Tech Insights
Oct. 15, 2014

MTBC Advocacy Team takes on patent reform
The MTBC Advocacy Team works year-round to advocate for the MTBC and the MTBC's member companies. In recent months, the team has turned its focus to patent reform, which continues to hit dead ends in Congress and puts technology companies at considerable risk of being targeted by patent trolls.More

New and renewing members — October
Thank you to the MTBC members who either joined or renewed their memberships recently. Our members are the lifeline of our organization and serve to make us stronger and more successful. We hope you will join us in welcoming these new members, doing business with them and referring others members to the MTBC.More

Ebola-zapping robots unleashed in hospitals
Discovery News
What defense do we have against Ebola, one of the world's deadliest diseases? Light-zapping robots, that's what. An autonomous machine from San Antonio-based Xenex Disinfection is currently doing battle against viruses and bacteria in 250 hospitals across the country, including the hospital in Dallas where Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, was treated and eventually died.More

Medical robotics: Would you trust a robot with a scalpel?
The Guardian
Driverless cars? Google has already wheeled one out. Robo-cops? Prototypes are on the scene. Love-bots? One in six people say they would have sex with an android. But how many people would want to go under the knife of a robo-surgeon?More

Top IT starting salaries in Dallas: Which professionals will make the most in 2015?
Dallas Business Journal
Software engineers are expected to have the highest starting salaries of informational technology positions in Dallas in 2015, according to a recent study. Starting software engineers are expected to make between $103,200 and $158,000, which are followed by the next highest paid professionals, database developers, who are expected to make between $105,350 and $155,606, and network engineers, whose projected salaries are between $97,556 and $141,094. More

The wage gap makes perfect sense when tech executives say what they really think about women
The Nation
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently sparked a firestorm of criticism for comments he made at a women-in-tech conference in which he suggested that employees who feel underpaid should wait it out rather than ask for more money. More

Beyond technical skills: IT pros need to show these characteristics to land the best jobs
Dallas Business Journal
In the current job market, technology professionals are in high demand — but that doesn't mean tech candidates get a pass when it comes to their interview conduct. Just like every other job search, you need to leave a good impression and make every communication count.More

Cloud computing is forcing a reconsideration of intellectual property
The New York Times
Almost overnight, our technology revolution is shaking up entire industries and remaking society. Don't get caught up in the small stuff, though: Tech really is changing how we think about our ideas. We've used ideas to sculpt the globe since the Industrial Revolution, thanks largely to the way we handle intellectual property. When machines, and machines to make identical machines, mass-produced reliably identical goods, it was because people understood the same set of instructions. More

What the United States can learn from Israel about cybersecurity
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently announced the creation of a new cyberdefense authority to defend Israel's civilian networks. This is the latest in a series of steps taken by Israel's government to bridge the public-private cyberdivide and bolster the country's position as a global leader in cybersecurity. More

Year-old Dallas New Tech showcases growing startup community of technology and innovation in North Texas
The Dallas Morning News
Almost a year ago, LaunchDFW, an online community for North Texas startups, and entrepreneur Michael Sitarzewski launched a monthly event showcasing the region's technology and innovation. Every Tuesday of the month, six startups have five minutes to present their product or app at Dallas New Tech. The audience then gets five minutes to ask questions.More

Bionic technology offers hope for paralyzed
LiveScience via Fox News
Technologies to help paralyzed people move again have come a long way since "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve died 10 years ago. While a paralysis "cure" remains far from reality, the strides made in the past decade would make Reeve "excited," his son said.More

10 ways to stop feeling overworked and overwhelmed
Jeff Haden, author of over 50 nonfiction books, writes: "After reading an early version of a new book, I decided to do a quick survey during a speaking engagement. I asked the audience, 'How many of you feel overworked and overwhelmed?' As far as I could tell, every hand was raised."More

Break the ice: 8 networking tips for introverts
Success is largely determined by an ability to play to your strengths. If you happen to be shy or introverted, don't limit your dreams or count yourself out just because you don't fit the traditional image of an entrepreneur. There is more than one path to success. More