Rich Warren: Sound bars allow you to drink in better clarity from TVs

Belly up to the sound bar boys (and girls). A reader asked if the sound bars being marketed for TVs would improve upon the interior speakers:

Busey warns of reported phone scam

The following is from Busey:

CHAMPAIGN — Scammers looking to steal information from unsuspecting telephone users have begun contacting residents of central Illinois. Busey has received numerous reports from customers and non-customers of recent attempts to get personal or financial information from consumers using telephones.

Champaign-based firm IntelliWheels plans January product launch

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based IntelliWheels has developed a product to make getting around in wheelchairs easier.

The product, known as the Easy Push, is expected to come on the market in January.

Easy Push is a set of wheels that can be retrofitted to any wheelchair.

IntelliWheels to make use of Rantoul Business Incubator

RANTOUL — IntelliWheels plans to take space soon in the Rantoul Business Incubator and operate an assembly, testing and storage facility there, company CEO Scott Daigle said.

"We'll also be keeping our main office in EnterpriseWorks," Daigle said, referring to the incubator in the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign.

Presentation on aliens scheduled for Nov. 2 at Staerkel Planetarium

CHAMPAIGN — How likely is it that aliens have visited Earth? Join University of Illinois physicist Kevin Pitts for a discussion of the possibilities in the next William M. Staerkel Planetarium "World of Science" lecture.

His presentation, "The Physics of UFOs," will be given at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the planetarium at Parkland College.

As a 'stage manager' of medical theater, he's ... scary good

CHAMPAIGN — When Jim Rowland dressed as a green-faced witch with a hooked nose and protruding chin for a Halloween office party last year, he didn't wear a mask he'd purchased.

He created the horrifying visage himself, using two prosthetic devices that he glued onto his face and silicone rubber to hide the seams. He covered that with a ghoulish shade of Ben Nye creme makeup.

Spinlight in Spotlight: New Toys R Us tablet features local apps; products also catch eye of Barnes & Noble

CHAMPAIGN — When Toys R Us launched its Tabeo computer tablet for kids this month, it included three Web applications developed in Champaign.

The apps — "AlphaTots," "Operation Math" and "Swapsies" — were all developed by Champaign-based Spinlight Studio. They're among 50 apps preloaded on the Tabeo.

UI students use homecoming game to analyze, improve event traffic

CHAMPAIGN — In an ideal world, you will be able to drive with ease toward Memorial Stadium on game day and grab an optimal spot for tailgating with few traffic glitches.

The reality is not always that case, and most major events like football games, marathons and concerts cause traffic headaches in big and small cities across the globe.

St. Joseph-Ogden joins school broadcasting program

ST. JOSEPH — The high school will begin broadcasting school events in the near future.

St. Joseph-Ogden agreed to enter into a contract with PlayOn! Sports, which provides individual schools with an education-based broadcasting program that enables students and faculty to capture, edit and publish original content.

Rich Warren: Satellite providers consider local channels bonus coverage

Readers wonder why certain channels appear on satellite or cable, but not all of their favorites. For example, WICD now is carried by DISH, but a reader wanted to know, why not DirecTV? Or that Mediacom doesn't carry Fox Sports Midwest, which covers the St. Louis Cardinals.