Tech Insights
Jul. 2, 2014

How companies can rebuild trust after a security breach
"It's not a question of if you will be hacked, but when," says cybersecurity expert Joe Adams. This is bad news for companies, not only because of security risks, but also because data breaches have a significant and measurable impact on customers' trust and spending habits, according to a study released recently. The good news? Customers, who are generally not concerned about security until a breach happens, are looking for transparency and timely responses to breaches, something companies can provide with enough preparation and foresight.More

Dallas regions sees growth in software and mobile app development talent
The Dallas Morning News
projekt202, Tech Titans Fast Tech No. 3 in 2013, was highlighted in The Dallas Morning News in Hanah Cho's article about how software and mobile app development has been exploding in North Texas during the last decade.More

Study: Dallas a top city in the nation for women in tech
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas is one of the top five cities for women in technology, beating the national average by almost 11 percent, according to a new study. RJMetrics, a data analytics company in Philadelphia, compiled the data of the largest 50 cities from Meetup's publicly accessible application programming interface. It then matched Meetup member names to names filed with the U.S. Census Bureau to identify the gender. Using this method, the company found that women make up 29 percent of the technology community.More

Dallas/Fort Worth CIOs reveal hiring plans for second half of 2014
IT Business Net
Ten percent of Dallas-area technology executives recently surveyed expect to expand their IT teams in the second half of 2014, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This compares to 20 percent in the previous six-month period (January - June 2014). In addition, 76 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 10 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold and 1 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the last six months of the year. More

Cloud computing could do more to save the planet than electric cars
Many will tell you that we can save the planet by switching from gas-guzzling automobiles to electric cars. But Zack Rosen says the impact would be greater if we just switched from virtual machines to Linux containers. Virtual machines are those things that let anyone run software on the massive cloud computing services offered up by the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Rather than setting up its own computer servers, a startup like Netflix or Pinterest can build almost its entire operation atop virtual servers running in the cloud — pieces of software that work much like a real machine. But Rosen believes we can seriously reduce the world's energy consumption if we swap these virtual machines for containers, a suddenly red-hot cloud computing technology that fits neatly into the open source Linux operating system.More

Aereo ruling sidesteps cloud computing copyright question
As Aereo Inc.'s streaming-TV service was dealt a potentially fatal blow recently, the cloud-computing industry was more concerned about what the U.S. Supreme Court didn't say. The Supreme Court said Aereo violates broadcasters' copyrights by selling programming online without paying licensing fees, regardless of its technology. Aereo uses cloud computing to let users watch TV shows: It collects over-the-air signals through antennas, stores the video on servers and delivers the live or recorded programs to customers through the Internet. More

New SMS worm targets Android devices
A rare Android worm that propagates itself to other users via links in text messages has been discovered by security researchers. Once installed on a device, the malware, which was dubbed Selfmite, sends a text messages to 20 contacts from the device owner's address book. Most malware programs for Android are Trojan apps with no self-propagation mechanisms that get distributed from non-official app stores. Android SMS worms are rare, but Selfmite is the second such threat discovered in the past two months, suggesting that their number might grow in the future.More

Futuristic drive: Step inside a 3-D printed car
It seats two people, has a sleek retractable roof and runs on electric power. And its body can be 3-D printed in a single piece. Meet the Strati, the concept vehicle that was selected from more than 200 entries as the winner of the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge — back in mid-April, U.S.-based company Local Motors invited designers from around the world to submit their concepts for a car that can be manufactured using 3-D printing.More

Enterprise technology resurges beyond IT leaders' grasp
Money is flowing back into enterprise technology budgets, but there are a couple of catches. First, CEOs are getting more directly involved in technology decisions, usurping the roles of CIOs to some degree. Second, there may not be enough skilled professionals to go around to make digital strategies a reality.More

Study: Dallas a top city in the nation for women in tech
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas is one of the top five cities for women in technology, beating the national average by almost 11 percent, according to a new study. RJMetrics, a data analytics company in Philadelphia, compiled the data of the largest 50 cities from Meetup's publicly accessible application programming interface.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

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

Mobile security action plan
It's not that IT pros see smartphones and tablets as disposable, exactly. It's just that the hardware is not nearly as important to the 371 business technology professionals responding to the 2014 InformationWeek Mobile Security Survey as the company data that people carry around on those devices. Securing that data is rated very important by 68 percent, a full 21 points ahead of securing devices themselves, using anti-malware or MDM client software. And 72 percent say their top mobile security concern is data compromise due to lost or stolen devices.More

As technology advances, cybersecurity jobs take center stage
U.S. News & World Report
The modern Internet is proving to be a hacker's playground, and cybersecurity is no longer an afterthought for the private sector or government agencies. The expanded commercial opportunities and medical advancements offered by the much anticipated Internet of Things will also present new security challenges for future cyber warriors. And, considering recent cases in which hackers were as young as 15, it's imperative that schools and companies encourage kids to protect online data rather than exploit it.More

The Internet of Things will radically change your Big Data strategy
Companies are jumping on the Internet of Things bandwagon and for good reasons. McKinsey Global Institute reports that the IoT business will deliver $6.2 trillion of revenue by 2025. Many people wonder if companies are ready for this explosion of data generated for IoT. As with any new technology, security is always the first point of resistance. More

How to keep your kids interested in science all summer
The Dallas Morning News
The producers of the Fox television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, hoped the show would get more kids interested in science. Now that Cosmos has concluded its run, we've pulled together some suggestions for how to keep kids engaged in science over the summer. The Dallas area is filled with excellent museums and aquariums (the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Zoo, the Dallas World Aquarium, among others) that help visitors deepen their understanding of the world around them. Here, we offer some lesser-known resources to help spark your kids' imaginations during summer break. More

The most coveted employers for engineering students
With STEM jobs — those requiring degrees in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields currently accounting for more than 10 percent of positions in the U.S. — engineers are in strong demand. So which companies are most attractive to those students poised to enter this sought-after field? To determine which employers are providing engineering students the most coveted opportunities, global research and advisory firm Universum asked nearly 8,000 undergraduate engineering students to identify, from a pool of 230 companies, the employers for which they most wanted to work.More