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: WACO—Consumers who plan to buy eco-friendly bamboo apparel are attracted if the price is right, but their next consideration is the novelty of the product, according to a new study by Baylor University researchers.
Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—Vericrest Financial, Inc., a financial services company specializing in the servicing of residential mortgage loans, changed its corporate name to Caliber Home Loans Inc.
Texas Business reports: PORTLAND, Ore.—Rentrak, a provider of multi-screen measurement serving the advertising, television and movie industries, reached a multi-year local TV ratings contract with KCWX-TV, San Antonio.
Texas Business reports: WACO—Sunless tanning -- whether with lotions, bronzers or tanning pills -- has been promoted as an effective substitute to dodge the health risks of ultraviolet rays, but if the products don't provide the perfect tan, young women likely will not use them, according to a Baylor University researcher.
Texas Business reports: JOHANNESBURG—Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) executives and a delegation of Dallas/Fort Worth civic and business leaders are visiting Johannesburg on a business mission to strengthen ties between the regions and promote DFW as the premier mid-continent entry point into the United States.
Texas Business reports: WACO—Baylor University's Sports Sponsorship & Sales (S3) program launched the S3 Report, a monthly online publication featuring the best sales and marketing practices shared by the sports industry.
Marketing 101: Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Arrive in Afghanistan Texas Business reports: Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders Cassie Trammell, front, and Jackie Bob arrive on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 1, 2013, during the USO spring tour. U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted the tour, which also includes athletes and entertainers.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—One day, you might take a break at the Kodak Rest Stop. Or you might need to check your route at the Bobby's Big Burgers Travel Infornation Center. That's the next step for raising money for state coffers: To commercialize and privatize by selling advertising sponsorships for the public roadways.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—It's a new year and a fresh new look for American Airlines as the company unveils a new logo and exterior for its planes, including the already delivered Flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft set to fly on Jan. 31.
Texas Business reports: DFW AIRPORT, Texas—Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport launched its official mobile app for smartphones, giving customers the latest information and updates about flights, parking, shops, restaurants and airport services.
Texas Business reports: Beginning Saturday, December 15, there is a college football bowl game nearly every day or night until the Jan. 7 championship game – 35 of them in all – with broadcast advertising dollars and audience reach attached to them. With so many games and viewing choices, how do the networks keep fans engaged?
Congress Clothing provides comfortable clothes and donates to charities at the same time. The store at 1218 Speight Avenue in Waco offers graphic tees of their own designs in addition to items from some popular brands. They donate a portion of their income to a different charity every two months.
Texas Business reports: WACO—Cell phone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and can be compared to consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse, according to a Baylor University study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN— Harden Healthcare, a Texas-based senior healthcare services provider with operations in 14 states, announced its subsidiary, Hospice Care of Kansas, will change its name to Harden Hospice Kansas effective immediately.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Cushing MLP Asset Management LP, a subsidiary of Swank Capital LLC, announced the name change of The Cushing Royalty Trust and Upstream MLP Index to The Cushing Upstream Energy Income Index.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—MutualMind, a social media technology developer based in Dallas reached an agreement with LexisNexis, a leading provider of legal content and technology solutions, to bring to market an exciting portfolio of social media intelligence solutions, specifically designed for small law firm marketing.
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Four state agricultural agencies — three of which have served Texans for about 100 years — are adding A&M to their names to reflect their connection to the system that includes Texas A&M University.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—Pinnacle Propane LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of JP Energy Partners LP, completed the final stage of integrating its 2011 acquisition of Conway Oil Company by changing the name to Pinnacle Propane.
Texas Business reports: CARROLLTON, Texas—RealPage Inc., a provider of on demand software and software-enabled services to the rental housing industry, acquired RentMineOnline Inc., a software-as-a-service provider of social network marketing solutions for the multifamily rental housing industry (www.rentmineonline.com).
Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), producer of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced a new line of special explosion-resistant SUVs in response to the recent string of bombings and terrorist attacks across West Africa and the Middle East.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with Row 44, is taking the next step in wireless inflight entertainment with a preview of live TV on five of the carrier's aircraft, with plans to expand to 20 aircraft by mid-July.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The executive teams of Manticore Technology, a provider of SaaS marketing automation software, and Sales Engine International, a B2B integrated marketing and sales acceleration company, executed an agreement to merge the organizations.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Dr Pepper Snapple Group and the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin have embarked on a novel program to grow one of the company's iconic brands.
Texas Business reports: Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS), the largest commercial and military aircraft painting company in the world, converted the world’s last remaining Continental aircraft to the newly merged United livery.
Texas Business reports: VICTORIA— First Victoria National Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) collaborated to award the city of Victoria a $245,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to assist 35 low-income elderly and special needs homeowners with necessary home repairs and modifications through the city's Home Accessibility Program.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Reliant Trinity River Wind Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, and Reliant, an NRG company, is returning as this year’s title sponsor. The electricity provider brings a powerful efficiency boost to the festival, a one-day event which features all things wind-related, taking place on the Trinity River floodway in Dallas.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, reached a long-term agreement with the National Football League and the NFLPA, granting the company domestic and international rights for up to 18 product releases annually.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Asure Software Inc. a provider of workplace management software, announced that it has self-certified compliance with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S.-European Union (EU) and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor frameworks.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Space Chimp Media (SCM), a creative marketing agency based in Austin, announced The Associated Press chose SCM as its marketing agency of record for its mobile news application, AP Mobile.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Farmers Branch immigration ordinance; Aggie Vanishing Act: Sale of Texas Wesleyan’s law school to A&M leaves alumni out in the cold;ExxonMobil CEO Doesn't Want a Fracking Operation Near His Backyard bDrowned bridge worker’s employer had prior OSHA violations; Gates-led power-unit bankruptcy may revive Texas electric debate;Baylor will return 5,000 unsold Fiesta Bowl tickets; and more.