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.

Turning everyday objects into radio stations

Acoustic attack lets hackers control smartphone sensor

Acoustic attack lets hackers control smartphone sensor

The acoustic injection attack takes advantage of a newfound vulnerability in smartphones and lets hackers remotely control the devices.

Adoption of voice-first assistants expected to skyrocket

Adoption of voice-first assistants expected to skyrocket

The total projected footprint for voice-first assistants like Amazon's Alexa will be 33 million devices by the end of 2017, up from 1.7 million in 2015, analytics firm predicts.

Tech crime as a service escalates

Tech crime as a service escalates

Modern technology is a major part of “most, if not all” crime by organized gangs, Europol says. Crime as a service (CaaS) is an important element.

Robots are malfunctioning, hurting people

Robots are malfunctioning, hurting people

Robot-related incidents include malfunctioning machines that sometimes hurt people, according to security consultant IOActive.

Wi-Fi expanding to indoor location services

Wi-Fi expanding to indoor location services

The Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi Certified Location delivers meter-level accuracy for indoor device location data.

Infrared lasers must replace data center wiring, say engineers

Infrared lasers must replace data center wiring, say engineers

Using infrared lasers instead of fiber optics improves data center communications and can help data centers reduce power costs, researchers say.

Stretchable screens will follow upcoming flexible ones

Stretchable screens will follow upcoming flexible ones

Flexible screens are in our immediate future with products likely from Samsung and LG this year. But what about stretchable screens?

Gigabit LTE, a 5G stopgap, is now live

Gigabit LTE, a 5G stopgap, is now live

Telestra's Gigabit LTE launched in some Australian business districts. It will be a stand-in for 5G until that mega-service becomes available.

Artificial intuition will supersede artificial intelligence, experts say

Artificial intuition will supersede artificial intelligence, experts say

Human cognition and instinct will become significantly more widespread in machines. It promises to rapidly surpass simple artificial intelligence.

Hackers could use hidden mal-audio to attack Google Now

Hackers could use hidden mal-audio to attack Google Now

Scientists say pseudo artificial intelligence, machine learning interfaces like Amazon's Alexa and Google Now, can be easily hacked through bogus voice commands.

Wi-Fi as a service is after the IT department

Wi-Fi as a service is after the IT department

Wi-Fi is so critical to businesses that companies will outsource it to companies like KodaCloud if necessary so that they have experts managing it.

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