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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New, faster Internet protocol for disasters proposed

Network analysis can find malware before it strikes

Network analysis can find malware before it strikes

Malware indicators show up on a network weeks before malicious software is uncovered. It's important, then, that network analysis be conducted regularly.

Use wired networks for Gigabit, not Wi-Fi

Use wired networks for Gigabit, not Wi-Fi

Superfast Gigabit broadband is coming. However, getting it at the highest speed involves some planning, including possibly regressing to wired networks.

Artificial intelligence tool fixes password weakness

Artificial intelligence tool fixes password weakness

Simply labeling a password weak or strong doesn’t work. Password meters must tell people what’s wrong with their password and suggest fixes. AI can do that.

Holographic Wi-Fi visually maps environments

Holographic Wi-Fi visually maps environments

Hologram-driven Wi-Fi visualization can help rescuers find life-sustaining cavities in collapsed buildings, as well as track objects on a factory production line.

Folks are fantasizing about Amazon's Alexa

Folks are fantasizing about Amazon's Alexa

People are starting to love their voice-activated digital assistants and even fantasize sexually about them, according to research from J. Walter Thompson and Mindshare.

Infrared much better than Wi-Fi

Infrared much better than Wi-Fi

Using open-air light waves instead of traditional Wi-Fi will solve bandwidth congestion resulting from internet-connected devices, researchers say.

Survey: Texting is replacing talking for families with kids

Survey: Texting is replacing talking for families with kids

Nearly half of families with children text in the home when they want to communicate, an insurance company has discovered.

Flatbed scanners are latest cyberattack vector

Flatbed scanners are latest cyberattack vector

Office scanners can be used to create light-based, network hacks, say scientists

Speed up slow web pages with this simple trick

Speed up slow web pages with this simple trick

Scientists say increasing the size of images and text will make asset-intensive web pages load four times faster.

Turning everyday objects into radio stations

Turning everyday objects into radio stations

Radio backscattering can be used to broadcast data and turn everyday things into radio stations, say University of Washington researchers.

Acoustic attack lets hackers control smartphone sensor

Acoustic attack lets hackers control smartphone sensor

The acoustic injection attack takes advantage of a newfound vulnerability in smartphones and lets hackers remotely control the devices.

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