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.
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 http://www.ilgensoc.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.