Tech Insights
Mar. 19, 2014

MTBC Talent Team the catalyst for big STEM changes in local school district
The MTBC Talent Team is building bridges between local school districts and universities to reach as many students as possible with STEM-related education. In the past year, the Wylie Independent school district has implemented a districtwide STEM initiative in partnership with the University of Texas at Dallas. That partnership was the result of a STEM Summit hosted at Cisco by the MTBC Talent Team in November 2012.More

MTBC talks about the Internet of Things
MTBC and Texans for Economic Progress
This year, if you have to buy a new microwave and a refrigerator, will each be able to "talk" to one another? Will your new refrigerator suggest a recipe based on what you have in stock? According to the Metroplex Technology Business Council, what seemed an unlikely, futuristic buying factor in the past for consumers is on the brink of being a reality and a consideration when making purchasing decisions today.More

Board profile: Jim McGee, executive committee, marketing, Huawei
Jim McGee is a member of the MTBC's executive committee and advises on the marketing function. He has worked with the Tech Titans marketing committees for the last two years.More

White paper from the MTBC CIO Roundtable: Pervasive digitization and the Internet of Things
Imagine a sprinkler at your favorite public park that, when sensing that the nearby lawn is drying out under the intense Dallas summer heat, begins watering its surrounding area. Then, sensing the presence of a passing jogger, pauses to let the runner pass. The jogger's shoes, while "conversing" with the sprinkler, also locate another nearby jogger and offer to partner on the jog, given the mutually compatible parameters across joggers of partnering interest and ability to run five miles in less than 45 minutes. More

FCC approves AT&T's $1 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless
Dallas Business Journal
AT&T Inc.'s $1 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless was recently approved by the Federal Communications Commission. The Wall Street Journal reported that the approval after Dallas-based AT&T made commitments to divest spectrum, upgrade Leap's network and maintain rate plans in certain markets.More

CIOs say there's no time to innovate
Most of the readers coming to our site rank working with a good team ahead of other factors in terms of job satisfaction. Even more so than being paid fairly. A lot of those readers are CIOs. So, while we know what's making some CIOs happy at work, how are they spending their work days? More

EMV is coming. But is it too little, too late?
The Target/Neiman Marcus/Michael's Stores breach trifecta may have finally galvanized the U.S. card payment industry. Too bad consumers are poised to change the game.More

The era of Facebook is an anomaly
The Verge
Danah Boyd's SXSW keynote is sold out. When it's over, a dozen fans rush the stage. These fans aren't young groupies hoping to get a closer glimpse at their favorite rock star, but full-grown adults hoping to hear one more word from Boyd. She's one of the world's sharpest authorities on how teens interact with technology, and for many, her word has become canon for understanding why teens do what they do.More

EMV is coming. But is it too little, too late?
The Target/Neiman Marcus/Michael's Stores breach trifecta may have finally galvanized the U.S. card payment industry. Too bad consumers are poised to change the game.More

Researchers work to give robots the knowledge of good and evil
Times Union
Showing children the difference between good and bad can be frustrating. So, how might complex and sometimes contradictory ideas of morality be imparted into an artificially intelligent machine?More

2015 budget would boost investments in STEM education
President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget blueprint proposes a number of changes to improving and strengthening the quality and quantity of workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.More

A robot fish that could alter your image of robots forever
The Washington Post
A team of engineers in Massachusetts has built a robot that looks, feels and swims like a fish. It's agile enough to make a full C-turn, like a fish in escape mode. It's swift enough to execute the escape maneuver almost as fast as a real fish, in tenths of a second. And unlike most robots, if it slams into you, it won't break your leg. It's soft.More

Wireless electricity? It's here
Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached. Looking back, it was a crude experiment, she remembers: a tiny room filled with gigantic copper refrigerator coils — the kind you'd see if you cracked open the back of your freezer.More

Incredible startup talent at SXSW: Learn more about the 2014 Accelerator Winners
SXSW 2014
With so many great sessions at Startup Village centered around entrepreneurship, SXSW Interactive brings together founders from across the country and around the world. These founders also mean a lot to the city of Austin, too — which has regularly cracked lists as one of the best cities for startups.More

Data centers and the Internet of Things to come
Digital Realty Trust in Wired
With a Nest Learning Thermostat, at any moment, no matter where you are in the world, you can pull out your iPhone and adjust the temperature in your house or compare your energy use to others. With a Fitbit or Nike wristband, you can keep track of your activity and diet all the time, and watch your progress over time or share and compare your data with others.More

How the Internet of Things is redefining the data center
With global adoption of smartphones and tablets now outpacing the 1980s personal computer revolution by a factor of 10, CIOs face an unprecedented challenge meeting the requirements of an increasingly mobile workforce that has become frustrated with the limitations of traditional enterprise software. Making data and services universally accessible necessitates a fundamentally different approach to IT that starts with the data center, where the need to cost-effectively accommodate rapidly growing amounts of highly varied data from all the new devices on the corporate network has in turn set off an equally massive shift in operations.More