Tech Insights
Sep. 4, 2013

No batteries required: New wireless technology may power range of mobile, wearable devices
Wearable technology seems to be a hot topic these days. Most of the major technology players have some form of wearable device in the works. Samsung is calling its product line Galaxy Gear, which they say will encourage a smarter life. The hope is that Internet technology will move from being something that is somewhat independent of us to something that is literally woven into our daily existence.More

World's thinnest keyboard unveiled by UK tech firm
The Guardian
The company behind the technology found in wireless Beats headphones and Nike Running gadget has unveiled the world's thinnest keyboard, with a flexible, wireless touchscreen just half a millimeter thick. U.K.-based CSR, which specializes in wireless technology, showcased a prototype of the product at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, but it will be 12 months before it will be available to buy.More

Microsoft to buy Nokia's handset business in $7.2 billion deal
Dallas Business Journal
Microsoft Corp. has agreed to buy the handset business of Finnish manufacturer Nokia Oyj and will license its patents for $7.2 billion. Bloomberg said that Nokia's devices and services unit, along with 32,000 employees, will transfer to Microsoft. That unit accounted for roughly half of Nokia's 2012 revenue.More

Mavenir enables RCS in multitenant NFV environment
Converge Network Digest
Mavenir Systems announced the first commercial deployment of virtualized Rich Communication Services in a multitenant network functions virtualization environment. Mavenir confirmed that its previously announced Virtualized IMS platform is being used by Tier-1 operators in Europe. More

Verizon makes $130 billion deal with Vodafone for its wireless stake
Dallas Business Journal
Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to buy Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion, giving the U.S. telecom complete control over its wireless operations. The companies said they expect the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2014.More

Chinese educators look to American classrooms
The New York Times
To prepare for an endless barrage of secondary-school exams, Zhang Ruifan learned to memorize entire science textbooks. So when his family sent him to high school in the United States, he was so far ahead of his fellow freshmen in math and science that he usually knew the correct answer even before the teacher had finished speaking.More

Plano tech startup gets $1.5 million vote of confidence
Dallas Business Journal
A 1-year-old Plano tech startup is one step closer to providing a new resource to retailers and restaurants: insight into consumer data based on information already being supplied by customers. Oculus360 LLC received its first round of venture capital Aug. 29 from Dallas-based Trailblazer Capital, and it plans to use the $1.5 million to begin introducing its technology to customers.More

Social media may influence your credit worthiness
Tech startups and small businesses: Pay attention to your social presence. That's the message from a crop of new lenders that want to take your social data into account to determine the risk of awarding you loans.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

16 things you should do at the start of every work day
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

Unique semiconductor-catalyst generates hydrogen fuel from sunlight
R&D Magazine
In the search for clean, green sustainable energy sources to meet human needs for generations to come, perhaps no technology matches the ultimate potential of artificial photosynthesis. Bionic leaves that could produce energy-dense fuels from nothing more than sunlight, water and atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide, with no byproducts other than oxygen, represent an ideal alternative to fossil fuels but also pose numerous scientific challenges. More

MicroTransponder completes $3.4 million in funding, gets key patent
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas-based MicroTransponder Inc., a privately-held medical device company, has completed a $3.39 million funding round this summer, which will enable the company to accelerate development of its wireless pain platform.More

What Henry Ford can teach us about nanotechnology
The Huffington Post
We are embarking on the age of the very small — nanotechnology. By miniaturizing matter, science fact will look like science fiction. Very soon we will create human tissue, make superfast computers and invent new cures building them atom by atom. Despite how mind-boggling the future will be, there are many lessons it can learn from history, particularly the automobile.More

Cybersecurity expert: Expect more Web hacking if US strikes Syria
Los Angeles Times
The Syrian hacker group that has taken credit for causing outages on the websites of the New York Times and other news organizations probably will increase its activity if the U.S. launches military strikes on the Middle Eastern nation, a cybersecurity expert said.More

Verizon and Gartner reports reveal roadmap for enterprise cloud
Cloud Tech
According to a report from Verizon, enterprises are increasing their average monthly cloud spending by 45 percent with cloud environments becoming more mainstream. The overall sense from the Verizon report was that the enterprise cloud was becoming more and more critical to business strategy.More

How to manage someone you don't like
Harvard Business Review
Everybody complains about incompetent bosses or dysfunctional co-workers, but what about irritating direct reports? What should you do if the person you manage drives you crazy? If the behavior is a performance issue, there's a straightforward way to address what's irking you — but what do you do when it's an interpersonal issue? Is it possible to be a fair boss to someone you'd avoid eating lunch with — or must you learn to like every member of your team? More

Social media may influence your credit worthiness
Tech startups and small businesses: Pay attention to your social presence. That's the message from a crop of new lenders that want to take your social data into account to determine the risk of awarding you loans.More