Gaming Bits: LawBreakers, retro releases and more

Welcome to another edition of Gaming Bits, an infrequent feature by Playing Critic columnist Joel Leizer, where he shares a few of the latest gaming announcements to hit his inbox.

Keeping job was one fight too many for Uber's CEO

DETROIT (AP) — Travis Kalanick's combative personality created the culture that let Uber grow from startup to behemoth in just eight years. But under his direction, the ride-hailing company had trouble growing up, leading to his downfall.

Playing Critic: Flaws in 'Perception' easily perceived

If the blind protagonist of 'Perception' isn't generally scared by the goings-on in this survival-horror game, why should players be?

"Perception" takes what should be a solid, fantastically novel premise — blind woman trapped on a haunted estate — and mucks it up with unrealistic acting from the protagonist and the inclusion of far too many supernatural elements.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: National Genealogical Society presents awards

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) presented awards at the recent NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, NC. The winner of the Hall of Fame Award was Peter Stebbins Craig, who had conducted pioneering research on the early Swedish settlements along the Delaware River and had published many works on the subject.

Google intensifies drive against online extremism

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Google is intensifying its campaign against online extremism, saying it will put more resources toward identifying and removing videos related to terrorism and hate groups.

Top of the Morning, June 19, 2017

Last week, I talked about our foray into new maps and taking advantage of software improvements with Google Maps and Google Earth.

This week, how about an example?

'She's going to fly'

A trip to space wasn't exactly a childhood dream for newly minted astronaut Zena Cardman, an Urbana native, creative writer and microbiologist who studies "other worldly" life forms for a living.

Her path to NASA involved a top-notch biology teacher, two older brothers who made sure she wasn't a "princess," cave slime and a trip to Antarctica, among other stops.

Rich Warren: Apple's Homepod is latest to join the assistant fray

Siri liberated! Read all about it! In a breathless move, Apple allowed its celebrity disembodied digital assistant Siri to escape from iPhones and iPads to its newest device: HomePod. She now lives within a seamless white (or charcoal) mesh fabric cage amid a woofer, seven tweeters and six microphones. This elegant object stands about 7 inches high and 5.6 inches in diameter.

Wired In: Brandon Dohman

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high tech difference-maker. This week, meet BRANDON DOHMAN, Innovation Lead and site director at Syngenta's new lab in the University of Illinois Research Park. He encourages workers there to think innovatively.

What does the Champaign office do for Syngenta?

Amazon now wholly invested in groceries

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a stunning move that gives it hundreds of stores across the U.S. — a brand-new laboratory for radical retail experiments that could revolutionize the way people buy groceries.