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 releases EMIC, a short film influenced by Interstellar

Designed to create a time capsule of knowledge related to our experiences on Earth, EMIC is a new documentary film that was inspired by the recent theatrical release, Interstellar.

Movies & TV

A mom just shot her 50-inch TV because her kids watched too much of it

Arguably a surefire and ill-advised way to drive children away from embracing the life of a couch potato, an Illinois mom thought it would be a brilliant idea to shoot her 50-inch HDTV while the kids were watching it.

Home Theater

House of Cards Season 3 pirated heavily in non-Netflix countries

Likely due to the lack of availability of Netflix Instant streaming, pirating of the latest House of Cards season spiked in areas of the world that still don't have access to Netflix.

Home Theater

Amazon Prime Instant Video vs. Netflix Instant vs. Hulu Plus

Trying to figure out which subscription service to use while sticking to a frugal entertainment budget? Check out our updated 2015 breakdown of the three most popular streaming video services.

Home Theater

Sex Box, a show where couples have sex in a box, fails to impress

Definitely one of the more ridiculous reality shows of 2015, Sex Box is a show in which couples have sex within a chamber on a soundstage before popping out to discuss their sex life.

Movies & TV

Firefighter fired after bragging on Facebook about killing dogs

In the least surprising viral event to date this year, a Texas firefighter attracted the ire of the entire Internet after allegedly killing two dogs, taking a picture and boasting about it on Facebook.

Social Media

Apple will appeal $533 million patent infringement verdict

Attempting to avoid paying more than half a billion to a patent company, Apple will appeal a recent decision that found patent infringement issues related to features within iTunes.

Apple

Please, be careful! Man killed by Amtrak train while posing for selfie

Attempting to capture a poorly thought-out selfie, an Oregon man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train over the weekend while positioning himself between the north and south rail lines.

Photography

U.S. Marshals are going to auction more than $11 million in Bitcoin

Potentially an opportunity for anyone interesting in Bitcoin investments, the U.S. government will be placing yet another large chunk of seized Bitcoin up for auction during March 2015.

Cool Tech

Pinterest makes a push into ecommerce with “Buy” button

Utilizing the massive quantity of visual content generated by 70 million users, Pinterest is working on launching a purchasing function that would allows users to buy items that have been pinned on the site.

Social Media

Teen gets fired on Twitter after cursing about her new job

Yet another example of publishing far too much on social media channels, a Texas girl was fired recently after using Twitter to publicly post a negative opinion about a job that she hadn't even started yet.

Social Media

Pilot, wife use iPads to safely crash-land without landing gear

Perhaps an object lesson about always charging your mobile gadgets, a pilot and his wife were forced to use their iPads and flight software to safely land a plane due to an electrical system failure.

Mobile

High-tech hotel will use robot staff to check-in, help guests

Finally taking a solid step forward to a future that includes Will Smith fighting legions of sentient machines, a hotel in Japan has ditched silly humans in favor of a staff of humanoid robots.

Cool Tech

Katy Perry’s lawyers go after artist of 3D printable ‘Left Shark’

Always a buzzkill within the 3D printing community, lawyers went after a 3D artist that had the audacity to create and attempt to sell a figurine of the shark that appeared in Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show.

Cool Tech

Comcast fails again: Customers are being renamed with expletives

Continuing a horrible downward spiral of horrible customer service, the latest trend within Comcast is maliciously changing the name of customers on their bill to curse words and other negative nicknames.

Home Theater