Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN, Texas and NANJING, China—China Comservice Jiangsu Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Communications Services Corporation Limited (CCSJS) and InRoom Broadcasting Network LLC, (InRoom) signed a five year agreement to provide IPTV and cloud computing systems and services to the global hospitality market through at least August 2017 and to share respective technology and expertise.
The agreement was signed by the CCSJS chief executive Cheng Hong Yan, and InRoom chief executive Robert E. Holt.
The Agreement also set terms for CCSJS to provide the technology and capital to deploy 500,000 hotel rooms to be managed by the parties in a phased approach. The initial territory supported by the Agreement will be the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
“CCSJS is a specialized corporation that is able to provide the most comprehensive package services incorporating the consultation, planning, design, construction, maintenance, supervision, overall contract and et cetera,” said Cheng Hong Yan in a prepared statement. “By virtue of deep understanding of the telecommunication industry, long-term project operating experience and excellent workforce, CCSJS could meet complex, diversified and individual customer demands at the maximum extent. The cooperation with InRoom in the hotel service market development of the U.S. area is essential to the global strategy of CCSJS.”
“The agreement is a critical step forward in the strategic cooperation and that beyond the obviously strong project financing support offered by CCSJS (which is essential to the success of a disruptive telecommunications, technology and digital media service provider), is the fact that CCSJS is the best one-stop global services company effectively covering the whole value chain of the telecommunication industry, based on our expertise and experience,” Holt said. “The defined important milestones in this strategic relationship are now our focus that we move to the detailed manufacturing and implementation of advanced systems and services with our responsible activities and the goal of continually developing significant new offerings and business models to meet growing global demand within the hospitality market, a market that certainly needs a fresh, yet proven approach to their growing consumer demands for telecom, technology and media.”
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