Tech Insights
Nov. 19, 2014

5 ways product design needs to evolve for the Internet of Things
Harvard Business Review
What does product design mean when products are no longer just physical goods? That's the difficult question facing designers today. When machines are both connected and intelligent, they become a hybrid of products and services. Examples include pumps that anticipate when they will stop working, elevator banks that cut wait times by knowing where riders want to go before they get on, and truck transmissions that anticipate road gradients when shifting gears. More

Sponsorship opportunities: Give a gift to your brand this holiday season with an MTBC sponsorship
If your target customer is in technology, there is no better way to gain credibility outside of blatant advertising than by supporting the tech industry. The MTBC is putting holds on sponsorships for 2015 now. If you have unspent marketing dollars, we have an option that works with your remaining budget. Secure your spot today. View our sponsorship page for available options. More

Startups develop everything from cancer drugs to synthetic skin
The Dallas Morning News
For three months, Zachary Poll has been working alongside entrepreneurs whose startups have developed such items as cancer drugs, a mobile breathalyzer test, and surgical and health care products. Poll's own startup, EasyEye, provides custom reading glasses, but he has relished having access to a mix of experience and expertise during his time with Dallas startup accelerator Health Wildcatters. More

Oncor proposes massive battery storage project on the grid with Tesla
Dallas Business Journal
Texas lost out on the Tesla Gigafactory but the state's electric grid could be a big customer if battery storage takes off as some are predicting. Tesla Motors confirmed that it is pursuing a stationary battery storage project with Oncor, the transmission utility that delivers power to North Texas and other parts of the state. More

How scientists are developing the robot doctors of the future
Taken out of context, it must have been an odd scene. Late on a cold October night in Montreal in 2006, a room of engineering students and their professor, Sylvain Martel, were watching the limp, anesthetized body of a pig in an MRI machine when the still air was punctuated with gasps and applause. More

For wearable tech, 1 size does not fit all
Silicon Valley companies big and small are racing to create the latest in wearable tech — from now-familiar fitness trackers and smart watches to 3-D printed rings that serve as public transportation passes and smart shirts that measure your heart rate and movement. More

NASCAR driver Danica patrick gives STEM a boost
U.S. News & World Report
Danica Patrick thrives as a woman in a man’s world. The 32-year-old — the first female driver to lead at the Indy 500 — is one of the most successful and well-known women in the history of racing. She didn't get there by stooping to gender stereotypes. More

Justice Department uses airplanes to spy on cellphones
The U.S. government has risen above the notion of sweeping up cellphone data in bulk from wireless network operators, but not in the way you might hope. Rather than score warrants to cull real-time data from carriers such as AT&T and Verizon, the U.S. Marshals Service is going over the carriers' collective heads — literally. The agency has put a device on small Cessna airplanes that fly at low altitude, mimicking cell towers and tricking cellphones on the ground into giving the government what it wants — your identification and location. More

Big data as superhero: Fighting crime and boosting security
Talk about the law of unintended consequences. The visionaries who created the foundations for modern operating systems were rebelling against closed, proprietary systems, so they purposely made them open and easy to access. Security? We're all colleagues here, they must have thought. We're working to bring computing power to everyone. Why would we want to keep people out of a computer system? More

Forbes: Texas the best state for future job growth
Dallas Business Journal
Texas is the top state for its current economic climate and future job growth in Forbes' annual Best States for Business recent study. But it only ranks No. 6 on Forbes' "The Best And Worst States For Business 2014" list. More

Hedge fund trends for 2015: Cybersecurity, branding, big data
Hedge fund founders, CEOs, COOs and CTOs got together to discuss the critical operational issues and trends that will impact hedge funds and other alternative investment vehicles in 2015. The 9th annual Gravitas Trends thought leadership event, "Growth. The New Drivers," predicted trends for 2015 revolving around the following themes: big data, branding, cybersecurity and innovation. More

IT's 10 fastest-growing paychecks
Mobile, security and big data will continue to drive IT hiring — and the highest IT job salary increases — in 2015, according to a new report from Robert Half Technology. Its 2015 Salary Guide for Technology Professionals looked at starting salaries for more than 70 tech positions in the United States. Robert Half expects base compensation for IT professionals to jump 5.7 percent overall, a slight increase over tech salaries last year. More

Culture, communications vital in M&A success but overlooked says national survey of M&A professionals
MTBC-member Jabian Consulting
Merger and acquisition executives say organizations continue to stumble on communications and cultural integration when merging companies, according to the Annual Jabian M&A Industry Survey. A blind survey of 159 North American M&A professionals identifies and ranks a number of value-draining traps organizations fall into during the M&A process. It also sheds some light on the current and future state of M&A deals.More