Technology

  FedEx works to pump out packages during online holiday shopping influx

In fact, FedEx expects to move twice its regular volume of packages today and next Monday.

AT&T fined $60M for misleading with ‘unlimited’ plans

  Memphis experiences incredible national exposure over past year

Reports: US launches review of China-owned video app TikTok

Google buys Fitbit for $2.1B, stepping back into wearables

Update your iPhone or your internet might go away

Tassle keychain mobile power banks recalled due to fire hazard

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Facebook clarifies Zuckerberg remarks on false political ads

  Chlorine leakage drill preps first responders

Google claims breakthrough in blazingly fast computing

  Netflix announces it will crack down on password sharing in the future

Woman playing Pokemon Go fatally shot after witnessing robbery in N.M.

Russian trolls are back: Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

This phone case looks and reacts like human skin

If your boring phone case just won't do, this is an option.

‘Click to Pray eRosary’: The Vatican’s new phone app

The device made of black agate and hematite rosary beads and a “smart cross.”

Google debuts Pixel 4 phone, wireless earbuds with AI

The Pixel 4 phone promises to respond to AI queries even faster than before, while a home Wi-Fi system is getting the AI features for the first time.

Twitter says it mistakenly shared users’ phone numbers for advertising

Twitter says it mistakenly used the phone numbers and email addresses people provided for security purposes to show advertisements to its users.

Jonesboro woman loses $1,500 in telephone scam

Suspected car prowler’s shocked face captured on dashcam

Researchers question Census Bureau’s new approach to privacy

  Police: Woman carjacked at gunpoint by man she met on dating app

Update Windows now to fix critical security issues, Microsoft warns

Aluminum wheel manufacturer to cut jobs in NW Arkansas

  City Council attorney says MPD can fine drivers for state’s hands-free law without new city ordinance

“I think there is authority. It depends on how you interpret all the various statutes,” said Allan Wade, Memphis City Council attorney.

  Sikeston DPS officer resigns following social media posts

Sikeston DPS Chief McMillen said he is taking the complaint very seriously.

Walmart rolls out grocery delivery subscription

Walmart is rolling out a grocery delivery subscription service this fall for a $98 annual fee.

Apple unveils a cheaper iPhone and pricing for streaming TV

Apple is facing more pressure to generate revenue from services such as music streaming, product repairs, revenue sharing from apps and ad commissions from making Google the default search engine.

States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

The probes into Google and Facebook widen the antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by European regulators.

  St. Jude scientists using world’s strongest magnet for research

The $10 million magnet will help scientists at St. Jude student DNA and biochemistry.

Samsung folding phone to launch after screen problem delay

The nearly $2,000 phone will launch on Sept. 6 in South Korea, and Sept. 18 in France, Germany and Britain. Other markets including the U.S. and Singapore will follow, but the company did not specify dates.

Unguarded database exposed millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers, the social media company admits

Each record had a Facebook user’s ID, which is a long string of numbers that can be traced back to a user’s account, as well as their phone number. More than 130 million of the exposed records were from the U.S.

Websites infected iPhones with spyware, researchers say

The malware obtained sensitive data including text messages, photos and real-time location.

  AT&T employees go on strike

Two days after reports surfaced that 20,000 employees of AT&T went on strike over a labor dispute — multiple employees and union members went on strike Monday in the ArkLaTex.

  New safety technology to prevent hot car deaths may not go far enough

Some new technology designed to alert you to a child in your backseat may give some parents a false sense of security.

Facebook rolls out privacy tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps.

  Long-lost siblings meet for the first time in nearly 53 years

Jim Lawless flew from Houston to Jackson County, Ky., after he received the results a few weeks ago.

  All Missouri students will have access to online courses

Missouri School Districts will be providing new opportunities for students .

  Voters pass $1 surcharge to all cell phones to help fund 911 services in New Madrid County, Mo.

Voters say yes to srucharged.

  Millage helps with school tech upgrades

A passed millage funded the 800 computers and their charging stations, costing $500,000.

  Parental control apps to track your child’s smartphone habits

Technology can help parents start the conversation with their kids about what they are looking at on their smartphone and where they are going.

Court to Trump: Blocking Twitter critics is unconstitutional

A three-judge panel agreed with a lower court judge who said Trump violates the First Amendment when he blocks critics.

Slackers unite! Chrome extension disguises Netflix as conference call

The extension adds three conference call windows to your screen to make it appear you are on a conference call instead of slacking off at work.

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

Texas Tech’s Seiichi Nagihara is one of 12 people who have been selected by NASA through the Artemis lunar program, with the goal of sending astronauts to the moon by 2024 as preparation for sending humans to Mars.

  More than 140 new laws take effect in Tennessee Monday

More than 140 new laws will take effect in Tennessee Monday, including a law that bans the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

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

More young people across the country are pursuing plastic surgery to look like their photo filters, researchers say.

Tech on trial: House mulls antitrust help for news industry

Members of both parties on Tuesday suggested legislation may be necessary for the financially-struggling U.S. news industry as lawmakers began a bipartisan investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley companies.

Gov. Hutchinson attends inaugural National Computer Science Summit

Governor Hutchinson and several other leaders met at the inaugural National Computer Science Summit.

  NASA opening International Space Station to commercial interests, visitors

Starting possibly as early as 2020, NASA will allow private astronauts to perform missions of up to 30 days on the space station for endeavors connected to approved commercial and marketing efforts.

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

For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Students were told not to respond to avoid generating replies ... and further notifications.

Apple unveils privacy tools, iTunes changes

Apple, beset by falling iPhone sales, announced upcoming changes to its phone and computer software intended to highlight its increasing emphasis on digital services and to further position it as a fierce guardian of personal privacy.

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

This week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced a plan to get all communities in the state with a population of 500 or more people connected with high-speed internet within the next three years.

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

There’s been many theories about what could be behind the issue. People have speculated it could be the airport, or maybe even NASA.

Chase attempts cleverness in tweet about frugality, gets dragged

This tweet was posted to the Chase Bank account Monday afternoon in an apparent attempt at encouraging customers to save a few dollars by cutting unnecessary expenses. It was later deleted.

  GRAPHIC: Drone delivers kidney for organ transplant in breakthrough flight

This first voyage of its kind has the potential to revolutionize the organ transplant process.

  Efforts to provide internet where residents need it most

Craighead Electric and Empower in Jonesboro are working together to bridge the digital divide in Arkansas.

  Samsung’s new ‘Galaxy Fold’ faces delay

Samsung has announced that it is delaying the retail launch of its first foldable smartphone due to problems with the screen.

Arkansas company works to fight robocallers

An Arkansas company is conducting a test run of technology designed to combat 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.