Tech Insights
Dec. 26, 2012

Senate readies for fight over cybersecurity surveillance
CNET
Nov. 14, 2012: Sen. Joseph Lieberman spent years fighting unsuccessfully for a so-called Internet kill switch that would grant the president vast power over private networks during a "national cyberemergency." Now Lieberman, I-Conn., who did not seek reelection, is hoping a more modest version of his proposal will be approved before he leaves office in January. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has inserted the cybersecurity bill into the Senate's post-election calendar, and a vote could happen on a proposal to open more public land for hunting and fishing.More

Startup Grind Dallas chapter launches with event featuring entrepreneur Sanjiv Sidhu
The Dallas Morning News
Sept. 19, 2012: Startup Grind, an event series for entrepreneurs that began in Silicon Valley, is launching a Dallas chapter with its inaugural event. Longtime Dallas entrepreneur Lee Blaylock, founder of Who@, is the local chapter director who got approval to start a chapter here. Blaylock said he was drawn to the organization's mission to educate, inform and inspire entrepreneurs.More

UT Dallas spinoff receives $250,000 from state tech fund
University of Texas at Dallas
Oct. 3, 2012: Cirasys Inc., a spinoff company based on technology developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas, recently received $250,000 from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. If certain milestones are met, the company could receive up to $750,000 more, said Paul Nichols, vice president of marketing at Cirasys and a UT Dallas alumnus.More

New self-repairing material invented at Stanford
ABC News
Nov. 14, 2012: The latest invention from Stanford University's Department of Electrical Engineering sounds like something a superhero would have. A self-repairing plastic-metal material has been developed by a team of professors, researchers and graduate students. This is the first material of its kind that can sense pressure and heal itself when burned, torn or cut — a little bit like human skin. The Stanford researchers report on their "flexible and electrically conducting material" in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.More

What T-Mobile's merger with MetroPCS means to you
CNET
Oct. 3, 2012: Deutsche Telekom is doubling down on its U.S. wireless subsidiary T-Mobile USA with a plan to buy the prepaid regional carrier MetroPCS. But what's it mean for wireless subscribers? Deutsche Telekom announced it had agreed to buy MetroPCS and combine it with T-Mobile USA. The move is an indication that T-Mobile's German parent isn't giving up on the wireless carrier, which spent most of last year in a holding pattern while regulators considered AT&T's $39 billion bid to buy the company. Regulators didn't like the idea of the No. 2 AT&T buying a distance No. 4 T-Mobile, and they blocked the transaction. AT&T finally gave up on the merger in December 2011.More

To understand just how much the cloud will change the world, look at Toyota
Business Insider
Nov. 14, 2012: Spend a few minutes talking to Zack Hicks, Toyota's top technology executive in North America, and you'll walk away with a startling revelation: Cloud computing is changing everything about our world from how we work to how we manage our health. Hicks, the chief information officer for Toyota's U.S. arm, says that the automaker's adoption of cloud technology — Internet-based computing, served up through websites and apps — has freed up his staff to work on more meaningful projects.More

Storing solar energy as hydrogen using rust and water
Science 2.0
Nov. 14, 2012: One big knock on solar energy is that it is inconsistent; it doesn't work at night or on cloudy days and storing it in batteries takes away the cost effectiveness. But a new technology is in development that can transform that light energy into a storable clean fuel that still has a neutral carbon footprint — hydrogen. What does it take? Water and iron oxide, better known as rust. Kevin Sivula and colleagues at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne intentionally stuck to inexpensive materials and easily scalable production processes in order work toward an economically viable method for solar hydrogen production.More

University and UT System join edX online learning initiative
The University of North Texas at Dallas
Oct. 17, 2012: UT Dallas President David E. Daniel joined with UT System colleagues in announcing a joint venture between the edX online nonprofit learning initiative and the UT System. EdX, a nonprofit learning initiative started by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creates online learning designed for interactive, Web-based study.More

Office leases gobble up empty space in Richardson's Telecom Corridor
The Dallas Morning News
Sept. 12, 2012: During the first half of 2012, net office leasing in the Telecom Corridor was among the strongest of all Dallas-area business districts, according to Cushman & Wakefield of Texas. Total vacancy in the area fell more than 1 percentage point from mid-2011. "It's starting to remind me of the good old days," said John Jacobs, senior vice president of the Richardson Economic Development Partnership. "Companies that have been doing more with less for a number of years are now at the breaking point and have to lease space."More

Technology reforms gives agencies a needed lift
Federal News Radio
Sept. 19, 2012: In part 2 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, the Federal News Radio examines five of President Barack Obama's most important technology initiatives, rating each as effective (green), ineffective (red) or needs more progress (yellow).More