Rich Warren: Pricey little widget might fix audio issue that won't go away

Even Sherlock Holmes might stumble solving the case of the mysterious digital TV optical output. Fortunately no one died, and no fortunes vanished.

Illinois Ancestors: Family histories accessible on Internet

As reported by Dick Eastman in his Online Genealogy Newsletter (June 19), more than 80,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications are now online. His list includes links to Google Books (at, the Allen County Public Library, and other facilities.

25 Years of Mathematica

CHAMPAIGN — When Wolfram Research launched its Mathematica software 25 years ago this month, it gave students and professionals a whole new approach to visualizing and solving high-level math problems.

Now the technical computing software is celebrating its silver anniversary, and the next version — Mathematica 10.0 — is likely to be released sometime later this year.

Local app a winner in state technology challenge

Two Champaign residents have been awarded $15,000 from Governor Pat Quinn's adminstration for an app they created that's full of local information.

Rich Warren: A few options for unloading electronics, music

Recently, a few of you contacted me about finding a good home for no longer needed, but otherwise good equipment and music collections.

While I urge people to recycle used, obsolete electronics or gadgets that no longer work, nothing pains me more than seeing perfectly good gear pile up at recycling events.

Camp takes students beyond computer science

CHAMPAIGN — A day camp for middle-school girls on the University of Illinois campus is centered around computer science, but that doesn't mean the students involved are only concerned with computers.

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Firefighting robot helps extinguish blaze from inside of ruined building

HOOPESTON — At 400 pounds and only 2 feet tall, one steel-clad firefighter got some curious looks, arriving at the scene of a fire in a used-tire processing facility in Hoopeston on Wednesday.

UI hires new dean for College of Engineering

CHAMPAIGN — The head of one of the most prestigious engineering departments at the University of Illinois will be the next dean of the UI College of Engineering.

Andreas Cangellaris, head of the department of electrical and computer engineering, was named Thursday as the successor to Ilesanmi Adesida, who is now provost of the campus.

Rich Warren: New Comcast platform promises to be major upgrade

The cable box: You can't live with it, and you can't live without it. In this digital age, if you want more than the local channels a cable or satellite box joins your home furnishings. Earlier this month, Comcast debuted a box that not only makes choosing and recording your favorite programs easier, but you might just fall in love with it.