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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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Federal agencies struggling with digital transformation, study says

New project aims to develop fuel cell-based smartphone battery

New project aims to develop fuel cell-based smartphone battery

Battery chemistry is holding back drones, smartphones, and the Internet of Things, according to the CEO of Intelligent Energy.

Drugs, guns, and hitmen more common on dark web than religious extremism

Drugs, guns, and hitmen more common on dark web than religious extremism

Drugs, hitmen, and money laundering are among the trove of iffy material on the dark web, a research group has found. Surprisingly sparse was extremist religious propaganda.

Algorithm developed to predict future botnet attacks

Algorithm developed to predict future botnet attacks

Spam could one day be curtailed with an algorithm that can trace botnets.

Get ready for iGen, the Millennials' replacement

Get ready for iGen, the Millennials' replacement

Their self-esteem derives from social networks, and they don't trust traditional banking forms, says a new report on the latest generation about to join your workplace.

Wi-Fi should be used to catch criminals, police advisor says

Wi-Fi should be used to catch criminals, police advisor says

MAC addresses and login attempts are forensic 'gold' left behind at crime scenes. That router-held data should be used to place perpetrators at the location, an expert says.

Next frontier: Aquatic IoT

Next frontier: Aquatic IoT

New software-defined marine acoustic modems could help bring the Internet of Things underwater.

Open source optical network could create a new Internet

Open source optical network could create a new Internet

A group of engineers believes hiding complexity so traditional programmers can develop for the Internet is the future of the Internet.

Machine-learning, social media data help spot flooded areas

Machine-learning, social media data help spot flooded areas

A new machine-learning algorithm, combined with social media and remote sensing, has successfully identified flooded areas without using satellites alone.

WEF: How emerging tech will both eliminate and create jobs

WEF: How emerging tech will both eliminate and create jobs

The 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' is happening now and it's creating 'a perfect storm of business model change,' says the WEF.

Employee data often isn't encrypted as well as customer data, report says

Employee data often isn't encrypted as well as customer data, report says

Workers are out on a limb when it comes to data theft, says a report.

Broad use of cloud services leaves enterprise data vulnerable to theft, report says

Broad use of cloud services leaves enterprise data vulnerable to theft, report says

Workers excessively sharing documents in the cloud is a security problem. IT needs to get more on top of it, a new report says.

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