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: A Plano-based cinema company plans to open a Dallas area theater this December with wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor screens and self-service concessions.
Cinemark Holdings Inc, a motion picture exhibitor, announced the first Cinemark NextGen cinema.
The firm’s new new high-tech movie theatre design concept will open in Frisco in December, according to a prepared statement by Cinemark Company.
Every auditorium in the Cinemark Frisco Square complex will offer wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor screens, Barco DLP projectors, Real D-3D versatility and custom JBL sound systems.
DLP projection now controls half the world’s market share in front projection since its inception on February 2, 2000, when Philippe Binant, technical manager of Digital Cinema Project at Gaumont in France, realized the first digital cinema projection in Europe with the DLP CINEMA technology developed by Texas Instruments.
Texas Instruments remains the primary manufacturer of DLP technology, which is used by many licensees who market products based on T.I.'s chipsets. Over 30 manufacturers use the DLP chipset to power their projectors.
The Cinemark NextGen complex also will have Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium. The lobby will be designed around one of Cinemark's innovative self-serve concession stands.
“At Cinemark, our main focus is to create the best movie-going experience possible for our customers,” said chief executive Alan Stock. “The new Cinemark NextGen theatres represent the next generation in cinema. We have designed an entertainment environment that offers technologically advanced amenities and a movie-watching experience that simply cannot be duplicated.”
Cinemark plans to launch a number of Cinemark NextGen theatres each year. Cinemark is a domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 425 theatres with 4,907 screens in 39 U.S. states, one Canadian province, Brazil, Mexico and 11 other Latin American countries as of June 30, 2010.
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