Tech Insights
Jul. 10, 2013

Be seen with the best and brightest in technology — Sponsor MTBC's Tech Titans gala
The Tech Titans judges are meeting to decide who will be the finalists in the esteemed contest recognizing those who have impacted technology in North Texas the most during the last year. Finalists will be announced next week, with winners presented at the Tech Titans gala Aug. 23 at the Hotel Intercontinental. MTBC-member Ericsson has graciously agreed to be the title sponsor for the gala.More

New MTBC website gives members greater ability to promote their businesses, network
The new MTBC website recently went live, providing members with a host of new value-added services when they login using the same username and password as the old site. Our database and Web provider, ChamberMaster, is the No. 1 provider of Web-based software solutions for associations and chambers of commerce.More

Will Google Glass usher in the next generation of cloud computing?
Giacom via CloudTweaks
Ushering in the next generation of anything usually requires there to have been a generation beforehand. Take TVs, for example. Ultra HD, soon to be lambasting our households for sickeningly affordable prices, is the next generation of high-definition television. HD came along just a handful of years ago, and is now about to be made utterly obsolete by something the same but marginally better. Still if you think that's a short period of time, the first generation of the cloud hasn't truly sank in yet, and everyone is talking about what's next.More

Big data's still on track to save the world
Big data's reputation has taken a bit of a battering lately thanks to allegations that the NSA is collecting and storing people's Web and phone records, leading to a wider debate about the appropriateness of such extensive data-gathering operations. But this negative publicity detracts from the reality of big data today, which for the most part will only benefit society as a whole. There's more to these massive data sets than simply catching terrorists, as you'll see with the following recent developments.More

Obama reboots technology mission to improve government
President Barack Obama recently re-emphasized the importance of using technology and private sector experts to make the government "smarter, quicker and more responsive" to the public, a critical element of his second-term agenda. Following a private meeting with his cabinet, he announced that Sylvia Burwell, new director of the Office of Management and Budget, will lead the "aggressive management" effort.More

Nanotechnology approach could lead to 'artificial skin' that senses touch, humidity and temperature
Nanowerk News
Using tiny gold particles and a kind of resin, a team of scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has discovered how to make a new kind of flexible sensor that one day could be integrated into electronic skin, or e-skin. If scientists learn how to attach e-skin to prosthetic limbs, people with amputations might once again be able to feel changes in their environments.More

MIT aims for thinner solar cells
EE Times
Solar cell designs today pursue performance at the lowest possible cost, neglecting the dimensions of thin and lightweight, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers who aim to design the world's thinnest solar cells.More

3-D printed lithium-ion battery is the size of a pinhead
Design News
Design News has discussed 3-D printed robots, prosthetic noses and even running shoes. Now, a joint development effort by Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and visiting South Korean researchers has produced a tiny 3-D printed lithium-ion battery that could be used one day as a power source for micromedical devices and robots.More

'Terminator 2'-style liquid metal can now be 3-D printed
It's not quite as advanced as in "Terminator 2," but 3-D printing liquid metal could offer a new range of flexible electronics. An alloy of metals — gallium and indium — that is liquid at room temperature forms a thin skin when exposed to air, which is strong enough to hold the liquid's shape.More

The 3-D printing revolution you have not heard about
From bones to guns, 3-D printing's route to mainstream consciousness has largely consisted of fantastic objects made using the technology. Not many, however, have reported a prosaic, medical object made using this technology. If you wear a hearing aid, chances that you are already part of the 3-D printing revolution. This is because your hearing aid was probably 3-D printed.More

It's enough to make your skin crawl: The ultrarealistic robotic spider that moves like the real thing
The Daily Mail
For those who live in fear of our eight-legged friends, it's the stuff of nightmares. Engineers in Hong Kong have made a robotic spider that accurately replicates the creepy leg movements of real arachnids. The Robugtix T8 robot contains 26 little motors under its 3-D printed case to make the spider move in a way that will certainly scare those terrified of the creatures.More

Would a robotic pilot have crashed at SFO?
Discovery News
The latest details from the investigations into the crash of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco indicate that the jet was flying dangerously slow before it hit the ground. While the National Transportation Safety Board sorts out whether this was pilot error or not, Discovery News wondered if an autonomous piece of computer hardware and software would have done better. The short answer is probably, but that doesn't mean we should hand over control to computers altogether.More

German scientists develop soft robotic hand
The Hindu
Humanlike robotic hands have long been restricted to the realm of science fiction, but German scientists have now developed a bionic hand made from soft materials that has the dexterity required to pick up objects. The fingers made of soft materials, such as silicone and rubber, are inflated with compressed air, which gives them special abilities that make them different from traditional electromechanical actuators built of motors, gears, joints and links. More

5 steps to STEM effectiveness
Haller STEM Education Consulting via The Huffington Post
STEM education isn't complex. It's not a doctrine, a program or a product. Yet, defining and implementing STEM education continues to challenge the education community.More

Defending NSA PRISM's big data tools
It's understandable that democracy-loving citizens everywhere are outraged by the idea that the U.S. government has backdoor access to digital details surrounding email messages, phone conversations, video chats, social networks and more on the servers of mainstream service providers.More

Tech road map: Immigration 1st, then NSA and cybersecurity
The gestation period of tech legislation in Washington, D.C., may hit an inflection point this summer as immigration reform, cybersecurity and — in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance program revelations — online privacy take center stage.More

Women can solve the STEM shortage
Newstar via The Huffington Post
During the past couple of months, millions of young people across the country graduated college with new degrees preparing them to enter the workforce. But sadly, with the unemployment rate still above 7 percent, the U.S. job market isn't what it used to be. In fact, last year, half of young college graduates were unemployed or underemployed.More

5 steps to STEM effectiveness
Haller STEM Education Consulting via The Huffington Post
STEM education isn't complex. It's not a doctrine, a program or a product. Yet, defining and implementing STEM education continues to challenge the education community. More

CNBC top states for business: Texas ranks No. 2
CNBC via USA Today
CNBC has a winner — and a new champion. South Dakota has climbed to the top of America's Top States for Business for 2013. It is the best finish yet for the Mount Rushmore State, which has always been a quiet contender in our annual study, rarely finishing outside the top 10. But more impressive, South Dakota's point total this year — 1,639 out of a possible 2,500 — is the highest logged by any state since we began keeping score in 2007.More

How and why to be a leader — not a wannabe
Harvard Business Review
We need a new generation of leaders. And we need it now. We're in the midst of a Great Dereliction — a historic failure of leadership, precisely when we need it most. Hence it's difficult, looking around, to even remember what leadership is. We're surrounded by people who are expert at winning — elections, deals, titles, bonuses, bailouts, profit. And often, we're told: They're the ones we should look up to — because it's the spoils and loot that really matter.More

5 qualities that every good boss should have
Fast Company
It doesn't help that most advice about leadership is given by leaders. Instead of having CEOs and executives talk about what makes themselves great, Fast Company thought it'd be nice to open up the floor to all voices — so they put out a simple question on Facebook: "What do you think makes a really good boss?"More