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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AT&T's AirGig shows wireless internet over power lines is possible

3D printers hackable via smartphone

3D printers hackable via smartphone

Hackers can use a smartphone to capture electromagnetic energy and sound emanating from a 3D printer nozzle, allowing them to steal intellectual property.

EU will offer free Wi-Fi in villages and towns

Up to 8,000 communities in the EU stand to benefit from new free Wi-Fi to be installed in public spaces.

Desktop use off 11% in past year. Winner: smartphones

Desktop use off 11% in past year. Winner: smartphones

Mobile and smartphone use is gaining over desktop use at a “rapid rate,” says researcher.

Free IoT data plans offered by T-Mobile

Free IoT data plans offered by T-Mobile

As AT&T shuts down its older 2G network, T-Mobile is offering free 2G IoT data plans, plus the needed SIM cards.

SIM cards on the way out in cellular IoT

SIM cards on the way out in cellular IoT

More than half of mobile-to-mobile (M2M) connections will use non-SIM card provisioning by 2020, says a Juniper Research study.

Smartphone tracking not completely evil, academics say

Smartphone tracking not completely evil, academics say

Better pollution exposure data and freer-moving public transportation planning are among the more altruistic uses of smartphone tracking.

Wi-Fi speeds will triple, get more range with MegaMimo 2.0

Wi-Fi speeds will triple, get more range with MegaMimo 2.0

Algorithmically synchronizing multiple routers and optimizing time, frequencies and phases will be behind the next generation of MIMO Wi-Fi.

Smartphones to get best encryption possible

Smartphones to get best encryption possible

Impossible-to-crack encryption for smartphones is coming. Random number generators will soon function without repeating the random number.

Massive solar storm will ‘kill’ the internet, says space expert

Massive solar storm will ‘kill’ the internet, says space expert

The movement of Earth’s magnetic poles is making solar storm-driven network damage more likely. The answer is to start building shields.

People know they shouldn’t click on links but do it anyway

People know they shouldn’t click on links but do it anyway

Inquisitiveness is the reason why email users click unknown links in email and Facebook messages.

Smartphone infections double, hotspots are also a trouble area

Smartphone infections double, hotspots are also a trouble area

One out of every 120 smartphones had a malware infection during an April test period, a lab reveals. Android devices were hit the hardest.

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