Technology Sector

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Dallas County Set to Stop Most Face-to-Face Jail Visits, Charge Families for Video

    Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and prisoner rights advocates are pushing back against a contract that would eliminate face-to-face meetings between prisoners in the county's jails and their visitors. County commissioners are set to vote Tuesday on contract with Securus Technologies, a private com ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 5, 2013
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    January 3, 2013

    Texas' War on behalf of the Incandescent Light Bulb Dies a Quiet, Predictable Death

    In 2011, state lawmakers took a break from slashing school funding, dreaming up new abortion restrictions and fighting against the encroachment of Islamic law to do battle with a new enemy: the compact fluorescent light bulb. More and more, those tightly coiled tubes were replacing Edison's good ol ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2012

    Patent Trolls and the War on Innovation

    On the front line of the costliest battle in the high-tech world.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Heisted Kotex Tampons Were Supposed To Be Turned Into Fuel, Ended Up On the "Gray Market" Instead

    Earlier this week, we all shuddered in unison upon learning that some Kotex Natural Balance tampons, possibly tainted with bacteria and "metallic particles," were stolen and fraudulently sold under shadowy circumstances. Kimberly-Clark, Kotex's Irving-based parent company, says they've received no r ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2012

    SOPA is Dead, but the Copyright Debate Rages On

    And it's happening where it belongs: online.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Old Records Are Outselling New Ones For the First Time

    by Chris Kornelis See also: All of the arguments about digital music, summarized In the two decades since Nielsen Soundscan started to keep track of U.S. album sales in 1991, the company has seen the industry fold in half, digital sales catch up to physical, and vinyl mount a resurgence. But unti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    73-Year-Old Dallas Man Convicted In International Telecom Swindle Worth $60 Mil

    ​Michael Signoretto is 73, and as of today the Dallas man faces up to 40 years in federal prison for his role in defrauding two British telecommunications companies out of of more than $60 million. Signoretto, who was just found guilty by a federal jury, didn't do this alone. He had plenty of co-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Country Music Television, Time Warner Cable Legal Tussle Lands in Dallas County Courtroom

    ​This morning, Courthouse News directs our attention to a legal dispute playing out in Judge Carlos Cortez's courtroom: Country Music Television v. Time Warner Cable, filed by McKinney Ave. attorney Michael Raiff. The original complaint itself isn't available: All of the available filings in the D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Dish Network Gets Blockbuster For Around $230 Mil in Cash and a Pallet of Junior Mints

    ​The question "Why does Dish Network want Blockbuster?" was asked and answered late last week, though one Friend of Unfair Park suggested, "Twizzlers." Turns out, the Colorado-based Dish wanted it plenty bad -- more than Carl Icahn and the lenders who turned up to take the Renaissance Tower-based ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    In Case You Switched Providers in Recent Weeks, Dish Network, FOX Kiss and Make Up

    Dish'ers, you're now free to watch FX's The League again. And if you're not, you should.​That's the word from the Dish Network, which just sent word that, nope, it's not gonna drop regular ol' FOX from its line-up after all. And, matter of fact, those 19 regional sports nets axed on October 1, inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    You Know Who Doesn't Have the Fastest Mobile Network in Dallas? Hint: It's Based in Dallas.

    ​Two things I probably should replace sooner than later: car and cellphone. Got the former covered. As for the latter, I'm still considering T-Mobile's HTC HD2, a little more this morning than yesterday. That's because, per PC Magazine's just-released survey of the fastest mobile networks, T-Mobil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Cable Access's iMedia Goes Dark

    ​It's not the most surprising press release to ever arrive in the Unfair Park in-box -- especially given the fact that City Manager Mary Suhm's FY2009-2010 budget cut its funding ($246,000 for last fiscal year, about a third of its annual operating budget). But there it is: Dallas iMedia Network, ... More >>

  • Music

    September 3, 2009

    Ramona Falls

    Intuit (Barsuk)

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Dora's Crying. Mommy, Make it Stop.

    On Page 13A of Your Morning Paper is Dora the Explorer, crying all over a full-page ad that screams: "Time Warner Cable is Taking Dora Off the Air Tonight! Along with 19 of your favorite channels!" Which is a bit of a stretch. Spike? Please. MTV? Since when? 1985? TV Land? Since when? 1966? OK, thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Good Call: Nokia Siemens Is Actually Adding R&D Jobs in the DFW

    Amidst all the gloomy news of local business shutterings of late, this ray of sunshine for folks in the telecom industry: Nokia Siemens Networks has announced the opening of a research-and-development facility in the area that the company's calling "another significant step in further accelerating t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    EDS HP = WTF?

    Because nothing says golf like, um, a printer? This just in: Next year’s Byron Nelson golf tournament will be sponsored by HP. Which begs the question, who was last year’s title sponsor? If you’re like me – and I went to the dang thing – you had to think a minute or 10 before comin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Dalton Sherman Goes on Ellen, Gets a Computer and Printer

    At least one DISD student will get a brand-new computer and printer: Charles Rice Learning Center fifth-grader Dalton Sherman, courtesy Ellen Degeneres and Hewlett-Packard on yesterday's episode of her daytime chatshow. --Robert Wilonsky

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Time Warner North Texas Ain't Happy With Its Cell Service Either

    On Tuesday morning, we received a rather unremarkable e-mail from Gary Underwood, spokesman for Time Warner Cable North Texas, in which he noted that the company's main customer care telephone number (972-PICK-TWC, and how adorable is that?) was kaputs. Few hours later came another missive: Service ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Hertz So Good

    So, about that Corvette that pulled in a little too close to the Lemmon Avenue La Madeleine on Friday. A couple of Friends pointed out in the comments that it was a Hertz rental special. No kidding: It's so rare, matter of fact, that this morning, news of the crash makes its way onto Jalopnik, Gawke ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2008

    Artistic Invention

    Kilby was a 'chip off the ol' easel

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2008

    Go, Longhorns! (W.T. White Longhorns, That Is.)

    Dallas had but four high schools listed among Newsweek's list of the top public high schools in the U.S. and A. in 2003 -- and back then, the highest-rated among the locals was Highland Park High School, which sat at No. 15 on the list, followed by W.T. White (at 290), Lake Highlands (482) and Hillc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    What Ross Perot's Thousand-Dollar Investment Has Yielded

    Breaking news from The Wall Street Journal concerning the sale of a DallasPlano company you might have heard of. Reports the paper in a subscription-only piece at which you can sneak a peak: "Hewlett-Packard Co. was close to a deal to acquire Electronic Data Systems Corp. for between $12 billion and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    Kid Rock And Gretchen Wilson To Play Granada Tonight...For T-Mobile Customers

    The Recording Academy--you know, the folks behind the Grammy Awards--are throwing a big bash at the Granada tonight in conjunction with some T-Mobile Sidekick promotion. The show will feature normally big-time draws Kid Rock and Gretchen Wilson, either of whom could probably sell out the theater. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008

    Guitar Hero Will Save the Economy

    One industry clearly not worried about a recession: the video-game bidness. That's clear from this morning's news that Grapevine-based GameStop posted first-quarter earnings of $189.8 million -- up, oh, just 46 percent from last year's earnings during the same period. And the reason? Guess. Fine: "N ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 26, 2007

    Which is the Best Cell Phone Service in the DFW? What? Can't Hear You.

    In the latest issue of Consumer Reports, exactly 47,629 cell-phone users from around the country responded to a survey ranking their satisfaction with the country's major service providers. Turns out, about half of those polled think their service sucks -- which sounds charitable, y'ask me. Online ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2007

    Getting Lit Whilst Touring the Bright Christmas Lights of Highland Park

    "Maggie," a local contributor to the m-pyre site, today recounts her Christmas-lights trek through the Park Cities, done from the cozy confines of a "a rented luxury bus, where beer and wine flowed freely and pizza boxes were plentiful." Turns out, the yellow brick roads of the HP were crowded with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2007
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    September 21, 2007

    Virgin Mobile Had Plenty of Warning a Dallas Family Was About to Sue

    A Virgin Mobile ad not featuring Alison Chang, far as we can tell Late yesterday, the Associated Press shipped the story about how the family of Dallas girl Alison Chang was suing in state district court Australia's Virgin Mobile phone company, claiming the company had used a photo of 16-year-old Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2007
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    June 4, 2007

    Hey, Belo, Maybe It's Time for a Split?

    Yesterday, the Dow Jones-published Barron's suggested that Belo Corp. ought to bite the bullet and just separate its broadcast and newspaper divisions, echoing last week's advice from Citigroup analyst Eileen Furukawa. The way Barron's figures it in this subscription-only story, TV stocks are hot an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2007

    XM's Off a KLIF

    Every time we drive by the old KLIF building -- and former home to the Dallas Observer -- we cry just a little. Some of us likely know we used to call home the former KLIF-AM studios on Commerce Street and Central Expressway, till our former publisher decided, ya know, a sterile Uptown high-rise rea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 3, 2007

    Park City Thrifty

    HPHS throws a garage sale for charity

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2007
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    October 3, 2006
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    May 4, 2006

    Richie Rich Round-Up

    We scour the business pages so you don't have to...and because you don't want to. But let's round 'em up, shall we? In the let-them-eat-cake category, two local businesses reported their first-quarter earnings today, and it doesn't look like biz is bad for the likes of Neiman Marcus and Zale Corp., ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2006
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    April 19, 2006

    Internet Not Good for Everything? C'mon.

    AT&T says it can deliver cable TV via the Internet. Investors are thrilled. Cable companies are worried. One guy isn't worried. At all. One guy says, "The Internet as a delivery mechanism for TV is a joke." Guess who that one guy is. Did you say Mark Cuban? Smartypants. --Robert Wilonsky

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2006

    From the Highland Park Teen Affairs Desk

    When I was in high school, the school participated in a program called Shattered Dreams just before prom season. It's meant to instill fear of drunk driving in the hearts of binge-drinking high schoolers who may imbibe on their magical evening. The point is to create a shockingly real, disturbing ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2006

    In the Matter of Kirk v. Klingon

    If I had the time or the interest--or a car I thought could withstand a drive further than 12.8 miles--I might head out to Marshall on Wednesday for what oughta prove an interesting trial that just might have an enormous impact on the satellite and cable TV business. At long last, TiVo v. EchoStar, ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Reason to Book It to Denton

    Recycled Books Records CDs

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    The View From the Bottom

    What's it like surviving the telecom bust? Numbers alone don't tell the story.

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Used Computer Store

    Tran Computer Service

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Software and hard time

    Texas prisons take a byte out of crime with a computer rehab program

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    Bill soon due

    Dallas beat the telecoms, but guess who pays the price?

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Ring Ma Bell

    When heavyweight Southwestern Bell gets into a brawl with AT&T at the Legislature, consumers--that's you--are the ones who get beat up

  • News

    October 16, 1997

    Damage control

    A deadly accident in a pit at Texas Instruments sent lawyers and flacks scurrying, but the company's response may put it deeper in the hole

  • News

    February 15, 1996

    Funny money

    Kimberly-Clark gets benevolent with Florida county's cash

  • News

    December 21, 1995
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