Tech Insights
Feb. 18, 2015

5 cloud predictions for 2015 from TBR
InformationWeek
Although demand is increasing for cloud services, buyers are more interested in cloud infrastructure tuned to their specific needs, particularly through on-premises, private cloud computing or single-tenant services from the public cloud. More

Dallas is 1 of 5 cities poised to be the next Silicon Valley hub
Forbes
As witnessed in Silicon Valley over the last two decades, Tech industry growth impacts housing values and creates a profitable environment for real estate investment. But while Silicon Valley remains the premier Tech center in this country, California's real estate scene is over saturated.More

Visual analytics 101: When to use numbers vs. visualizations
Presented by the MTBC Business Intelligence/Analytics Forum via Slalom
In its traditional form, data is nothing more than letters and numbers in rows and columns. Bringing that data to life — where it can be sliced and diced, interacted with, and ultimately consumed and understood — has become a science in and of itself. And while our data may begin with raw numbers, today we'll ask when it should end with numbers and when it's better to use a data visualization instead. More

Russian researchers expose breakthrough US spying program
Reuters
The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. More

AT&T shows off thousands of new solar panels in Lancaster
Dallas Business Journal
Oncor's $5 million incentive for commercial solar disappeared in about "17 seconds" this year, said Kenneth Govan, area manager for Oncor. This demonstrates the high demand for solar incentives in North Texas as businesses wrestle with unpredictable electricity prices. More

Report predicts DaaS to grow big data revenue into 2019
RCR Wireless News
Telecommunications service providers are big collectors of structured and unstructured data. They continue to find more and more opportunities to apply and offer services in multiple big data and analytics industries. More

Robots can build cars; now they're learning not to crush you
Chicago Tribune
Robots long ago earned a place in factories, where their pneumatic pumps and steel welding arms help manufacture everything from cars to planes. Now, they're learning to behave around people, bringing them one step closer to the Jetsons-esque dream of automated servants that might one day serve you coffee or iron your shirts. More

Doctors store 1,600 digital hearts for big data study
BBC News
Doctors in London have stored 1,600 beating human hearts in digital form on a computer. The aim is to develop new treatments by comparing the detailed information on the hearts and the patients' genes. It is the latest project to make use of advances in storing large amounts of information. More

Football should embrace technology to prevent, monitor concussions
The Boston Globe
Established sports equipment makers and startups alike are developing wearable technologies that will allow athletes to prevent concussions and monitor potentially damaging jolts to the head. Unfortunately, according to a recent Globe report, a lack of awareness as well as longstanding macho attitudes of players and coaches mean there are few takers. At a time when evidence is mounting that young brains are at high risk on the gridiron, this is shortsighted. More

UT Dallas announces creation of new arts, technology school
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas is creating a new school focused on arts, technology and emerging communication after the UT System Board of Regents approved the move. More

15 habits of exceptionally persuasive people
Forbes
Whether you’re convincing your boss to fund your project or your preschooler to wipe his own hiney after using the bathroom, persuasion is instrumental to your success and happiness. Persuasive people have an uncanny ability to get you leaning toward their way of thinking. Their secret weapon? They get you to like more than their ideas; they get you to like them. More