Mike Flacy

Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the content and social media manager for High-Def Digest, Steve's Digicams and The CheckOut on Ben's Bargains. During my free time, I love to write about home theater, digital photography, social media, video games, mobile technology and innovative gadgets!
Social Media

Illinois city owes man $125,000 for raiding his home over fake Twitter account

Definitely an idiotic way for an elected official to cost his city money, a six-figure settlement was reached in the civil case of a man that has his home raided over a fake Twitter account.
Home Theater

Panasonic announces OLED pricing, affordable in two to three years

While the price tag on Panasonic's first 4K OLED television is incredibly steep, the potential for price reductions over the next few years due to increased competition may bring OLED to the average consumer.

Neato’s latest Botvac vacuum can be controlled with your smartphone

Ideal for cleaning the floors when you are away from the home, the most recent revision of the Botvac will connect to a home's Wi-Fi network and link to the owner's smartphone for mobile control.
Movies & TV

Apple may start producing original television shows and movies

Possibly adding a new competitor in the streaming video space, Apple is considering an investment in original content that would likely be distributed through iTunes potentially in a subscription model.

Amazon will launch Prime Instant Video in Japan next month

Perhaps attempting to keep Netflix in check as both companies expand overseas, Amazon Prime subscribers in Japan will soon be able to access movies and television shows on Prime Instant Video.
Social Media

Police arrest wanted man that posted his location on Facebook

Probably someone that shouldn't be allowed to carry a smartphone anymore, a man wanted for harassment via text messages posted his location on Facebook and led the local authorities right to him.
Home Theater

Plex app is now free for Roku, includes redesign, new features

Ideal for anyone with an existing Plex Media Server as well as a Roku streaming set-top box, Plex has eliminated the premium cost of the Roku app and significantly upgraded the user interface.

Report: Microsoft’s Office 2016 may launch on September 22

Targeting a Fall 2015 launch to hit mobile devices prior to the holiday shopping season, Office 2016 could be released as early as late September 2015 with significant updates to Microsoft's suite of software.
Home Theater

Study: Apple TV falls to 4th place behind Roku, Google and Amazon

Likely attributed to a significantly more competitive marketplace for streaming set-top boxes, the Apple TV has slipped to fourth place behind devices like the Roku 3, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.
Home Theater

DirecTV announces 4K Genie Mini, bringing UHD video to secondary TVs

Pushing forward to support ultra high definition televisions outside of the living room, DirecTV's new 4K Genie Mini will let consumers watch UHD video on a secondary television in the home.
Home Theater

Plex for iOS gets total redesign, video chapter support, now free

Revamping the existing format and design of the mobile Plex application, Plex has launched a new iOS application for the iPhone and iPad with a bevy of new features for both brand new and veteran users.

Want to peel an entire head of garlic in seconds? Try the Garlic Shaker

Definitely useful if you spend a ton of time in the kitchen cooking with garlic, the Garlic Shaker is a new kitchen gadget that will take all the cloves from a head of garlic and peel away the skin quickly.