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.

Why passwords are on the way out

Upcoming $200 ASUS smartphone ideal for contract ditchers

Upcoming $200 ASUS smartphone ideal for contract ditchers

For those looking to dump their phone contract, ASUS may well have the perfect pre-pay phone. Here’s a look at some of the numbers.

Watch out for an upcoming leap second

Watch out for an upcoming leap second

One day this year we’ll have 86,401 seconds, not the usual 86,400. When that’s happened before it’s caused some software to get way out of wack.

Device lets smartphones communicate during network outage

Device lets smartphones communicate during network outage

An off-grid communications tool aimed at the prepper and outdoors market has potential for enterprise disaster planning.

Is it time to move to beamforming 802.11ac?

Is it time to move to beamforming 802.11ac?

No, it’s not a drone. D-Link and Linksys launch two of the fastest Wi-Fi routers ever. And one certainly looks like it.

Why smartphone encryption has law enforcement feathers ruffled

Why smartphone encryption has law enforcement feathers ruffled

There’s a downside to Android and iOS’s privacy-enhancing encryption—it’s going to be harder to catch criminals, police say.

What will be in the Blackphone privacy app store?

What will be in the Blackphone privacy app store?

Taking control of personal communications security and privacy should be at the top of your list for 2015. One company reckons that they’ve got the solution, a fortified smartphone.

How to turn an old PC into a router

How to turn an old PC into a router

If you’re looking for a project for this holiday, how about converting a redundant PC into a feature-packed router? Blogger CompTutor explains how.

Stop using email in 2015

Stop using email in 2015

Time wasted dealing with email is on my new year's resolution radar. New tools are out there that can help solve the “email problem.”

Stock smartphone-to-satellite kit provides anywhere internet

Stock smartphone-to-satellite kit provides anywhere internet

Inmarsat's new satellite hotspot is out. Here's what you need to know.

How to convert excess data center heat into electricity

How to convert excess data center heat into electricity

Here's a gift for the data center who has everything - a thermoelectric generator.

Wi-Fi most important hotel feature, survey says

Wi-Fi most important hotel feature, survey says

A good night’s sleep isn’t as important as Internet connectivity, according to a recent report.

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