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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.

$1 trillion in IT spending to be ‘affected’ by the cloud

Blockchain to revolutionize elections?

Blockchain to revolutionize elections?

Changing one’s mind, real-time querying of the ballot box during an election, and instant results are some of the benefits to a blockchain-based election mechanism, an organization says.

Fitness device security inadequate

Fitness device security inadequate

Many fitness trackers have a glaring lack of secure connections and can be tampered with to expose private user data, a security firm finds.

IoT is the ‘new industrial revolution,’ says Vodafone

IoT is the ‘new industrial revolution,’ says Vodafone

The enterprise is seeing return on IoT investment. And the tech genre is now a quarter of IT budgets.

How new ad hoc networks will organize

How new ad hoc networks will organize

Decentralized ad hoc networks, the kind we’re likely to see more of as IoT use increases, could self-discover their network size by copying ant colony behavior.

How bandwidth thieves will be nabbed in the future

How bandwidth thieves will be nabbed in the future

A bandwidth-theft solution that utilizes crowdsourcing has obtained funding. It promises to change how pirates stealing bandwidth on radio spectrum are caught.

Data centers will fit in a laptop form factor eventually

Data centers will fit in a laptop form factor eventually

Atomic-scale memory could one day significantly reduce the amount of space needed to store data.

Stopping ransomware in its tracks

Stopping ransomware in its tracks

Monitoring PCs for files that are starting to become encrypted is enough to alert CryptoDrop that something is wrong. The software then simply shuts down the ransomware.

Blockchain-based OS for banks surfaces, could shake up retail banking

Blockchain-based OS for banks surfaces, could shake up retail banking

Traditional bank data centers will cease to exist if financial institutions adopt private blockchain. And that’s looking more likely as a SaaS, blockchain-based banking OS appears.

Attention spans in apps decrease signific…

Attention spans in apps decrease signific…

Businesses find it increasingly difficult to keep customers using and making purchases via their ecommerce apps, a new report from Jampp found.

Samsung's new UFS memory cards as fast as SSD drives

Samsung's new UFS memory cards as fast as SSD drives

Games, cameras and mobile devices stand to benefit from a super-fast, new microSD-like card using UFS.

Using brain signals instead of passwords to unlock computers

Using brain signals instead of passwords to unlock computers

Recalling a favorite song could be enough to unlock computers one day. All you’ll need is a tiny earbud to register the electro-brainwaves, researchers say.

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