Rich Warren: Quick tips to preserve your phone's battery

The smartphone industry promises IEDs in pocket and purse. Or so the media would have you believe. Admittedly, a company known for quality, such as Samsung, releasing a phone with the possibility of an exploding battery shakes one's confidence. If you own a Galaxy Note 7, return it.

Illinois tollway to display real-time traffic info

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (AP) — Technology engineers are installing digital signs along the Jane Addams Tollway in the Chicago area that will give drivers speed and accident information in real time.

China launches its longest crewed space mission

BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese astronauts began the country's longest crewed space mission yet on Monday, blasting off on a spacecraft for a 30-day stay on an experimental space station as China steadfastly navigates its way to becoming a space superpower.

Financial chores you should be doing differently

By Liz Weston


Think about how difficult it was to clean a house 100 years ago, or make a phone call, or travel across the country.

Tasks that were routine then — like, say, beating a rug to clean it — have all but disappeared.

Wired In: Landon Frye

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, LANDON FRYE, 27, who earned a degree in agricultural economics at the University of Illinois. He's now the market manager of Granular, which started in San Francisco and opened an office in Champaign last year.

Samsung Note 7 recall to cost at least $5.3 billion

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Friday that the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 would cost the company about $3 billion during the current and next quarters, bringing the total cost of the recall to at least $5.3 billion.

Verizon says Yahoo data breach had 'material' impact

Verizon's top lawyer says it now has reason to believe Yahoo's recently disclosed data breach has a "material" impact on Verizon's pending $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo. That leaves open the possibility that Verizon could seek a change in the price or other terms.

AARP opens Tech Nest at UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — An advocacy group for people over 50 has opened The Tech Nest at AARP in the University of Illinois Research Park.

The new 2,700-square-foot center is at 2100 S. Oak St.

Rich Warren: Now it's Google's turn for smartphone release

Google responded on Oct. 4 to Apple's smartphone salvo from last month. Apple introduced two sizes of iPhones, so Google retaliated with two phones of similar size, features and price. In fact, the new Google phones look like iPhones. Google ditched the Nexus brand and now calls its phones Pixel.

Robots organize photos so you can procrastinate

NEW YORK — If you're like many people, you have thousands of photos on your phone, long forgotten after you've posted a few on Instagram or Facebook.