Rich Warren: It's only a smartphone

Within a few days of the release of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple shipped over 10 million of these devices, with rumors of a six-week back order. I doubt growers sell 10 million Honey Crisp apples in 10 days and they cost about 50 cents each. It costs Apple, the company, $227 to manufacture the 6.

Illinois Ancestors: Still time to sign up for fall conference

It is not too late to sign up for the Illinois State Genealogical Society's 2014 Fall Conference on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in O'Fallon. Complete details are provided in the free September/October issue of the ISGS Newsletter, accessible from the society's website at

What's cool in school: Technology in the gym at Urbana High School

URBANA — When Urbana High School sophomore Javon Jackson first heard about the new toy his teacher was about to make a part of gym class, he couldn't believe his ears.

Volo extends fiber-optic Internet service

URBANA — Volo Broadband has extended its fiber optic gigabit Internet service to parts of central Urbana and announced plans for rolling out the service to other parts of Champaign-Urbana.

The service makes possible upload/download speeds of 1,000 megabits per second for as little as $29.95 a month, according to company CEO Peter Folk.

Rithmio gets $650,000 in financing

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois startup company has attracted $650,000 in financing as a result of developing gesture-recognition technology that can be used in wearable electronics.

Breaches of trust

CHAMPAIGN — Target. Schnucks. Home Depot. Jimmy John's.

Rich Warren: New iPhone 6 is getting top billing

The hotly anticipated iPhone 6 arrived on Sept. 9 in two versions, both with larger screens than existing iPhones. Other than modest performance upgrades, they won't determine the future, unless Apple's new charge/debit payment system succeeds.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 23, 2014

They're 4-0 and leading their conference. But Arcola High's high-scoring football team isn't the talk of a sports-crazed community this morning.

"The students are excited about the football team, too," superintendent Tom Mulligan said. "But they're really excited about the iPads. It's neat to be able to say the kids are excited about education."

Hacking her way in: Computer science no longer just a man's world

URBANA — Marrissa Hellesen just wanted to see how the floppy drive worked.

She opened the computer, examined the drive (this was many years ago — it ran on Windows 95 and had Internet via AOL) and then discovered colored cables, memory cards and other fascinating components. She kept going, taking things out and apart.

Getting data to farmers fast

CHAMPAIGN — Chris Harbourt and his colleagues at Ag Informatics have come up with a range of products they think will please data-driven farmers wanting field-specific information on weather affecting their operations.