Tech Insights
Aug. 20, 2014

Professors taking their research from the lab to the marketplace
The Dallas Morning News
After seeing an increase in arsenic contamination in developing countries, a researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington created a solution that he hopes will be used in the field someday soon. Purnendu Dasgupta, who did a decade of research, has developed an environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water. Thanks to nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation, Dasgupta is a step closer to bringing his analyzer to market.More

Here's the reveal of the 5 fastest growing midsize tech firms in DFW
Dallas Business Journal
The Metroplex Technology Business Council and TeXchange DFW honored North Texas' five fastest-growing midsize tech firms and one small-size firm expected to be an upcoming mover and shaker. At the recent Fast Tech event, the MTBC revealed the five fastest-growing tech firms, with revenues between $2 million and $200 million, in DFW, one of which will be awarded the Fast Tech award at the Aug. 22 Tech Titans gala.More

New push to shrink the gap in cybersecurity experts
Tech Page One
For all but the biggest companies, it's becoming harder to find qualified cybersecurity professionals to hire. But efforts are under way to help narrow the gap by encouraging more students to go into the field. According to the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Study, 56 percent of respondents said that they employed too few cybersecurity professionals, and midsized companies were most likely to need more staff.More

How to beat the new cybersecurity megamonsters
Business Spectator
The key takeaway from Black Hat USA, the world's most prestigious security conference that recently took place in Las Vegas, is that "the times they are a-changin'" — most enterprises need to overhaul their security strategies, products and processes not just to adapt to the increasingly malicious and sophisticated Internet environment, but to survive.More

5 top devices and technologies in mobile
Mobile technology has evolved at a rapid rate, and it's not slowing down. These things are the five best in the genre today. In addition to these five, there is a bonus technology included that may surprise you.More

The bullet train that could change everything
The Texas Tribune
For years, the Japanese company behind the world's first and busiest high-speed rail system has been itching to enter the U.S. high-speed rail market, hoping to sell one of the world's ripest passenger rail markets on its breathtakingly fast Shinkansen bullet trains. But with Central Japan Railway's efforts to sell high-speed trains on the U.S. coasts going nowhere, Texas has emerged as the company's best hope for introducing its wildly successful technology to the American market.More

Robots may disrupt half of all US jobs
U.S. News & World Report
The boom in digital technology, such as mobile phones and the Internet, has changed life dramatically in the past decade, but scientists are torn whether computerization will create more jobs than it replaces during the next 10 years. More

It's official: The Internet of Things takes over big data as the most hyped technology
Gartner recently released its latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Last year, big data reigned supreme, at what Gartner calls the "peak of inflated expectations." But now big data has moved down the "trough of disillusionment," replaced by the Internet of Things at the top of the hype cycle. In 2012 and in 2013 Gartner's analysts thought that the Internet of Things had more than 10 years to reach the "plateau of productivity," but this year they give it five to 10 years to reach this final stage of maturity. The Internet of Things, says Gartner, "is becoming a vibrant part of our, our customers' and our partners' business and IT landscape."More

Technology education for students is essential in creating a future STEM workforce — and it starts with educating teachers
The Huffington Post
Digital device learning, often called 1-to-1 computing or a "smart classroom," is not some faraway abstraction or revolutionary concept in education. In fact, thanks to grants and state-subsidized funding, an increasing number of school districts nationwide are securing electronic devices, such as personal computers, remote accessible software and even hand-held tablets, for their students from such electronic giants as Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo. More

Software jobs in the mobile core network
RCR Wireless News
Networking pays, especially if you're looking for a job as a software engineer. Many of the routers and switches in wireless networks are set to eventually be replaced by software, and that means workforce changes at the companies that make these products. The companies below are all hiring software engineers, and several have more openings for these professionals than for engineers in their traditional hardware businesses.More

5 steps to a healthy IT culture
Internal politics can jeopardize the success of IT projects. Here's how to maximize morale, encourage teamwork and foster a healthier organization.More

5 habits of extraordinarily effective leaders
The bad old days of bosses giving orders and employees blindly following fortunately are mostly behind us. To be effective, and for their companies to thrive, leaders must create supportive work environments that can influence, but not force, desired behaviors and outcomes. This means applying an entirely new set of leadership practices that takes into account these new ways of doing business.More