Tech Insights
Aug. 6, 2014

Texas ranks as fastest-growing state for tech jobs in 2014
Dallas Business Journal
Texas is the fastest-growing state for technology jobs, beating out New York, Florida, Massachusetts and Washington. The Lone Star state's 5.99 percent increase in tech jobs leads the nation in the first half of 2014, according to a report by Dice.com, a career website for IT and engineering professionals. The report studied the highest percentage of growth and the most new positions added, using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.More

Tech Titans Hall of Fame inductee announced
MTBC
James (Jim) Lee Donald has been selected as The Metroplex Technology Business Council's 2014 inductee to the MTBC Tech Titans Hall of Fame. This honor recognizes a technology visionary from the DFW Metroplex for outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing and accelerating the performance of the technology industry and/or adoption of technology in North Texas. These accomplishments must span more than one decade and reach far beyond the individual’s company or organization.More

SpaceX chooses Texas for world's first commercial rocket launch facility
Dallas Business Journal
SpaceX, the space exploration company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, will build the world's first private commercial rocket launch facility on a remote beach in South Texas. Gov. Rick Perry announced an incentive package totaling more than $15 million to close the deal that will pump $85 million in capital investment to the Brownsville area. It'll also add 300 jobs in one of the nation's poorest metropolitan areas.More

600 retailers ensnared in major new malware attack, cybersecurity firm says
TIME
The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the widespread use of "Backoff" malicious software, which steals data through remote access applications. The number of businesses ensnared in a new malware attack revealed recently in a Department of Homeland Security report may run to 600, according to a cybersecurity firm that helped DHS prepare the report.More

3-D manufacturing: New weapon for US economy
InformationWeek
The year is 2017. Nearly every one of the U.S.'s 120 million households has its own multicolor 3DC3 printer with a C3 bath (a C3H6O finishing tank). The President of the U.S. officially announces a total end to consumer imports of plastic goods. We are not buying iPhone 9 cases from Asia. Instead, Americans buy a one-time license of their favorite Starck design from the AppStore, and customize it further, as needed. Admittedly this vision for 2017 takes some leaps of optimism. Anybody familiar with 3-D printing has hoped for a version of such a future.More

Driving digital growth with the Internet of Things
Information Age
Due to the ubiquitous nature of connected objects in the Internet of Things, an unprecedented number of devices are expected to be connected to the Internet in the next few years. IoT, mobile and security are growing at a massive pace.More

No-power Wi-Fi connectivity could fuel Internet of Things reality
University of Washington
Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it — all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home could track minute-by-minute temperature changes and send that information to your thermostat to help conserve energy. This not-so-distant "Internet of Things" reality would extend connectivity to perhaps billions of devices.More

3-D manufacturing: New weapon for US economy
InformationWeek
The year is 2017. Nearly every one of the U.S.'s 120 million households has its own multicolor 3DC3 printer with a C3 bath (a C3H6O finishing tank). The President of the U.S. officially announces a total end to consumer imports of plastic goods. We are not buying iPhone 9 cases from Asia. Instead, Americans buy a one-time license of their favorite Starck design from the AppStore, and customize it further, as needed. Admittedly this vision for 2017 takes some leaps of optimism.More

6 smart robots taking over the world
Fox News
Robots are getting smarter. Over the past few years, technology has advanced in countless ways. There are now higher-quality (and cheaper) LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors that can detect movement more precisely, better motors that can replicate human expressions on a skin-like face, and software routines that can parse human speech more effectively. While humankind might not be too happy, the tech is making its way into robots. And many of these are already fully operational.More

The top 5 most brutal cyber attacks of 2014 so far
Forbes
In 2014, cyber attacks and data breaches don't look like they're going to slow down. We've seen high-end data breaches of large companies, with data, personal records and financial information stolen and sold on the black market in a matter of days. Criminals are stepping up their game, and data breaches are becoming both common and devastating. According to research from Arbor Networks, the number of DDoS events topping 20Gbps in the first half of 2014, are double that of 2013.More

Is IT the new boss of video surveillance?
InformationWeek
A recent study by Enterprise Strategy Group found that 91 percent of video surveillance deployments today involve IT departments. That's up from 52 percent in 2011. What's more, 47 percent of IT pros claim that they make the final video surveillance purchase decisions. More

Sprint calling off $32 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile
Dallas Business Journal
Sprint is abandoning its bid to acquire T-Mobile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. A source told the Journal that Sprint sees "regulatory challenges to T-Mobile deal as too steep."More

Cloud ROI: Why it's still hard to measure
InformationWeek
When it comes to judging the true cost of cloud computing, many companies try to break down the cost of running their own on-premises data center and compare that with the cost of using Amazon's or Microsoft's cloud. At Airbnb, Dave Augustine doesn't really have time for all that.More

How I encourage innovation within one of the country's largest companies
Dallas Business Journal
It's OK to fail. But if you fail, fail fast. That's a core tenet at the AT&T Foundry in Plano, one of five startup-style labs worldwide for the Dallas-based telecom giant. It's here that AT&T partners with technology providers and developers large and small. Together they create, scale and deliver the company's latest applications.More

Grow your tech company and stay cool
InformationWeek
When a successful startup hits growth mode — say, after a big round of venture capital funding — it becomes necessary to grow the company quickly to meet the demand of more product features and more customers. But it's not always easy to preserve a company's original culture while moving so quickly. More