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MTBC seeking innovative cloud and communications technology for Ericsson
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Innovative companies have a unique opportunity to establish a relationship with telecom giant Ericsson, which is seeking innovative solutions involving cloud-based computing and communications. Ericsson is working with the MTBC TechQuest program to give small, innovative companies the opportunity to present their technologies to Ericsson executives. Applications are currently being accepted and are due by March 15 at www.metroplextbc.org/techquest. More



Texas Technology Day is your chance to support technology in Texas
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The MTBC needs your help to have our voice and our legislative priorities heard by Texas legislators. Please join us in Austin on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for Texas Technology Day. You will spend the day with other MTBC members meeting state elected officials, sharing the MTBC legislative priorities with them and reminding them why technology is important in Texas. More


 HOT TOPICS


The search for better ways of storing electricity is heating up
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Batteries are a hugely important technology. Modern life would be impossible without them. But many engineers find them disappointing and feel that they could be better still. Produce the right battery at the right price, these engineers think, and you could make the internal combustion engine redundant and usher in a world in which free fuel, in the form of wind and solar energy, was the norm. That really would be a revolution. More

Perry to California businesses: Come on down
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Gov. Rick Perry has a whole new pitch for California businesses: Come to Texas and succeed. Otherwise, who knows? In the 30-second radio advertisement — which highlights Texas' low taxes, predictable regulations, fair legal system and skilled work — Perry says, "Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible." More

Chicago pilot aims to enhance STEM education
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In an effort to better prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, Chicago has launched a pilot program that will offer Web development courses at local high schools and city colleges. Chicago Public Schools, the City Colleges of Chicago and local startup The Starter League will work together on the pilot, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Jan. 28. The Starter League — formerly called Code Academy — teaches beginners how to code, design and ship Web applications. More


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 SMARTPHONES


How do you make a smartphone even smarter?
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Imagine if your smartphone could tell you if you were having a heart attack. Wenchuang "Walter" Hu, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, is working on technology that could do that and more. More

Microsoft and Huawei to sell Windows smartphones in Africa
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Microsoft, taking aim at the world's fastest-growing smartphone market, said that it would team up with Huawei of China to sell a low-cost Windows smartphone in Africa. The phone, called the Huawei 4Afrika Windows Phone, will cost $150 and initially be sold in seven countries. Microsoft's Windows Phone software is fourth among smartphone operating systems, with just 2 percent of the worldwide market in September, according to Canalys, a research firm in Reading, England. More


 CLOUD COMPUTING


As cloud use grows, so will rate of DDoS attacks
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The eighth annual "Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report," from security provider Arbor Networks, reveals how both cloud service providers and traditional data centers are under attack. The report examined a 12-month period and asked 200 security-based questions of 130 enterprise and network operations professionals. The report concluded that cloud services are very tempting for DDoS attackers, who now focus mainly on private data centers. It's safe to assume that, as more cloud services come into use, DDoS attacks on them will become more commonplace. More

Major security issues with cloud computing being ignored
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Cloud computing was one of the buzzwords of 2012, gaining widespread adoption among individuals, SMEs and major corporations all around the world. It is going to make our lives easier while saving us millions of pounds at the same time. However, one issue which is being ignored by the vast majority of organization is security, with a Pricewaterhouse Coopers survey from last year showing that more than three-quarters of respondents across a range of companies believed cloud computing did not increase their security risk. More

Microsoft brings the cloud to the masses with Office 2013
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Recently, Microsoft launched Office 365 Home Premium subscription service, the version of its cloud service aimed at home users of the company's Office suite of applications. Subscribers will get the new Microsoft Office 2013 versions of Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word. What got somewhat lost in the shuffle of this launch was that Office 2013 was also released for purchase in the traditional software model. I'm sure that's no mistake, as Microsoft transitions to a "devices and services" company. Microsoft also announced that the business versions of Office 365 would launch with new capabilities on Feb. 27, which is probably the bigger news for IT pros. More

The next revolution in cloud computing
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Remember the Titan? No, not the comeback football team. The supercomputer that generated headlines last November for ranking as the world's fastest. Titan can crunch so many calculations, it has the equivalent processing power of 500,000 laptops. All that computing might is for naught without software capable of managing it. Software is a major — if often unsung — factor in the future of high-power computing. It will matter increasingly to businesses of all kinds as more and more products and services move into the cloud. More


 CYBERSECURITY


Air Force looking to hire 1,000 cybersecurity professionals
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The U.S. Air Force plans to add 1,000 new personnel under the auspices of the 24th Air Force between 2014 and 2016 in order to beef up its ability to combat the growing threat of cyberattacks. The Air Force is still determining how the new workers will be recruited and what qualifications will be needed, Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, adds. However, many employees may need to be pulled from existing mission areas. More

Senate: Top US firms open to voluntary cybersecurity rules
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Many Fortune 500 companies support the creation of federal cybersecurity standards to protect them from Internet threats like hacking as long as they are voluntary, according to a Senate survey of top U.S. chief executives recently released. The report resulted from letters sent to Fortune 500 companies in September by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the Democrat from West Virginia who last year authored a now-expired cybersecurity bill and is now renewing his push for such legislation. More


 NANOTECHNOLOGY


How science invented a remarkable new harder-than-diamond nanomaterial
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How do you design industrial tools that can top the most heavy-duty diamond-tipped devices? Easy: You create a new material that's even harder than diamond. Yes, it's an often misstated "fact": Diamond is the hardest material in the world. That title has been contested for some time now, and a paper published in Nature offers yet another contender. "Ultrahard nanotwinned cubic boron nitride," describes how researchers from the University of Chicago, the University of New Mexico, Yanshan University, Jilin University and Hebei University of Technology compressed a form of boron nitride particles to an ultrahard version. More

Self-powered nanodevices that never need new batteries
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It's relatively simple to build a device capable of detecting wireless signals if you don't mind making one that consumes lots of power. It's not so easy to design energy-efficient devices that function as well as the components they replace, or to do it at the nano scale. That's what Peter Kinget, a professor of electrical engineering, works on. He and his colleagues at the Columbia University Engineering School are attempting to build self-powered systems using nanoscale devices that can transmit and receive wireless signals using so little power that their batteries never need replacing. More

Researchers create 3-D microchip using nanotechnology
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Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created, for the first time, a new type of microchip which allows information to travel in three dimensions. Currently, microchips can only pass digital information in a very limited way — from either left to right or front to back. Dr. Reinoud Lavrijsen, an author on the paper from the University of Cambridge, said: "Today's chips are like bungalows — everything happens on the same floor. We've created the stairways allowing information to pass between floors." More
 

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