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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.


Most CMS-run websites have obsolete software and are vulnerable to attack

Most CMS-run websites have obsolete software and are vulnerable to attack

Many WordPress-, Joomla-, Magento- and Drupal-driven websites aren't being updated, making them susceptible to phishing exploits and malware.

Mobile data use skyrockets

Mobile data use skyrockets

Wireless data delivery in 2015 was more than twice 2014’s figures, a CTIA study has found.

Government failing to fully address EMP threats to the grid, officials say

Government failing to fully address EMP threats to the grid, officials say

Not enough is being done to halt risks to the grid that could take us back to a technology world akin to 100 years ago.

Most online tracking is from Google-owned properties

Most online tracking is from Google-owned properties

Big internet companies are mainly behind online tracking, including fingerprinting-based tracking, a Princeton study has found.

Data is being ‘hoarded,’ not commercialized

Data is being ‘hoarded,’ not commercialized

Loss of control and worries about leaks are behind the stockpiling of vast amounts of data that could be sold or morphed into products and services.

Time for digital detox? Searching for Wi-Fi becomes normal vacation behavior

Time for digital detox? Searching for Wi-Fi becomes normal vacation behavior

If you are more concerned with getting and sharing a photo of a sunset than experiencing it, you might need digital detox

Twitter location data reveals users' homes, workplaces

Twitter location data reveals users' homes, workplaces

Geographic location stamps transmitted in tweets can provide enough information for non-technical people to deduce where a Twitter user lives and works.

Paper to be an IoT-connected device

Paper to be an IoT-connected device

Researchers turn paper into an IoT device using off-the-shelf RFID technology and a pen, sticker or stencil.

Challenges for IoT: Connectivity, protocols, funding

Challenges for IoT: Connectivity, protocols, funding

IoT faces technical challenges, as well as funding issues. Funding, however, could be surmountable with a change in approach.

Low-income neighborhoods have worse cell phone service, study finds

Low-income neighborhoods have worse cell phone service, study finds

Fewer telco base stations are installed for equal numbers of subscribers in America’s poor areas, compared to affluent areas, a report says.

Using radio frequency noise detection to identify and track electronic equipment

Using radio frequency noise detection to identify and track electronic equipment

Disney researchers have discovered how to use electromagnetic signals to identify electronic equipment, even those of the same make and model.

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