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!

Google Now supports 70 new apps including Spotify, Runkeeper

Definitely good news for anyone that's an avid Google Now user, the search company announced support for 70 new third-party applications that can be used within the Google Now interface.


Best Buy will start accepting Apple Pay in stores later this year

Inadvertently making that expensive Apple Watch slightly more useful, Best Buy has decided to start accepting Apple Pay in all stores within the United States before the end of 2015.


Goodbye Skype? Facebook adds free video calling to Messenger

Ideal for anyone that's a power user of the Facebook Messenger application, the social network has launched support for a new video calling feature that works on mobile devices as well as desktop computers.

Social Media

U.S. Marshal smashes woman’s smartphone to avoid being recorded

Yet another instance of a law enforcement agent being filmed behaving badly, a U.S. Marshal was recently recorded grabbing a smartphone away from a citizen filming the police and smashing the device on the ground.


Netflix’s streaming hit, Daredevil, gets renewed for second season

Definitely good news for Marvel fans as well as comic book fans in general, Netflix's Daredevil will return in 2016 for a second season and likely branch out to include more villains from the comic books.

Movies & TV

Ditch your cords with IKEA’s wireless charging furniture

Definitely easier than hunting down a charging cable, IKEA's new furniture line includes wireless charging inserts that will charge any mobile device that supports the Qi wireless charging standard.


Florida teen charged with hacking felony for changing computer wallpaper

Once again, Florida doesn't disappoint when it comes to ridiculous news. An eighth-grader could receive a sentence for up to five years for changing a computer's background wallpaper at his school.


Chris Hansen may revive To Catch a Predator using Kickstarter

Likely to change due the vast differences in online communication compared to seven years ago, Chris Hansen's To Catch a Predator reboot will have to adapt to a Snapchat-world if the Kickstarter campaign is a success.

Movies & TV

Citizen films fatal police shooting with smartphone, officer charged with murder

Thanks to a video recorded on a smartphone by an anonymous citizen, the true account of a fatal police shooting was captured and has led to the arrest of a police officer in Charleston, South Carolina.


OnLive streaming game service closing on April 30 due to Sony buyout

Likely closing down due a lack of users and an attractive buyout option from Sony, OnLive will be closing down at the end of the month while Sony acquires patents that could impact the company's PlayStation Now service.


Verizon customers can now opt out of privacy-invading tracking cookies

Finally offering subscribers the option of completely halting all tracking of Web usage and location data, Verizon has added an opt-out function that removes the subscriber's identifier code from the account.


Securifi adds smart home automation features to Almond routers

Designed to provide a whole home automation solution without the need for a separate smarthome hub, a new home automation user interface has been added to the latest lineup of Securifi Almond Wi-Fi routers.


Coming soon to a bar near you: Jevo, the Keurig for Jell-O shots

Potentially a great way to get a steady supply of Jell-O shots at your local bar, the Jevo is a new device that takes a page out of Keurig's playbook with a pod system for creating various flavors of Jell-O shots.

Cool Tech

HP ditches Beats Audio in PCs, tablets for Bang & Olufsen

Moving from a widely known audio brand to a luxury brand, HP has entered into a new partnership with Bang & Olufsen in regards to branding and technology for HP's lineup of desktop PCs, laptops and tablets.


Microsoft commits to summer launch of Windows 10 in 190 countries

Definitely ideal if you've been itching to ditch Windows 8.1 for the return of the start menu among other features, Microsoft is targeting a summer 2015 launch for the company's new version of Windows.