Technology

  All Missouri students will have access to online courses

Missouri School Districts will be providing new opportunities for students .

  Parental control apps to track your child’s smartphone habits

Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional

Slackers unite! Chrome extension disguises Netflix as conference call

NASA picks Texas Tech professor’s heat probe for future moon landing

  More than 140 new laws take effect in Tennessee Monday

  More young people getting plastic surgery with increase in social media filters

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Tech on trial: House mulls antitrust help for news industry

Gov. Hutchinson attends inaugural National Computer Science Summit

  NASA opening International Space Station to commercial interests, visitors

Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’

Apple unveils privacy tools, iTunes changes

  A Better Region 8: High-speed internet access in Arkansas

Florida governor says Russians accessed 2 voting databases

Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday.

  ‘I’d rather go to jail than go back home’: Florida man drives 100 mph down interstate while standing through sunroof

The Florida Highway Patrol pulled over 70-year-old Leonard Olsen after he was veering from lane to lane, sometimes driving over 100 mph.

How Google, Facebook ‘know your deepest, darkest secrets’

Every click, every search, every website visit becomes part of your online profile.

  Firefighters save unconscious dog with special equipment

A firefighter’s helmet camera caught the rescue.

  MYSTERY: Key fobs, garage door openers useless in Ohio neighborhood

Chase attempts cleverness in tweet about frugality, gets dragged

  GRAPHIC: Drone delivers kidney for organ transplant in breakthrough flight

  Efforts to provide internet where residents need it most

  Samsung’s new ‘Galaxy Fold’ faces delay

Arkansas company works to fight robocallers

Approved ADHD device sends electrical pulse to child’s brain

A small adhesive patch is placed on the child's forehead, and the pocket-sized device delivers a low-level electrical pulse to the parts of the brain responsible for ADHD symptoms.

Ancestry.com apologizes, pulls slavery-themed ad

Critics say the commercial romanticized slavery. The DNA company said it is committed to telling important stories from history.

Walmart launches subscription delivery apparel box for kids’ clothes

The new Walmart KIDBOX stylebox will be available for sizes 0 to 14 for girls and 0 to 16 for boys, and includes a range of items, from sweaters and denim to dresses and graphic t-shirts.

  Social media executives claim no censorship at Senate hearing

Congress and social media companies wrestle with how, and when, to censor hateful speech online.

  Caught on Cam: Distracted driver wipes out at highway speed

Footage from camera mounted on a highway department vehicle shows the moment a distracted driver in a black BMW slams into the truck, then spins out of control.

Woman calls 911 about burglar in bathroom; deputies find trapped Roomba

When she reported the possible burglary, the woman told dispatch the suspect had locked the bathroom door, but she could see shadows moving underneath.

Crank it up: Music can repel mosquitoes

Researchers in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand found that electronic dance music kept mosquitoes at bay.

  New TSA scanners are coming: Get ready to leave your laptops and liquids in your bags

The TSA announced a $97 million contract for 300 3-D scanners to be deployed at airports across the country.

  Vice President Pence: Americans will return to the moon within 5 years

Vice President Mike Pence chaired the fifth meeting of the National Space Council at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on March 26.

  Apple announces its long-awaited streaming TV service

The new video service is expected to have original TV shows and movies. Also expected is a subscription service consisting of news, entertainment and sports bundled from newspapers and magazines.

  Here’s some handy smartphone hacks for everyday use

These include how to turn your phone into a metal detector to find wall studs for hanging decor or how to use the camera to measure your heart rate.

Newborn left to die in 1981 identified by DNA; mother charged in South Dakota

After 38 years, police used DNA tests and genealogy to help arrest the suspected mother of a newborn left to die on the side of a South Dakota road.

Man who allegedly threatened Google arrested in California

The YouTuber allegedly drove across the country in order to confront Google officials, telling police he’d get violent if the visit didn’t go well.

Bible apps provide a convenient and easy way to learn more about religion during Lent

Lent is underway, and now apps can make it easy and convenient to delve deeper into religious studies.

More people are cutting the cord when it comes to traditional TV viewing

More people are switching over from traditional cable and cutting the cord, but there are many different options available.

  NEA Baptist helps patients and guests by providing free heart day clinic

NEA Baptist Heart Day benefits those in attendance by educating them on heart health.

Experts suggest ‘Tech Training Wheels’ for young children

If a child is too young for a connected device, there are some toys that can act as 'tech training wheels'.

  Samsung’s new foldable phone costs $1,980

It’s a 4.6 inch-smartphone that can open up into a 7.3-inch tablet. It hits stores on April 26 and starts at $1,980.

  Keeping your child safe: Do’s and Don’ts for parents of gamers

Region 8 News teams speaks with local experts to find out the do’s and don’ts for online video games

  Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted.

  Screen time for children under 2 more than doubles since 1997, study finds

Time in front of the TV for kids under 2 jumped from 30 minutes to more than 2.5 hours.

  Amazon ditches New York headquarters

The online retailer faced fierce opposition from some New York politicians who were unhappy with the nearly $3 billion in tax incentives Amazon was promised.

Assault of 13-year-old Massachusetts boy recorded on Snapchat, police say

Five teens are being charged in juvenile court with assaulting the 13-year-old, but police say there’s no sign of a hate crime.

Apps help fight winter blues

There are apps that can help turn that frown upside down, and help fight the winter blues.

  High-tech neighborhood watch programs: do they help keep neighbors safe or hurt police investigations?

But the way neighbors are looking out for each other is moving from keeping an eye out to catching crimes on camera.

Apple busts Facebook for distributing data-sucking app

The tech blog TechCrunch reports that Facebook paid about $20 a month. While Facebook says this was done with permission, the company has a history of defining “permission” loosely and obscuring what data it collects.

  Tucson teen found FaceTime bug while trying to call a friend

A Tucson teen found the bug in Apple’s FaceTime more than a week before it was reported, according to his mother.

FaceTime bug lets iPhone users eavesdrop on people they’re calling without them answering

A bug in Apple’s FaceTime feature caused quite the stir on social media Monday, when users learned they could essentially eavesdrop on the people they’re calling and see through their front-facing camera, even if the other person hasn’t picked up the call.

Facebook tricked kids into spending money on games, court documents show

The revelations were uncovered in 135 pages of documents relating a since-settled 2012 class-action case.

Plans to start mining water, oxygen from moon, European Space Agency announces

Using these natural resources could make it easier for humans to stay on the moon for extended periods of time.

  Are they watching you? Targeted advertising explained

A study finds that many Facebook users don’t know the social media site is recording their interests to generate targeted ads.

Let the streaming wars begin; new services are everywhere

TV streaming services are multiplying like rabbits. At least three major players debut in 2019 with more on the way.

Couple grateful for Apple watch that alerted them to husband’s irregular heartbeat

The man thought he was experiencing anxiety around traveling for the holidays, but his watch alerted him it was actually something much more serious.

  Robots rule at 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

More than 180,000 people are in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, whereh robots and artificial intelligence are in the spotlight.

BreadBot: Rising star of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

The fully-automated breadmaking machine “mixes, forms, proofs, bakes and cools 10 loaves of bread per hour – all on its own.”

School van driver under investigation after teen records her using FaceTime while driving

A new driver has been assigned to transport the 16-year-old, and in addition, the superintendent says the driver under investigation is no longer permitted to transport any of the school district’s students.

Get a glimpse of future tech at CES

Get ready for the wild but also the more mild, like smart home devices, health tech and pushing your smartphone further - for instance, new alternatives to a stylus.

Marriott data breach exposes 5 million unencrypted passport numbers

Marriott says that fewer guest records were involved in a previously announced data breach than it initially disclosed. The lodging company said Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, that it now believes that the number of potentially involved guests is lower than the 500 million originally estimated.

  Make protecting your personal data a new year resolution

Your data was probably stolen in 2018. Billions were affected by breaches and cyber-attacks last year, resulting in millions of dollars in losses.

  China becomes first country to land spacecraft on far side of moon

China is only the third country, behind the United States and Russia, to have spacecrafts make moon landings, and it is the first to have a craft land on the moon's far side.

The Latest: Tribune says newspapers hit by computer virus

Tribune Publishing says a computer virus disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune and its other newspapers across the country, the Chicago Tribune reports

Tesla names independent board members in SEC settlement

Tesla names 2 independent board members as part of settlement with US regulators

Nationwide internet outage affects CenturyLink customers

Many CenturyLink customers across the U.S. were without internet Thursday amid a lengthy outage that even affected some Verizon customers

Elon Musk asks judge to toss diver's lawsuit in Thai dustup

Elon Musk is asking a California judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a British diver who accused the tech entrepreneur of falsely calling him a pedophile

Internet provider aims to expand rural broadband in Midwest

An Illinois-based internet provider is planning to spur broadband development in rural areas across five states in the central U.S.

Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

A Russian Cabinet official says the nation's new strategic weapon can pierce any missile defenses

$72B in holiday returns expected this holiday season

Whether it's a gadget you don't need or a sweater you won't wear, chances are you received at least one gift you want to return this Christmas.

Digitally enhanced: Estonia plots the end of bureaucracy

The Baltic nation of Estonia is engaged in the most ambitious project in governance in today's world, creating a totally digital government designed to reduce bureaucracy, increase transparency and boost economic growth

Idaho lab protects US infrastructure from cyber attacks

Workers at an Idaho lab are helping the U.S. catch up with threats by hackers to systems that operate energy pipelines, hydroelectric projects, drinking water systems and nuclear power plants across the country.

Slack: Some accounts mistakenly deactivated during update

Slack says it mistakenly deactivated accounts for some of the users of its work-focused messaging service as it implemented a system update to comply with U.S. economic sanctions and trade embargoes

Potash mine fire in Russia leaves 9 trapped underground

Russian officials say nine miners have been trapped by a salt mine fire in the region near the Ural Mountains

London's Gatwick Airport reopens; drone suspects questioned

London's Gatwick Airport has been plagued by long lines and flight delays but no new drone sightings after two suspects were arrested for drone invasions

Firm wins passenger OK for self-driving cars in California

Self-driving car startup Zoox has won permission to start offering rides to public passengers in California

Germany says link between hackers, China govt credible

The German government says it believes the link drawn between the Chinese government and a group of hackers who stole trade and official secrets in the West is credible

The Latest: Police say 2 arrested Gatwick Airport drone case

UK police say two people have been arrested for suspected "criminal use of drones" in the Gatwick Airport case

China calls US arrogant and selfish after hacking indictment

China calls the U.S. arrogant and selfish after two Chinese citizens were charged with stealing American trade secrets and other sensitive information on behalf of Beijing's main intelligence agency

End of an era: Germany closes its last black coal mine

Germany has closed the last of its black coal mines, ending an industry that fueled the country's industrial revolution and its post-war economic recovery

2 arrested for drone use in London Gatwick Airport case

British police say two people have been arrested for suspected "criminal use of drones"' in the Gatwick Airport case that has created nightmarish holiday travel delays for tens of thousands of passengers