Tech Insights
Aug. 19, 2015

15th Annual Tech Titans Corporate CEO Award announced
MTBC
Beatriz "Betty" Manetta founded Argent Associates, a certified minority- and female-owned company, in 1998. Argent Associates is a supply-chain management and IT service provider focused on government, enterprise and telecommunications markets. More

MTBC accepting nominations for 2016 board of director positions
MTBC
The Metroplex Technology Business Council is now accepting nominations to its board of directors for terms beginning Jan. 1. This board governs the MTBC, approving the budget and all of the organization's policies.More

Here are Inc.'s 168 fastest growing companies in Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas Business Journal
North Texas is more than well-represented on this year's Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies. The 168 companies that call DFW home represent the full spectrum of our diverse economy — ranging from energy powerhouse Bridger with its $4 billion in annual revenue to business consulting company Bond Group with its $2 million in annual revenue.More

Metamaterials single-out 1 voice
EE Times
Researchers at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, have invented a metamaterial-based voice-locator system that can pick out an individual's voice even from a crowded, noisy room.More

How Wal-Mart is tackling the big data skills crisis
SmartData Collective
As the amount of digital information generated by businesses and organizations continues to grow exponentially, a challenge — or as some have put it, a crisis — has developed. There just aren't enough people with the required skills to analyze and interpret this information — transforming it from raw numerical data into actionable insights — the ultimate aim of any big data-driven initiative.More

Researchers develop technology to remove hormones from drinking water
Investigacion y Desarrollo via Phys.org
At the Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco at the east of Mexico, an oxidation process has been developed that uses ozone to degrade contaminants in water that alter the synthesis, transport, action or elimination of natural hormones.More

Big data fades to the algorithm economy
Forbes
Big data is the oil of the 21st century. But for all of its value, data is inherently dumb. It doesn't actually do anything unless you know how to use it. Oil is useless thick goop until it's refined into fuel. Big data's version of refined fuel — proprietary algorithms that solve specific problems that translate into actions — will be the secret sauce of successful organizations in the future. The next digital gold rush will be focused on how you do something with data, not just what you do with it. This is the promise of the algorithm economy.More

8 potential battery breakthroughs
Greentech Media
Even with plenty of 2015 left, it is a safe bet that the Tesla Powerwall launch in May will be energy storage's biggest moment this year. The announcement of a $3,500 residential storage system got the world talking about batteries, and not all in a positive light.More

7 hot advances in email security
InformationWeek
Despite gaping security holes, email is too entrenched in business communications to go away. Consider these seven ways to bolster email security and help IT administrators sleep easier at night.More

10 most popular CRM apps
InformationWeek
A Gartner subsidiary, Software Advice, has developed a rating system that shows the popularity of CRM applications. See which services made the top 10.More

6 observations about cybersecurity based on 2 new surveys
Forbes
Cybersecurity incidents and attacks have become almost daily news, and two new surveys give voice to the executives and cybersecurity professionals struggling to defend their organizations.More

How to inspire the next generation
Popular Science
We have a genuine crisis in this country in the basic understanding of science. It affects our global competitiveness as a country, our national security, and many would argue equally it affects the effectiveness of our democracy. We know that an awful lot of teachers who are teaching science today have not been properly empowered to do so. Science is not just a body of facts; it's a process. And to present it with appeal and excitement you need to portray it as a detective story — asking questions, making observations and amassing evidence. You test and you fail because, you know, failing can lead to eureka.More