Tech Insights
Jul. 24, 2013

MTBC announces finalists for 2013 Tech Titans awards
Forty-eight individuals and organizations are one step closer to joining an elite group of people known as the best of the best in the North Texas technology industry. The Metroplex Technology Business Council has announced the finalists for the 2013 Tech Titans award. Four finalists were selected in each of 12 categories. One in each category will be crowned a Tech Titan at the Tech Titans gala Aug. 23 at the Hotel InterContinental.More

Tech Titans: Where are they now? 4G Biometrics
Fort Worth-based 4G Biometrics LLC, recipient of last year's Tech Titan for emerging company innovation, is a medical and social platform company that developed a product for diabetic patients to get real-time care from nurses and physicians if their blood sugar reaches a critical level. More

Be seen with the best and brightest in technology — Sponsor MTBC's Tech Titans gala
MTBC-member Ericsson has graciously agreed to be the title sponsor for the Tech Titans gala. Expect to see them on stage during the gala. Should you be seen in the presence of the best and brightest in technology? Other smaller sponsorships exist for those with a particular interest. Call Maggie Bauer at 972-792-2869, or visit the Tech Titans website for more information.More

Power conference coming to North Texas as Energy Summit
One of the most highly recognized power conferences in the industry will be coming to Richardson at the Renaissance Hotel Sept. 9-13. For the first time, the Darnell Group will combining their three industry forums into one all-encompassing Energy Summit: The Darnell Power Forum, which focuses on power conversion and component technologies for the electronics industry; the GreenBuilding Power Forum, which considers all aspects of building power, including high- and low-voltage distribution; and the Smart Grid Electronics Forum, which covers the numerous technologies and standards required for grid and microgrid equipment development.More

5 benefits of cloud computing you aren't likely to see in a sales brochure
Cost savings. Elasticity. Scalability. Load bursting. Storage on demand. These are the advertised benefits of cloud computing, and they certainly help make for a solid business case for using either third-party services or a virtualized data center. But after the agreements are signed, systems and processes are set up and users are retrained, something unexpected happens.More

The NSA and big data: What IT can learn
Whatever your civil liberties stance, the technologies underpinning the National Security Agency's data collection and analysis programs, such as PRISM, spell opportunity for companies looking to connect a different set of dots — identifying potential customers, spotting fraud or cybercrime in its early stages, or improving products and services. More

The amazing, surprising demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts
The Washington Post
The United Nations Population Division, which tracks demographic data from around the world, has dramatically revised its projections for what will happen in the next 90 years. The new statistics, based on in-depth survey data from sub-Saharan Africa, tell the story of a world poised to change drastically over the next several decades. Most rich countries will shrink and age, poorer countries will expand rapidly and, maybe most significant of all, Africa will see a population explosion nearly unprecedented in human history.More

The unexpectedly high cost of a bad hire
In the course of running his own businesses for more than two decades, Ryan Holmes, CEO at HootSuite, has done his fair share of hiring. And, he can tell you with absolute certainty that one of the most costly, time-consuming blunders a business can make is picking the wrong person for the job. How costly? The U.S. Department of Labor currently estimates that the average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30 percent of the individual's first-year potential earnings. More

Nanotechnology researchers break record for thinnest light-absorber
Stanford University via Nanowerk News
Stanford University scientists have created the thinnest, most efficient absorber of visible light on record. The nanosize structure, thousands of times thinner than an ordinary sheet of paper, could lower the cost and improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to the scientists. Their results are published in the current online edition of the journal Nano Letters.More

Nanotechnology researchers develop solar-powered sterilization system
Rice University via
Rice University nanotechnology researchers have unveiled a solar-powered sterilization system that could be a boon for more than 2.5 billion people who lack adequate sanitation. The "solar steam" sterilization system uses nanomaterials to convert as much as 80 percent of the energy in sunlight into germ-killing heat.More

Insect limbs can move without muscles — What that might mean for robotics
Science 2.0
Insect limbs can move without muscles — and a new study helps to explain how insects control their movements using a close interplay of neuronal control and "clever biomechanical tricks," which may provide engineers with new ways to improve the control of robotic and prosthetic limbs.More

Paper-thin e-skin responds to touch, holds promise for sensory robotics and interactive environments
University of California, Berkeley
A research team led by Ali Javey, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at University of California, Berkeley, has created the first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic. The new electronic skin, or e-skin, responds to touch by instantly lighting up. The more intense the pressure, the brighter the light it emits.More

Versatility of robots more attractive than ever to automakers
Financial Post
Things were a lot different when Mark Moran began his career at Ford Motor Company in the late 1980s. For one thing, much of the work done within the manufacturing plants was done manually with only some assistance from machines, automation or robots. Now, the body area manager at Ford's Ontario assembly plant oversees a swelling number of increasingly agile, precise and versatile robots that have streamlined the production process.More

White House considering cybersecurity incentives
The Obama administration has weighed whether to back tax breaks, insurance perks and other legal benefits for businesses that make meaningful improvements to their digital defenses. Those incentives would aim to entice power plants, water systems and other forms of critical infrastructure to adopt the voluntary cybersecurity standards that the government and industry are drafting in response to President Barack Obama's executive order.More

Cisco to buy cybersecurity company Sourcefire
The New York Times
Cisco Systems recently agreed to buy Sourcefire, a provider of cybersecurity services, for about $2.7 billion in cash, in a reflection of the growing fervor for companies that can help guard against computer-based attacks. Under the terms of the deal, Cisco will pay $76 a share in cash. The offer includes retention-based incentives for Sourcefire's executives.More

Student develops freeform 3-D printing with undo function
A student at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles has developed a method of using a robotic arm to 3-D print objects in a tank of gel, allowing freeform printing without the need for support structures and potentially adding an undo function to remove errors.More

Tech road map: Immigration 1st, then NSA and cybersecurity
The gestation period of tech legislation in Washington, D.C., may hit an inflection point this summer as immigration reform, cybersecurity and — in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance program revelations — online privacy take center stage.More

1 big threat to cybersecurity: IT geeks can't talk to management
A new report on the state of risk-based cybersecurity management helps explain why IT employees and their corporate bosses don't see eye to eye about hacking and other computer-based threats.More

9 ways 3-D printing makes the world better
Fast Company
You've heard it before: 2013 is the year of 3-D printing. The future is here. The individual will wrench manufacturing power from the global industrial complex. Basement hobbyists, programmers and nerds unite. Anyone with the machine and the know-how can be their own engineer, designer or maker. Sounds great, right?More

Student develops freeform 3-D printing with undo function
A student at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles has developed a method of using a robotic arm to 3-D print objects in a tank of gel, allowing freeform printing without the need for support structures and potentially adding an undo function to remove errors.More

Collaborative for Teacher Professional Learning to improve Texas STEM education and achievement
Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development
To help address the issues facing STEM education in Texas, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded a two-year $764,000 grant to establish the STEM Collaborative for Teacher Professional Learning. The project marks a new era of collaboration among the College of Education and Human Development, College of Science and Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. More

'Reversing the Brain Drain': A Tier One report
University of Texas at Dallas
When President David E. Daniel set out to transform The University of Texas at Dallas into a national research university, he drafted a paper that could help get the state school there — and improve the standing of some equally ambitious competitors. Concepts in Daniel's white paper found their way into Texas law. More