Tech Insights
Nov. 6, 2013

The danger of cybersecurity 'ghettos'
CSO
Ghettos are not good, whether they are at the local, state or national level. They tend to breed unrest, dysfunction and crime that can extend well beyond their borders, undermining the health of an entire society. And the high-tech version of that should worry the world IT community, according to Allan Friedman, research director at the Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation.More

MTBC board meeting: Board approves plan for political action committee
MTBC
The MTBC's board of directors' meeting in October included some recognition, hearing about collaboration in helping entrepreneurs and approval to move forward in setting up a political action committee.More

In the future, your best friends could be robots
The Curve Report via PSFK
It's the stuff of pure science fiction, a distant future where a mechanized workforce cleans our homes, cooks our meals and even takes care of the kids. Turns out this fantasy might not be as farfetched as we think, thanks to vast improvements in artificial intelligence, sensors and robotics technology.More

Why Dallas' Trailblazer Capital invests in technology accelerators
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas-based Trailblazer Capital doesn't just invest in young companies. It also backs numerous startup accelerators that support entrepreneurs at the seed level. Investing in accelerators and similar efforts is an important strategy for the venture capital firm, which believes in creating and supporting vibrant startup ecosystems.More

The big data boom: Is your company ready?
Forbes
Samsung uses it to power the content recommendation engine on its newest smart TVs. Progressive Insurance relies on it to capture driving behavior and determine customer risk profiles. LexisNexis Risk Solutions uses it to identify individuals and family relationships, thus helping financial institutions and other clients reduce fraud.More

Texas voters approve creation of $2 billion state water fund
Dallas Business Journal
Texas voters passed all nine of the propositions on a statewide ballot, including Proposition 6 to create a fund that will pay for state water projects for the next 50 years.More

9 trends for 2013 and beyond
InfoWorld
Who says enterprise IT is boring? Big ideas and bold new tech are shaking things up like never before, so it's time to consider the long-term implications.More

Study finds cloud computing the most valued enterprise IT skill
Computer Weekly
Cloud computing skills have surpassed expertise in IT security, project management, virtualization, network skills, database management, business intelligence and application development knowledge to become the most valuable proficiency sought by enterprise IT, research has revealed.More

More girls studying math equal fewer H-1B visas
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama listed immigration reform as one of his three main goals when the government reopened after a 16-day shutdown. With immigration reform, the president hopes not only to address big issues, such as the problems facing the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, but relatively small issues, such as the problems many high-tech companies face in finding qualified computer scientists, engineers and mathematicians.More

BlackBerry CEO out, company abandons bid to sell itself
Dallas Business Journal
Blackberry Ltd. has abandoned its bid to sell itself and CEO Thorsten Heins is out, according to media reports. John S. Chen, a former chief executive of Sybase, will be interim CEO of the Canadian smartphone-maker. The U.S. headquarters of BlackBerry is in Irving.More

Swiss supercomputer solves core mystery
HPCwire
A team of scientists solved a 300-year-old riddle about the nature of the Earth's rotation. Using the Cray XE6 supercomputer Monte Rosa installed at CSCS, the researchers uncovered the reason for the gradual westward movement of the Earth's magnetic field.More

Dallas top city for smartphone, tablet use
InformationWeek
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 has the lowest adoption rate at just 48 percent. More

How to attract, keep Gen Y software engineers
InformationWeek
Engineering enrollment at universities in the U.S. is on the rise. As new graduates hit the market, most employers have no clue how to attract them, how to train them, what core skills they bring to the table and what will make them happy and productive.More

Swiss supercomputer solves core mystery
HPCwire
A team of scientists from ETH Zurich and the University of Leeds have solved a 300-year-old riddle about the nature of the Earth's rotation. Using the Cray XE6 supercomputer Monte Rosa installed at CSCS, the researchers uncovered the reason for the gradual westward movement of the Earth's magnetic field.More

New computing model could lead to quicker advancements in medical research
Virginia Tech via Phys.org
With the promise of personalized and customized medicine, one extremely important tool for its success is the knowledge of a person's unique genetic profile. This personalized knowledge of one's genetic profile has been facilitated by the advent of next-generation sequencing, where sequencing a genome, like the human genome, has gone from costing $95,000,000 to a mere $5,700. So, now the research problem is no longer how to collect this information but how to compute and analyze it.More

Help! I'm stuck in the muck of my job — Part I
Forbes
Guy Churchwood writes: "I have no idea how sage writers churn out endless gems in books that help us better navigate our careers but they do. I'm not a voracious reader but I have stumbled on a few books that seem to parallel my thought process."More

Simple ways to sleep a lot better at night
LinkedIn
If you sleep like a baby — meaning you wake up crying every two hours — forget the Ambien and warm milk. Take steps to eliminate the stress and anxiety that keeps you awake. More