Rich Warren: 'Airwaves belong to the people'

We begin with a provocative, edited email from a reader in Oregon:

"I came across your article that seemed more informed than the common knowledge as a couple of names I had not even heard of in passing, i.e. Roku.

Illinois Ancestors: Dates set for genealogy conference and cruise

The 10th annual genealogy conference and cruise, hosted by Heritage Books Inc. in consultation with Wholly Genes, Inc., will be held aboard the Crown Princess, Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, 2014, and travel to the "Mexican Riviera."

It will include "approximately 17 hours of genealogy, technology and DNA lectures presented by the preeminent experts in their fields."

To Your Health: Gear up for a productive, safe canning season

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Here in the Midwest, home canning has been a way of life for many since before they could even remember. But home canning has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the past few years, thanks to Americans' increased interest in the local food movement and desire to be economical in the wake of our recession.

SlideOScope invention offers 'interactive' way to look at pictures

URBANA — Optical scientist Donald Barnhart has come up with a novel way of viewing your favorite photos, with a device that resembles a kaleidoscope.

His invention is called a SlideOScope. By sliding apart the instrument's two cylindrical tubes, you can see one of your photos morph into a second photo, and then to a third, fourth and fifth.

State Farm Center live webcam up and running

The State Farm Center is the latest University of Illinois building to get its own live-streaming webcam.

The UI's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the webcam on Thursday afternoon. It's online here.

Ad technology firm opens Research Park office

CHAMPAIGN — A Silicon Valley advertising technology company has opened a space in the University of Illinois Research Park.

Turn, which has about 470 employees in offices around the globe, has leased space in the Atkins Building on South First Street, the building formerly home to Motorola before that company closed its offices in the park.

Rich Warren: Things too good to be true sometimes are great

Sometimes a product seems too good to be true, yet it is true.

Last November, after discovering that LG's small TVs lacked audio outputs, I chose the 22-inch Vizio E221-A1 that cost about $135, approximately $40 less than the 22-inch LG (and $60 less than the comparable Samsung, which also lacked an audio output).

Floor lamp/grow light nears production at Product Manufactory

URBANA — The Product Manufactory is getting ready to roll out its first product — a fashionable floor lamp that can provide indirect overhead lighting as well as a grow light for plants.

The Pria lamp uses three poles standing in a crisscross design, with magnetic LED lights fastened to connectors, high and low, that bridge the poles at two points.

Presence offers electronic access to records

Both Presence hospitals in Urbana and Danville have begun offering patients access to their own electronic medical records around the clock.

It's Your Business: Villa Italian Kitchen coming to town

Villa Italian Kitchen is coming to Market Place Shopping Center in May, opening in the space formerly occupied by Sbarro.

The Champaign store will be one of 40 Villa Italian Kitchens to open soon in regional malls as the result of a recent deal with General Growth Properties, which owns about 120 malls including Market Place.