Tech Insights
Aug. 28, 2013

MTBC announces winners of annual Tech Titans
MTBC
The winners of the annual Tech Titans were announced last Friday before 800 of the top technology professionals in North Texas. Tech Titans are recognized as outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made significant contributions to their industries during the past year.More

Dallas ranked among top cities for high tech
Dallas Business Journal
MTBC's executive committee member, George Brody, advises on a story about Dallas' ranking as one of the top technology cities in the U.S. The Dallas area is ranked as one of the top 15 cities in the nation for its concentration of high-technology clusters, according to a new a study by Jones Lang LaSalle.More

Explanation for strange magnetic behavior at semiconductor interfaces
Ohio State University via ScienceDaily
They're not exactly the peanut butter and jelly of semiconductors, but when you put them together, something magical happens. Alone, neither lanthanum aluminate nor strontium titanate exhibit any particularly notable properties. But when they are layered together, they become not only conductive but also magnetic.More

New studies confirm rise in hybrid cloud computing
FierceEnterpriseCommunications
A majority of organizations see their future as partly in the cloud, while still firmly anchored to familiar soil. Hybrid cloud computing, as it is known, uses a combination of the services of a public cloud-computing service provider, a private cloud provider and on-premises network hosting.More

Big data projects should not start with IT
CITEworld
Big data analytics projects are driven by business. Whether it involves marketing, finance, sales or engineering, the vision and subject-matter expertise always comes from business leaders. This was a recurring theme recently at The Data Warehouse Institute World Conference in San Diego.More

Tech sector slips into surprising slump
The Dallas Morning News
The tech industry is in a slump even as the U.S. economy picks up steam. The recent announcement that Silicon Valley giant Cisco Systems, which sells networking and telecommunications equipment, plans to cut 4,000 jobs is the latest sign of a slowdown that has sucker-punched high-tech firms. After a remarkable six-year boom set off by the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, tech companies of all shapes and sizes are finding growth slowing and even contracting in some cases.More

16 things you should do at the start of every work day
Forbes
The first few hours of the work day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight — so it's important you have a morning routine that sets you up for success.More

Dallas ranked among top cities for high tech
Dallas Business Journal
MTBC's executive committee member, George Brody, advises on a story about Dallas' ranking as one of the top technology cities in the U.S. The Dallas area is ranked as one of the top 15 cities in the nation for its concentration of high-technology clusters, according to a new a study.More

Researchers convert cement into an electrical conductor
University of Alicante via R&D Magazine
Researchers have 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

5 IT salary negotiation tips
InformationWeek
Many job hunters loathe the salary negotiation process, and it's no wonder: According to a new Staffing and Recruiting Pulse survey from CareerBuilder, two-thirds of candidates are disappointed with employers' offers. That's up 6 percentage points from last year.More

Supervised team of college hackers expose GPS vulnerability
KTVT-TV
Hackers at the University of Texas at Austin are shedding some light on the vulnerability of technology many people depend on in today's world — the GPS. The space-based satellite navigation system informs us where we are, how fast we're going and where to go next. GPS provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the planet where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.More

How worried should small businesses be regarding cybersecurity?
Forbes
By some estimates, network-based attacks, such as distributed denial of services, which have the ability to take down large computing networks, have increased by 700 percent this year. Targeted DDOS attacks against Internet service providers, domain registrars, Web hosting providers and individual businesses have been known to cripple thousands of websites simultaneously for extended periods of time.More

Top mistakes governments make around cybersecurity
FutureGov
In an exclusive interview with FutureGov, Scott Borg, director and chief economist of U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, describes the common pitfalls governments make in fighting cybercrime. Governments invest time and resources on activities that do not help prevent cyberattacks. Many agencies mount massive scans and surveillance in search of malware, but according to Borg, sophisticated and targeted malware attacks cannot be found through these efforts. More

Ford studies space robots to boost car communication
Space.com
Robots designed for space applications could help the Ford Motor Company build a better car. A three-year study kicked off by the Ford engineers and scientists at St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia will examine the ways that robots on the ground and in space send and receive messages.More

3D Robotics announces GPS-guided quadcopter for the masses
Gizmag
Autonomous UAVs may be all the rage these days among professionals, but unfortunately a lot of the GPS-guided quadrotors on the market are a bit too complicated for the average consumer to control. 3D Robotics is aiming to inject a little more simplicity into the equation with its recently unveiled Iris. Billed as a ready-to-fly, fully autonomous, user-friendly UAV, the Iris supports simple GPS controls through any computer, tablet or smartphone.More