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.

Data center fiber to jump to 800 gigabits in 2019

The noise in fiber could be used to increase data capacity

The noise in fiber could be used to increase data capacity

One normally wants to get rid of noise in data links, but scientists at ETH Zurich say you can harness it to increase the capacity of fiber-optic cables.

How blockchain will manage networks

How blockchain will manage networks

Ethernet networking technology is inherently insecure and hard to manage. To address that, researchers say a blockchain approach to network management is needed.

New chemistry-based data storage would blow Moore’s Law out of the water

New chemistry-based data storage would blow Moore’s Law out of the water

If successful, a computing technique being developed by researchers at Arizona State University would allow transistors to fit on individual molecules – smaller than Moore ever envisioned.

Power over Wi-Fi: The end of IoT-sensor batteries?

Power over Wi-Fi: The end of IoT-sensor batteries?

New materials and techniques for collecting power from radio waves could spur mass battery-free Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.

That VPN may not be as secure as you think

That VPN may not be as secure as you think

Researchers found some subscription VPN services have programming errors that cause leaks, monitor user traffic, and lack privacy policies — all reasons to set up your own VPN server.

Light-based computers to be 5,000 times faster

Light-based computers to be 5,000 times faster

New light absorption techniques in semiconductors get clock rates 5,000 times quicker than current PCs. It’s one more step towards an all-light computing environment.

DARPA explores new computer architectures to fix security between systems

DARPA explores new computer architectures to fix security between systems

A completely new government-developed computer architecture could ultimately lead to widespread, commercial-oriented data-security fixes as information moves between systems.

Do frog croaks hold the key to creating the perfect IoT network?

Do frog croaks hold the key to creating the perfect IoT network?

Studying how tree frogs regulate their communications, so each amphibian in the colony can hear everything, could provide ideal data traffic routings, scientists say.

Quantum-embedded chips could secure IoT

Quantum-embedded chips could secure IoT

An unclonable, quantum physics-driven microprocessor might be the solution to securing the Internet of Things.

How edge computing can help secure the IoT

How edge computing can help secure the IoT

IoT security could shift to the network level, especially the edge, as the need for data anonymization and customized security becomes essential.

How blockchain will transform the IoT

How blockchain will transform the IoT

Supply chain, automotive, and sales of industrial sensor data emerge as initial use-case contenders for blockchain and its ilk in the Internet of Things.

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