Tech Insights
Jun. 4, 2014

How the math of biometric authentication adds up
InformationWeek
Yes, it's true that if your authentication scheme only allows a single fingerprint you only have 10 choices. But, there's no rule that says it has to be one, and only one.More

Growth on the docket for Haynes and Boone under new leadership
Dallas Business Journal
Haynes and Boone LLP, with 249 attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth and 378 statewide, is North Texas' largest law firm. It will be Tim Powers' job to keep it that way. Powers has been named to succeed Terry Conner as managing partner of the Dallas-based law firm as of Jan. 1. He will be the firm's fourth managing partner in its 44-year history.More

A/V equipment manufacturer AMX acquired in $365 million deal
The Advocate
Harman International Industries recently said that it agreed to acquire audio and visual equipment-maker AMX, of Texas, for $365 million. Stamford, Connecticut-based Harman said the deal with The Duchossois Group will expand its reach beyond the car, where Harman focuses many of its products. More

Texas Instruments hires new CIO to replace retiring Brian Bonner
Dallas Business Journal
Texas Instruments Inc. has a new, homegrown chief information officer. Ellen Barker has been appointed to the post and will also serve as TI's worldwide manager of the company's Information Technology Services organization. Barker succeeds Brian Bonner, who is retiring after 33 years at the company.More

Cybersecurity expert? Companies really want you
NBC News
Some of the largest U.S. companies are looking to hire cybersecurity experts in newly elevated positions and bring technologists on to their boards, a sign that corporate America is increasingly worried about hacking threats. More

The 5 tough truths of cybersecurity software
TechCrunch
Building a successful security software company is notoriously hard to get right over the long haul. Computer security is a fast-moving target. You still need anti-virus software, for instance, but it won't necessarily keep you safe. The same is true for firewalls, malware detection, spam blockers and various other security measures. For better or worse, there is never-ending opportunity here, as the good guys race to keep up with the bad guys.More

What's the real potential of the Internet of Things?
Forbes
There has been a lot of buzz around the Internet of Things over the last year and a half. We are hearing about all kinds of devices being connected to the Internet — anything from home appliances to entire factories. Investors are enthusiastic about smart hardware and wearable tech and IoT startups are popping up everywhere.More

Big data knows you're sick, tired and depressed
CNNMoney
From the diseases you battle to the pills you pop, your most personal health information could be for sale. That's because some data brokers are collecting information from the surveys you take, websites you visit, products you buy and mobile apps you use to create lists of consumers with certain health issues or medical conditions. They then sell this information to marketers and other companies. More

Why the private cloud has stalled
InfoWorld
The appeal of making your own data center cloudlike is easy to understand: Who wouldn't want an entirely flexible commodity infrastructure, where you can pour on compute, storage and network resources as needed? From the early days of the cloud, chief information officers saw promise in the cloud's magic combination of reduced cost and vastly greater agility and wanted to capitalize on cloud architecture in their own organizations. But, those closer to the ground in enterprise IT have always had a tendency to roll their eyes.More

How to make robots seem less creepy
The Wall Street Journal
Robots may be poised to enter a new frontier in the workplace — but that doesn't mean the public is ready for it. After taking root in factories in the 1960s, robots gradually moved into jobs requiring rudimentary thinking such as data processing and banking services. The next wave of the invasion, however, is going to include jobs that are highly social and emotional. That could be a problem.More

A/V equipment manufacturer AMX acquired in $365 million deal
The Advocate
Harman International Industries recently said that it agreed to acquire audio and visual equipment-maker AMX, of Texas, for $365 million. Stamford, Connecticut-based Harman said the deal with The Duchossois Group will expand its reach beyond the car, where Harman focuses many of its products. 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

Changes in MTBC to increase membership and engagement
MTBC Chairman Kent Novak
Exciting things are happening at the MTBC. 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.More

What the future of work looks like
Fortune
While workers are becoming more and more mobile and entrepreneurial, traditional organizations are becoming less appealing. Here are seven powerful models for work that aim to redefine the traditional organization.More

STEM education gets boost from White House
CIO
The White House recently unveiled several new steps to bolster education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with a particular focus on encouraging girls and women to pursue the STEM fields. President Barack Obama made the announcement in an address marking the annual White House Science fair, which drew more than 100 students from more than 30 states.More

North American CIOs have most to spend
Mobile Enterprise
Gartner's global survey of 2,339 chief information officers showed that issues experienced by CIOs are far from universal and real differences exist at both a regional and country level. The worldwide survey was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing more than $300 billion in CIO IT budgets in 77 countries.More