It's Your Business: Villa Italian Kitchen coming to town

Villa Italian Kitchen is coming to Market Place Shopping Center in May, opening in the space formerly occupied by Sbarro.

The Champaign store will be one of 40 Villa Italian Kitchens to open soon in regional malls as the result of a recent deal with General Growth Properties, which owns about 120 malls including Market Place.

Pacemaker pioneer honored

Research will result in self-powering devices

URBANA — A Turkish native whose grandfather passed away at a young age because of heart failure and who has become a pioneer in technology that will lead to self-powering pacemakers received the $20,000 Illinois Innovation Prize on Friday.

Rich Warren: An Apple alternative? OK, I'll bite

Today we compare Apples and oranges, or SanDisks, as the case may be.

Apple owns the portable headphone music player market, the market pioneered by Sony more than 30 years ago. That market now occupies a tiny niche, because most people use their smartphones or tablets to enjoy music on the go. Many no longer even store the music on their personal device but stream it from the cloud.

Illinois Ancestors: Slavery issues and online resources

Researchers who are interested in African American information and records that pertain to slavery can find many helpful sites on the Internet. A good place to start is the article in the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) publication, Prologue, "Living With The Hydra The Documentation of Slavery and the Slave Trade in Federal Records" (Winter 2000, Vol. 32, No.

Device helps athletes monitor practice

CHAMPAIGN — Adam Tilton has developed a gesture-recognition device to help athletes monitor what they've done in practice.

Using it, weight lifters can check on how many curls or hammer curls they've done during workouts. Sprinters can find out how many strides they took, and swimmers can keep track of how many strokes they used while doing laps.

DS Volition seeking city incentives to remodel, expand

CHAMPAIGN — Video game developer DS Volition is seeking about $200,000 in incentives from the city of Champaign so the company can remodel its downtown offices and expand by as many as 100 employees.

Without the incentives, the company said it may have to consider other locations outside downtown Champaign because the remodeling would be cost-prohibitive.

Rich Warren: Cable options on the rise - and so is the cost

Can you believe a technology columnist who wrote a high school term paper explaining why pay TV would never succeed? Of course, back then pay TV consisted of an experiment by Zenith to broadcast one channel of pay TV in Chicago.

Monticello council OKs fiber deal

MONTICELLO — The council became the second entity to approve purchase of the joint fiber optic network that has been installed throughout the city.

Aldermen approved an amendment to the four-entity intergovernmental agreement that sets the cost to take ownership at $306,074, with the city's share being around $76,500.

36 hours of unbridled creativity

This weekend, participants in Hack Illinois will try to show off high-tech prowess for bragging rights, as well as some cash, prizes

Laptops: Check.

Backpacks: Check.

4,300 cans of Red Bull: Check.

Rich Warren: VHS may not look good on new TV

Will a new TV bring an old VHS tape to life? That's the quandary from this St. Joseph reader: "This involves transferring VHS tape to a DVD. I know you have written repeatedly on this and I have the columns in which you address that so I think I know what to do. But before I go to that trouble, here is what I ran into that has me questioning if I should proceed.