People and cellphones: A new normal

Cellphones have become an integral part of day-to-day life. Many people carry a cellphone with them, whether they use it to communicate, entertain themselves, stay current with the news or to conduct business. “I think I would do okay without it, but I am definitely addicted to social media,” Ehlana Whyman, a college student, said. “I don’t live at home anymore, I would miss being able to talk to my family.” Others love the services cellphones provide, but feel that they could manage without one.

One teen’s passion for developing apps

Hussein El Feky first became interested in programming when he was 13. What started out as a passion for building things, ended up developing into a love for program and application building. “At that point, I only learned a lot of basic concepts from random articles on the internet,” he said. Two years later, El Feky, of Cairo, Egypt, caught “the programming bug” and started getting serious about building phone apps, specifically for Android. “My first phone was an Android device, and I can easily say I fell in love with the operating system,” he said.

Gaining a digital following from food

Curious about the concept of food blogging, what it takes, and why it’s becoming so popular? Hear from two food bloggers themselves about why they started.

Meridian Mall looks to avoid the growing list of dead malls

Think back to the days you rode with your parents and friends to the mall, excited to finally buy that cool new pair of shoes or an outfit. You were greeted with the smell of warm pretzels at the food court and the sound of cheerful kids running around in the play area and arcade. The mall was the town’s hotspot, and now they’re closing faster than ever. Meridian Mall now battles the struggle of losing stores to online shopping. Dead — or malls with a high vacancy rate — are often due to advances in technology, online shopping and delivery services.

Telehealth gaining popularity but obstacles remain

By AGNES BAO
Capital News Service
LANSING – Although more health systems in the state encourage their members to use telehealth services, some patients and physicians are hesitant, experts say. Telehealth delivers health information and services through computers. It connects patients at one site with health providers at another site, according to the state’s health policy. The main services include real-time consultations, electronic transmission of patient’s medical records to health care providers and remote patient monitoring, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency.  
With the improvement in technologies and bandwidth capabilities, there is more recognition that telehealth services are worthwhile, said Bree Holtz, an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University.

Small television station makes a big impact in Meridian Township

Its control room is very small, its set is small, but the news it produces is big. Located in Meridian Township’s Municipal building, is HOMTV, or Haslett, Okemos, and Meridian Township Television, reports on anything that has to do with Meridian Township.   

The station has four channels, one for its productions (HOMTV), one for public access (CAMTV), and both Okemos and Haslett high schools have a channel. HOMTV has a daily show, “Meridian News Now”, which is a 10 to 15-minute show that reports on everything in Meridian Township. “Meridian News Now” used to be a 30-minute show that was aired once a week, but was recently changed to a 11:30 a.m. daily show that is not as long.

Michigan manufacturers explore potential of blockchain tech beyond Bitcoin

By RILEY MURDOCK
Capital News Service
LANSING — Cryptocurrency markets might remain volatile, but the technology behind the likes of Bitcoin – “blockchain” – is being looked at as a game-changer for potential uses in many fields. Blockchain, or “distributed ledger” technology, records transactions and other data in a permanent, unchangeable “chain” that is instantly updated for everyone using the chain. That makes transactions easier to track and more secure from malicious attempts to change them. A popular analogy, according to Governing.com, is to “think Google Docs, except that all changes are encrypted in a way that they can’t be changed or deleted.”
Chuck Hadden, president of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, said he’s been talking to member food manufacturers about companies like WalMart using blockchain to ensure food safety in their supply chain. In August, Wal-Mart joined companies such as Dole and Kroger in a partnership with IBM to improve traceability and maintain secure digital records using blockchains, according to Fortune.com.