Tech Insights
Nov. 20, 2012

AT&T cybersecurity is $1 billion business opportunity
Reuters via The Huffington Post
Companies will double or triple spending on cybersecurity in the coming years as attacks grow more sophisticated and frequent, creating a billion dollar business opportunity for U.S. carrier AT&T Inc., it recently said. Attacks on AT&T networks have doubled in the past four months and now tend to be more targeted to evade detection, Frank Jules, president of AT&T's global enterprise unit, said at the Morgan Stanley TMT conference.More

Survey: Tech companies' growth, priorities and MTBC satisfaction
The MTBC has commissioned ExperiPro for a research study about the factors that impact your business and to have a snapshot of the North Texas tech community. Please take 6 minutes to answer the online survey, and you will receive a report at the end of the research project. More

Cisco Systems to buy cloud computing company Meraki for $1.2 billion
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, said it is buying Meraki for $1.2 billion to expand its ability to let customers compute in the cloud. Cloud computing refers to the increasingly popular practice of storing software applications in remote data centers that are accessed over the Internet instead of installing programs on individual machines.More

Meeting the challenges of hybrid cloud computing infrastructures
Network World
As companies embrace cloud computing, many are finding it advantageous to use external clouds to host non-critical IT services and data while keeping business-critical applications on internal-cloud infrastructure. However, this hybrid approach can create significant management challenges. The clouds must tightly integrate with each other, and legacy systems and data and workflows must be managed across the clouds and systems. Since hybrid clouds typically involve a mix of technologies and vendors, and there is the constant need for new capabilities, the level of complexity and amount of attention required to properly manage these platforms is increasing at a rapid rate. That means the management platform for hybrid cloud solutions is a critical, if often overlooked, piece of the proverbial puzzle. More

6 ways Amazon cloud helped Obama win
Much has been made about President Barack Obama's tech-savvy 2012 campaign, which made use of technologies from big data to social media to email to bring votes home for Obama. Across those efforts, cloud computing played a key part in powering the campaign. In particular, the campaign made heavy use of a vast array of services offered by Amazon Web Services, building more than 200 apps that ran in the cloud. The Obama re-election effort used Amazon so heavily that Amazon Web Services CTO Werner Vogels personally congratulated the campaign's chief technology officer, Harper Reed, on Twitter. More

Researchers take another step towards mind controlled robots
Researchers at CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory in Japan have created a robotic system where a robot is controlled by a person's thoughts. A user of the system focuses their attention on a symbol on a computer screen and the robot responds in a preprogrammed fashion. More

Major nanotechnology advance in using sunlight to produce steam without boiling water
Scientists are describing a revolutionary new way to use sunlight to produce steam and other vapors without heating an entire container of fluid to the boiling point. The advance, reported in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano, has potential applications, especially in the poverty-stricken areas of the developing world, that include inexpensive, compact devices for purification of drinking water, sterilization of medical instruments and sanitizing sewage. More

7 amazing ways nanotechnology is changing the world
Popular Science
"Everything, when miniaturized to the sub-100-nanometer scale, has new properties, regardless of what it is," says Chad Mirkin, professor of chemistry at Northwestern University. This is what makes nanoparticles the materials of the future. They have strange chemical and physical properties compared to their larger-particle kin. The thing that matters about nanoparticles is their scale.More