Technology

Technology

Engineers building a better mouse

CHAMPAIGN — Three electrical engineers with doctorates in hand or in process are collaborating to solve one of mankind's greatest puzzles: how to build a better cat toy.

Laugh if you will, but Dave Cohen, Michael Friedman and David Jun contend it's no easy task to design a robotic mouse that satisfies a cat's desire to hunt.

Savoy RadioShack to be closed

SAVOY — The Savoy RadioShack store is among 77 in Illinois slated to be closed as the electronics chain seeks to restructure its business.

No closing date was given for the store at 503 S. Dunlap Ave., with RadioShack stating only that the closings will occur "over the coming weeks" and that remaining inventory is expected to be sold off.

Monticello offers service to help inventory property

MONTICELLO — Your home is burglarized. Do you know what was stolen? In the case of a fire, is there a master list of items that were lost?

Online tool can help students with scholarships and more

High school students who are hunting for college scholarships, exploring career options or figuring out how to manage loans can find help in one spot on a recently-added "student portal" created by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Rich Warren: Message received: TV tuners vary by brand, model

The dust and poker chips from the Consumer Electronics show settled and little showcased there will change your life. Other than looking cool, curved TV screens fail to deliver a better picture or a more immersive experience. What more can be crammed into a smartphone that doesn't already fill its innards, short of a better, longer lasting battery?

Full transcript: Rauner's State of the State address

Today marks a new beginning for Illinois.

And a new partnership between the General Assembly and the governor.

Last November, voters made it clear they want bipartisan government. They want a government where people come together to solve problems and get things done.

Illinois Ancestors: Column reaches milestone

It doesn't seem possible that this month begins the 18th year of this "Illinois Ancestors" genealogy column. The saying, "Time flies when you're having fun," couldn't be more appropriate!

CEO oversaw years of change

CHAMPAIGN — Human Kinetics — and the publishing industry — changed greatly during Brian Holding's 17 years as CEO.

"The greatest challenge has been in the last six years when we, as a business, faced tremendous transformation in our industry," said Holding, 62, of Champaign. "It changed the way we produce books. It changed what we produced. It changed to whom we sell."

Grammy regulars

CHAMPAIGN — After Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey received a 2006 Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album, they figured they would stay home and watch the awards ceremony on TV.

"Then we thought, 'Well, that's stupid,'" Hennessey remembered.

Illinois Ancestors: Advertised runaways often included whites

Many thousands of white Europeans did not come to the American colonies as free men and women, but as indentured servants, political exiles and transported convicts. Many who could not pay for passage to America agreed to be a servant for a few years in exchange for the trip.