Tech Insights
Aug. 7, 2013

MTBC donates $25,000 to create Florence Shapiro STEM scholarship fund
MTBC
In keeping with its mission to advance and encourage science, technology, math and engineering education, The Metroplex Technology Business Council has established a $25,000 Florence Shapiro STEM scholarship fund, named for the local former state senator who spent years advocating for STEM education in the Texas legislature. The first annual scholarship from the fund was awarded to Plano ISD senior Tommy Fabyan.More

The Gen Y Guy, casino night highlight Tech Titans gala
MTBC
It's a night like no other to celebrate innovation in the North Texas high-tech community. Will you be celebrating with the rest of the high-tech industry or checking Facebook and Twitter the next morning to see what you missed? Reserve your seat or table today for the 13th Annual Tech Titans gala to be held Aug. 23 at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel. The event is sponsored by Ericsson.More

Highlights from the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference
U.S. News & World Report
More than 2,000 business, government and education leaders gathered in Austin, Texas, to discuss the state of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the United States as part of the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in June. U.S. News & World Report is pleased to offer a few highlights for those who weren't able to attend.More

Local students explore STEM education at free Samsung Mobile App Academy
North Dallas Gazette
The Samsung Mobile App Academies continued in Dallas. Thirty local high school students, representing 15 Dallas-area schools, attended the two-day mobile application academies that will encourage education in science, technology, engineering and math and careers in technology-related fields.More

AT&T tops J.D. Power wireless customer satisfaction survey
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas-based AT&T Inc. topped the list of full-service wireless carriers in the most recent customer satisfaction report by J.D. Power & Associates. It was the first time that AT&T ranked highest among wireless carriers in customer care. Richardson-based MetroPCS, which recently was acquired by T-Mobile USA, ranked highest for the second straight year among noncontract carriers, J.D. Power said.More

Why energy companies and the military want underwater drones
Fast Company
There are already drone aircrafts patrolling the skies for the military and intelligence agencies. Now, the military and energy companies want to develop their seaborne equivalent — autonomous, self-guided underwater vehicles.More

Why data virtualization is good for big data analytics
Data Informed
While big data has become all the rage over the past few years, another technology also has entered the mainstream: data virtualization. Data virtualization is the process of abstracting different data sources through a single data access layer that delivers integrated information as data services to users and applications in real-time or near real-time. More

The cloud's next big federal spying threat
InfoWorld
According to CNET security reporter Declan McCullogh, the FBI is pressuring telecom carriers to install "port reader" software that would allow the agency to intercept and analyze entire communication streams in real time. Carriers seem to be resisting, but the FBI claims it has the right to do this under the Patriot Act.More

How computer clouds could help cure cancer
Nextgov
Computer clouds have been credited with making the workplace more efficient and giving consumers anytime-anywhere access to emails, photos, documents and music as well as helping companies crunch through masses of data to gain business intelligence. Now, it looks like the cloud might help cure cancer too.More

Why energy companies and the military want underwater drones
Fast Company
There are already drone aircrafts patrolling the skies for the military and intelligence agencies. Now, the military and energy companies want to develop their seaborne equivalent — autonomous, self-guided underwater vehicles.More

Tech road map: Immigration 1st, then NSA and cybersecurity
Politico
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

Researchers convert cement into an electrical conductor
University of Alicante via R&D Magazine
Researchers at the University of Alicante has developed a cementitious material incorporating carbon nanofibers in composition, turning cement into an excellent conductor of electricity capable of performing functions beyond its usual structural function.More

How to tease out great ideas from every person on your team
Fast Company
Before Paul Slezak joined Australian startup RecruitLoop, he was managing a business in Hong Kong. His team there was, in a word, diverse. Local staff was mixed with expat staff from Australia, the U.K., France, the Netherlands, Singapore, the Philippines, the U.S. and Canada. Though it took place on another continent, Slezak's experience isn't all that uncommon in any workplace. More

7 things really persuasive people do
Inc.
While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Often the most effective persuaders are your kids. Somehow they come by it naturally while you, the adult, has to work hard to find the persuasive path to success. Whatever your persuasive need, here are seven things that the most persuasive people consistently do.More