Tech Insights
Oct. 23, 2013

Dallas top city for smartphone, tablet use
If you had to guess which city has the highest adoption rate of smartphones, would Dallas have been your pick? According to Soasta, 76 percent of Dallas respondents to a recent survey admitted to owning a smartphone. New York City, the country's largest metro area, has the lowest adoption rate of smartphones at just 48 percent. More

Nokia to unveil 6 new devices, including 1st tablet
Dallas Business Journal
Nokia will unveil six new products in Abu Dhabi, including the company's first tablet computer and so-called phablet devices. The Wall Street Journal reported Nokia's big announcement will come on the same day that Apple Inc. is set to announce its new iPad.More

Texas Instruments unveils chip line for auto safety features
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas-based semiconductor maker Texas Instruments announced that it has introduced chips that will make cars safer and more driver friendly. The chips are the latest in TI's product line that includes products for everything from home appliances and pacemakers to smartphones.More

Big data FAQ: Separating signal from noise
Many questions about big data have yet to be answered in a vendor-neutral way. With so many definitions, opinions run the gamut. Here Phil Simon, a recognized technology expert, will attempt to cut to the heart of the matter by addressing some key questions he often gets from readers, clients and industry analysts. More

Profile of an IT worker
The Wall Street Journal
Who are these employees who install new computers, keep the corporate network running and help other workers reset their passwords? Cultural stereotypes about nerds with pocket protectors aside, what do we know about the people who keep the bits flowing and the digital lights on? More

Heat-resistant nanotechnology materials could vastly improve solar cell efficiency
Stanford University via Nanowerk News
Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter that could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can then be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity — a technology known as thermophotovoltaics. Unlike earlier prototypes that fell apart at temperatures below 2,200 degrees, the new thermal emitter remains stable at temperatures as high as 2,500 degrees.More

12 technologies to dominate STEM education
Campus Technology
The use of big data, instruction through mobile devices, online learning, and virtual and remote laboratories that emulate real ones are the technologies that will have the greatest impact on STEM+ education over the next year. These are the findings of a group of global experts who weighed in on emerging technologies that will most influence education over the next five years. STEM+ covers the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as additional skills for applying knowledge of those subjects in the real world.More

Q-and-A: Huawei executive on cybersecurity
The Wall Street Journal
Cybersecurity is a tricky issue — perhaps China's Huawei Technologies Co. knows that better than anyone else. As the world's second-largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, Huawei plays a part in the technology industry's efforts to ensure network security around the world. But last year, some U.S. lawmakers called Huawei a potential national security threat and recommended that U.S. telecom carriers avoid using the Chinese firm's equipment. Huawei denied the allegations, but the company's equipment has been effectively shut out of the U.S. market.More

Study: Millennials indifferent to online risks
USA Today
Cybercrime is an increasing problem, especially for millennials. College students raised in the "Facebook generation" are the most at risk for identity theft because of their social media habits, according to recent findings by the Chicago Better Business Bureau.More

NSA harvests personal contact lists, too
The National Security Agency's massive digital dragnet extends even to intercepted contact lists, culled in part from people's online email address books and instant messaging buddy lists. In fact, the agency amasses an estimated 250 million contact lists per year from around the world, collecting a volume of data that at times has strained the agency's technological capabilities.More

Nokia to unveil 6 new devices, including 1st tablet
Dallas Business Journal
Nokia will unveil six new products in Abu Dhabi, including the company's first tablet computer and so-called phablet devices. The Wall Street Journal reported Nokia's big announcement will come on the same day that Apple Inc. is set to announce its new iPad.More

The health care sector will invest $5.4 billion in cloud computing by 2017
Market researchers at MarketsandMarkets assume that the health care industry will invest $5.4 billion in cloud computing by 2017.More

Do smartphone sensors present security risk?
Privacy alert: Every smartphone's sensors record data in slightly different ways, and those differences are substantial enough to be measured and used to identify the device. More

How robots, apps and 'invasive species' sushi can help the oceans
Oceans are the source of 70 percent of the world's oxygen and the primary source of protein to over 2 billion people. Covering three-quarters of the earth's surface, this vast resource so vital to human life is imperiled. Biodiversity plays a major role in keeping marine ecosystems alive, but more than half of fish species are at risk of collapse as early as 2048. But the immediacy of the problem also presents some opportunities.More

What should a robot look like?
Scientific American
The makers of robots often take their design cues from nature — humans in particular. Robots working on assembly lines or as surgeons feature long arms designed to manipulate tools, whether it's a welding gun or laser scalpel. Other robots, designed as telepresence surrogates for remote office workers or aids for the elderly and disabled, come equipped with head-mounted cameras for eyes and wheels for upright motion to mimic human locomotion.More

6 ways to stop wasting time so you can be more productive
American Express OPEN Forum
Even the hardest-working among us can get distracted now and then. Get back to your productive self with these six tips for fighting the time wasters in your day.More

5 ways to conquer pressure
Pressure and stress can be excuses for us falling short of our goals. Psychologist Bill Dyment, co-author of "Fire Your Excuses," says we need to move past those rationalizations. A popular workplace psychology consultant for Fortune 500 companies and organizations of every kind, Dyment offers four steps for dealing with workplace-related pressure.More