Technology

Technology

I Hotel's roof goes green

CHAMPAIGN — The view out the upper-floor windows at Champaign's I Hotel got a little greener this fall.

About 3,000 square feet of the flat black roof over the adjacent University of Illinois Conference Center is now covered with a colorful mixture of hardy sedum plants, in shades of red, green and yellow.

Firm tries to find why wind turbine blade broke

ARMSTRONG — The firm that operates the recently built California Ridge Wind Farm in Vermilion and Champaign counties said it is looking into how a wind turbine's blade broke on Tuesday night.

Rich Warren: Service switch causing consternation about DVR contents

This reader worries about making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list:

"We exchanged DISH for DirecTV to the consternation of our 39-year-old school teacher still living at home. She gave me static for considering such a thing. She had not mentioned she had many programs and movies saved on the DISH receiver/DVR. The debris hit the fan!

Scientific surveys set 'lightning' talks

A "Lightning Symposium" — as in quick, not thunder — will showcase the diverse work of the state scientific surveys later this week.

Spinlight releases app to help kids learn geography

CHAMPAIGN — Spinlight Studio has released its latest app, Geography Drive USA, a game that helps kids learn more about the 50 states.

It's the ninth app launched by the Champaign-based company, whose previous releases included "Alpha Tots," "Tally Tots" and "Operation Math."

Parkland foundation names Frasca entrepreneur of the year

URBANA — Rudy Frasca has been chosen as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Parkland College Foundation.

Frasca is the founder and former president of Frasca International, the Urbana-based flight-simulator manufacturer that sells products internationally.

Business calendar Nov. 25, 2012

Tuesday, Nov. 27

No word yet on UC2B competition

CHAMPAIGN — Officials are still waiting for word on whether Champaign-Urbana will be selected for an expensive high-speed Internet build-out while nearly $400,000 hangs in the balance.

Internet lets mentors keep contact after moving

CHAMPAIGN — In a town known for people moving in and out, it's often hard for a mentor moving away to part with a student.

Now, at Champaign's two high schools, Central and Centennial, mentors who move can still talk face-to-face to the students they mentor with a little help from modern technology.

Rich Warren: Plasma TV owner isn't warming up to a switch to LCD

Just when plasma televisions looked like a reflection in the rearview mirror, the following reader email arrived: