Tech Insights
Mar. 25, 2015

Improved radar systems could save lives and money when severe weather strikes
National Science Foundation via
A new generation of smaller, highly capable radar systems in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is able to track with more accuracy the location of tornadoes and other severe weather conditions, such as heavy rain and ice storms, compared to other systems. These new systems are spaced much closer together than current radar sensors, which are typically 100 to 200 miles apart. The closer proximity is part of the reason the new systems can catch a tornado that could be missed by current radar.More

Here's why the new patent office is welcome news for entrepreneurs
Dallas Business Journal
A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is readying its Dallas satellite campus at the Terminal Annex Federal Building this spring. The office will provide up to 100 patent examiners, 20 patent trial appeal board judges and a slew of new resources to local entrepreneurs.More

TIA to award $8,000 to 3 North Texas startups in June
Dallas Business Journal
The Telecommunications Industry Association will award three startups total of $8,000 at its startups competition that will take place during the Network of the Future Conference in Dallas.More

Mothers of innovation: 12 women engineers and scientists to know
EE Times
March is Women's History Month in the United States, so get ready for a history lesson.More

Top jobs for STEM: Big data, IT product management
Doubtful about growing demand for science, technology, engineering and math skills in the global job market? You should probably skip a recent report from advisory firm CEB that predicts up to 19 million new tech- and engineering-related jobs will be created worldwide during the next 15 years. Not exactly a small number, even if the reality falls a few million short.More

Welcome to privacy hell, also known as the Internet of Things
Fast Company
Talk to Josh Corman long enough and the beeps and blinks of the Internet of Things devices that increasingly dot our world take on a terrifying shape.More

Next frontier for 'Internet of Things': Babies
We use trackers to measure our daily footsteps, sleep, calories burned, UV ray intake, heart rate, stress levels — and that's just for us. Imagine if you had another human inside of you. More

56 percent of enterprises will increase their investment in big data over the next 3 years
Seventy percent of IT decision-makers consider their organization's ability to exploit value from big data as critical to their future success. Sixty-five percent say they risk becoming irrelevant and/or uncompetitive if they do not embrace big data.More

For a brighter robotics future, it's time to offload their brains
Ars Technica
Robots already stand in for humans in some of the dullest and most dangerous jobs there are, handling everything from painting cars to drilling rocks on Mars. And if you listen to the hype about the potential of drones and autonomous vehicles, it's just a matter of time before robots do more. These future autonomous handymen and handywomen will deliver packages, take us to the airport, or handle less romantic tasks like shuffling freight containers and helping bedridden patients.More

10 career resources for women in STEM
Business News Daily
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are fields that historically have been dominated by men. While women's presence in these industries has increased steadily over the years, there's still a significant gender gap — and if female STEM workers want to get ahead, it's in their best interest to support and connect with other women who share their professional interests and goals.More

Smile to pay: New Alibaba mobile technology lets users pay with a selfie
The Sydney Morning Herald
It appears tech companies want you to ditch your password in favor of your face. Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled a new feature for Windows 10 where users can log in with biometrics such as facial recognition. Now, Alibaba wants to do the same for mobile payments.More

Here are the 1st lawsuits to challenge the FCC's net neutrality rules
The Washington Post
An industry trade group and a small, Texas-based Internet provider are among the first to mount a legal challenge to the federal government's new net neutrality rules.More

How a 1-hour meeting can change your company's future
Dallas Business Journal
One of the greatest challenges of running a business is figuring out how to work on your business, not in your business. Many times the difference between the two can be hard to detect, but those differences can be massive.More