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.

New solar panel creates power from rain, as well as sunlight

DNA data storage closer to becoming reality

DNA data storage closer to becoming reality

DNA could replace hard drives, tape and other storage mediums one day. It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds, and significant progress is being made, including new, zero-error individual-file data retrieval.

Lasers could power computers wirelessly

Lasers could power computers wirelessly

A thin beam of invisible laser light has been used to safely charge a smartphone across a room. The experiment by researchers at the Univeristy of Washington lends credence to the futuristic idea that one day all computers could...

To understand big data, convert it to sound

To understand big data, convert it to sound

The sonification of big data will help people better understand and analyze big data, as well as detect anomalies in the data, say researchers at Virginia Tech.

Li-Fi gets office-install at Philips lighting

Li-Fi gets office-install at Philips lighting

Philips says it’s now supplying integrated Li-Fi modems in its regular office lights.

Future wireless networks will have no capacity limits

Future wireless networks will have no capacity limits

Calculations that suggest there will be caps on the amount of data that wireless networks can transmit are wrong, according to researchers at Linköping University.

New tech harvests electricity out of thin air

New tech harvests electricity out of thin air

Internet of Things sensors and communications gear could be powered by air temperature fluctuations, inventors from MIT say.

Companies ready to spend on IT hardware again

Companies ready to spend on IT hardware again

The recent IT spending slowdown, caused by enterprises assessing cloud computing services, is about to end, Morgan Stanley says. Investors could see double-digit earnings growth from the IT hardware sector in 2018.

IoT: Sensor-as-a-service, run by blockchain, is coming

IoT: Sensor-as-a-service, run by blockchain, is coming

Nokia is launching a blockchain-driven Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network for its telco equipment users to sell on.

Small wake-up receivers could extend IoT sensor life

Small wake-up receivers could extend IoT sensor life

Ultrasonic signaling that triggers sensors to switch on or off could add to efficiency efforts being made in IoT design, researchers at Stanford University say.

5G won’t cope, terahertz will provide more bandwidth

5G won’t cope, terahertz will provide more bandwidth

Researchers say 5G won't be able to accommodate the growing demand for bandwidth. Terahertz-frequency networks, with their larger capacity and smaller power needs, will be the better option.

Internet slowdowns might become a thing of the past

Internet slowdowns might become a thing of the past

A new way of providing the same optical bandwidth optimization as one sees in huge-scale core networks could appear in homes and small businesses.

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