Rich Warren | Highlights from 2019 CES in Las Vegas

In 1979, Sony's large exhibit at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show featured the interconnected home. In this home of the future, interconnected entertainment devices and appliances communicated with each other for an automated and immersive experience.

Of course, at the time, it resembled a Potemkin City, a facade of wishful technology.

Wired In: Donald Ort

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a different high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet DONALD ORT, the Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Science and Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He is the principal researcher in a project to see if yields can be greatly increased by getting around a chemical glitch in plants.

China broadcasts spacecraft pictures from moon's far side

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface.

Poland charges Huawei manager, ex-spy with spying for China

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has arrested a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and one of its own former counter-espionage officers and charged them with spying on Poland for China, state television and officials reported Friday.

UI selected as recipient of ninth annual Climate Leadership Award

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois was selected for the ninth annual Climate Leadership Award from the Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Robots walk, talk, brew beer and take over CES tech show

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robots that walk, talk, brew beer and play pingpong have taken over the CES gadget show in Las Vegas again. Just don't expect to find one in your home any time soon.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 10-17, 2019


This weekend


What: Comedian and ventriloquist on his "Passively Aggressive" Tour.

When: 5 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St., C.

Cost: $45.50 plus fees.

More info: Call 866-455-4641 or

Next week


Campus Conversation: Rachel Switzky

After 10 years in Silicon Valley, Sycamore native RACHEL SWITZKY is back in the Midwest as the director of the new UI Siebel Center for Design.

And her plans for the center, set to open in 2020 just south of Huff Hall, involve a lot more than just creating innovative new products.

Samsung also feels sting of slowing global growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung expects its quarterly operating profit to fall 29 percent compared with last year, adding to the tech sector's unease about the effect of slowing global economic growth on the industry.

The announcement from the South Korean computer chip and smartphone giant comes less than a week after a weak outlook from Apple Inc. jolted markets.

U.S. cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.

Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say.