Tech Insights
Jul. 17, 2013

Local companies working with Ericsson after MTBC TechQuest
Nine local companies have been selected for further in-depth discussions or referrals within Ericsson and to other technology groups as a result of April's MTBC TechQuest. Watch a video of some of the applicants when they interviewed with Ericsson representatives. More

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 finalists in the esteemed contest recognizing those who have impacted technology in North Texas the most during the last year. Finalists will be announced in July, with winners presented at the Aug. 23 Tech Titans gala at the Hotel Intercontinental. MTBC member Ericsson has graciously agreed to be the title sponsor for the gala.More

Why health IT must work more like Amazon
Kaiser Permanente found that a patient is 2.6 times more likely to stay with a particular physician in its network if he or she is using the company's site to do things such as message back and forth with the doctor. Aurora Health Care found that no-shows for doctor visits fell from around 10 percent to just 2 percent if the patient made the appointment using the provider's online scheduling system.More

1 big threat to cybersecurity: IT geeks can't talk to management
A new report on the state of risk-based cybersecurity management helps explain why IT employees and their corporate bosses don't see eye to eye about hacking and other computer-based threats.More

Education tech: What's trending?
Educators and industry experts will gather to discuss new ideas and products in education technology July 25 in New York City. Attendees of the Education Technology Innovation Summit will hear from leaders who are revolutionizing the field. The ETIS conference is the result of a longtime progression of education technology. More

SEC lifts advertising ban for startups
The Washington Post
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently voted to allow startups to advertise their securities offerings directly to the public, a provision in the JOBS Act. Under the decadeslong ban on general solicitation and advertising, companies can only privately advertise their offerings to accredited investors, sometimes on private online platforms restricted to those investors. More

6 things to consider before rehiring an employee
Procter & Gamble recently replaced CEO Robert McDonald with his retired predecessor A.G. Lafley. J.C. Penney Co. ditched Ron Johnson, the CEO it poached from Apple Inc., and brought back his predecessor Myron Ulman. Before you jump on the bandwagon and hire an employee who wants to return, consider the following.More

An employer to-do list for Affordable Care Act compliance
Dallas Business Journal
Many employers were relieved to get a one-year reprieve on a key part of the Affordable Care Act, but compliance still has to remain on companies' to-do lists. On July 2, the Obama administration delayed by a year the provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring companies with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance to workers or pay a per employee fine. The provision, called the employer mandate, will now take effect Jan. 1, 2015.More

Who needs farm hands when you can have agricultural robots?
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The agricultural industry has been adapting to new technology, and they are using the technology to improve throughout the industry. However, one area has stood stagnant: fruits and vegetables. They are sensitive to bruising, which has made technology an issue. Now, robots are being designed to be gentle enough to improve the fruit and vegetable section of the industry.More

Have the robots come for the middle class?
The Washington Post
Computers and cyborgs aren't about to render the American worker obsolete. But they're tilting the nation's economy more and more in favor of the rich and away from the poor and the middle class, new economic research contends.More

BlackBerry A10 specs appear in leaked top-secret document
Reports surrounding the next installment in the BlackBerry 10 ecosystem have been doing the rounds recently, and the latest leak appears to spill the beans on pretty much every aspect of the BlackBerry A10. Posted rather nonchalantly by a member of CrackBerry's forum, the screenshot in question appears to have been taken from confidential documentation from within the Canadian firm — with the BlackBerry A10 details dated May 23.More

Survey: Companies still fear cloud computing
Investor's Business Daily
Many companies still fear adopting cloud computing, but security is no longer the big reason. So says a survey that found that companies are concerned about the potential for operational failures and other glitches in cloud-based computing.More

The future of cloud computing in gaming
Cloud computing is a disruptive force in the business of gaming. Not only is it revolutionizing how gamers purchase and play games, but it is redefining how developers and publishers run their businesses. The gaming community disagrees over what cloud can mean for the future of their industry, but nearly all agree it is becoming increasingly important.More

Cloud computing swallowing up branch office hardware
Network World
The popularization of cloud computing and ubiquitous access to high-speed Internet connectivity mean that the days of the specialized branch office IT appliance are numbered, according to industry sources. Instead of providing apps and services directly to branch offices using dedicated hardware at both ends of the connection, virtualized networks can emulate that functionality across the public Internet. More

Senate begins to move on cybersecurity
The Hill
The Senate is beginning to move on cybersecurity legislation, though lawmakers have pared back their ambitions from when sweeping legislation crashed and burned last year. The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee recently unveiled draft cybersecurity legislation and vowed to hold a vote on the bill by the end of July. More

Lloyds: Cybersecurity is the No. 3 global business threat
What a difference a year and a few high-profile hacking incidents makes: According to Lloyd's third annual "Global Risk Index," cybersecurity is now a top-of-mind concern for businesses, having leapfrogged from 12th to third place on the threat scale in the space of a year.More

Despite sequestration, cybersecurity funding growing
The Washington Post
Bucking the trend set by most other areas in the defense budget, cybersecurity is widely regarded as a growth area for the near future. The Defense Department intends to spend $23 billion on cybersecurity over the next five years, according to news reports, and is seeking more than $4.6 billion for cybersecurity in fiscal 2014 alone — an 18 percent jump from 2013. More

Have the robots come for the middle class?
The Washington Post
Computers and cyborgs aren't about to render the American worker obsolete. But they're tilting the nation's economy more and more in favor of the rich and away from the poor and the middle class, new economic research contends.More

FDA raises concerns about the cybersecurity of medical devices
The FDA has raised concerns about the vulnerability of medical devices to cyberattack. In one dramatic instance, reported by the Wall Street Journal, a Veterans Affairs catheterization laboratory in New Jersey was temporarily closed after malware infected the lab's computer devices.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.More

Big data knows when you're fertile
Want to make a baby, like, today? The tried-and-true method — meaning without algorithms and big data — isn't the way to go if you're in a hurry. On average, it takes a woman four to six months to conceive, but Ovuline, a year-old startup based in Cambridge, Mass., crunches large amounts of data to speed things up.More

10 top big data startups to watch — Final rankings
After more than 4,000 votes were cast, the final big data startup rankings are in. Keep in mind that while voting was weighted heavily, it was not the only consideration. Other criteria included big-name end users, venture capital funding, the pedigree of the management team and market positioning.More

Big data's big question: What to keep
How much data should your organization save? Storing terabytes of digital information is not only costly, it also can lead to decision-making headaches such as, "What data do I need to keep?" Opinions on this evolving topic vary, naturally.More