Technology

  UofM awarded $1M grant to establish automation and robotics training center

The University of Memphis has been awarded a huge grant from the federal government to create a brand-new, state-of-the-art robotics center with a job training program to go along with it.

  MLGW to resume disconnections for non-payment Monday

  Shelby County Schools tests internet ahead of the first day of school

Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee and Comcast team up to offer families free internet

  MLGW to accept bids from other power providers

  West Memphis School District continues digital device distribution

  Teachers voice concerns over new technology to be used for SCS students

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How to protect your information on the social media app TikTok

  Mid-South business headlines: Google confirms Southaven site, drops jobs number

Comcast extends 60-day offer of free internet services to new internet essential customers

  FedEx, Microsoft announces new partnership to help business deliveries

  Girls, Inc. of Memphis opens virtual programming to all area girls

  Generous gesture by Mid-South teacher turns virtual lessons into global sensation

  Hearing-impaired children stay on track during the digital transition

Children across the nation and in the Mid-South have had to adapt to online learning. With this transition there have been some difficulties, but how has this change impacted hearing-impaired students.

Pandemic bringing digital divide to the forefront

The digital divide has been a major platform of Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray. It’s defined as the gap in receiving information between those who have access to technology and those who don’t.

  Ole Miss launches food, drink delivery bots

Robots are taking over the Ole Miss campus -- lunch, that is.

  New push for Germantown cell tower raises new concerns

There’s a new plan concerning a controversial cell phone tower in Germantown.

  Electric rate increase is part of improvement plan, MLGW says

Google to bring hundreds of jobs to Mississippi

  Cyber security expert weighs in after Ring camera is hacked in child’s room

  Amazon picks Desoto County to debut ‘Small Business Academy’

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

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

  SCS approves teaching classes via webcam

The Shelby County School system is turning to technology to solve its teacher shortage.

  Memphis launches online data hub to help public track city services

The City of Memphis has launched a new online data hub to help citizens keep track of city services.

Google claims breakthrough in blazingly fast computing

Big tech companies including Microsoft, IBM and Intel are avidly pursuing quantum computing, a new and somewhat bewildering technology for vastly sped-up information processing.

  New technology being tested in Memphis to battle potholes

As pothole season approaches, new technology is being tested right here in the Bluff City that could help get those problematic holes fixed faster.

Cybersecurity business to put HQ in Memphis, creating 161 new jobs

The company is investing $2.4 million in Shelby County and will create 161 new jobs over the next five years, according to Tennessee Economic & Community Development.

  Lime scooters rolling out of Memphis ... again

The company announced it will be pulling out its fleet of 450 scooters over the next week.

FCC authorizes more than $5.5M in funding for broadband expansion in rural Tennessee

The Federal Communications Commission authorized more than $5.5 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to more than 2,000 under-served homes and business in Tennessee.

Southwest to add nonstop flights between Memphis, Atlanta

Southwest Airlines is adding nonstop flights between Memphis and Atlanta.

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

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

  Automakers introduce new technology to avoid hot car deaths

Parents and caregivers will soon have an *extra* reminder to check for their little ones in the back seat.

  New laboratory to bring 300 jobs to Southaven

A new laboratory is set to create 300 jobs in Southaven over the next three years.

Websites infected iPhones with spyware, researchers say

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

Town of Collierville falls victim to ransomware attack

City officials say access to their files has been blocked by the ransomware, but there does not appear to be a data breach.

  Lawsuit claims FedEx misled investors after cyber attack

A lawsuit claims FedEx violated federal securities laws after a cyber attack.

  Indigo Ag announces new initiative to remove carbon from the environment

Indigo Ag rolled out a new initiative at the group's Beneficial Ag conference Wednesday, to incentivize farmers to change their practices and help remove carbon from the environment.

  Startup of the Year Summit to be held in Memphis

A major tech start-up convention announced they’re coming to the Bluff City this fall.

Coca Cola offers drink mix contest worth $10,000

A new contest will let people submit their favorite Coke drink combos for a chance at $10,000

TVA pushes to keep MLGW service

The President of the Tennessee Valley Authority says the agency needs to step up its relationship with Memphis.

  3rd annual Davos on the Delta conference highlights agriculture

Some of the world’s top investors, entrepreneurs and visionaries are in Memphis for Davos on the Delta.

  MLGW advisory team tackles high-stakes decision

MLGW's Power Supply Advisory Team met for the first time Tuesday, since being announced earlier this month.

  Shelby County mayor presents $1.3B budget to commissioners

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris presented his $1.3 billion budget to commissioners Monday afternoon.

  Verizon will launch 5G service in Memphis in 2019

Verizon is bringing its 5G Ultra Wideband service to Memphis this year.

  City of Memphis hopes to receive autonomous trucks soon

Nearly a year after trolleys returned to Downtown Memphis' Main Street, new self-driving vehicles could soon share the same road.

  TN man invents cooling collars, packs to keep dogs, children safe in hot weather

In the Mid-South, we sometimes enjoy above average temps in the 80′s.

  Germantown hospital offers robotic rehab for stroke patients

Robots helping stroke patients recover faster is now a reality in the Mid-South.

  System allowing people to text 911 launches in Memphis

People in the city of Memphis can now access 911 services via text messages.

  CVS installs time delay drug safes at all TN pharmacies

CVS has installed time delay safes in all of its Tennessee stores.

Tinder introducing height verification tool

Popular dating app Tinder reportedly adding height verification tool.

  CodeCrew coding school recruiting new students

Memphis’ CodeCrew Code School kicked off a new school session Friday as part of their mission to close the local software developer gap.

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.

  Mid-South teen’s Apple Watch triggers rash

When her Apple Watch caused a red rash on her wrist, it was especially disappointing for 16-year-old Chandler Collins.

Ring turns to crowdsourcing to catch porch pirates

The company has begun paying for sponsored Facebook posts to get videos of porch thieves and other suspects in front of thousands of neighbors.

  FedEx unveils autonomous robot capable of making same-day deliveries

FedEx unveiled a new autonomous delivery robot that will be able to make deliveries to customers the same day they’re ordered.

  311 service error to blame for uncollected trash

After many complaints had gone unanswered, the city of Memphis discovered a problem with its 311 website.

  Tech trainers bolstered by recent corporate headquarters announcements

Tuesday’s announcement of FedEx Logistics pending expansion and move to downtown Memphis will likely provide more chances for tech employment in the Bluff City.

  MS Broadband Act passes, bringing high speed internet to state

High speed internet is finally headed to all of Mississippi, thanks to the new Broadband Act signed into law last week. However, web-surfers may still have to wait a little longer for super-fast service.

  App created by Rhodes College students takes off

An idea that started in a Rhodes College dorm room is now putting 450 students in Memphis to work, at a convenient time for them.

Mississippi governor signs high-speed internet bill into law

The Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act allows electric co-ops to use their resources to bring high-speed internet to remote areas of Mississippi.

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.

  Memphis could receive new technology that predicts potholes

The City of Memphis is about to launch a new technology that can report potholes faster, even predict potholes before they happen.

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.

  Rural Mississippians hopeful for faster internet after expansion bill passes

Internet service is pretty important in today’s age, and some say remote areas of Mississippi are falling behind because they have poor internet connections.

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.

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.

  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.

  MLGW leaders craft new budget for 2019

MLGW CEO J.T. Young said they're on tap to go before the council in a week on January 8. He's not sure if that will happen, though, as all sides work to craft a compromise budget.

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

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

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