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Jul. 30, 2014

MTBC awards 2nd annual Florence Shapiro STEM scholarship
MTBC
Congratulations to Bryan U. Rodriguez Gomez, the recipient of this year's MTBC $5,000 Florence Shapiro STEM Scholarship. Rodriguez Gomez is a recent graduate of Plano West Senior High School. In the fall, he will attend the University of Texas at Dallas, where he plans to study biomedical engineering.More

The Internet of Things — the next big challenge to our privacy
The Guardian
If there's a depressing slogan for the early era of the commercial internet, it's this: "Privacy is dead — get over it." For most of us, the Internet is complex and opaque. Some might be vaguely aware that their personal data are getting sucked, their search histories tracked and their digital journeys scoured. But the current nature of online services provides few mechanisms for individuals to have oversight and control of their information, particularly across tech-vendors.More

Internet of Things: 4 security tips from the military
InformationWeek
The Internet of today, what some are calling the Internet of Things, is a network enabled by embedded computers, unobtrusive sensors, worldwide systems and big-data analytic environments. These systems, sensors and devices are communicating amongst themselves and feeding a ubiquitous network seamlessly integrated with our lives.More

Weapons of mass production: The US Army plans to use 3-D printers to make warheads
Daily Mail
The U.S. Army plans to utilize 3-D printing technology to build warheads with smaller more compact parts that both save the army money and allow for more security measures. ŗ-D printing of warheads will allow us to have better design control and utilize geometries and patterns that previously could not be produced or manufactured," James Zunino, a researcher at the Armament Research, Engineering and Design Center told Motherboard. More

If you want to be rich and powerful, majoring in STEM is a good place to start
Quartz
The standard narrative today is that science, technology, mathematics and engineering education is important because we need more data scientists, engineers and STEM professionals. But promoting STEM education is critical for another reason: It teaches creative problem solving, which is widely applicable and more necessary than ever today. STEM education is linked to success not only in STEM fields, but in many other disciplines and even among many of the world's most wealthy and powerful people.More

6 smart robots taking over the world
Fox News
Robots are getting smarter. Over the past few years, technology has advanced in countless ways. There are now higher-quality (and cheaper) LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors that can detect movement more precisely, better motors that can replicate human expressions on a skin-like face, and software routines that can parse human speech more effectively. While humankind might not be too happy, the tech is making its way into robots. And many of these are already fully operational.More

Weapons of mass production: The US Army plans to use 3-D printers to make warheads
Daily Mail
The U.S. Army plans to utilize 3-D printing technology to build warheads with smaller more compact parts that both save the army money and allow for more security measures. ŗ-D printing of warheads will allow us to have better design control and utilize geometries and patterns that previously could not be produced or manufactured," James Zunino, a researcher at the Armament Research, Engineering and Design Center told Motherboard. More

How 'Star Wars' influenced Jibo, the first robot for families
Fast Company
Cynthia Breazeal traces her interest in robotics to the first time she saw Star Wars in theaters as a 10-year-old. "Your jaw just drops," she told Fast Company. "In many ways those droids were full-fledged characters; they cared about people. That was what, I think, really sparked my imagination." George Lucas's fictional characters convinced her that people want to interact with machines as if they are human.More

Hasbro won't mind if you design (and sell) your own 3-D printed toys
Gizmodo
The advent of online file sharing made it easy for anyone to copy and distribute media for free, and many feel — and fear — that 3-D printing will eventually do the same for physical products. So it's surprisingly refreshing to hear that a corporation like Hasbro has decided to embrace 3-D printing by working with Shapeways to allow fans to design and sell their own toys based on the company's properties.More

Can big data cure cancer?
Fortune
You've heard the story before. A couple of whiz kids meet at an elite college, bond over their love of computers and after a few late-night hacking sessions, build a website or an app. Before you know it, their little side project has turned into a startup, and the fresh-faced youngsters raise piles of cash from investors, decamp for SoMa or SoHo and form a company that turns them into overnight millionaires, at least on paper. Here's the tale of two 20-something computer whizzes, a mountain of money from Google and one of the oldest, most vexing problems of all time. More

Ericsson bolsters billing suite with MetraTech purchase
RCRWireless
Ericsson said it plans to acquire U.S.-based billing and settlement provider MetraTech in a move designed to bolster its suite of services beyond traditional network equipment. Financial terms of the deal were not released, but Ericsson said it will take on all 140 MetraTech employees and contractors. Those employees and MetraTech’s platform are set to be integrated into Ericsson's billing suite and help expand its presence in the U.S. market. More

The 17 fastest ways to get ahead in your career
Business Insider
Most people want to become successful as quickly as possible. The problem is, many don't know how to go about doing it. In a Quora thread titled, "How Can I Accelerate My Personal Growth?" users discussed how they get ahead in their working lives. Here are 17 of the most practical pieces of career advice that was found. More

Can lean innovation bring growth and profits back to semiconductors?
Solid State Technology
The semiconductor industry returned growth and reached record revenues in 2013, breaking $300 billion for the first time after the industry had contracted in 2011 and 2012. However, even with that return to growth, underlying trends in the semiconductor industry are disturbing: The semiconductor cycle continues its gyrations, but overall growth is slowing.More

The top 5 most brutal cyber attacks of 2014 so far
Forbes
In 2014, cyber attacks and data breaches don't look like they're going to slow down. We've seen high-end data breaches of large companies, with data, personal records and financial information stolen and sold on the black market in a matter of days. Criminals are stepping up their game, and data breaches are becoming both common and devastating. According to research from Arbor Networks, the number of DDoS events topping 20Gbps in the first half of 2014, are double that of 2013. With more than 100 attacks at over 100Gbps or higher recorded in the first half of the year.More

Where the IT jobs aren't: Tech
InformationWeek
IT job creation within the technology sector will stall or decline through 2018, with non-tech industries such as manufacturing, automotive, healthcare and retail driving IT job growth instead, according to a new report from advisory company CEB. This shift will create increased competition for IT talent and a new IT job skillset, and will force organizations to think beyond traditional talent pools and candidate profiles to attract and retain the best employees.More