Archive for June, 2016

Plano Gaming Expo Had it All for Game Lovers

Posted by Michael Scroggins

THOUSANDS SHOWED UP FOR GOOD, CLEAN FUN AT THE EXPO


If you live in or near the greater Kingdom of Dallas and have ever had the desire to watch someone better at classic Nintendo Tetris than you probably have ever …

Ultimate Escape Game Breaks into DFW Market

Posted by Julia Falcon

PLAYERS ARE GIVEN CLUES AND PUZZLES TO HELP THEM ESCAPE A ROOM, SOLVE MYSTERY


The Ultimate Escape Game, a new worldwide mystery game phenomenon has come to Dallas-Fort Worth. The game, which is composed of clues and puzzles, started in …

3 Things: UTSW Tests New Lung Assessment Tech

Posted by Amanda Hayes

Today’s stories include technology that is breathing life into lung transplantation, a new app targeting “fanatical fans,” and an opportunity for aspiring young entrepreneurs. 

UT Southwestern Medical Center is testing technology that could make more lung transplants possible. UT Southwestern

KONE Opens First Texas Facility in Allen

Posted by Amanda Hayes

THE FINNISH COMPANY’S FACILITY WILL BRING ROUGHLY 80 PEOPLE TO NORTH TEXAS


Finland-based KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, held the grand opening Monday for its newest U.S. facility in Allen.

Located at 450 Century Parkway, …

xREZ: UNT Lab Melds Arts, Science into One

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

‘WE ACT UPON DATA AND DATA ACTS UPON US. THERE’S A CYCLE’


The xREZ Art + Science lab has shattered the wall between academic disciplines at the University of North Texas, boldly combining several different fields of study into one.…

3 Things: Feds Change the Rules, so Drone On

Posted by Julia Falcon

Today’s stories include the FAA’s new regulations for commercial drones, discussions on the long-awaited high-speed rail rumored to take riders from Dallas to Houston, and an app that puts pediatric nurses available at your finger tips. 

More commercial drones can

Oh, Canada: Minister Promotes Trade in DFW

Posted by Lance Murray

TEXAS A LEADING TRADE PARTNER WITH CANADA, AND OFFICIALS HOPE TO GROW THAT RELATIONSHIP


An innovative Canadian trucking company has opened a high-tech logistics center in Dallas’ West End district, and a top Canadian trade official was in town this …

Story of a Legendary Dallas Game Studio

Posted by Eric David

HOW ENSEMBLE IMPACTED DALLAS’ PAST AND PRESENT GAMING SCENE 


Dallas became a hub of the early PC gaming movement in the 1990s, with studios like Id Software (Doom) and 3D Realms (Duke Nukem) paving the way …

3 Things: Startup Takes Bite Out of Shark Week

Posted by Amanda Hayes

Today’s stories include an app that provides an escape from reality, a green approach to saving on electricity, and a device that could help the average person become a farmer.

Fans of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week can now swim with …

Bottle Rocket’s Calvin Carter on Embracing Innovation

Posted by Jeff Bounds

THE HEAD OF BOTTLE ROCKET STUDIOS TALKS ABOUT LIFE IN THE APP WORLD­


On March 6, 2008, Steve Jobs announced that Apple’s App Store would sell outside developers’ software for its iPhone. The next day, Calvin Carter began sketching out …

New Generation Meets Arcade Classics at Expo

Posted by Eric David

CLASSIC ARCADE GAMES PROVE POPULAR AT GAMING EXPO IN PLANO


While a few of the games showcased at the recent Let’s Play Gaming Expo in Plano included semi-recent titles such as Minecraft and Super Smash Bros. Melee, the real …

Doom: Reimagining a Classic Dallas-Made Game in 2016

Posted by Eric David

ID SOFTWARE RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS WITH A NEW DOOM GAME


In the early 1990s, Dallas-based game studio id Software helped define the first-person shooter genre with Doom and its sequel Doom II.

This year, the studio returned to …

3 Things: Disrupting Online Charitable Giving

Posted by Heather Noel

Today’s stories are all about changing the landscape — in some cases literally. Hillwood is planning the first office tower along Turtle Creek since the mid-1980s, Dallas entrepreneur Todd Wagner is disrupting online charitable giving, and a new facility dedicated

Goodbye, Cubicles of the ’90s: Trends and Tech in Office Space Planning

Posted by Christine Perez

LEADING ARCHITECTS, DEVELOPERS, AND EXECS TALK USER PERSPECTIVES ON OFFICE SPACE


In the past, workers would move
to where the jobs were. These days, it’s the companies that are chasing employees. In a brain-based economy, they’ve learned they must locate …

United Way Gives $205,000 Grant to DIA

Posted by Lance Murray

THE GRANT WILL GO TO DALLAS INNOVATION ALLIANCE’S OPERATIONAL COSTS, OUTREACH, AND RESEARCH


The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has given a $205,000 social innovation grant to the Dallas Innovation Alliance, the first investment of its kind made by the …

Verizon’s Mobile Concierge Keeps Residents Connected

Posted by Verizon

TOOL STREAMLINES DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS FOR APARTMENT COMMUNITIES


Dallas is one of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the United States, and population growth shows no sign of slowing. With this growth, new housing developments are pushing existing properties …

2nd Let’s Play Gaming Expo Kicks Off Saturday in Plano

Posted by Eric David

THE “INVINCIBILITY PASS” ALLOWS THE WEARER TO “DO WHATEVER YOU WANT, AS LONG AS IT’S LEGAL AND DOESN’T CAUSE HARM TO EQUIPMENT OR OTHER ATTENDEES!”


The Let’s Play Gaming Expo is a celebration of all things gaming, ranging from the …

3 Things: Website Connects Animals to Local Foster Homes

Posted by Amanda Hayes

Today’s stories bring hope for positive change. Facebook is reaching out to keep users safe, Dallas locals are saving dogs’ lives, and UT Dallas researchers are working to create a device that can imitate the sense of smell.

Dallas pets

Editor’s Picks: Calendar for June 16-23

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

From sampling craft beers in Lewisville to discussing best crowdfunding practices, we found some great events that are sure to enrich your work and play.


THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 16-19

OAK CLIFF FILM FESTIVAL  Tickets start at $11.50 for …

Human trafficking: Toppling a $32B Illegal Industry Through Tech

Posted by Nick Vivion

LARGE BORDER, INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HUBS MAKE TEXAS A FOCUS AREA FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS


In 2014, there were 35.8 million slaves in the world. With an estimated population of 7 billion, that means that nearly one in every 200 people worldwide …