Tech Insights
Jun. 25, 2014

Here are 4 everyday items about to be completely reinvented by the Internet Of Things
By now you've probably heard the term Internet of Things, and while we can go into the historical or technology specifics of what these omnipresent buzzwords mean, what's important to know if you're a consumer is that soon everyday devices you once took for granted will change. From a practical sense, this means they will become smarter, have their own app, will be connected to the network and will spew data about you and your world. Depending on what your general inclinations are about technology's role in our lives, this will alternatively sound great or terrible, but make no mistake, it's gonna happen, so you might as well embrace it. To help you do so, here are four everyday, ordinary things about to change.More

Take a virtual tour of CyrusOne's Dallas Data Center / Carrollton
CyrusOne's 670,000-square-foot data center in Dallas/Carrollton is the largest facility of its kind in the state and one of the most energy-efficient in the U.S. Their "Massively Modular™" design philosophy enables CyrusOne to commission large data center facilities in approximately 16 weeks, beating the deployment capabilities of the data-center-in-a-box solutions currently being marketed by competitors. Aggressive sourcing enables a speedy commissioning of the site, which in turn enables CyrusOne to deliver inventory just in time to match your demands. More

First week of Girls Inc. camp at Richland gives girls inspiration, opportunities in STEAM fields
The Dallas Morning News
Twenty middle school girls explored science, technology, mathematics, arts and engineering concepts and discovered the joy of learning recently at Richland College. These Dallas-area 8th grade girls were selected to participate in Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp, a two-week learning experience designed by Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Richland College and The University of Texas at Dallas — Science and Engineering Education Center.More

T-Mobile US impact and other wireless industry trends
RCR Wireless News
Jim Patterson, CEO of Patterson Advisory Group — a tactical consulting and advisory services firm dedicated to the telecommunications industry — talks about four trends in the wireless industry. More

Unlocking Big Data's value potential through design with small data
The Huffington Post
Big Data is perceived as the next value opportunity for corporations to innovate and grow. To be of any real value, however, Big Data has to become more accessible and understandable to non-specialist users and leave the domain of the data specialists.More

10 more powerful facts about Big Data
How big is Big Data's impact? There was a recent slideshow posted examining the latest trends of it with readers responding in a big way. Although the term itself defies an easy definition and even makes some people groan, here is part two featuring more facts, trends and context on Big Data. More

New Lego product lets kids send their creations to phone, tablet games
The Dallas Morning News
On the heels of success with "The Lego Movie," the Danish toy company is giving kids a chance to put their own blocks on the screen, with a new product line that copies their creations into phone and tablet games. The Lego Fusion line will launch in August. Each $35 box will contain some 200 bricks and a special plate to build on. Creations on the plate can be photographed with Apple or Android phones or tablets and imported into free, downloadable games. More

Chuck Hull: The father of 3-D printing who shaped technology
The Guardian
Although measured and deliberate in his responses, there is one moment when the softly spoken Chuck Hull — known as the father of 3-D printing — tells of his surprise about what exactly his creation was capable of achieving.More

Fear not the coming of the robots
The New York Times
Just over 50 years ago, the cover of Life magazine breathlessly declared the "point of no return for everybody." Above that stark warning, a smaller headline proclaimed, "Automation's really here; jobs go scarce." As events unfolded, it was Life that was nearing the point of no return — the magazine suspended weekly publication in 1972. For the rest of America, jobs boomed; in the following decade, 21 million Americans were added to the employment rolls.More

Breathalyzer test with nanotechnology chip may detect deadliest cancer
Nanowerk News
Lung cancer causes more deaths in the U.S. than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and pancreatic). The reason for the striking mortality rate is simple: poor detection. Lung cancer attacks without leaving any fingerprints, quietly afflicting its victims and metastasizing uncontrollably — to the point of no return. More

Unlocking Big Data's value potential through design with small data
The Huffington Post
Big Data is perceived as the next value opportunity for corporations to innovate and grow. To be of any real value, however, Big Data has to become more accessible and understandable to non-specialist users and leave the domain of the data specialists.More

Am I working too hard and, if so, why?
Many people confuse hard-working people with workaholics. What is workaholism? Workaholism is more than a dedication to your job. It's a near-obsessive commitment that supersedes most, if not all, other aspects of life. For many, workaholism is a true addiction, inextricably tied to feelings of self-worth and identity. More

A roadmap for CIOs and CSOs after the year of the mega-breach
The journey starts with three steps: Engage the C-suite, think like a hacker and look at the big picture. As high-profile data breaches make headlines, CIOs and CSOs often stand between the C-suite and the next public IT failure. Some may wonder: Is "scapegoat" now a part of IT's job description?More

Net neutrality retreat threatens cloud growth
The FCC is wavering in its commitment to support a full-blown net neutrality policy by considering a proposal to allow ISPs to sell tiered services to businesses like Google and Netflix for preferential treatment of their Internet content on backhaul links. The plan, though sounding capitalistic in nature, would create artificial barriers to entry and could slow cloud growth.More

Texas a testing ground for energy storage
The Texas Tribune
No one at the equipment lot here would blame you for failing to notice the drab green box sitting across from the spare transformers. But the lithium ions inside that refrigerator-size container are part of a wave of energy storage technology that could help Texas revolutionize its electric grid. Oncor, the state's largest transmission company, is installing five of the batteries this summer in South Dallas neighborhoods, providing backup power to schools, traffic lights and a fire station. More

5 counterintuitive habits of truly authentic leaders
We live in an era in which increasingly, leaders who are authentic, and who translate this into shared value for their people, whether shareholders or stakeholders, employees, customers or constituents, are the ones who have true and lasting impact — ultimately making the world a better place to live in. Striving for authenticity in leadership is the new kind of success to aspire to and may well one day be the measure by which some aspects of performance are evaluated.More

Small businesses ignoring insider threats
Small and midsized firms are just as likely to fall victim to insider threats as are big companies and government agencies. Many organizations also do not prosecute or report insider incidents, either due to a lack of evidence or concerns about damage to company reputation, a security specialist concludes.More