Technology

'Shrink-wrap' electronics could help neurological disorders

URBANA – Epilepsy and other neurological conditions could be treated with electrodes that "shrink-wrap to the brain's surface," says a University of Illinois professor who has pioneered flexible electronics.


Books that don't just lie there

CHAMPAIGN – When Apple announced its iPad in late January, Theo Gray decided he would adapt his book "The Elements" as an e-book application for the tablet computer.

"I've got 60 days. Can I make this happen?" said Gray, a co-founder of Wolfram Research in Champaign.


Workshop scheduled on basics of using Twitter

If you're interested in using Twitter but aren't sure how to get started, the Champaign Public Library has a workshop that can help.

A Tech Talk next week will focus on teaching Twitter to beginners. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library's Busey Computer Room.


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.


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