Tech Insights
May. 22, 2013

Cybercriminals, BYOD, cloud computing: Trend Micro's 2013 data security predictions for entrepreneurs
The Star
Organizations are no longer limited to using PCs or even laptops. Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are fast becoming part of the workplace. With the increased availability of cloud services, business applications no longer need to be on-site to address various business needs. The variety of available technology allows SMBs to cherry-pick solutions that best fit their working environment.More

MTBC partners with 6 metroplex school districts to enhance STEM education
MTBC has joined together with career and technical administrators from top school districts on its third MTBC science, technology, engineering and math summit. The primary objective of the MTBC STEM initiative is to facilitate the technology community's sustainable impact on building a work-ready technical workforce through strategies that enhance and encourage STEM education.More

Legislative update: Texas legislators scramble to finalize budget, fund state needs before end of May
As the legislative session comes to a close, state legislators are scrambling to finalize the state budget, fund water, education and transportation needs, and provide tax relief, all before the May 27 adjournment date. Many attempts are also being made at finding "vehicle" bills that can carry issues that were not passed before the House deadline to pass House bills.More

Tech Titans nominations due May 24
Time has slipped away, and it's finally time for all Tech Titans nominations to be submitted by May 24. Tech Titans celebrates the tech talent within — revealing today's tech superhero and bringing innovation to the forefront. 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

The $7,000 computer science degree and the future of higher education
While a new report puts the average debt load of new college grads at a stomach-churning $35,200, the Georgia Institute of Technology is rolling out an alternative program experts say offers a beacon of hope for both students and employers: a three-year master's degree in computer science that can be earned entirely online — and that will cost less than $7,000. More

DOD schools, Corps of Engineers partner to advance STEM education
The United States Army
The Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense Education Activity chose an elementary school to announce a new partnership meant to advance science, technology, engineering and math education in schools.More

5 trends that will drive the future of technology
Innovation Excellence
Trends get a bad rap, mostly because they are often equated with fashions. Talk about trends and people immediately start imagining wafer thin models strutting down catwalks in outrageous outfits or a new shade of purple that will be long forgotten by next season. Yet trends can be important, especially those long in the making. If lots of smart people are willing to spend years of their lives and millions of capital on an idea, there's probably something to it.More

Sequestration is imperiling scientific research — and economic growth
MinnPost (commentary)
Congress' recent action to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to avoid furloughs of air traffic controllers is an indication that the fiscal sequester is starting to bite. Less visible, but no less real, is the harm to our economic growth that will result from drastic across-the-board sequestration cuts to agencies that support scientific research.More

Wanted: Apps for Galaxy smartphones
The Wall Street Journal
As part of its efforts to strengthen its software capabilities Samsung Electronics Co. recently said it will be hosting a global competition to lure developers to create apps for its Galaxy smartphones. Just how much is Samsung willing to pay? The contest will see 10 winners, who will receive a combined $800,000 in prize money. More

Artificial forest for solar water-splitting
Berkeley Lab via environtmentalresearchweb
In the wake of the sobering news that atmospheric carbon dioxide is now at its highest level in at least 3 million years, an important advance in the race to develop carbon-neutral renewable energy sources has been achieved. Scientists with the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have reported the first fully integrated nanosystem for artificial photosynthesis. While "artificial leaf" is the popular term for such a system, the key to this success was an "artificial forest."More

Forget to take medicine? These pills will tell your doctor
The Wall Street Journal
Startup companies are coming up with new technologies aimed at getting people to take medicine only as directed. Taking medication haphazardly — skipping doses, lapsing between refills or taking pills beyond their expiration date — has been linked to health complications and hundreds of millions of wasted dollars for insurers and hospitals.More

Polariton lasers light up at low power
IEEE Spectrum
A new type of laser has the potential to be much more energy efficient than conventional lasers, according to two groups of scientists who separately came up with very similar designs for it. Known as a polariton laser, the device isn't a laser at all. Conventional lasers work through stimulated emission of radiation: Electrons in a laser cavity are raised to a high-energy state and when they drop to a lower state, they emit the excess energy as photons, producing a coherent beam of light.More

Wanted: Apps for Galaxy smartphones
The Wall Street Journal
As part of its efforts to strengthen its software capabilities Samsung Electronics Co. recently said it will be hosting a global competition to lure developers to create apps for its Galaxy smartphones. Just how much is Samsung willing to pay?More

Moneyball at work: They've discovered what really makes a great employee
Business Insider
Hiring decisions have always been limited to a few imperfect factors, including what appears on a resume and what impression a candidate gives off in an informal interview. That's all changing.More

Why IT is struggling to build private clouds
IT is under pressure to build private clouds, which means creating a data center architecture that can deliver the same kind of flexible, scalable computing as public clouds from Amazon Web Services and other providers.More

Neuroscience meets robotics in stroke rehab
Imperial College
Imperial College in London integrated robotic tools with a computer game interface to create a touch-screen table that responds to objects fitted with sensors that are placed on it. Stroke patients are encouraged to repeat movements with these objects by interacting with a game on the table. For example, a patient might be asked to simulate an everyday task using our tools, such as opening a lid. Researchers can then examine their performance and encourage them to repeat or change their movements.More

Immigration reform may spur software robotics
The Senate immigration bill's H-1B restrictions have clearly upset Indian IT services providers. But sometimes being in a tough spot can prompt a company to find new ways of approaching problems, as Infosys is doing with a plan to use software robots.More

Cisco: Big data is the network, too
The New York Times
John Chambers says the profits from Cisco Systems' new strategy are still one to three years away. The strategy, however, is already becoming more clear: Big data will only work if it's delivered through the network, and that could go hand in hand with consolidation among companies that specialize in data analysis, and networking or traditional computing.More

Critics of big data have overlooked the speed factor
The Guardian
Critics of big data are picking holes in its validity as a concept, but there is a problem with their arguments around data volume — it is speed, not size, that defines big data in 2013. Big data is among the computing neologisms du jour, and a technology conference in 2013 is rarely considered complete without a smattering of uses, typically accompanied by further volume-related qualifiers.More

4 quick ways to help you stay focused
Have you written yet another to-do list, hoping it would make you more productive? A typical scenario: rewriting projects that have been hanging on — even forwarding an email to yourself to kick it back to the top of your inbox. This isn't productivity. It is a waste of time and, worse, a waste of focus. In this article are activities designed to get you focused on success and give you a shortcut to a more productive day.More

6 career-killing phrases to quit using now
The Fiscal Times
Whether making an important presentation to potential clients or trying to motivate a room full of entry-level employees, your words carry weight at work. This is especially true in an age of instant tweets, texts and social media streams. Here's a handy reference guide to what not to say in today's competitive job environment.More