Tech Insights
Sep. 10, 2014

New study: Dallas-area ranks near top for high-tech growth
The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas-area is ranked third in the country for high-tech jobs according to a new report by commercial real estate firm JLL. Only California's Silicon Valley and the Boston area have more high-tech workers. JLL estimates that the Dallas area has more than 142,000 high-tech jobs — most of them in computer systems design and product manufacturing.More

Export-Import Bank of the US needs your immediate support
The charter for the Export-Import Bank of the United States — the federal agency that provides export credit to businesses — will expire Sept. 30. If lawmakers don't take action this month to extend it, the trade financing or loan guarantees that helped facilitate $37.4 billion in U.S. exports in 2013 will cease to be available. The 200,000 American jobs that the Ex-Im Bank supported will be threatened. Businesses that depend on the bank's financing in order to export will be out of luck. And a federal agency that actually pays for itself and generates a return for taxpayers will become a needless casualty of a political fight. More

North Texas Technology Hiring Expo creates job opportunities
Demand for technology professionals in the DFW market is extremely high. If you are looking for the right people to fill your open IT positions, the MTBC can help you meet hundreds of technology professionals at our North Texas Technology Hiring Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The event will be held at the Richardson Civic Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. More

Uniting for STEM Scholarships
On Thursday, Sept. 18, thousands of North Texas are expected to make donations to their favorite charities as part of North Texas Giving Day, one of the nation's largest online fundraising events. This year for the first time, the Metroplex Technology Business Council is joining forces with North Texas Giving Day, hoping to raise funds for the MTBC STEM fund.More

AT&T helps Dallas school launch tablet program
For the Momentous Institute in Dallas, the recent introduction of tablets into their classrooms marks the end of a year of research. Nearly 300 tablets loaded with educational software will be handed out; a technological advancement made possible due to the schools partnership with AT&T.More

Small cells tipped by Big 3
EE Times
Nokia Networks, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent announced updates to their respective small-cell base stations, migrating to LTE-Advanced with features such as carrier aggregation and easier connections to heterogeneous networks. The pico cells are slated for indoor use and traditionally cover between 32 and 100 users, though one analyst says the market for such devices is still small. Ericsson expects mobile traffic to grow by a factor of 10 by 2019, creating a host of issues.More

Apple jumps into wearable fray with Apple Watch smartwatch
Apple recently unveiled the new Apple Watch smartwatch, diving into the wearables market for the first time. CEO Tim Cook called the smartwatch a "breakthrough" product, describing it as a "comprehensive" health and fitness device, walkie-talkie, remote control for the Apple TV streaming-box, among many other capabilities.More

Smart shirts take the court at US Open
EE Times
Tennis fans attending the U.S. Open this year in New York may have a reason to give the ball boys a second look. Several of them will be sporting the latest in wearable technology — Polo Tech smart shirts designed by Ralph Lauren.More

Dallas-based Internet of Things startup makes hot list
As Internet connectivity gets embedded into every aspect of our lives, investors, entrepreneurs and engineers are rushing to cash in. Here are 10 hot startups that are poised to shape the future of the Internet of Things.More

The 2 C's of agile
Pragmatic Marketing
Mark Lawler writes: "One of the most frustrating things I've heard over my career is that 'agile is something that software developers do.' It is said dismissively by those who are happy with how things are today and see no reason for changing how they operate. It ignores all the success agile teams have had in software the past decade and in other industries including architecture, marketing, video production and even the auto industry."More

IBM taps Intel to secure SoftLayer
Top Tech News
Global cloud infrastructure platform SoftLayer announced that it would be offering bare-metal servers powered by Intel technology in an attempt to assure enterprise customers that their mission-critical data is secure, even when uploaded to the cloud. SoftLayer, an IBM company, will be using Intel's Trusted Execution Technology, which provides hardware monitoring and security controls directly on the hardware.More

Navigating new Internet domains
For a long time, only 22 generic top-level domains, such as .com, .org and .edu, were available for businesses looking to set up shop online. But since opening up applications for new gTLDs in 2011, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has approved applications for approximately 700 new gTLDs to expand the number of available namespaces on the Internet and provide more options to businesses of all sizes.More

Women, you don't have to be loud to be good leaders
It was a Friday afternoon in New York City, chilly inside the auditorium. Women crowded toward the front of the stage, their goodie bags spilling Luna Bars and lipstick samples into the aisles. For the first few hours of the conference, a parade of charismatic executives in color-blocked dresses had urged attendees to "speak up," "sit at the table," become vocal members of the C-suite. More

What neuroscience tells us about getting organized
The Washington Post
We've all heard the conventional wisdom for better managing our time and organizing our professional and personal lives. Don't try to multitask. Turn the email and Facebook alerts off to help stay focused. Make separate to-do lists for tasks that require a few minutes, a few hours and long-term planning.More