Tech Insights
Nov. 14, 2012

Senate readies for fight over cybersecurity surveillance
CNET
Sen. Joseph Lieberman spent years fighting unsuccessfully for a so-called Internet kill switch that would grant the president vast power over private networks during a "national cyberemergency." Now Lieberman, I-Conn., who did not seek re-election, is hoping a more modest version of his proposal will be approved before he leaves office in January. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has inserted the cybersecurity bill into the Senate's post-election calendar, and a vote could happen on a proposal to open more public land for hunting and fishing.More

STEM summit allows industry proponents and educators to share ideas
MTBC
The MTBC conducted a STEM Summit with sponsors Cisco and Texas Instruments to bring together more than 70 industry champions and North Texas experts to talk about the daunting gap in STEM education on Monday, Nov. 12. Educators included top STEM and administrative professionals from six major Metroplex IDSs: Allen, Frisco, Irving, McKinney, Plano, Richardson and Wylie.More

Survey: Tech companies' growth, priorities and MTBC satisfaction
MTBC
The MTBC has commissioned ExperiPro for a research study about the factors that impact your business and to have a snapshot of the North Texas tech community. Please take 6 minutes to answer the online survey, and you will receive a report at the end of the research project. More

Dallas: My tech market is bigger than your tech market
Dallas Business Journal
It may be bragging, but Dallas can apparently lay claim to having the most number of tech jobs than any other metropolitan city in Texas. Even though Austin is considered an established tech market, Dallas has over three times as many tech jobs as Austin, according to research by Jones Lang LaSalle. More

New self-repairing material invented at Stanford
ABC News
The latest invention from Stanford University's Department of Electrical Engineering sounds like something a superhero would have. A self-repairing plastic-metal material has been developed by a team of professors, researchers and graduate students. This is the first material of its kind that can sense pressure and heal itself when burned, torn or cut — a little bit like human skin. The Stanford researchers report on their "flexible and electrically conducting material" in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.More

To understand just how much the cloud will change the world, look at Toyota
Business Insider
Spend a few minutes talking to Zack Hicks, Toyota's top technology executive in North America, and you'll walk away with a startling revelation: Cloud computing is changing everything about our world from how we work to how we manage our health. Hicks, the chief information officer for Toyota's U.S. arm, says that the automaker's adoption of cloud technology — Internet-based computing, served up through websites and apps — has freed up his staff to work on more meaningful projects.More

Storing solar energy as hydrogen using rust and water
Science 2.0
One big knock on solar energy is that it is inconsistent; it doesn't work at night or on cloudy days and storing it in batteries takes away the cost effectiveness. But a new technology is in development that can transform that light energy into a storable clean fuel that still has a neutral carbon footprint — hydrogen. What does it take? Water and iron oxide, better known as rust. Kevin Sivula and colleagues at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne intentionally stuck to inexpensive materials and easily scalable production processes in order work toward an economically viable method for solar hydrogen production.More

AT&T sees end coming for decades-old landline system
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas-based AT&T Inc. said it wants to eventually get rid of the decades-old copper wire technology that is the root of its landline phone network. CEO Randall Stephenson said the company would attempt to repeal landline regulations on the state level.More

Research in Motion's BlackBerry 10 slated for upcoming reveal
InformationWeek
Research In Motion plans to launch the BlackBerry 10 on Jan. 30. The company said the launch will occur simultaneously in various cities around the world. After a delay of nearly a year, RIM has remained steadfastly committed to launching BlackBerry 10 no later than the first quarter of 2013.More

Robots replace costly US Navy mine-clearance dolphins
BBC
For decades, science fiction writers and futurologists have predicted a time when wars are fought at the push of a button and Terminator-like robo-soldiers fight in place of humans. While the rise of drone warfare suggests that vision may be starting to come true, it would seem that it will not be humans who are first in line to lose their military commission. "We're in a period of transition," explains captain Frank Linkous, head of the Navy's Mine Warfare Branch. After nearly 50 years, he says, the Navy plans to phase out its Sea Mammal Program and retire its pods of dolphins and sea lions that are currently used to help locate — and in some cases destroy — sea mines. Swimming into their place is a new generation of robotic mine hunters, he says.More

Big data meets Texas smart energy grid
InformationWeek
IBM and Oncor, Texas' largest electric distribution company, are using big data technology to manage an intelligent power grid that will run more than 3.2 million smart electrical meters in the state by the end of the year. The advanced metering system gives Oncor near-real-time information on billions of data measurement points, including machine-to-machine sensors, advanced meters, and power lines. The project also provides a Web-based interface where Oncor customers can monitor their energy usage.More