Technology

Claims not so 'exaggerated' 50 years after PLATO

URBANA – The PLATO computer system at the University of Illinois innovated both in hardware – including plasma display and touch screens – and software – educational innovations, email, interactivity with other users and even instant messaging as early as 1961.


Better Business Bureau says beware the phishy inbox

The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a new phishing scam recently landing in e-mail inboxes across the U.S.

The bureau said the malicious e-mails have come from the address seatac@bbb.org and they pretend to be about a complaint being filed against the company.


OK of Big Broadband grant means real work can begin

Now the work begins.

Officials from Urbana, Champaign and the University of Illinois are expected to meet this week to work on plans for the Big Broadband fiber-optic network that will bring high-speed Internet to the twin cities and campus.


Money Smart Week events put focus on personal finance

Activities include sessions with tips, chance to shred financial papers, help for seniors

Folks will get plenty of chances next week to learn more about personal finance, thanks to Money Smart Week observances in Champaign and Vermilion counties.


It's Your Business: Einstein Bros. Bagels spreading to Urbana

National bagel-chain restaurant Einstein Bros. Bagels will open a location at University and Lincoln avenues in Urbana this summer.

Boast Restaurants, made up of Marc Bralts and Ryan Oas, is the franchisee developing the quick casual restaurant here.


UI engineering students build man's prototype 'personal vehicle'

CHAMPAIGN – Randy Reisinger thinks America's reliance on heavy, gas-guzzling automobiles for day-to-day transportation is grossly inefficient.

So he's pitching a plan for small, three-wheeled "personal vehicles" that he hopes will attract drivers and investors alike.


$15 million from U,S. will go to UI for improving security of electronic medical records

URBANA – The University of Illinois has won a $15 million federal grant to help improve the security of electronic medical records.


Proposed Catlin budget has deficit

CATLIN – Village officials unveiled a $522,214 spending plan for the 2010-11 fiscal year on Tuesday that includes a projected deficit of about $22,000.

Mayor Clay Woodard said village officials prepared a budget with a focus on maintaining village services. He said the unpredictability of state funding prevented the board from taking on any big projects next year.


MTD foresees benefits - from better security cameras to outdoor screens for schedules - in joining broadband consortium

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board Wednesday formally committed the MTD to the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband Consortium.

The MTD will pay $339,102 to become part of the group, plus an annual fiber maintenance charge of $24,910 during the 20-year term of the agreement.


Fiber-optic installation may begin next year

URBANA – Acceptance of a $22.5 million federal grant by Urbana City Council members Monday means that local officials can now begin the hard work – actually building a fiber-optic network.


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