Artist draws more international acclaim, this time for 'Computers Watching Movies'

URBANA — As an artist working with technology, specifically software, Ben Grosser has created pieces that have drawn international attention.

Racist tweet puts school on high alert

FITHIAN — Oakwood school officials beefed up security at the high school on Tuesday in response to online threats that were made to a student who posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter.

The student tweeted "I don't feel sorry for black people. If you hate us so much GO BACH TO AFRICA. We should have never bought you," from her phone at 10:16 p.m. Monday.

Rich Warren: Sounding off on a legend in the audio business

Changing tastes, priorities and technology shrank audio components to a minuscule part of the consumer electronics business. Back in the 1980s audio and video components constituted the main part of consumer electronics. Within the audio world a battle raged between objective and subjective reviews of equipment.

A capital opportunity

URBANA — The White House is pretty impressed with the Urbana school district's use of technology in the classroom.

So much so that it invited Superintendent Don Owen to Washington, D.C., today to take part in a national education summit, put on by the U.S. Department of Education.

Quick Read: Beyond Volition

The U.S. video game industry grew much faster than the overall U.S. economy between 2009 and 2012, according to a report released this week by the Entertainment Software Association.

The video game industry grew by an annual rate of 9.7 percent, while the overall economy increased by only 2.4 percent a year.

Rich Warren: Storing music: That same old song and dance

Many years ago I forgot a favorite cassette in an airplane seatback pocket. It never made its way to the airline's lost and found, so those songs were gone forever.

Similarly, if your house burns down or is destroyed by a tornado, you could lose your entire music collection.

EPA grant to help Champaign firm

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign company plans to use nearly $400,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop and commercialize ozone generators for purifying water.

$1.5 million grant to NCSA to put big data on big screen

Big data and supercomputing conjure up images of laboratories filled with servers and computers.

Truth is, supercomputing is part of everyday life, providing numerical models for the car you drive, the energy that powers your house, the weather forecasts you rely on and the financial systems that control the economy.

Rich Warren: I need an app to help pare down my apps

Icons for dozens of apps adorn my iPad and Android smartphone screens. Most cost little or nothing. What surprises me is how few apps I use. It reminds me of going to the Sunday morning brunch at Silver Creek with all that delicious food laid out on the buffet. I want to sample all of it but rarely taste even half of it.

Illinois Ancestors: Veterans to be remembered

Veterans Day is a day to remember ALL veterans who fought in America's wars. Originally called Armistice Day, Nov. 11 commemorates the day that the armistice was signed by the Allies and Germany at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 marking the end of World War I.