Tech Insights
Sep. 2, 2015

How technology is fueling the push toward solar
Solar energy in the United States has seen immense momentum throughout the years. When the Solar Energy Industries Association released its annual report in 2008, it concluded that U.S. solar photovoltaic capacity reached a total of 1.183 gigawatts — a stellar achievement at the time.More

Cellular, Wi-Fi spar over spectrum
EE Times
In an exchange of letters to U.S. regulators, cellular and Wi-Fi interests turned up the volume in their ongoing debate over sharing unlicensed spectrum. The Wi-Fi Alliance asked the Federal Communications Commission to withhold certification of LTE-Unlicensed equipment, a position contested by a group of cellular vendors, including Qualcomm.More

Indoor mapping technology: A game changer for retailers
By Danielle Wegert
Mapsco books and huge paper maps are a thing of the past. Now, we have our mobile devices equipped with GPS that can give us verbal directions while we drive. We can get directions to practically anywhere with the swipe of our finger. However, once you get to that location, do you know how to get around? Will your smartphone GPS guide you to the nearest restroom? Can you find the store you need in a shopping mall, or even a specific item within the store? More

10 best practices for BYOD policy
Many enterprises now allow users to access corporate resources via their personal mobile devices. According to a global survey of chief information officers by Gartner, nearly 40 percent of companies by 2016 will require employees to provide their own mobile products.More

MyStemKits launches new Kickstarter campaign for 3-D printed STEM education manipulables
Educational theorists have long known that there are many different ways to learn about the world around us and an even wider variety of styles of learning for individual students. One type of learning that was often ignored but is now gaining ground is that of kinetic engagement. Rather than assuming that the best way to get information to a student is to somehow create a pipeline of words that can be streamed into their minds, the rising use of manipulables indicates a greater acceptance of the fact that we learn through touch and interaction with physical objects. The difficulty presented is in getting high-quality manipulables, especially with the current tightened education budgets across the country.More

The future of the Internet of Things will be 'notification hell' before it gets better
Right now, the Internet of Things is primarily the realm of futuristic-minded early tech adopters. Think of the pioneers who use Google Glass to snap pictures, Nest to control their home temperature or turn to their smartphone to dim the light bulbs in their bedroom. In a decade, things will look much different. By 2025, the Internet of Things will become more mainstream, having an economic impact between $3.9 trillion and $11.1 trillion per year, according to a recent economic forecast released by consulting firm McKinsey & Company. The upper figure could account for as much as 11 percent of the world economy, the report states.More

What CIOs need to know about the FTC cybersecurity ruling
The Wall Street Journal
No matter how much a company spends in money and resources for cyber security, there is always the risk that the system will be hacked. Now, a decision by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that in the event of such an Information Technology System hack, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has authority to investigate the company and charge it with unfair trade practices for failure to protect customers from the theft of online data.More

IoT6 xChange Summit planned for Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Tech Titans
Tech Titans, with M6 M6 Mobility Xchange and nGage Events is producing an IoT6 xChange Summit to be held in Dallas Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Fairmont Hotel. The summit is an invitation-only, strategic business forum that gathers industry thought leaders to address many segments of IoT strategy, deployment, operation and success.More

Tech Titans: Corporate innovation winner, Qorvo
Dallas Business Journal
For the next three weeks, we'll introduce you to the winners of the annual Tech Titans awards.More

Astrapi Corporation nominated for a Telecom Council SPIFFY Award
Astrapi Corporation
Astrapi Corporation is pleased to announce it is one of a select few companies nominated for a Telecom Council of Silicon Valley SPIFFY Award in "The Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence" category.More

Tech Titans: Emerging company innovation winner, Ziosk
Dallas Business Journal
Ziosk created an Android tabletop tablet with a 7-inch touch screen that allows customers to order desserts, drinks, pay for the tab or play games.More

Health Wildcatters announces 10 startups selected for 2015 class
Dallas Business Journal
Health Wildcatters announced the 10 companies that have been selected for the 2015 accelerator program. The 2015 class, which represents Health Wildcatters' third, brings the accelerator's portfolio to a total of 32 companies. It includes teams from across the country focusing on areas including digital health, medical devices and telemedicine. Women lead 50 percent of the startups in this year's class.More

Firehost CEO Chris Drake: Why we're changing our name and branding
Dallas Business Journal
Firehost has changed its name and branding an effort to better reflect its purpose. "Our purpose is to protect our customers and to get between them and the threat," said CEO and founder Chris Drake. "We're willing to fight that fight for them."More