Tech Insights
Jun. 11, 2014

Help assess needed software development talent
The MTBC seeks recruiters or staff at the manager level and above to take part in an important workforce survey that will identify professional skills for critical roles in software development. Results will be used by our organization and others interested in helping industrywide efforts to close talent gaps in the technology industry. This brief survey will take 10 minutes or less and may be taken until June 23.More

Board member profile: Scott Mair of AT&T
Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Engineering Scott Mair has a wide array of responsibilities, which include the design of solutions throughout our entire network infrastructure. Mair is responsible for the network planning and engineering functions for AT&T's wireless and wireline network. He manages the multibillion dollar network capital plan and is charged with integrating acquired network assets into the company.More

New and renewing members
Thank you to the MTBC members who either joined or renewed their memberships in April and May. Our members are the lifeline of our organization and serve to make us stronger and more successful. We hope you will join us in welcoming these new members, doing business with them and referring other members to the MTBC.More

Automating cybersecurity
The New York Times
If only computers themselves were smart enough to fight off malevolent hackers. That is the premise of an ambitious two-year contest with a $2 million first prize, posed to the world's computer programmers by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It is the blue-sky, big-think organization within the Defense Department that created a precursor of the Internet in the late 1960s and, more recently, held a contest that spurred development of self-driving cars.More

How the NSA can 'turn on' your phone remotely
Even if you power off your cellphone, the U.S. government can turn it back on. That's what ex-spy Edward Snowden revealed in his recent interview with NBC's Brian Williams. It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it? No. But government spies can get your phone to play dead.More

Will Apple's Internet of Things vision hurt a beautiful idea?
Ah, the connected world. You wake up in the morning, and give iPhone's Siri a pleasant command: "Good morning." In response, lights turn on, music starts playing and the coffee maker begins brewing just as your day begins. Apple's just announced approach to home automation and the Internet of Things via its new Homekit, a framework and network protocol for controlling devices in the home. It promises a seamless user interface for organizing and controlling connected devices.More

Big data, cloud computing, globalization rocking the telecom world
Dallas Business Journal
Information and communications industry spending nationwide grew 6.6 percent in 2013, to $1.3 trillion — the fastest growth rate in years and the first time the United States has grown faster than the rest of the world.More

Has cloud computing been a failed revolution?
Speaking at a recent conference,'s Peter Coffee put up a provocative slide: The number of Google searches for the term "cloud computing." It proves, he says, that people no longer find cloud computing compelling. Google searches for "cloud computing" took off in 2008, peaked in 2011 and have tailed off since then.More

Robots we might see in the future
Guardian Liberty Voice
With technology expanding at an exponential rate, scientists and analysts have been hypothesizing a variety of robots that we might see in the future to accomplish remedial to revolutionary tasks. One brand of robots that have already begun to be experimented with are nanobots: sentient devices that are so small they are on par with a red blood cell. Magnetic microrobots are being developed by Chinese researchers in conjunction with South Korean and Swiss institutes. More

How the NSA can 'turn on' your phone remotely
CNN Money
Even if you power off your cell phone, the U.S. government can turn it back on. That's what ex-spy Edward Snowden revealed in his recent interview with NBC's Brian Williams. It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it? No. But government spies can get your phone to play dead.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

How the math of biometric authentication adds up
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

3D Hubs prove 3-D printing is bankable
In the ever changing world of advancements in 3-D printing from body parts to clothes and food, there's one fact that we lose track of, the companies that took a chance on the unknown market and pushed their agenda anyway. Netherlands-based 3D Hubs, founded in 2013, has reached what they consider to be critical global mass in a market that few knew how to predict and measure.More

Nanotechnology could use clothes to power electrical devices
Relax News via CTV News
A new technological breakthrough could boost smartphone and tablet battery life while simultaneously changing the way we dress. That's because it could turn the fibers of a jacket into a supercapacitor capable of recharging mobile devices our digital lives depend on.More

3-D printed food is beginning to look beautiful
Eating a piece of fruit that was printed by a machine is cool and novel and the future, but it's insanely impractical compared to simply eating a piece of fruit grown on a tree by Mother Nature. That's why one of the most interesting aspects of the 3-D printed food trend isn't nutrition but the shape and aesthetics of the manufactured meal.More

11 productivity hacks from successful entrepreneurs
Business Insider
Startup CEOs not only have to manage a team of employees, they have to build a company from the ground up. So, of course, this requires a hands-on approach and a typically massive workload. To deal with all of these responsibilities, the best entrepreneurs figure out tricks that help them manage their time and maximize their efficiency. In a recent Quora thread, startup executives responded to the question: "As a startup CEO, what is your favorite productivity hack?" More