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!
Articles
Computing

Nearly 25 percent of Steam users have upgraded to Windows 10

With Windows 10 adoption rates slowing down among the overall population, Steam users are taking the opposite approach and continue to upgrade to Microsoft's new operating system at a rapid pace.
Mobile

PhoneSoap XL will sanitize your tablet, multiple smartphones

Useful for anyone that's paranoid about germs collecting on their mobile devices, the PhoneSoap XL is a larger version of the original PhoneSoap that's specifically designed to clean tablets.
Home Theater

Android TV gets new apps from HBO, Showtime, CBS, Disney and more

Adding more value to existing hardware that's running the Android TV platform, Google has added several new apps that will allow users to stream popular shows like Game of Thrones and Ray Donovan.
Mobile

Snapchat wants to put brand messaging all over your selfie

Looking to take advantage of the company's new lens feature, Snapchat has plans to launch branded versions of new lens filters that they hope existing users will utilize when taking a selfie.
Home Theater

Roku 4 release likely imminent, 4K streaming is a possibility

Definitely good news for anyone that's a fan of the Roku 3, the streaming set-top box company will likely roll out the Roku 4 within the next week and may include 4K streaming as a feature.
Music

‘Happy Birthday’ song loses copyright, now in public domain

Definitely a blow to Warner/Chappell Music, a federal judge has issued a decision that the copyright on the 'Happy Birthday' song can no longer be enforced and used to collect royalty fees.
Movies & TV

NBC launches new Roku app, new fall shows accessible to all

Expanding out beyond platforms such as iOS and Android, NBC has created a new, free application that will let Roku owners stream new shows as well as returning programs over the Internet.
Mobile

Oyster, the Netflix for books, to shut down after just two years

Unfortunate news for anyone that was a fan of the digital book subscription service, Oyster will be shutting down within months as Google has hired away the talent that ran the company.
Movies & TV

Construction of Star Wars Land at Disney parks begins in 2016

Definitely excellent news for anyone that's a huge fan of the Star Wars films, Disney is expected to start constructing the Star Wars Land sections of Disneyland and Disneyworld next year.
Music

Billie Holiday returns to NYC’s Apollo theater as a hologram

Definitely an interesting way to virtually resurrect musical icons of years past, a hologram of Billie Holiday will be used in a new show being developed by the Apollo theater in New York City.
Mobile

Hate cramped airplanes? The Airhook holds your tablet and a drink

Hopefully a way to help alleviate the problem of cramped airline seats a bit, the Airhook is a new travel gadget that lets the user mount a smartphone or tablet directly at eye level.
Mobile

Man loses job offer after texting naked selfies to HR manager

Clearly an efficient way to lose a job before you even start, a Chicago man discovered that sending nude photos of himself to the female HR director at his new company was actually a bad idea.