Tech Insights
Jan. 28, 2015

Technology repaints the payment landscape
MIT Technology Review
In developed economies, money has been digitizing for decades. Few Westerners touch a paycheck anymore. Through direct deposit, digital money is transferred electronically from our employer to our bank account every pay period. A similar process moves contributions into our 401(k) accounts or zaps money over to pay the rent, the utility bill, a student loan or any other expense. More

Volunteer spotlight — Deborah Sawyer
Deborah Sawyer understands the value of MTBC membership and is a shining example of how busy executives can stay engaged. Despite a very busy career in the executive search industry, Sawyer finds time to stay involved in the MTBC. She has is active on the Tech Titans Lunch committee and was the head of the Tech Titans nominating committee in 2014. Her commitment has strengthened the quality of these two MTBC signature events. More

MTBC joins with TechAmerica and CompTIA for advocacy efforts
The MTBC is one of 22 technology organizations joining forces with TechAmerica powered by CompTIA to help increase grassroots advocacy for technology firms throughout the United States. All 22 technology councils will affiliate with TechAmerica on public policy advocacy and other activities to educate their member companies on national policy issues affecting their IT businesses. More

National Engineer Week coming Feb. 22-28
Share your enthusiasm for engineering and make a difference in a young person’s life by participating in National Engineering Week. This is the perfect time to register on the MTBC STEMfire website and look for teachers seeking input from actual engineers in their classroom. Engineers Week is a national event dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. More

America's 3rd fastest-growing region is Dallas
The Dallas Morning News
With so many jobs being created in the state, it's no wonder Texas is leading the way in fastest-growing cities in the nation. While Houston was at the top of the list for "America's Fastest-Growing Cities 2015″ by Forbes, and Austin was a close second, it was Dallas that rounded out the nation's top three.More

1st transcontinental phone call: A 100-year celebration
If you think you've got trouble connecting on a conference call today, imagine doing it 100 years ago. The first transcontinental phone call was made on Jan. 25, 1915, and has been a communication tool for businesses ever since. More

Gartner's Internet of Things predictions
Information Age
By 2020, there will be a quarter billion connected vehicles on the road, enabling new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, according to Gartner. During the next five years, the proportion of new vehicles equipped with this capability will increase dramatically, making connected cars a major element of the Internet of Things. Here are Gartner's other predictions regarding the Internet of Things. More

Widespread SSD encryption is inevitable
EE Times
The recent Sony hack grabbed headlines in large part due to the political fallout, but it's not the first corporate enterprise to suffer a high profile security breach and probably won’t be the last. More

Choosing high-capacity drives
From hard drives for specific uses to hybrid drives and various capacity-increasing technologies, there are a lot of options. How do you decide which is best? More

True cybersecurity: 'Intelligent' computer keyboard identifies users by pattern of their key taps
The Washington Times
Protective computer passwords have some competition. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a novel intelligent computer keyboard that not only cleans itself — but can identify users by the pattern and style of their fingertips and keystrokes. The "human-machine interfacing" device reported in the American Chemical Society's academic journal "Nano," could provide a foolproof way to prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers. More

Saving lives through tablet-based ultrasound technology being tested in DFW
In the medical world, it's known as the "golden hour." The 60 minutes following a traumatic injury or emergency that can make the difference between life and death. Sixty minutes in which the faster a patient receives medical treatment, the more likely they are to survive.More

Building a cybersecurity program: 3 tips
Getting from "we need" to "we have" a cybersecurity program is an investment in time and resources that's well worth the effort. Implementing an effective cybersecurity program should be a top priority for every organization. But, depending on size, industry and other factors, cybersecurity requirements are going to vastly differ from one organization to the next. How do you get from needing a cybersecurity program to having one? It takes a systematic approach. Here are some suggestions to get you started. More

Texting etiquette: 6 rules to follow when texting at work
Dallas Business Journal
We're texting all the time. Sending a text is more timely than sending an email, yet feels less intrusive than calling someone. Texting is replacing voice calls, especially among 18- to 24-year-olds, who send and receive nearly 4,000 text messages per month. More