Tech Insights
Jan. 23, 2013

Strategy: LTE: Huge technology, huge challenges
Information Week
The mobile broadband industry is becoming a victim of its own success. Mobility initiatives are huge for companies, and that translates to an unprecedented number of bytes flowing through wireless networks. Yet efforts to free up additional spectrum are going nowhere fast, putting carriers between a dysfunctional government and enterprise and consumer customers who want their entertainment, apps and data, now. Long Term Evolution, with its more efficient use of spectrum and an impressive road map of features to increase capacity, is a crucial element in how operators will address demand. By itself, though, it's not enough. For enterprise IT teams, that means work in two areas.More

MTBC member and Tech Titan winner ImageVision protects kids from illicit online content
More than 15 percent of kids aged 10 to 18 said they have texted sexual images or messages, according to a recent survey published in the journal entitled Pediatrics. That doesn't include the number of kids who have looked at explicit photos or videos online. Some security apps for smart phones allow parents to track messages and data received and sent on their children's phones, but once the messages are sent, it's too late. Enter MTBC member ImageVision.More

MTBC new and renewed memberships
Thank you to the MTBC members who either joined or renewed their memberships this month. Our members are the lifeline of our organization and serve to make us stronger and more successful. We hope you will join us in welcoming these new members, doing business with them and referring others members to the MTBC.More

Follow the money: A database of North Texas private investment
Dallas Business Journal
North Texas companies in 2012 landed $3.04 billion in private investment, by far the biggest annual total since the Dallas Business Journal began tracking the big bucks back in 2000.More

CyrusOne prices IPO, will begin trading on the Nasdaq
Houston Business Journal
CyrusOne Inc. has entered the public market with an initial public offering that raised $313.5 million. CyrusOne Inc., a data center provider, said Jan. 17 that it offered 16.5 million shares in its IPO, and it priced the stock at $19 per share. The company also expects to begin trading on the Nasdaq market under the symbol "CONE."More

Intel preps thin fiber optics to shuffle data between computers
Intel is taking the first steps to implement thin fiber optics that will use lasers and light as a faster way to move data inside computers, replacing the older and slower electrical wiring technology found in most computers today. Intel's silicon photonics technology will be implemented at the motherboard and rack levels and use light to move data between storage, networking and computing resources. Light is considered a much faster vehicle to move data than copper cables.More

Welcome to the age of emotionally relevant robotics
Meet "DIEGO-SAN," developed by David Hanson for the Machine Perception Lab at the University of California San Diego Institute for Neural Computation. With a face by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics, which mounts on a robotic body, this robotic baby boy serves cognitive artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction research. With high definition cameras in the eyes, Diego San sees people, gestures and expressions and uses artificial intelligence modeled on human babies to learn from people, the way that a baby hypothetically would. This is a major milestone in "emotionally relevant robotics" — taking the next step from artificial intelligence that learns human movements to artificial intelligence that learns human emotions.More

Your utility's focus for 2013? Cybersecurity
The Energy Collective
How should electric utilities be adjusting to the 21st century? It seems with the explosion of smart grid technology across the country, and the world, utilities will now be accountable for something that has previously not been an issue: cybersecurity.More

4 steps for proactive cybersecurity
Information Week
In our dive into the theory behind offensive cybersecurity, Gadi Evron summarized the legal and ethical problems of fighting back against an attacker. There are also some purely tactical problems: How do you know you're not blasting some grandmother in Akron, Ohio, whose PC is a zombie? Are you prepared to come under the glare of organized criminals? Here are some ways to take action now that will at least let your team start taking a more offensive security mindset.More

Strategy: Cybersecurity on the offense
Information Week
"Offense is the new defense" for security professionals, according to some. Whether you call it "hacking back" or just plain retaliation, this emerging strategy calls for profiling and, if possible, identifying an attacker in order to take effective countermeasures. It's a controversial approach IT leaders need to understand.More

Liquid metal marbles created by nanotechnology researchers
Recently, the scientific journal Advanced Functional Materials published the work of a research team led by Dr. Vijay Sivan of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The paper describes how droplets of galinstan, a family of eutectic alloys mainly consisting of gallium, indium and tin, were given coatings of microparticles and nanoparticles that are insulating or semiconducting. Teflon and silica were among the insulators used, while titanium dioxide, tungsten trioxide and carbon nanotubes were among the conductors used.More

Nanotech patent jungle set to become denser in 2013
Chemistry World
As we welcome in 2013, will nanotechnology continue to dominate many of the scientific headlines in the coming year, just as it has done over the past decade? The huge activity across nanotechnology in recent years, reflected in an ever-increasing number of patents, suggests that it will.More