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.

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How to handle the vanishing radio spectrum: Share frequencies

How to handle the vanishing radio spectrum: Share frequencies

Researchers say one way to alleviate the upcoming radio frequency crunch is to share public safety frequencies temporarily with secondary users, such as IoT sensors.

Microsoft, Daimler to use fuel cells to power data centers

Microsoft, Daimler to use fuel cells to power data centers

Microsoft and Daimler say hydrogen fuel cells could provide better energy solutions for data centers than existing electrical grid and backup power technology.

Researchers developing building-free data centers

Researchers developing building-free data centers

A new outdoor server farm concept that uses vats of liquid-cooled computers instead of buildings could be literally located in farmland.

Blockchain poised to disrupt traditional retail operations

Blockchain poised to disrupt traditional retail operations

Smart contracts and a blockchain-based decentralized database platform could provide direct sales to consumers and reduce prices by 30%.

The Industrial IoT will give us self-healing machinery

The Industrial IoT will give us self-healing machinery

Machine-embedded, IoT sensors will not only monitor machinery for weakness, but they will also enable machinery to fix itself automatically, researchers say.

First self-powered data center opens

First self-powered data center opens

Aruba S.p.A. operates its zero-impact data center using ‘a river of energy’ hydroelectric plant, solar panels and chilling underground water.

Large-scale IoT use doubles, generates revenue for companies

Large-scale IoT use doubles, generates revenue for companies

Use of IoT in the enterprise is increasing — and making money. It will grow even faster as more people understand and implement LPWAN, experts say.

Optical-to-acoustic microchip could boost data-center efficiency

Optical-to-acoustic microchip could boost data-center efficiency

Chips fed by photonics streams can be too fast for data processing. Scientists propose slowing the microprocessors by converting incoming light into slower sound waves.

When disasters strike, edge computing must kick in

When disasters strike, edge computing must kick in

Gathering data for situational awareness should still take place during natural disasters, even if there’s no internet, say scientists. Edge computing must perform the task.

Data and power could run over the same wireless network

Data and power could run over the same wireless network

Power and simultaneous data could be sent along the same radio channels, scientists say, thanks to a recent breakthrough.

Smartphone users on Wi-Fi drive most website traffic

Smartphone users on Wi-Fi drive most website traffic

Smartphones are responsible for significant web traffic growth, and a surprising amount of it is on Wi-Fi, not mobile networks.

Space-radiated cooling cuts power use 21%

Space-radiated cooling cuts power use 21%

Radiative sky cooling sends heat from buildings into space to be chilled. Electricity use ultimately will be slashed compared to traditional cooling, say scientists.

Connected IoT is about to become cognitive IoT

Connected IoT is about to become cognitive IoT

"Ubiquitous connectivity" and machines understanding humans — those will be among the drivers behind a rapid jump in IoT implementations.

Get ready for new storage technologies and media

Get ready for new storage technologies and media

Intel's new 1 petabyte storage drive that fits a 1U rack is just one of a slew of new memory form factors and technologies we’ll be seeing in the future.

New digital platforms to become the foundation for IT

New digital platforms to become the foundation for IT

AI and transparent immersive experiences are among the trends that will require shifting from traditional tech infrastructure to ‘ecosystem-enabling platforms.’

Network slicing will play key role in 5G networks

Network slicing will play key role in 5G networks

With dynamic network slicing, 5G applications will operate on a flexible zone on the network, allowing them to draw varying, adaptable levels of bandwidth and reliability.

No-latency edge computing will snowball

No-latency edge computing will snowball

We’re about to see a shift from traditional, centralized cloud data centers to a more localized, instant form of data holding and crunching, say experts in the wireless industry.

A radical innovation that could reduce data density by 50%

A radical innovation that could reduce data density by 50%

A new "beyond binary" method of coding data, along with chemical films and dyes could drastically reduce the amount of space we need to store information.

Mind-reading computer moves closer to reality

Mind-reading computer moves closer to reality

A brain-to-machine telepathic-like interface is becoming more likely following successful machine learning applied to fMRI scans.

Quantum fiber network to launch in August

Quantum fiber network to launch in August

A supposedly unhackable Internet network is about to be launched.

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