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: PLANO—Yo Ho, Ahoy and Avast! KingsIsle Entertainment today launched its second game Pirate101, the follow-up title to Wizard101.
The game enables players to take the helm of their own pirate ship and explore a story of intrigue and mystery.
“The launch of Pirate101 is a significant event for KingsIsle,” said KingsIsle chief executive Elie Akilian in a prepared statement. “It showcases our creative talent and our ability to develop and publish multiple compelling online family entertainment properties.”
“The overwhelming popularity of Wizard101 has raised the bar for our sophomore effort – and anticipation for Pirate101 has reached a fever pitch,” said KingsIsle creative director J. Todd Coleman in a statement. “We believe that Pirate101 will be received with the same level of enthusiasm as Wizard101 and will establish KingsIsle as the clear leader in online family gaming.”
The announcement marks the beginning of a seven day head start for paying Pirate101 members and Beta players. Free-to-play access for Pirate101 will begin on October 15.
Today also marks the beginning of retail availability for Pirate101 game cards across the United States. At launch, KingsIsle has partnered with GameStop to offer a variety of Pirate101 and Wizard101 game card options at point of sale. Anyone who purchases a Pirate101 game card from any retail partner will be eligible for head start access prior to October 15.
“As part of our on-going effort to efficiently deliver new digital content in our stores, we are thrilled to partner with KingsIsle as they launch their second major title, Pirate101,” said Brad Schliesser, GameStop's Director of Retail Digital Distribution, in a statement. “Wizard101 cards are consistently some of the most popular game cards and customers who shop our stores will be able to use cash, gift cards and trade credit towards their purchase.”
KingsIsle Entertainment is a developer and publisher that specializes in creating massively multiplayer online games. KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has a development studio in Austin, Texas.
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