Playing Critic: Nintendo's Switch-ing up online play

Nintendo has decided to follow the example set first by Microsoft, later by Sony.

At some point in 2018, gamers will have to pay if they want to play any Nintendo Switch games online: $3.99 for a month's access; $7.99 for three months; or $19.99 for a whole year.

Will it be worth it?

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Alaskan genealogy cruise set for 2018

Unlock the Past will be hosting its 14th genealogy cruise Sept. 7-14, 2018, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, leaving Seattle and visiting Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia.

Playing Critic: 'Embers of Mirrim' taxes your ability to multitask

"Embers of Mirrim," metaphorically speaking, is a game that challenges you to pat your head and rub your belly at the same time — and, occasionally, simultaneously hop on one foot, too.

The heroes of this beautiful puzzle platformer are two unique catlike-alien creatures, Mir and Rim, who come from what appear to be related yet feuding tribes.

Wired In: Eli Lazar

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high tech difference-maker. This week, meet ELI LAZAR, an inventor who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and lives in Champaign. He invented Snooz, an inexpensive device for problem sleepers. It generates white noise for eight hours a night, for about $2 a year.

Rich Warren: Internet getting faster in area communities

Speed limits just increased for Champaign-Urbana's hinterlands. Now many small-town dwellers can zip along the information highway as fast as in C-U and other tech metropolises.

MakerGirl hitting the road again to show girls the world of 3-D printing

CHAMPAIGN — According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women hold only 24 percent of science, technology, engineering and math jobs.

Some University of Illinois students are trying to improve that STEM statistic.

They started MakerGirl, which hosts 3-D printing sessions for girls to introduce them to computers and technology.

#TheMJs, June 2, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.

PODCAST: Tamer Rousan, supervising engineer with Ameren on area microgrid

PODCAST: Tamer Rousan, supervising engineer with Ameren on area microgrid: Play now!

Tamer Rousan, supervising engineer with Ameren Illinois, explains a research microgrid supplying power in Champaign-Urbana.


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Entertainment listings, June 1-8, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Main Street between Race Street and Broadway Avenue will be closed to cars and open for festival fun. Unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. June 2.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

Cybersecurity tips from the pros

Another day, another report of a major cybersecurity breach — this one affecting most of Chipotle's 2,250 restaurants, including ones in Champaign and Campustown, WDWS' Tim Ditman reports.

How can you avoid being cybercreeps' next victim? Editor Jeff D'Alessio turned to eight area IT experts for tips.