Category Archives: Technology

Gov. Snyder signs bills allowing drivers to show electronic proof of insurance

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Michigan drivers will be able to show electronic proof of insurance during traffic stops.

That’s under a bill Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law on Wednesday.

The new law will take effect in 90 days. Until then, drivers are still required to carry a physical copy of their proof of insurance or face court-imposed fines.

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Governor Snyder addresses Flint water crisis

Snyder and meA technical panel is scheduled to meet this week to address the drinking water crisis in Flint.

On Friday, an action plan was announced to deal with the presence of lead in the drinking water supply. The contamination was reported after the city began getting water from the Flint River.

Governor Rick Snyder addressed criticism of his administration’s handling of the issue with CMU Public Radio’s David Nicholas…
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An introduction to outer space

Example of what may be in store for viewers this Friday (10-2) Courtesy of the planetarium.

Example of what may be in store for viewers this Friday (10-2) Courtesy of the planetarium.

The Bay City Planetarium is attempting to restore some of the intrigue and wonder towards outer space that some people may have lost since childhood.
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Events around Michigan will celebrate National Manufacturing Day


Events are planned around the state this Friday, October 2nd, in recognition of National Manufacturing Day.

The goal is to expose young people to America’s manufacturing industry. Continue reading

Northern Michigan students building robots in the Fab Lab

FabLabAn eight thousand dollar grant is being put to use in northern Michigan training students in high tech manufacturing.

The Petoskey Harbor Springs Community foundation granted the money to cover the costs for twelve students to gain modern manufacturing skills while earning both high school and college credits, all in the back of a high tech trailer.
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Not your average dating website — My Special Match is just for people with disabilities


A Michigan couple has created a new dating and friendship website — but this one is a little different. It’s specifically for people with disabilities.

My Special Match is a companion and dating website that developers say works a lot like Match or E-Harmony. Continue reading

If you’re a technology-lover, this maybe the very reason you find it difficult to keep work away from home

Balancing work & personal lifeA survey from the American Psychological Association explored how people manage the boundaries between work and personal lives.

Four out of ten respondents said they take care of personal or family needs during work time and vice versa.
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On The Map goes out of this world

Planetarium from the outside.  Courtesy of the Planetarium.

Planetarium from the outside. Courtesy of the Planetarium.

Near the riverfront in Bay City is a huge red and orange colored cone set into a modern looking black building.

This stark architectural contrast to the rest of the city is the Delta College Planetarium.
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Preparing for Clean Power Plan state legislators tour solar facility

One of J. Ranck's solar panels.

One of J. Ranck’s solar panels.

State legislators met August 5th at the home of one of Michigan’s largest solar arrays following this week’s Clean Power Plan proposed by President Obama.
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Michigan seeking bids to replace old election equipment

Example of a voting machine in Michigan.

Example of a voting machine in Michigan.

Michigan is accepting proposals to replace outdated election equipment.

The Secretary of State is looking to replace the more than ten-year old election equipment found at local precincts around the state. Continue reading

On The Map visits Beaver Island’s first radio station.

Winslow in the radio stations master control room.

Winslow in the radio stations master control room.

When Dennis Winslow proudly opened the door to the home of Beaver Island’s first radio station he grinned from ear to ear.

“Noone knows this is back here,” he said. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ visits CMU’s Beaver Island facility

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Our first stop on Beaver Island is a one-of-a-kind biological research facility operated by Central Michigan University.

Don Uzarski is director of CMU’s Great Lakes Research Institute, and my captain when I went for a lesson on the water. Continue reading

Snyder agrees to repeal film incentives


Governor Rick Snyder has signed a new law that phases out the state’s film and video production incentives.

“We’re going to follow through with the people who had credits, so we’re going to finish up that process, and we’ll just continue to move forward.” Continue reading

Parking in downtown Sault Ste. Marie? There’s an app for that

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie will soon be rolling out a new mobile app that allows downtown patrons to pay for parking meters with their smartphone.

Users just download the app (the name will soon be released) and type in a code listed on the decal of the meter. A credit card or bank account can be linked with the app. The rate will be the same as using coins, but for those using credit cards, a fee of $00.35 will be added. Change can still be used on the meters.

Justin Knepper is the Downtown Manager of the Sault Downtown Development Authority. He said the upgrade will help tourists who visit and the employees who work downtown.

“We have over 470 meters in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, close to over 5,000 employees, half a million tourists that come into Sault Ste. Marie each year, and so the meters really help us make sure that our shoppers and our tourists have a place to park.”

Knepper explained how he is hoping this app will make things more convenient for downtown shoppers.

“You park at a meter and not have to worry about rushing back immediately or forgetting about it and getting a ticket, it gives you that option to be right on top of things and make sure you’re taking care of your business in the most efficient way possible. We hope that it will provide a really great convenience factor.”

The app and meters are expected to be upgraded by August.

The fate of Michigan’s film incentives in Gov. Snyder’s hands


Michigan’s film incentives could soon end with the stroke of Gov. Rick Snyder’s pen.

The state House and Senate approved a bill to phase out the film credits on the last day before lawmakers go on an intermittent schedule for the summer. Continue reading

Stay protected from cyber attacks this summer


Security experts say before you head out on vacation this summer, you may want to double check your online identity.

Hackers can access information from laptops, iPads, cell phones and ATMs. Data files, passwords and bank accounts can be found and hacked. Continue reading

Controversy stirs around bill limiting information requests on infrastructure

Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse

The public would not be able to obtain certain information about pipelines and other infrastructure under legislation in the state House.

Supporters of House Bill 4540 say it’s an attempt to protect critical infrastructure from being attacked. Continue reading

Newest archived Michigan death certificates available online

James Vernor certificate courtesy Image.

James Vernor certificate courtesy Image.

Death may not sound like an intriguing topic to everyone, but Michigan archivists said death certificates are filled with clues about not only family history, but also family health.

Periodically, archivists in the state post death certificates online for public access.

The Archives of Michigan has recently made certificates from the 1920s through the 1930s available to the public. Continue reading

Gladwin County recognized for improving internet access

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Gladwin county officials said the county has struggled with internet access barriers for years. Now they have been awarded the latest Michigan certified connected status.

The status means the county met internet access goals and offers a variety of service providers to 95 percent of the county.

Officials said even though Gladwin is certified, they will keep improving broadband access. They said they are working on overcoming physical barriers like valleys and a scattered population. Continue reading

Film credits could be back on chopping block as officials look to close budget hole


Ending Michigan’s film incentive program could be part of a solution to close a large hole in the state budget. A new bill in the state House would end Michigan’s film credits in October. Continue reading