Wired In: Chinmay Soman

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet CHINMAY SOMAN, CEO and co-founder of EarthSense Inc., which is in the University of Illinois EnterpriseWorks.

Playing critic: New sandbox game comes with structure

In so-called sandbox games, the player gets to run amok — molding the world into whatever they please as their imagination goes wild — like a little kid playing in a giant sandbox.

"Minecraft" is, perhaps, the most popular example.

And now there's "Portal Knights."

Rich Warren: When it comes to computer security, be thorough

Apologies for sounding like a nagging parent: Take computer (tablet, smartphone and router) security seriously. While the media breathlessly and continuously report the latest computer hack and malware, most users obliviously continue about their business. Then again, many drivers text, assuming it won't cause an accident.

Rape probe dropped for WikiLeaks' Assange

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's top prosecutor on Friday dropped an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years, saying that's because there's no possibility of arresting him "in the foreseeable future."

#TheMJs, May 19, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.

Wal-Mart's online sales surge, topping expectations

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart delivered first-quarter results that show it's winning over shoppers at stores and online, even as the competition intensifies.The world's largest retailer said that sales at established stores rose for the eleventh straight quarter, and customer traffic rose for the tenth quarter in a row.

Google's latest offerings big on A.I. features

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google provided a look at its latest digital offerings Wednesday, with a heavy focus on its efforts to extend artificial-intelligence features into more of its apps and services.

Entertainment listings, May 18-25, 2017


This weekend


What: All proceeds going to American Cancer Society. Half-price sale and $2 a bag starting at 11 a.m. May 20.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20.

Where: 1505 W. Charles St., C.

More info: Email or call 979-1504.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Photos of Australian 'old colonists' online

The State Library of South Australia has posted over 1,000 photographs of "old colonists" — early settlers who arrived in Australia prior to 1841. Browse the photos (or conduct a search) at Information on each man may include date of arrival, name of ship, occupation and reference number.

Experts see possible N. Korea links to cyberattack

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cybersecurity experts are pointing to circumstantial evidence that North Korea may be behind the global "ransomware" attack: the way the hackers took hostage computers and servers across the world was similar to previous cyberattacks attributed to North Korea.