Tech Insights
Feb. 19, 2014

Texas surpasses California as top tech exporter
The Dallas Morning News
Texas is tops for tech exports, a new report says. Companies in Texas making semiconductors, telecommunications devices, computers and other items shipped more than $45 billion in products to other countries in 2012, according to a report by the TechAmerica Foundation, a lobbying and advocacy firm representing the technology industries. That's a $3 billion rise from 2011.More

MTBC connects Wylie ISD with UT Dallas for robotics program
KTVT-TV
Eighth grade students at Wylie ISD are taking their programmable robots to Mars as part of pilot program with UT Dallas in an effort to help guide future engineers. The connection was made through the efforts of the MTBC Talent team, which continues to push the growth of STEM-related fields.More

White paper from the MTBC CIO Roundtable
Taming the Wild West of Big Data: The Social Norms and Laws of Social Data

MTBC
The introduction to society of new technologies often results in an initial Wild West period of opportunity and uncertainty. Consider the rapidly evolving technologies of social media and personal digital devices. These technologies are facilitating the creation of big data, an immense volume and variety of dynamic social data. More

Member news: Ericsson allies with Ciena on global deal
Dallas Business Journal
Telecom equipment giant Ericsson and network technology vendor Ciena have signed a global agreement aimed at boosting Ericsson's position in the Internet Protocol networks market. Ericcson has its North American headquarters in Plano.More

Smartphone kill switch could become federal law
InformationWeek
A week after California State Senator Mark Lenom, D-Calif., proposed a bill requiring a kill switch for smartphones sold in the state, federal lawmakers have put forward a similar bill.More

2014 predictions: State of wireless union in 2014 — devices, OS and LTE
RCR Wireless News
With 2014 now upon us, RCR Wireless News has gathered predictions from leading industry analysts and executives on what they expect to see in the new year. The following is the second of a two-part series examining some of last year's key developments in the mobile space and also projecting their impact into 2014. In this note, we focus on handsets, operating systems and the networks that support them.More

New skills are needed to work on Internet of Things
The Washington Post
The Internet of Things has attracted the attention of tech giants including Cisco, Intel and General Electric, all of whom have internal business units dedicated to building the infrastructure for that network.More

The Internet of Things will be bigger than the smartphone, tablet and PC markets combined
Business Insider
The numbers being forecast for the Internet of Things are truly mind-boggling. BI Intelligence finds that the number of everyday and enterprise devices that will soon be connected to the Internet — from parking meters to home thermostats — will be huge. More

Smartphone kill switch could become federal law
InformationWeek
A week after California State Senator Mark Lenom, D-Calif., proposed a bill requiring a kill switch for smartphones sold in the state, federal lawmakers have put forward a similar bill.More

Swallow this 'password' pill to unlock your digital devices
Entrepreneur
Forget concocting long, complicated passwords to protect your digital devices and the precious information you access on them. Just pop Motorola's edible "authentication vitamin" pill and you can literally become the password.More

Beyond the Internet of Things: The amazing tech that's coming next
TechRadar
Texas Instruments' reps comment about the Internet of Things where we can equip these trillions of networked nodes with different components to create new types of matter that we can manipulate with instructions from computers.More

What big data VCs are sick of — And what they really want
VentureBeat
Sprinkling some big data sauce on sales or marketing software won't get a dime out of these moneybags. Four prominent venture capitalists who have funded big data companies dished about what they've gotten tired of — and what they might actually like to fund — at O'Reilly Media's Strata big data conference in Santa Clara, Calif. The talk brought nuance to the hype-filled big data aisle of the IT market.More

New US cybersecurity standards: Will they do enough?
Christian Science Monitor
The Obama administration has unveiled the nation's first cybersecurity standards to protect critical infrastructure. The voluntary standards — which met with some criticism — are an attempt to address U.S. vulnerabilities to cyberattack.More

No one wants your PowerPoint: How to make board meetings better
Feld Thoughts via VentureBeat
Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group, writes: "In my new book, 'Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors,' in addition to decomposing and explaining a lot about the functioning of board meetings, I also describe my ideal board meeting."More