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Innovations and high-tech trends: Top game changers for 2013
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Despite being a largely evolutionary, not revolutionary year for the $195 billion consumer electronics industry, a number of notable new technology trends and innovations promise to revolutionize the business in 2013 and beyond. While many, such as Internet-connected utensils and robotic spider walkers, inevitably stole the spotlight at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, attendees who chose to see further inevitably caught a glimpse of something even cooler. Specifically, there were several lower-profile, yet equally high-tech advancements that promise to quietly reshape the world as we know it. More


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Stay connected to legislative activity impacting Texas technology companies
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This is a critical time for technology companies in Texas. As Texas legislators settle in for the 83rd Texas legislative session, they will be making serious decisions on issues such as: R&D tax policy, public education funding, water, electric power and others. Both your knowledge and your input on key issues will be critical this year.

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'Standard quantum limit' smashed, could mean better fiber-optic comms
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Communicating with light may soon get a lot easier, hints recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute, where scientists have potentially found a way to overcome a long-standing barrier to cleaner signals. The findings, which demonstrate for the first time an error rate far below the "standard quantum limit" for a wide range of light levels, could increase the efficiency of fiber-optic systems by reducing both the power needed to send a signal and the number of errors the receiver makes. More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of MTBC Tech Insights, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the technology industry, your knowledge lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More


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Cybersecurity regulation: 5 issues for companies
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Hardly a day seems to go by without news of a cyberattack or dire warnings about the vulnerability of our nation's critical computer networks. Most people believe that the government must do more to regulate cybersecurity practices, particularly in industries that own or operate "critical infrastructure," that is, infrastructure that could cause significant disruptions or damage to our daily lives if subjected to a cyberattack. Legal jargon aside, what should a critical infrastructure owner or operator expect to see in these new cybersecurity regulations? Here are some key issues that could present themselves under the new standards. More


 INNOVATION


The best phones and tablets at CES 2013
TIME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CES isn't really the place for phone and tablet fever, as most vendors are still hawking the phones they just released for the holiday shopping season. But look around enough, and you'll still find some interesting mobile devices, usually from companies that are still trying to establish a presence. Here are some of Time editors' favorite phones and tablets from CES 2013. More

New system helps deaf-blind people to communicate
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A team of researchers from the Alcoy campus of the Universitat Politècnica de València, together with the companies Innovatec and Indra, have designed a new device to help deaf-blind people to communicate and surf the Internet. The system called TacTic is currently at prototype stage and is aimed primarily at those who use the Malossi language. More

Smartphones fueling smarter cars, safer drivers
The Orange County Register via Phys.org    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the most innovative automotive technologies at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was something most drivers already own: a smartphone. Android or iPhone, it doesn't matter; the car of the near future will enable mobile devices to double as car keys and to alert drivers if their vehicles have been hit while parked. And that's just the start. Among other tasks, phones soon will be used to verify that the driver is, in fact, the car's owner. They'll even be able to prove a driver's safe driving record to insurance companies and coach sports car owners on setting up a turn. More

Technology for a better diagnosis of food allergies
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Researchers at the Institute of Materials Science of the Universitat de València, in consortium with various European companies and institutions, are developing a system based on photonic biosensors for rapid diagnosis of food allergies. The EU-funded project aims to make a low-cost instrument that in 15 minutes, and from a single drop of blood, will perform effective allergy tests potentially for hundreds of foods simultaneously and without risk to patients. More


 CLOUD COMPUTING


Small businesses have no choice but to use the cloud
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What's interesting is that small and larger businesses cite the same complaints around the use of cloud-based platforms, particularly regarding the lack of control. Security is always a concern, but David Linthicum, CTO and founder of Blue Mountain Labs, has yet to hear about people running off with cloud data, even when it occurs daily in enterprises on traditional systems. However, small businesses really have no choice but to use the cloud. A traditional approach to IT typically means a high overhead cost. Saddled with such costs, small businesses wouldn't be able to compete in a market where their counterparts are paying half as much on IT to chase same amount of revenue. More

5 cloud server security tips for 2013
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If you're like most, cloud is going to be a big part of your life in 2013. So to help you start the year off right, Cloud Tech News editors have prepared the following tips for securing your cloud servers. Here are your five cloud security tips for 2013. More
 

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