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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.

The UK is 'running out of internet,' pundit says

IKEA's Internet of Things plans imagine the networked kitchen

IKEA's Internet of Things plans imagine the networked kitchen

IKEA's future kitchen ideas include networked devices, shelves that act as refrigerators, tabletops that cook, and instant food delivery by drone.

Lasers will allow real-time satellite communications

Lasers will allow real-time satellite communications

Gigabit laser in space has obtained speeds of 0.6 Gbps over 45,000km. For the first time, that means the often long delays in low-orbit satellite data communications could become a thing of the past.

New algorithms could keep drones from crashing into people

New algorithms could keep drones from crashing into people

Heavy-handed regulation isn't the only answer to a potential crashing drone problem. Algorithms that understand where the population is and route flights accordingly is the way to go, some say.

Lightbulbs get smarter with included Wi-Fi and speakers

Lightbulbs get smarter with included Wi-Fi and speakers

LED lightbulbs with Wi-Fi extenders and speakers could speed Wi-Fi implementations.

Survey: Employees will only embrace smartwatches if they improve work environment

Survey: Employees will only embrace smartwatches if they improve work environment

For enterprise-provided, data-sharing smartwatches to be accepted, they need to improve working hours, reduce stress, and allow varied work locations, a new survey has found.

An entire country's data is getting backed up

An entire country's data is getting backed up

The country of Estonia is backing up its entire government dataset, and also devising ways to operate through the cloud in the event of an attack by a foreign nation. Its neighbor is Russia.

How connected cars will optimize traffic flow

How connected cars will optimize traffic flow

Algorithms along with ubiquitous automobile data connections will make traffic jams a thing of the past if scientists get the calculations right.

Bad cell service? Just start your own telco

Bad cell service? Just start your own telco

GSM spectrum is getting assigned to community use in some places.

How smartphone sensors can make expensive weather-monitoring equipment obsolete

How smartphone sensors can make expensive weather-monitoring equipment obsolete

Collecting weather data, performing earthquake early warnings, and issuing flooding advisories are all tasks that can be crowd-sourced by smartphones.

Open source a driver for merchant chips

Open source a driver for merchant chips

White-box networking equipment makers aren't designing their own chips, they're using off-the-shelf solutions. Add open-source software, and things are changing quickly.

Spotty indoor cell coverage is on its way out

Spotty indoor cell coverage is on its way out

Small cell mobile network deployments are ramping up. One hundred "small cells," managed in one telco closet, can provide mobile network coverage for large buildings now. The small cells outperform other types, like macrocells,...

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