Updated: LED inventor Holonyak picked for '15 Draper Prize

URBANA — The University of Illinois engineer who invented the first visible-light LED was honored by one of the profession's most prestigious prizes Tuesday, along with two of his proteges.

Getting Personal: AJ Christensen

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 28-year-old Champaign resident AJ Christensen chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Christensen works as a visualization programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois.

Rich Warren: Looking into my electronic crystal ball

The ghosts of Christmas past haunt my storeroom. Name the technology and it's probably there. Of course, some things old, such as turntables, turn new again.

In 2015 ....

We asked 10 experts to dust off their crystal balls and tell us what's in store for 2015.

On the Oscars


OMG, the Internet can be a scary place with kids

By Chelsey Byers

Recently, I read an article inquiring about texting acronyms. Being fairly tech savvy and texting daily, I figured I would know most of the acronyms used today.

Wow, was I wrong! Let me just say you should know that I am not TWD, IPN or NIFOC while typing this.

Tech revolution happening in Arcola schools

ARCOLA — With a population of less than 3,000, Arcola is known far and wide as the gateway to Illinois Amish Country, the broom corn capital of the world and, lately, a leading innovator in educating by iPad.

Rich Warren: Gift guide for your favorite gadget lover

The Big Day is just a week away and today also is the second day of Hanukkah, so you may still be scrambling for gifts. Here are a few suggestions in case you missed the Black Friday column. You might even have these gifts in hand by the last day of Hanukkah without paying for overnight shipping.

CUB, AARP urge preservation of land lines in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The Citizens Utility Board and AARP Illinois are urging residents to call state legislators and ask them to preserve land-line phone service in Illinois.

Area schools in national effort to get kids to learn computer code

HOOPESTON — If you had peeked into the John Greer Elementary School library on Thursday morning, you may have thought that fifth- and sixth-graders were playing "Angry Birds" or Disney-movie-themed video games on their Chromebooks.

Rich Warren: Looking for a deal? Wait till the New Year

For those who participated in retail madness over the Thanksgiving weekend, may you enjoy the fruits of your mania. I saw very few advertised "black Friday" electronics specials that were truly special.