No change for the meter? No problem

CHAMPAIGN — Drivers who park at meters in Champaign will no longer have to worry about the doctor who's running behind or the slow food service at a restaurant, thanks to a new parking meter application for smart phones.

Illinois Ancestors: April 1865 — Civil War's good, bad, worst days

As America continues to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it is appropriate to take note of important events that took place in April of 1865.

Rich Warren: Digital advice: An Apple addition and app subtraction

Dear Tim Cook:

As Apple CEO, you must be proud of your new Apple Watch. I received an email from a reader saying he was replacing his trusted Rolex with your new creation. Frankly, I think the battery life needs a bit of work.

UI shares in $3 million STEM grant

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois has received a grant to help improve minority representation in science, technology, engineering and math.

Monticello school board OKs tech upgrade

MONTICELLO — The school board approved a four-year, $180,000 project to upgrade the technology infrastructure in the district.

It will involve a tenfold upgrade in the data capacity of the wiring to 10 GB, new switches to take advantage of the new fiber optic data network and upgrading wireless access points.

Hangover-free wine?

URBANA — From the school that gave us YouTube, the MRI and plasma screens comes a new breakthrough that will likely have people across the globe raising a glass of chardonnay or pinot noir.

University of Illinois scientists have engineered a "jailbreaking" yeast that could greatly increase the benefits of wine and reduce the toxic byproducts that cause a hangover.

Bement OKs cleanup of ordinances

BEMENT — Village ordinances will get a 21st-century makeover in the next 12 to 18 months, and, in time, residents will be able to search the city law database by phone. 

By a 4-0 margin, the village board approved a $10,195 agreement with the company General Code regarding the codification and organizing of ordinances

Rich Warren: When it comes to your computer, keep it clean

Life evolves into a video game where unseen dangers spring without warning as you try advancing to the next level. You strive to acquire the tools to protect yourself amid miscreants determined to harm you.

Welcome to using your PC, tablet and smartphone.

Apple products tend to be less vulnerable to viruses and malware, but even they have been attacked.

Teacher wins computer equipment for school

GEORGETOWN — Officials learned that Pine Crest Elementary had received a $10,000 grant from Google for computer studies.

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