Tech Insights
Dec. 31, 2014

Can your face reveal how long you'll live? New technology may provide the answer
The Washington Post
From July 9: Imagine that an insurance underwriter comes to your house and, along with noting your weight and blood pressure, snaps a photo of your face. And that those wrinkles, mottled spots and saggy parts, when fed into a computer, could estimate how long you will live. Facial recognition technology, long used to search for criminals and to guess how a missing child might look as an adult, may soon become personal. A group of scientists is working on a system that would analyze an individual's prospects based on how his or her face has aged.More

What will the data center of 2025 look like?
Data Center Knowledge
What will the data center look like in 2025? Enterprise data centers will be much smaller, power densities will be much higher and the majority of IT workloads will have moved to cloud computing platforms. That's the consensus from data center professionals surveyed by Emerson Network Power for its Data Center 2025 Project, who were tasked to imagine what facilities will look like 11 years from now.More

Here's the reveal of the 5 fastest growing midsize tech firms in DFW
Dallas Business Journal
From Aug. 20: The Metroplex Technology Business Council and TeXchange DFW honored North Texas' five fastest-growing midsize tech firms and one small-size firm expected to be an upcoming mover and shaker. At the recent Fast Tech event, the MTBC revealed the five fastest-growing tech firms, with revenues between $2 million and $200 million, in DFW, one of which will be awarded the Fast Tech award at the Aug. 22 Tech Titans gala.More

3 trends make digital disruption an urgent priority
From Oct. 1: Regardless of how you view "digital disruption" — angst-inducing threat or energizing opportunity — it's no longer a theoretical proposition. Digital innovations are now shaking up every industry — the result of a confluence of three main trends.More

Teaching STEM through flight simulation
U.S. News & World Report
From Jan. 2: Kids no longer have to wait for playtime to pretend to be a pilot: They can do it in class. And learn science, engineering, technology and math while they are at it. Tapping into children's love of airborne adventures, several Northeast educators are pioneering new curricula that teach STEM through flight simulation for middle and high school students.More

US approves pill camera to screen colon
The Associated Press via WFAA-TV
From Feb. 5: One of the most dreaded procedures is about to get a lot better. U.S. regulators have cleared a very small camera to screen large intestines.More

6 skills CEOs prize in CIOs
Information Week
From Feb. 26: You want to be a CIO? The road to the top isn't about what you want. It's about fulfilling the expectations of your boss and peers. Jonathan Feldman, chief information officer for the city of Asheville, N.C., gets this question all the time: What should I focus on if I want to be a CIO someday? The answer is complicated and doesn't always please the person who asked.More

It makes sense for Toyota to leave California for Texas
From April 30: For Japanese auto brands, the logic of keeping their U.S. sales and administrative arms in California is breaking down under the outsized penalties of conducting business in the Golden State and the changing dynamics of the North American automotive industry. So Toyota is leaving, according to Automotive News. And where is Japan's biggest automaker relocating its sales and marketing operations in America? Why, North Texas, of course.More

Invasion of the Internet of Things
From Jan. 22: According to Patrick Gray, the "invasion of things" is already underway. Make sure your organization is prepared to use the new technology to its advantage instead of struggling to catch up.More

The Internet of Things is becoming the next cloud battleground
From Oct. 29: As the competition among cloud computing providers steps up, so is interest in the Internet of Things. More connected devices — perhaps especially by governments rolling thousands at a time — should increase the competitive environment as providers fight to be the best possible IoT platforms.More