URBANA — St. Louis-based i3 Broadband has acquired iTV-3 and will operate the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) fiber-optic network.
A subsidiary of CountryWide Broadband, i3 said it plans to aggressively expand the system so it can provide its services throughout the greater Champaign-Urbana area.
As a radio broadcaster, I recently participated on a music conference panel discussing the relationship and interaction of broadcast radio with internet radio/music services. I'd like to share some of the information that related to topics relevant to this column.
Each week, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet NEELAN VELOO, the founder of AVA, a startup out of the University of Illinois that helps create cross-platform software to solve common problems. He's a sophomore in electrical engineering, double majoring in entrepreneurship, and he's also a soccer referee.
When what was a cellphone game is ported to a console, in this case the PlayStation 4, a reviewer such as myself has a few basic questions to consider:
Is there enough game there to justify the transition? How well did the touch-based menus and other controls survive the move to a standalone controller? Is the price point reasonable? And most importantly, is it fun?
CHAMPAIGN — Investors are putting more money into Illinois agriculture technology, making it the fourth most popular state for ag tech.
Illinois ag tech investment rose from $20 million in 2015 to $70 million last year, according to AgFunder, an online investment platform for ag tech. It sits behind Massachusetts, New York and California.
TRIVIA NIGHT AND SILENT AUCTION
What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.
CHAMPAIGN — One of the largest agriculture companies in the world is opening a digital innovation lab at the University of Illinois Research Park.
Switzerland-based Syngenta announced the lab Thursday, with hopes to open it by this summer. It has already leased the 1,600-square-foot space.
George Washington, our country's first president, was born 285 years ago today, Feb. 22, 1732. His birthday was made a national holiday in 1885. However, in 1971, Congress decided to celebrate all U.S. presidents' birthdays on Presidents Day, the third Monday of every February — thanks to the efforts of commercial advertisers who wished to create a weekend of Presidents Day sales.