Tech Insights
May. 28, 2014

Changes in MTBC to increase membership and engagement
MTBC Chairman Kent Novak
Exciting things are happening at the MTBC, and I wanted to give you a glance at what you can expect in the coming months. North Texas is home to a dynamic environment ideal for growing businesses and innovating new technology. We are seeing many of our traditional technology companies prosper; however, we are also seeing new technology creators implementing differentiated technology. While we continue to value the traditional tech companies that are the foundation of our membership, we have come to realize that our reach should extend beyond our traditional membership. More

Tech Wildcatters ready to graduate its latest class of startups
The Dallas Morning News
Before accepting a spot with Dallas startup accelerator Tech Wildcatters earlier this year, entrepreneur Melvin Hines also considered joining another program. A talk with a Tech Wildcatters alum convinced him to come to Texas from North Carolina.More

Pioneer expects its oil production to double by 2018
Dallas Business Journal
Pioneer Natural Resources projects that its oil and gas production will more than double by 2018 thanks to its ever-growing operations in the Spraberry/Wolfcamp oil field in West Texas. That's according to Frank Hopkins, senior vice president of investor relations for Pioneer, who recently spoke at the UBS Oil and Gas conference in Austin.More

Forget robots — We'll soon be fusing technology with living matter
The future has a funny way of sneaking up on you. You don't notice it until you're soaking in it. That was the feeling at O'Reilly's Solid Conference. For the first time, the venerable tech publisher held an event dedicated the way software and hardware are coming together in devices that don't involve a typical computer screen. The gadgetry on display was so complex and so diverse — spanning everything from smart trash cans to airborne wind turbines — that even hardcore techies marveled at how far this world has already come.More

Why gadgets in the Internet of Things must be programmed to die
Everyone's talking about the Internet of Things. They talk about smart light bulbs programmed to glow purple when it rains, smoke detectors that do email alerts and routers that network our houses. But there's one thing they're not talking about, and that could be a problem. No one is asking whether these devices should also be programmed to die when they get old.More

Educating the big data generation
It would be tough to find a better illustration of the acute need for big-data skills today than the situation KeyCorp has been experiencing. Over the past year or so, big-data positions there have been taking twice as long to fill as other professional roles have, said Amy Brady, the company's chief information officer — 100 to 120 days on average, rather than 55 to 60. More

Feds say it's time to regulate big data
For years, data brokers have been collecting and selling billions of pieces of your personal information — from your income to your shopping habits to your medical ailments. Now, federal regulators say it's time you have more control over what's collected and whether it will be used at all. More

Meaningful use deadlines clash with software best practices
Hospitals find themselves implementing new releases of EHR software, certified to 2014 standards, almost as soon as vendors release certified versions. That's almost like implementing Windows 8 immediately after release. More

A great companywide social-media policy starts at the top
While establishing a positive company culture is top of mind for many CEOs as they build up their businesses, there's an emerging trend where companies are thinking more creatively about their social-media policies and encouraging their staff to think smartly about how they present themselves as individuals online and in the real world.More

Microsoft cybersecurity exec declares the password dead
Birmingham Business Journal
The password is dead. That's the message from John Proctor, Microsoft's vice president of global cybersecurity, who wrote a blog post on the subject this week. In the wake of what feels like attack after attack on big companies' systems, and the revelations of the Heartbleed vulnerabilities, most of us are suffering from breach fatigue.More

Meaningful use deadlines clash with software best practices
Hospitals find themselves implementing new releases of EHR software, certified to 2014 standards, almost as soon as vendors release certified versions. That's almost like implementing Windows 8 immediately after release. More Connecting industry pros with North Texas school districts
MTBC, in collaboration with UT Dallas, has developed a website which helps people in STEM professions build relationships with North Texas schools districts. is an online database that enables industry professionals to fulfill the specific needs of educators.More

Forget 'the cloud'; 'the fog' is tech's future
The Wall Street Journal
Christopher Mims, the former lead technology reporter for Quartz, writes: "I'm as big a believer in the transformational power of cloud computing as anyone you'll meet. Smartphones, which are constantly seeking and retrieving data, don't make sense without the cloud ..."More

Feature phones almost extinct in US
Smartphones accounted for 7 of 8 devices shipped in the U.S. during the first quarter, with Apple and Samsung leading the way, research says. Americans have moved past the feature phone. Only 13 percent of the handsets shipped during the first quarter were traditional cellphones — those with real buttons and basic operating systems. More

Wireless charging of phones from across the room? The tech inches closer
Singularity Hub
If you park an electric car over a metal plate or deposit a mobile phone on a charging mat, you can recharge the batteries, no plugs required. Wireless energy transmission has been possible since Thomas Edison's time, and in the last several years, especially — as robots gain mobility and electric vehicles accrue consumer demand — we've heard regular promises that the days of tangled power cords are numbered. More