Tech Insights
Sep. 25, 2013

What US needs to be the leader in STEM again
Time
There's nothing like being successful in the past to make you feel like a loser today. Take America — particularly America's science, technology, engineering and math sector. The big wins of the 20th century were pretty much all ours: First man on the moon? Check. Polio vaccine? Check. Hubble Space Telescope? Check. Creation of the Internet? Check. Towering research institutions, like MIT, Caltech and Berkeley? Check, check and check.More

3-D printing aims to deliver organs on demand
LiveScience
Dying patients could someday receive a 3-D printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants. Such a futuristic dream remains far from reality, but university labs and private companies have already taken the first careful steps by using 3-D printing technology to build tiny chunks of organs.More

Intel researcher debuts 3-D printed, open-source robot Jimmy
VentureBeat
Meet Jimmy the 21st century Robot. The artificial intelligence of the robot is open source, so is the design and the technical description for printing him out as a 3-D object. So feel free to clone the robot. Just don't call him Jimmy, too.More

Fairfax Financial to buy BlackBerry in $4.7 billion deal
Dallas Business Journal
Beleaguered smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. has found a buyer. The Canadian company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Irving, agreed to be acquired by its largest shareholder, Canadian insurance company Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., for $9 per share, or $4.7 billion. The purchase could be completed in November.More

North Texas cities foster the new startup scene
Dallas Business Journal
While Gov. Rick Perry embarks on high-profile "fishing" expeditions to Illinois, Missouri, Maryland and elsewhere in the hopes of luring large corporate headquarters to the Lone Star State, some North Texas municipalities are starting to rethink where they put their economic development dollars.More

Inside the most ambitious ground telescope ever built
Popular Science
Telescopes have always had one major problem: The Earth's atmosphere bends light, distorting images. That's why telescopes are often built at high altitudes, where the atmosphere is thinner, and why NASA put Hubble in space. But space scopes aren't perfect. They're a compromise by definition. Now, increasingly sophisticated adaptive optics that adjust for the atmosphere's blurring effect are making many telescopes on Earth as good as anything that we could put in the sky. More

Supercool simulation with supercomputer in the name of icephobic research
Science World Report
Not only does icephobic research have the potential to improve everyday products, like ice cream scoops, car windshields and metal roofs, but it will also have a broad impact across industry — for example, in studying ice buildup on turbine blades, airplanes, and oil and gas rigs.More

3-D printing aims to deliver organs on demand
LiveScience
Dying patients could someday receive a 3-D printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants. University labs and private companies have already taken the first careful steps by using 3-D printing technology to build tiny chunks of organs.More

16 things you should do at the start of every work day
Forbes
The first few hours of the work day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight — so it's important you have a morning routine that sets you up for success.More

Burgeoning IoT technology revolution will predict what actions to take based on your behavior
Electropages.com
The industry says the Internet of Things is likely to be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. It is people connected to things and things connected to things.More

Big data deployments remain low among firms
ZDNet
More organizations may be investing in big data projects but few have actually deployed such initiatives. According to a Gartner study, 64 percent of businesses said they were investing or planning to invest in big data technology, up from 58 percent last year, with 30 percent already invested. However, less than 8 percent said they had actually rolled out such projects. More

Infographic: 10 greatest challenges preventing businesses from capitalizing on big data
Tata Consultancy Services via SmartData Collective
Research from Tata Consultancy Services among 1,217 companies about how companies invest in big data and derive results from it also revealed the 10 greatest challenges businesses face when implementing a big data strategy. The research revealed that big data is clearly paying off for some companies, and big time in some cases. There are, however, also a lot of companies that face difficult challenges moving ahead with big data. This infographic lists the 10 most important challenges. Interesting fact is that most of the challenges are cultural challenges and not so much the technical difficulties of big data.More

5 bad business habits to break now
American Express OPEN Forum
You may not think your bad habits are hurting your business, but they are — in ways you may not even be aware of. Identify and break your bad business habits, and learn how to form good ones.More

Survey shows majority of tech executives planning for cybersecurity attacks
PRNewswire
Silicon Valley Bank, financial partner to the innovation sector, found the majority of technology and healthcare companies view cybersecurity as a serious threat to both their data and business continuity, and only one-third are completely confident in the security of their information, according to a survey of more than 200 technology company executives.More

Slideshow: 8 wearable tech devices to watch
InformationWeek
Accessories that buzz when the email you've been waiting for lands in your inbox. Devices that help you sleep more soundly. Gadgets that photograph and document your day, start to finish. Meet the latest innovations in the rapidly growing — and lucrative — industry of wearable tech.More

Cloud computing: No longer 'if' but 'when'
Forbes
Chief information officers are no longer mere builders and operators of data centers. They're fast becoming service brokers — providers of application and information services to the enterprise. They're embracing new technologies and service models to deliver IT faster, cheaper and smarter — while making their companies more responsive and competitive. How? The cloud, of course.More