Tech Insights
May. 2, 2013

Universities closing big data talent gap but need real data
Higher education is stepping up its efforts to teach big data analytics and business intelligence, but professors say they need businesses that depend on data to work with them to provide students with real data and real business problems to solve.More

Unveil the Clark Kent within North Texas enterprises
It's time to celebrate the talent within — revealing today's tech superhero and bringing innovation to the forefront. Nominations are currently underway for the prestigious 2013 MTBC Tech Titan Awards. These awards recognize the most elite in North Texas technology — individuals currently transforming the high-tech industry and giving companies that competitive edge. The Tech Titan awards showcase the innovators, adopters and executors impacting the technology industry for the greater good.More

Member news: GlobeRanger teams with SRA International
At the leading industry tradeshow, RFID Journal Live, GlobeRanger announced that it has been selected to provide its iMotion Edgeware Platform and other software components to the U.S. Army under the PD AMIS pRFID II contract. GlobeRanger will supply software and services as a subcontractor to SRA International, the prime contractor and sole award winner of the contract.More

Bookshout! closes $6 million in Series B funding, expands distribution and engagement platform for publishers, authors
Business Wire via MarketWatch
It's one thing to sell a book. It's another to build passionate communities around the content, providing lucrative channels for new sales and marketing opportunities. Bookshout! recently announced $6 million in Series B funding to expand its digital book distribution and engagement platform, giving authors control of their audiences and publishers a new and powerful sales channel.More

The new and dangerous threat to cloud computing
No, it's not security, and it's not privacy. It's not speed of provisioning, rogue credit card purchases for skunk-works projects or even integration hairballs. No, the biggest threat to cloud computing companies today is customer fatigue.More

Forrester: Middle-aged developers driving cloud computing
Enterprise IT keeps trying to shove the public-cloud genie back into a private-cloud bottle, but the majority of developers are having none of that, according to Forrester principal analyst James Staten, speaking at the Open Business Conference in San Francisco. Interestingly, these cloud-savvy developers aren't newbie troublemakers just getting started in enterprise IT, but instead skew older and more experienced.More

Sun plus nanotechnology: Can solar energy get bigger by thinking small?
National Geographic
Nearly 60 years after researchers first demonstrated a way to convert sunlight into energy, science is still grappling with a critical limitation of the solar photovoltaic cell. It just isn't that efficient at turning the tremendous power of the sun into electricity.More

A close eye on nanotechnology
R&D Magazine
Still in its infancy, research and development at the nanoscale has already made an impact. Yet roadblocks to commercialization still exist.More

These are the 100 highest-paying jobs in Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas Business Journal
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics produces annual wage estimates for 22 major employment sectors and more than 800 individual occupations. In this article are two lists of newly released 2012 figures for the Dallas-Fort Worth market.More

Want a career in big data? You'll need more than a degree
Data scientists are like the elite athletes of the enterprise world, but there are far too few of them to meet demand. Teradata recently released the third State of Business Intelligence Survey that found interest in big data analytics careers is on the rise. However, there is a significant gap between the number of students interested in these opportunities and the amount of hirable talent in the pipeline.More

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei insists his company is 'completely transparent' in an internal email
An internal email written by Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei and obtained by Sina Tech sheds light on the secretive Chinese firm's future. In it, Zhengfei downplays his company's reputation for opacity, which has fueled charges that Huawei, the world's second-largest maker of telecom equipment, is involved in espionage for the Chinese government.More

R&D center to offer 'building blocks' of cybersecurity
There is no lack of commercially available tools to counter rapidly evolving cyberthreats, but putting them into place and having them work together efficiently can be a challenge. Available tools often are not used because the technology might be difficult to use, might not be widely known or might be too expensive to be practical. Integrating products from different vendors into a single, cost-effective system also can be difficult.More

Protecting yourself from cyberattacks
American Express OPEN Forum
Cybercriminals are targeting more small businesses than ever before. A new Symantec survey reports a 31 percent increase in cyberattacks on businesses with less than 250 employees. More

The tech industry's massive marketing problem
The U.S. has a skilled-developer shortage, and it's one of its own making. While Silicon Valley wrings its hands over H1B visa caps on skilled foreign workers, the bigger issue remains the U.S.' inability to educate its own citizens. More

AP hack proves Twitter has a serious cybersecurity problem
If Twitter needed any more evidence that it has a serious security problem, this should do it: Stocks plunged sharply April 23 after a hacker accessed a newswire's account and tweeted about a false White House emergency.More

Slideshow: 10 breakthrough DARPA technologies
From next-generation aircraft to smarter missiles, projects launched by DARPA's Tactical Technology Office push new limits. Take a closer look.More

Nokia betting on $20 handset as it loses ground on iPhone
As Nokia Oyj struggles to catch Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. in the market for smartphones costing $500 or more, it's counting on a bare-bones handset that sells for just $20 to give it an edge. Priced 97 percent below the latest iPhone, the Nokia 105 features preloaded games, a color screen, a radio, a speaking clock and a flashlight. The phone, Nokia's cheapest ever, has been available for a few weeks in India and Indonesia, and will soon start selling in Europe. More

Make your office a fun place to work
Creating one of the best places to work takes a lot of creativity and a small dose of arcade fun. When Jon Morris, the founder and CEO of Rise Interactive, installed a game room at Rise, he thought it would be filled with people daily. Morris peeked inside one day and found it empty. After talking to a few people, he realized that straying from your desk to play air hockey isn't a natural tendency for most people.More

Protecting yourself from cyberattacks
American Express OPEN Forum
Cybercriminals are targeting more small businesses than ever before. A new Symantec survey reports a 31 percent increase in cyberattacks on businesses with less than 250 employees. Rich Mogull of Securosis tells you how to protect yourself before your company gets hit.More