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.
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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: Sugar Land—US Dataworks Inc., a payment-processing solutions business, announced that World's Foremost Bank (WFB), a wholly owned subsidiary of hunting, fishing and camping outfitter Cabela's, will modernize its receivables processing on the Clearingworks Cloud-based platform from US Dataworks.
“Businesses are looking for better ways to manage their fast-changing mix of payments, while avoiding hefty upfront technology costs,” said US Dataworks chief operating officer Mario Villarreal in a prepared statement. “Today's announcement further validates the cost-saving potential organizations see in combining enterprise-class payment processing with the Cloud delivery model. This combination turns the traditional business case for payments solutions on its head, and offers an appealing alternative to outsourcing.”
“We made the decision to move our payment processing to the cloud to reduce the costs associated with maintaining the hardware at both our corporate offices and our disaster-recovery site,” said WFB vice president Cindy Fulton-Serrano in a statement. “In addition, we wanted to be able to focus our attention on the process and remove the technical burden from our processing staff.”
WFB is now processing all paper-based remittances, web payments, and telephone-initiated payments on the Clearingworks platform. WFB also will rely on the ClearInsights pillar of Clearingworks to archive all images and payment-related information, to simplify customer research and to improve visibility into payment trends.
Cabela's Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a specialty retailer, and the world's largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. WFB, a wholly owned subsidiary, issues the Cabela's CLUB(R) Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.
US Dataworks offers cloud computing on-demand payment processing services with enterprise-class payment, deposit, returns processing, and payment analytic tools. US Dataworks is a payments provider to utilities, telecommunications providers, content providers, financial institutions and government agencies.
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