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.

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Internet use is replacing human memory

Internet use is replacing human memory

People don't bother using their memory to remember things anymore. They instead rely on the internet.

World Economic Forum goes for blockchain

World Economic Forum goes for blockchain

Blockchain technology has the potential to live up to the hype and reshape financial and other services, says the World Economic Forum.

Smartphones track you—without location services on

Smartphones track you—without location services on

Leaking smartphones can know where you are—even when you don’t want them to—researchers from Northeastern University have discovered.

Americans want passwords, not biometrics, survey finds

Americans want passwords, not biometrics, survey finds

Fear of leaky organizations storing personal biometric data might be behind the public’s preference for passwords over biometry for security.

How the internet could increase global warming

How the internet could increase global warming

The huge anticipated growth of IoT threatens to use so much power that carbon emissions will be impossible to tame and global warming will escalate, researchers say.

Blockchain ripe for IoT security and monetization

Blockchain ripe for IoT security and monetization

Isle of Man is testing the use of a blockchain prototype to secure and manage IoT devices.

Cybersecurity skills crisis creating vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity skills crisis creating vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity education deficiencies and other factors cause direct damage to companies, a report from Intel Security finds.

Industrial monolith sold hackable thermostats, says expert

Industrial monolith sold hackable thermostats, says expert

Trane's Comfortlink XL850 thermostat was vulnerable to hacking, making it possible for burglars to access customers' private data. A patch has been released.

Computers to diagnose supervisors’ emotions, fatigue

Computers to diagnose supervisors’ emotions, fatigue

Tool diagnoses human supervisors' performance to ensure autonomous vehicles operate correctly.

Vehicles to make up 98% of M2M traffic by 2021

Vehicles to make up 98% of M2M traffic by 2021

Mobile network operators are about to see a windfall from machine networks that will be used to drive IoT and smart cars.

How algorithms change the way people see things

How algorithms change the way people see things

Delegating responsibility for everyday decisions to algorithms is changing the way humans handle aesthetics, says Michele Williams of Curtin University.

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