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!

Flywheel battles Uber surge pricing with $10 rides on New Year’s Eve

Definitely an inexpensive way to travel on one of the busiest traffic nights of the year, Flywheel is undercutting Uber this year in four major cities in order to combat the trend of price gouging due to high demand.

Mobile

Woman assaults grandmother for denying Facebook friend request

Likely feeling spurned after her grandmother ignored her Facebook friend request, a 27-year-old Florida women decided that committing aggravated battery would be the best way to become Facebook friends.

Social Media

Boston Uber driver charged with rape of female passenger

Definitely another black mark on Uber's ability to successfully vet safe drivers, an 46-year-old Uber driver in Boston has been charged with the kidnapping and rape of a young female passenger.

Mobile

Instagram mass-deletes spam accounts, users freak out

In an attempt to purge Instagram of problematic accounts and useless spammers, the social network deleted millions of accounts this week much to the chagrin of celebrities and general users.

Social Media

These jeans use RFID-blocking fabric to prevent identify theft

Perhaps ideal for anyone that's afraid of digital identity theft, a new pair of jeans from BetaBrand will include RFID-blocking technology within the fabric of a front and rear pocket.

Cool Tech

Ikea invades movie theater, replaces seats with bedroom sets

Definitely the best way to watch a film on a giant movie screen, Ikea thought it would be a fun idea to surprise moviegoers by replacing all the seats in a theater with plush beds.

Movies & TV

Zano mini-drone will follow you around to take selfies, shoot video

Tapping into the growing popularity of personal flying drones, the Zano is a miniature drone that has the ability to autonomously follow around the owner utilizing a Wi-Fi connection with a smartphone.

Photography

Interested in stocks? Robinhood lets you trade for free

Specifically targeting Millennials that are interested in dabbling in the stock market, Robinhood is a new application for the iPhone that lets investors trade stocks without paying a single fee.

Mobile

If you live in Iowa, you can now use a smartphone as your driver’s license

Moving closer to a world where carrying a wallet or purse will be a thing of the past, Iowa residents will soon be able to ditch their driver's license in favor of a digital version within a smartphone application.

Mobile

Standalone HBO Go subscriptions start April 2015, no cables attached

Potentially launching for consumers within the next four months, HBO's new standalone streaming service will be powered by a network video delivery platform developed by Major League Baseball.

Movies & TV

Facebook search now lets you relive all your old status updates

After indexing more than one trillion pieces of content, Facebook is finally ready to launch a new search feature that will include old status updates from friends and family in the search results.

Social Media

Verizon gives up on SugarString, the odd tech news site that never was

Likely an experiment that's not going to be repeated any time soon, Verizon's attempt at creating a heavily sponsored tech news site called SugarString has been erased from Internet existence.

Web

HBO’s Christmas Gift: The Wire in HD to launch on December 26

Arguably one of the best HBO shows created in the last 15 years, The Wire is receiving a 1080p remaster from HBO and will be available for streaming on HBO GO the day after Christmas.

Home Theater

Best Buy tech blunder: Site suffers outages on Black Friday

Likely to impact revenue generated online over the Black Friday weekend, Best Buy's site suffered a couple long outages today leaving online customers to go browse Black Friday deals at other retailers.

Web

Nielsen will start measuring Netflix viewership in December

In an attempt to measure how many episodes of House of Card that you just binge watched, Nielsen will start using audio-monitoring in December to track what digital content is being watched in Nielsen homes.

Home Theater