Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Newsletters and blogs keep us updated

Having a subscription (free!) to a regularly (or irregularly) scheduled newsletter delivered to one's email address can be interesting as well as informative.

Ford sets sights on fully autonomous car by 2021

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. intends to have a fully driverless vehicle — no steering wheel, no pedals — on the road within five years. The car will initially be used for commercial ride-hailing or ride-sharing services; sales to consumers will come later.

Ford CEO Mark Fields announced the new goal Tuesday at the company's Silicon Valley campus in Palo Alto, Calif.

Google helping direct voters to the ballot box

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is pulling another lever on its influential search engine in an effort to boost voter turnout in November's U.S. presidential election.

Hackers may have hit hotels in 10 states, D.C.

NEW YORK (AP) — An undisclosed number of people who used credit cards at 20 Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott, Westin and other hotels in 10 states and the District of Columbia may have had their cards compromised as a result of a hack of the hotels' payment system.

For the retirees, Aug. 14-22, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Wired In: William Widjaja

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, William Widjaja, 19, an electrical engineering major and CEO of Tweetsense.

How did you get the idea?

Security experts: Remotes hackable on many vehicles

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A group of computer security experts say they figured out how to hack the keyless entry systems used on millions of cars, meaning that thieves could in theory break and steal items without leaving a broken window.

#TheMJs, Aug. 12, 2016

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



Rich Warren: Radio interference is everywhere

We live in a miasma of radio waves. Every year new technologies add more waves to the mix. Fortunately, by the time most radio waves enter or pass through your body they are too weak to cause damage. The jury remains out concerning cellphone radio waves because of their proximity to your body.

Wired In: Naira Hovakimyan

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, Naira Hovakimyan, the Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. She co-founded IntelinAir with CEO Alfred Eisaian.

What's the current state of development in IntelinAir?