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.

Smartphones are about to become network hubs

Small mesh networks will soon help you find things

Small mesh networks will soon help you find things

Tags that will locate items with accuracy within inches are just around the corner.

Smartphones charge in a minute with bio-battery

Smartphones charge in a minute with bio-battery

Smartphones tethered to the wall could become a thing of the past. Q4 2016 will see the arrival of batteries that charge quicker than anything seen before.

New, faster wireless network to be built

New, faster wireless network to be built

Synthesizing cells at the exact physical location of the mobile device could improve spectral efficiency and revolutionize mobile networks, if it works.

What Wi-Fi looks like

What Wi-Fi looks like

New radar-like Wi-Fi images could help find not-spots in your network. All you've got to do is build the signal mapper. And Hackaday member CNLohr can help.

An LTE over Wi-Fi spectrum grab is coming

An LTE over Wi-Fi spectrum grab is coming

Pundits say spectrum demand will overrun supply by 2018 or 2019. Grabbing someone else’s frequencies would be one solution.

Light network via air hits 224 Gbps

Light network via air hits 224 Gbps

Telecommunications-specific light over air, as opposed to Li-Fi, could be the answer to crowded last-yard media delivery.

Materials breakthrough promises smaller chips

Materials breakthrough promises smaller chips

Carbon, just one atom thick, makes up the super-conductive substance known as graphene. Graphene now has new a competitor—silicene. And unlike graphene, silicene works in transistors.

Major phone network exploring drone and balloon masts

Major phone network exploring drone and balloon masts

Topographically challenged parts of the world might soon be served by drone-mounted mobile network masts. Other unusual rural connections are also on the horizon.

Test-driving a hacker-for-hire website

Test-driving a hacker-for-hire website

I registered for a website that matches the hacker-seeking with those looking to provide hacker services. This is what I found.

Dark fiber should fill residential broadband holes

Dark fiber should fill residential broadband holes

Gaming and video needs low-latency pipes. Some say more existing dark fiber should be provisioned for residential use to thwart incumbent ISP service problems and price increases.

How to buy cheap tech products and equipment from China

How to buy cheap tech products and equipment from China

Chinese e-commerce websites are perfectly happy to sell individual items, like electronics parts, to U.S. consumers. You don't need agents to take advantage of cheap Chinese imports.

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