Tech Insights
Dec. 11, 2013

Top 10 tech trends for 2014: Wearables, 3-D printers, mobile money and more
According to the author John Koetsier: Juniper released its top 10 tech trends for 2014. And if the research firm is right, our cities are going to get smarter, our money is going digital and we'll be printing a lot more products at home.More

2014 is year of 'Internet of Things' — no, seriously, we mean it this time
It's fair to say that more people have heard of the "Internet of Things" than have experienced it. There is breathless press coverage of the phenomenon — always patiently re-explained by tech pundits as the trend by which all of our most mundane possessions will become internet-connected — each time novel, if obscure, inventions make a name off successful Kickstarter campaigns. More

Internet of everything: Connecting things is just step 1
This year marked the 23rd anniversary of two clever guys — John Romkey and Simon Hackett — hooking up a toaster to the Internet. The device was connected by TCP/IP and was controlled with the Simple Network Management Protocol. And even though it had only one control — power on/off — it was a huge hit at the Interop networking conference that year.More

Invest in your brand with an MTBC sponsorship
If you still have marketing funds you're looking to spend before the end of the year, consider prepaying a 2014 sponsorship. Sponsorships gain recognition for your brand among the North Texas tech community. We can create a custom fit based on your needs or you can visit our website for a list of available options. If you just want to increase your commitment to the MTBC, consider a higher level of the Chairman's Circle.More

Kids, code and the future of technology
"[Young people] say, 'Do you think we can do this?' I say, 'Try it,' and I back 'em up. They need that," said the late Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. Those words of wisdom should guide us as Computer Science Education Week kicks off. These timeless words of insight from Hopper — a.k.a. Amazing Grace — who, in addition to a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, was a pioneer in computer science and considered training young people among her greatest accomplishments.More

Electronic privacy laws need an overhaul
The release of Google's Transparency Report detailing government and court requests for user data highlights a growing challenge to service providers like Google and other technology companies: How to meet the skyrocketing number of requests from government authorities for data while working under murky and unclear guidelines. More

12 most memorable cloud computing quotes from 2013
Over the past year, there has been a lot of news swirling around and about the cloud computing space. The events with the most impact included the revelations about National Security Agency snooping into vendor's data, the mess-up with the health insurance exchange portals, and the Amazon outage which briefly brought down some fairly prominent Web companies. More

Securing machine-to-machine connections through encryption key management
Bank Systems & Technology
Today's bank is a global entity. Consumers can access their checking accounts from their mobile phones or tablets, from virtually anywhere in the world. Employees can join meetings or check messages remotely from another continent. With so many points of access to the bank's network, however, comes added risk for a malware or hacker breach.More

9 reasons why you must update your LinkedIn profile today
Over the past decade, LinkedIn has become an essential personal branding tool. It has never been more important to build and maintain a stellar LinkedIn profile.More

Here's why 2014 will be the year of the 'Internet of Things'
Consumers have been snapping up connected fitness gadgets such as the Fitbit and the Jawbone this year. Next year, we'll see this kind of ubiquitous sensor technology extend...More

Forget the 'Internet of Things' — The future is smart dust
Fast Company
The "Internet of Things" — or the idea of connecting all machinery, buildings and stuff, together into one big sensing, recording and data-logging mega-network — is a hot concept in industry...More

Thousands attend student robotics championship sponsored by UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas
Amid cheering crowds and rowdy pep bands, hundreds of high school and middle school students from Texas and New Mexico recently competed in the 2013 Texas BEST Regional Robotics Championship. The event, held in Garland, was sponsored by The University of Texas at Dallas and by BEST, which stands for "Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology."More

Man vs. machine: Who should be at the wheel?
In the early-morning stillness on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, William Rockefeller was manning the controls of a half-full Metro-North train out of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Hudson line train was hurtling along at 82 miles an hour, not within the speed limit of 30 mph, as it approached a sharp bend in the tracks in the Bronx.More

7 reasons employees don't trust their leaders
As the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela and commemorates his greatness as a leader, we would do well to remember that one of the many hallmarks of his leadership was trust. The greatest leaders in the world gravitated toward Mandela because he was genuinely trustworthy and his purpose was to support peace, prosperity and unity not only in South Africa — but throughout the world.More