Wired In: Charlie Wan

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet CHARLIE WAN, a leader at meShare, a locally headquartered technology company whose internet-of-things platform is used to make smart home devices possible.

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What: Ages 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. Take a walk through our spook-tacularly (family-friendly) Haunted House.Bring a bag to collect your goodies.

Rich Warren | Do your homework before buying a smartphone

I empathize with Goldilocks. Every couple of years, the appetite for a new smartphone consumes me, yet I never find the ideal serving of "smart" and "phone."

Autumn marks the debut of new models from Apple and Google, akin to American car models of yore. Other competitors, such as Samsung and LG, release phones throughout the year.

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Some notes from a newsroom that has been recognized as the state's best four years running:

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Rich Warren | New iPhone is a questionable investment

Why spend $1,100 for a product that lasts three to five years? Or, perhaps months if you drop it. The new Apple iPhone XS Max boggles the mind. More than likely, it costs Apple $300 or less to build. Apple audaciously charges an extra $9 for an adapter to use conventional headphones with the new XS models.

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Illinois Ancestors | Have readers noticed shift in column's publication?

After 21 1/2 years of offering "Illinois Ancestors" as a weekly genealogy column to its readers, The News-Gazette has decided to reduce the publication of the column to monthly instead of weekly.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 1, 2018

Among the series that we're most proud of is "Those Who Served," which spotlights veterans and those who assist them. Soon, we'll be taking the series to another level.

Publishing on Nov. 11 — Veterans Day — will be a special section full of stories of bravery from many of the men and women we've featured in the pages of The News-Gazette.