data, according to Intel.

Solution to JIT-ROP cyber attacks: Scramble code quickly

Solution to JIT-ROP cyber attacks: Scramble code quickly

Shuffling software code around can stop hackers’ exploits. And better, faster versions of the scrambling are the future of computer defense, a research team says.

‘Complexity’ will halt network upgrades in 2017

‘Complexity’ will halt network upgrades in 2017

Enterprises are foregoing network upgrades because of the cost and complexity of those upgrades, putting security at risk, a Cato Networks study finds.

Airport Wi-Fi improving—gradually

Airport Wi-Fi improving—gradually

Data shows airports are gradually improving their digital access and enabling travelers to get online.

Smartphones cause insomnia, study finds

Smartphones cause insomnia, study finds

Spending too much time on your smartphone creates sleeping problems. That lack of sleep can cause diseases, even death.

Major cloud is infested with malware, researchers say

Major cloud is infested with malware, researchers say

Researchers say 10% of repositories hosted by cloud providers, including some on Amazon and Google, are compromised, and ‘lurking malice’ is hidden in them.

Wired internet will be replaced by mobile

Wired internet will be replaced by mobile

Internet use via mobile shot up from 40% to 70% globally in just four years. That growth is expected to continue.

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