smartphones http://michiganradio.org en Ride share company Uber launches in more Michigan cities, but Uber at your own risk http://michiganradio.org/post/ride-share-company-uber-launches-more-michigan-cities-uber-your-own-risk <p></p><p>A technology company that allows people to turn their personal cars into taxi cabs <a href="http://blog.uber.com/UberMichigan">is launching in four Michigan cities</a>. But state officials say drivers are probably breaking the law.</p><p>Uber links people who want a ride to drivers who are available for a fixed price through a smart-phone app. The service is already available in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Now it’s launched in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Flint.</p><p>But it’s still very unclear if Uber drivers are following local and state regulations.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:28:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18511 at http://michiganradio.org Ride share company Uber launches in more Michigan cities, but Uber at your own risk Ann Arbor latest city to tangle with Uber, Lyft http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-latest-city-tangle-uber-lyft <p>The app-based, taxi-like services UberX&nbsp; and Lyft are in talks with the city of Ann Arbor - after the city sent the companies a "cease and desist" letter.&nbsp;</p><p>This is just the latest of many legal tangles across the country for the companies, which are operating in a new grey area of transportation-for-hire.&nbsp;</p><p>The companies say they are "rideshare services."&nbsp; State and local transportation officials call them "transportation network companies," but insist that many of the&nbsp;regulations applying to traditional taxis also apply to these new services.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:01:15 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18291 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor latest city to tangle with Uber, Lyft Little fallout expected from landmark ruling on cell phones and police in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/little-fallout-expected-landmark-ruling-cell-phones-and-police-michigan <p>Michigan police officers and defense attorneys don’t expect much to change in the state after a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a privacy case.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/26/325760330/supreme-court-rules-police-need-warrants-for-most-cellphone-searches">The nation’s highest court ruled</a> that police need a warrant to search a criminal suspect’s mobile phone.</p><p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18191 at http://michiganradio.org Little fallout expected from landmark ruling on cell phones and police in Michigan These researchers say you'll be less productive if you use your smart phone at night http://michiganradio.org/post/these-researchers-say-youll-be-less-productive-if-you-use-your-smart-phone-night <p>MSU conducted a study that links productivity to smart phone usage.</p><p>Russell Johnson is an assistant professor at Michigan State and conducted the study in collaboration with the University of Florida and the University of Washington.</p><p>The study found two big correlations.</p><p>First, that the amount of sleep you get is directly related to how much time you spend on your cell phone at night.</p><p>If you spend a lot of time on your phone, you'll get less sleep.&nbsp;</p><p>The second big thing has to do with productivity.</p><p>Johnson and the other two researchers found that it's harder for people to be focused and engaged at work if they spent a lot of time on their smart phones the night before.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:59:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16149 at http://michiganradio.org These researchers say you'll be less productive if you use your smart phone at night Ann Arbor man develops new mobile application to aid consumers in online sales http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-man-develops-new-mobile-application-aid-consumers-online-sales <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think of a recent purchase you made. Chances are pretty good that your mobile phone was somehow involved, whether you tracked down a store location, you checked out products and prices, or you even closed the deal on your phone.&nbsp;</span></p><p>One survey done by a digital coupon website found that more than half the consumers it surveyed used their mobile device while they bought something in March of this year.</p><p>Or let’s talk dollars and cents, lots of dollars and cents. Mobile commerce transactions are expected to hit $1.5 trillion this year. By 2017 you can look for that to top $3.2 trillion. Clearly something big is going on and we wondered what’s in store for consumers and businesses as more of us trade walking through the door of a brick-and-mortar store to a few thumb clicks on our smart phones.</p><p>Mike Vichich from Ann Arbor is the CEO and co-founder of <a href="https://www.paywithglyph.com/">Glyph</a>, a mobile app that lets you pay with your mobile phone and also keep track of what you’re spending. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:13:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 13740 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor man develops new mobile application to aid consumers in online sales Stateside for Monday, July 29th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-29th-2013 <p>Today we focused our attention on what it takes to run an auto company, and the future of Michigan’s automakers.</p><p>And, we met a real life "Rosie the Riveter." She helped turn out bombers at the Willow Run Bomber Plant nearly 70 years ago.</p><p>And, we a got a preview of this year's Traverse City Film Festival, which kicks off this week.</p><p>Also, we took a look at what invasive plant species are threatening the Great Lakes and what can be done to stop them.</p><p>And, more and more people are doing their shopping on their smart phones. We spoke with a man from Ann Arbor who created an app to help with mobile shopping.</p><p>Also, John Fierst with the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University joined us to discuss Michigan In Letters, an online collection of letters that give insight to Michigan’s past.</p><p>First on the show, it's been just over a week since Detroit became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 9.</p><p>Until now, that unwanted distinction belonged to Stockton, California.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Earlier this year, Bridge Magazine writer Ron French wrote an&nbsp;<a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/07/stockton-vallejo-warn-detroit-you-aint-seen-nothin-yet/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">article</a>&nbsp;about his visit to bankrupt Stockton and Vallejo, a California town that has emerged from bankruptcy.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">As Ron puts it, if Stockton is an example of a city just being diagnosed with fiscal "cancer," Vallejo is a community that has finished chemotherapy. And so far nobody seems particularly thrilled with the results.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Ron French joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:57:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 13741 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 29th, 2013 Ninety-Four percent of hospitals suffer data breaches http://michiganradio.org/post/ninety-four-percent-hospitals-suffer-data-breaches <p>A new study by Michigan’s Ponemon Institute reports hospitals are easy places for thieves to make off with a treasure trove of information.</p><p>The Institute is in Traverse City and studies information security.&nbsp; In the “Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security”, Ponemon found 94 percent of hospitals have suffered data breeches. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:33:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10274 at http://michiganradio.org Ninety-Four percent of hospitals suffer data breaches Smart phone app helps kids with autism http://michiganradio.org/post/smart-phone-app-helps-kids-autism <p>Two Michigan psychologists have created a smart phone app to help kids with autism develop better social skills. Kelly Bowers and her husband Mark are both psychologists who work with kids. They watched their patients learn social skills in workshop settings, but noticed the kids had a harder time applying those skills to real-life situations.</p> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 17:17:33 +0000 Kyle Norris 4476 at http://michiganradio.org Smart phone app helps kids with autism Pothole or broken street light? There's an 'app' for that http://michiganradio.org/post/pothole-or-broken-street-light-theres-app <p>Grand Rapids has a new smartphone ‘app’ that people can use to report things like potholes and graffiti. IPhone and Android users can download the GRCity 311 application for free. Just head to your providers’ app marketplace.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 19:48:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 669 at http://michiganradio.org Pothole or broken street light? There's an 'app' for that