Illinois Ancestors: Old maps on the Internet

Family Tree magazine's Genealogy Insider has a helpful website that provides access to four free websites having old maps at

Rich Warren: Let's take a look into the Willow Glass ball

Technology shatters crystal balls. So the glassmaker Corning Corp. invented flexible, nearly indestructible Willow Glass as mentioned last year. You'll be seeing it in and on current and future smartphones, tablets, TVs and possibly even car windows.

Champaign native turns gaming skills into lucrative YouTube career

CHAMPAIGN — Playing video games has paid off handsomely for 21-year-old Trevor Martin of Champaign.

Martin parlayed his expertise from playing "Call of Duty" games into a career as a video game commentator on YouTube.

In the process, he's built a following of nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers and taken in streams of revenue from corporate advertisers.

Local robotics team starts new season next month

CHAMPAIGN — For a local robotics team made up of middle and high schoolers, build season is a six-week scramble.

Last year, the challenge was to build a robot that fired Frisbees, could move offensively in matches against other robots (including forward, backward and sideways) and could climb a jungle-gym like structure. It will start next year's season Jan. 4.

Biz Quiz 2013: A look back at the year in business

It was a year populated with food-truck startups and crowd-funding schemes. A year in which IMAX came to Savoy.

A year in which Flex-N-Gate's Shahid Khan leapfrogged Oprah on Forbes magazine's rankings of the 400 richest Americans.

Ah, 2013 — how much we'll remember, how much we'll forget.

Tech fair for middle, high school students set Jan. 3

DANVILLE — The Danville Family YWCA and University of Illinois 4-H are teaming up to sponsor a tech fair for middle school and high school students.

The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at the YMCA, 1111 N. Vermilion St., Danville. It is free, and registration isn't required.

At Kenwood, programming students to succeed

When you think of elementary school, you think of reading, writing and arithmetic — but probably not computer programming.

That's changing.

Rich Warren: Welcome to era of affordability

'Tis the day after Christmas and all through the house the creatures are stirring with no rest for a mouse (or touchscreen).

Vision of the future: Two UI institutes experimenting with Google Glass

URBANA — Over the last few weeks, A.J. Christensen has been exploring technology straight out of a Robert Downey Jr. superhero flick.

Champaign's website flunks audit for 'online transparency'

CHAMPAIGN — The city is failing when it comes to providing information on its website, a conservative research institute says.