Wired In: Thomas Satrom

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet THOMAS SATROM, founder and CEO of Satrom Music. Satrom, 28, of Champaign, is earning a master's degree in energy systems. His company builds musical equipment for the traveling musician. Products are designed to be lightweight while not sacrificing tone.

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new parking spot

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts prepped the International Space Station on Friday for a new parking spot reserved for commercial crew capsules.

Scientists plan April 22 protest march

CHAMPAIGN — Scientists locally and across the country say they've had enough of the Trump Administration not supporting science in the way they feel it should be.

So on April 22 — in Champaign, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere — they're planning "March for Science" events to raise awareness to some of the crippling cuts that have been proposed in areas of science.

Let there be light: German scientists test 'artificial sun'

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun," a device they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuels.

Rauner announces cybersecurity plan

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has unveiled a broad-based cybersecurity plan.

The Republican announced the framework Tuesday. He says cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing the nation and Illinois.

Google Maps already tracks you; now others can, too

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family via the app — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestor: Diversity featured in new Irish Lives Remembered

The most recent issue of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine (Issue 36, Spring 2017) "is devoted to diversity and the hidden histories and prejudices of the past." Genealogists who discover persons in the family tree who do not "fit in" because of their relationships with others or with the laws at the time will probably find this issue especially meaningful.

Apple's latest round of device updates low-key

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets.

Google affiliate offers tools against cyberattacks

NEW YORK (AP) — An organization affiliated with Google is offering tools that news organizations and election-related sites can use to protect themselves from hacking.

Google opens 'shortcuts' to info, tools on phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine.