Tech Insights
Jul. 16, 2014

Volunteer a few hours to help kids discover STEM
MTBC
The MTBC has developed an online database where tech professionals can volunteer for a few hours at a North Texas school of your choice. The STEMfire database matches your interests with teachers who have specified how they need a tech professional's help. Create a profile online and, as teachers ask for help, you can choose where and how you volunteer. Our kids need you. Sign up today. More

Restaurateurs serving up a side order of technology
The Dallas Morning News
Some of the largest casual dining chains are rolling out tabletop tablets that can eliminate some of the pain of dining out. At the same time, they're looking at upgrades that can allow restaurant technology to work with the consumer's own smartphone. In April, Dallas-based Chili's Grill & Bar became the largest casual dining chain to roll out tabletop technology.More

6 tips for using big data to hunt cyberthreats
InformationWeek
You need to be smart about harnessing big data to defend against today's security threats, data breaches and attacks. With that said, here are six tips for using big data to help wipe out cyberthreats in your organization. More

Controversial cybersecurity bill known as CISA advances out of Senate Committee
Forbes
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted July 8 to approve a controversial cybersecurity bill known as the Cyber Information Sharing Act. The bill is intended to help companies and the government thwart hackers and other cyber-intrusions. The bill passed by a 12-3 vote, moving it one step closer to a floor debate.More

Colleges work to engage women, minorities in STEM fields
U.S. News & World Report
In June, the Association of American Colleges and Universities announced 20 schools were ​selected ​to participate in Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM, ​also known as TIDES. The new initiative aims to help faculty learn how to better engage women and underrepresented minorities, such as African-Americans​ or Hispanics, in STEM, as well as create curriculums that are more inclusive for these students. The program's primary focus is to ​foster change for students interested in computer science.More

You're not playing Angry Birds anymore, but robots are
CNET
One way to get kids to engage in the repetitive motions they may need to increase their motor coordination skills is to have them teach a game to someone else. But when researchers at Georgia Tech asked children to teach Angry Birds to adults, they stayed interested in the activity for only nine minutes. When they paired up a robot with an Android tablet, though, and asked the kids to explain the game to their electronic buddy, the kids engaged three times as long and made eye contact with the robot 40 percent of the time, as opposed to just 7 percent with the humans.More

The 'Internet of Things' will soon be a truly huge market, dwarfing all other consumer electronics categories
Business Insider
The numbers being forecast for the Internet of Things are mind-boggling. BI Intelligence finds that 1.9 billion once-inert everyday and enterprise devices are already connected to the internet — from parking meters to home thermostats — and by 2018 that number will top 9 billion. That's roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers and PCs combined. More

Restaurateurs serving up a side order of technology
The Dallas Morning News
Some of the largest casual dining chains are rolling out tabletop tablets that can eliminate some of the pain of dining out. At the same time, they're looking at upgrades that can allow restaurant technology to work with the consumer's own smartphone. In April, Dallas-based Chili's Grill & Bar became the largest casual dining chain to roll out tabletop technology.More

The state of women in technology: 15 data points you should know
TechRepublic
By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science jobs available in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and we need to play catch-up to fill them all. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68 percent of women enroll in college (compared to 63 percent of men), and women increasingly outnumber men in college graduation rates. Yet women still make up only a quarter of the tech industry workforce.More

8 tips for getting your IT career back on track
InfoWorld
Most of us are trying get ahead in this world, but occasionally we find ourselves in the unenviable career rut. Maybe you realize your current position doesn't align with your long-term goals. Perhaps you received a poor performance review, or were passed over for promotion, and feel like your career has gone off the road. Now what? You've got to get your career back on track — and fast.More

US Army is researching 3-D printing and its potential in facial reconstruction surgery
3D Printer & 3D Printing News
There has been a tremendous amount of talk about the military utilizing 3-D printing in a variety of ways. Earlier we mentioned that the Australian Army was thoroughly investigating its potential, while there is no doubt that every branch of the U.S. Military is using 3-D printing or plan on using it sometime in the near future.More

Cloud and the fuzzy math of shadow IT
InformationWeek
Organizations are adopting the cloud in a big way. Today, representing about 23 percent of IT spend, cloud computing has accelerated because it allows people to get their jobs done more quickly, more easily and more flexibly than they can using traditional computing tools. Set to account for 60 percent of cloud services in 2017, software-as-a-service has proliferated in enterprises and has now reached a tipping point. More

How to develop the one leadership trait that trumps them all
Dallas Business Journal
Most of us know what it's like to work for a great leader — one who inspires us and fosters success across the team. And sadly, most of us know what it's like to work for a bad manager — one who kills creativity and our ability to thrive. What is that special ingredient that makes a great leader great? Is there a trait that sets aside the good from the great?More

Top 10 telecom events of Q2
RCRWireless
Jim Patterson, CEO of Patterson Advisory Group — a tactical consulting and advisory services firm dedicated to the telecommunications industry — talks about 10 events that have shaped the second quarter and will impact the rest of the year for the mobile industry. More