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
Social Media

Instagram is rapidly increasing the number of ads users see

Risking negative feedback and lower interaction rates from core users, Facebook has opened up the spigot for serving ads on Instagram. Many of these ads are video clips rather than traditional banner ads.
Cool Tech

Carolina Panthers ban hoverboards due to “drag racing” among players

Likely an attempt to keep players healthy during the postseason, the Carolina Panthers head coach thought it would be a good idea to keep his team off hoverboards instead of drag racing in the halls.
Home

Goodbye snooze button? This alarm clock mat forces you to stand

Ideal for anyone that smashes the snooze button habitually each morning, the Ruggie is a new type of alarm clock that will make you plant your two feet firmly on the ground in order to shut off the alarm.
Movies & TV

Write a short essay to win this movie theater in Maine

Have you always dreamed about owning your own movie theater? For a small entry fee and a short 250-word essay, you can make that dream come true and win a two-screen theater in Houlton, Maine.
Social Media

Man posts Facebook video of himself drinking while driving, gets arrested

Unintentionally harnessing the power of social media to his detriment, an Ohio man thought it would be an absolutely brilliant idea to post a Facebook video of himself drinking alcohol while driving.
Movies & TV

These socks will actually pause Netflix if you fall asleep 0:48

Looking for your next DIY project? Check out the Netflix Socks, an Arduino-powered design that will automatically pause your Netflix show if you happen to fall asleep in front of the television.
Movies & TV

Forget the Republican debates, House of Cards returns March 4 0:30

Fantastic news for anyone that's a fan of the popular political drama on Netflix, the fourth season of House of Cards will be available on the streaming service during early March 2016.
Health & Fitness

The Qardioarm wireless blood pressure monitor hits the Apple Store

Ideal for anyone that needs to keep an eye on their blood pressure, the Qardioarm wireless blood pressure monitor is now available at the Apple Store, both online and in stores around the world.
Web

Secret Service agent gets nearly six years in prison for stealing bitcoin

Bringing an end to the trials of two disgraced government agents that stole Bitcoin from the Silk Road marketplace, former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges was sentenced to more than 70 months in prison.
Home Theater

Plex launches on the new Apple TV, streams your local media

Definitely good news for anyone that's picking up one of the new Apple TV set-top boxes, an official Plex app is available for download in the App Store. This app gives users the ability to stream local, stored media.
Health & Fitness

Laser-shooting LED bike light could improve safety for cyclists

Definitely a useful device for anyone that commutes to work on a bike, the Blaze bike light helps motorists become aware of cyclists in their blind spot. As of October 2015, it's available in the United States for the first time.
Mobile

Comcast may want to be your next wireless carrier

Potentially packaging wireless carrier service with cable and Internet services, Comcast is investigating the possibility of building a wireless service by taking a peek inside Verizon.