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UI uses hundreds of cameras to investigate crime; more on the way

URBANA — Be sure to smile the next time you walk through the University of Illinois campus.

There's a good chance you are being watched on a UI police camera.

UI police have increased the number of surveillance cameras monitoring activity in the campus area from 13 in 2008 to 900 today, and the police department plans on adding another 200 cameras before the end of 2013.

Rich Warren: Sometimes, the answers just aren't all that encouraging

If I sent an email to my doctor telling her that I have a pain in my chest, she probably would advise me to head over to the emergency room sooner rather than later.

Your humble technology correspondent is no physician, but similarly, diagnosing electronic problems via email can be risky. For example, this reader query:

UI staffer objects to mass email; Davis' office says message was approved by House panel, not political

CHAMPAIGN — A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said that a mass email sent to thousands of residents of the 13th Congressional District last week had been approved by the House franking commission and was not of a political nature.

But a University of Illinois staff member said that he objected to receiving the personal message on his UI account.

Rich Warren: A few more odds and ends about batteries

My recent battery column elicited a few sparks, but I cannot confirm the veracity of the two emails I received concerning exploding lithium batteries. These emails won't be printed until I can be sure of their honesty and objectivity.

Bill restricting government use of drones clears Senate committee

SPRINGFIELD — Despite opposition from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, a bill restricting law enforcement's use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, cleared an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday.

Turbine blade breaks caused by isolated issue, manufacturer says

ARMSTRONG — An "isolated manufacturing issue" caused two wind turbines in East Central Illinois to break last year, the manufacturer of the towers said Monday.

Oso CEO wins one of three Lemelson prizes

URBANA — Oso Technologies is collecting oh, so many prizes.

On Monday, its CEO and co-founder, Eduardo Torrealba, won the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize for innovation.

UI volunteers help Clark-Lindsey Village residents with tech issues

By F. AMANDA TUGADE/For The News-Gazette

Business calendar March 1, 2013

Monday, March 4

'Are You Ready to Buy a Home?' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this 2013 homeownership community education class include: "How Do You Buy a Home?"; "Mortgage Payment and Other Costs of Ownership"; "How Much Can You Pay for a House?" Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.

Reluctant Townie: Six strikes and you're out, apparently

This week, the United States' five largest Internet providers — AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon — implemented their long-threatened, er, promised Six Strikes program. The move purports to be an educational tool to combat Internet piracy but is really just a way for your provider to charge you extra fees.