Tech Insights
Feb. 11, 2015

Ransomware — The worst is yet to come
How long before ransomware targets sensitive devices, including cars and medical implants? When reviewing the past year, anti-malware companies usually give supporting data, such as the number of incidents, top threats and the amount of money lost to malware. This year, unfortunately, we're starting a new section in malware reports that counts the number of people who have paid the ultimate toll to malware: their lives. More

Nanotech material at UT-Dallas is revolutionary
The Dallas Morning News
Ray Baughman and Kanzan "KZ" Inoue envision humanoid robots with Terminator strength, an ultralight ladder stretching into space and cars that weigh only slightly more than the people inside them. OK, so don't expect these mind-boggling innovations anytime soon. More

Richland College, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology sign pathway partnership agreement
Rowlett Lakeshore Times
Richland College has signed a five-year Bachelor of Technology Pathway Partnership agreement with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, allowing electronics technology students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree from OSUIT upon completion of their associate degree at Richland College. More

Mobile technologies becoming a growth engine for small and medium businesses
The top 25 percent of small and medium enterprises are seeing two times the revenue growth and up to eight times the number of jobs created based on their adoption of mobile technologies. SMEs that lead their industries in mobile adoption are also seeing up to 50 percent of all Web searches for their businesses start on mobile devices. More

7 crazy cool data centers
All data centers share a few commonalities: They generate massive amounts of heat while draining equally large amounts of energy. However, some businesses are getting creative with how and where they store data. More

Is your doctor's office the most dangerous place for data?
Daily Mail
Everyone worries about stolen credit cards or hacked bank accounts, but just visiting the doctor may put you at greater risk for identity fraud. Those medical forms you give the receptionist and send to your health insurer provide fertile ground for criminals looking to steal your identity, since health care businesses can lag far behind banks and credit card companies in protecting sensitive information. The names, birthdates and Social Security numbers detailed on those forms can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create fake medical records. More

Tomorrow's technology depends on today's physics
Did you know that you already love physics? Consider the technology around you. Your computer's microchips were built from transistors using quantum physics. GPS navigation? Sensitive to nanosecond calculations derived from Einstein's general theory of relativity. PET scans use 3-D body-imaging made possible by particle physics. Even the Web serving you this article was a creation of physics — conceived by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN to transfer large physics data files. More

Firefighting robots could help US Navy snuff out fires at sea
Hose-wielding humanoid robots could one day keep Navy firefighters out of harm's way. A prototype of an adult-size firefighting bot was unveiled at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the exposition was the perfect place to show off a futuristic robot equipped to fight fires at sea. More

The fastest-growing STEM major in the US
Move over, computer science. Bachelor's degrees in statistics have soared 95 percent since 2010. Having trouble finding enough new hires who have been trained to make sense of massive volumes of data? Here's some good news: There will soon be a lot more of them. More

Millennial women poised to rock tech world
The Tennessean
Since the technology industry emerged, it's long been presumed to be a "man's world." But these days, technology's umbrella has opened wide, and as the next generation takes over the workforce, I see more women being drawn to this industry of boundless creativity, disruptive innovation and widespread connectivity. The millennial generation is primed to produce women movers-and-shakers, coders and everything in-between. More

Embedded engineers: 10 skills you need now
EE Times
From getting familiar with open source software to developing apps, industry professionals are urging embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant. More