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.

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.


Solution to JIT-ROP cyber attacks: Scramble code quickly

Solution to JIT-ROP cyber attacks: Scramble code quickly

Shuffling software code around can stop hackers’ exploits. And better, faster versions of the scrambling are the future of computer defense, a research team says.

‘Complexity’ will halt network upgrades in 2017

‘Complexity’ will halt network upgrades in 2017

Enterprises are foregoing network upgrades because of the cost and complexity of those upgrades, putting security at risk, a Cato Networks study finds.

Airport Wi-Fi improving—gradually

Airport Wi-Fi improving—gradually

Data shows airports are gradually improving their digital access and enabling travelers to get online.

Smartphones cause insomnia, study finds

Smartphones cause insomnia, study finds

Spending too much time on your smartphone creates sleeping problems. That lack of sleep can cause diseases, even death.

Major cloud is infested with malware, researchers say

Major cloud is infested with malware, researchers say

Researchers say 10% of repositories hosted by cloud providers, including some on Amazon and Google, are compromised, and ‘lurking malice’ is hidden in them.

Wired internet will be replaced by mobile

Wired internet will be replaced by mobile

Internet use via mobile shot up from 40% to 70% globally in just four years. That growth is expected to continue.

IT departments becoming ‘obsolete’

IT departments becoming ‘obsolete’

Cloud computing, smartphones and as-a-service software products are killing off the traditional, ‘dark days’ IT department, says printer manufacturer Brother.

Residential routers easy to hack

Residential routers easy to hack

Home routers are flawed and vulnerable to being hacked, claims security firm ESET.

Wi-Fi, LTE ambient signals to replace, augment GPS

Wi-Fi, LTE ambient signals to replace, augment GPS

Signals of Opportunity, such as Wi-Fi, TV and LTE cellular radio signals, could provide stronger and more secure location services than satellite GPS.

DarkLight removes Li-Fi restriction, allows visible light to transmit data in the dark

DarkLight removes Li-Fi restriction, allows visible light to transmit data in the dark

DarkLight uses light pulses imperceptible to the human eye to allow visible light to transmit data in the dark at a bandwidth that's 10,000 times greater than radio.

8 tech ‘megatrends’ that are about to change business

8 tech ‘megatrends’ that are about to change business

Tech breakthroughs such as IoT, blockchain, AI, virtual reality and augmented reality are going to massively change how businesses operate.

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