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!
Social Media

Facebook Home ad features Facebook addiction, drag queens and cats

Produced in order to build excitement around the upcoming launch of the new Facebook Home user interface, the social network has created an energetic advertisement called Airplane.

Report: Google Fiber is headed to Austin, Texas

Definitely an exciting turn of events for Austin residents and local businesses, early reports indicate that Google will announce the launch of Google Fiber within Austin, Texas in the next few days.

California court rules checking smartphone maps while driving is illegal

Potentially making the navigation of large California cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles more problematic, drivers aren't allowed to pick up their smartphones and check Google Maps while driving.

Netflix rolls out 720p support on Windows Phone 8

Ideal for anyone that purchased a newer Windows Phone 8 device like the HTC Windows Phone 8X, Netflix updated the Windows Phone application to include upport for high resolution displays.

Texas family sells Porsche – for 300 Bitcoins?

Continually utilized in more real-world, legitimate transactions, the digital Bitcoin currency was used instead of U.S. currency to purchase a popular Porsche sports car in Austin, Texas.

U.S. Census Bureau plans to use the Web for the next major Census

Finally catching up with the digital age, the U.S. Census Bureau is transitioning from traditional paper questionnaires to a version of the survey that can be completed entirely online.
Cool Tech

PayTango lets you pay for stuff using your fingerprints

Potentially eliminating the need to carry around any type of credit or debit card, PayTango uses biometrics to help customers checkout at the register quicker using just their fingerprints.

Photographer sets up Craigslist sting to get stolen Canon DSLR back

Utilizing Craigslist to ensnare a camera thief, a man located in San Francisco was able get his stolen dSLR camera back and assist the police with the arrest by providing a plethora of evidence.
Social Media

Student breaks into home to use Facebook, caught after not logging out

Possibly a case of extreme Facebook addiction, an 18-year-old college student thought it would be a fantastic idea to break into a nearby home, relax on the couch and peruse the popular social network.

The Vamp revives old speakers with Bluetooth, mobile connectivity

Designed to bring a Bluetooth technology boost to older bookshelf and floorstanding speakers, The Vamp allows users to play music on their mobile device and listen through those speakers.

Store fights showrooming by charging $5 “just looking” fee

Looking for a way to dissuade customers from checking out products in the store before buying online, an Australian store is making sure all customers pay up for simply looking around.
Cool Tech

CubeSensors are designed to improve your indoor environment

Designed to help consumers better understand their indoor living conditions, the CubeSensor is a cloud-connected device that provides information about the environmental quality of specific rooms within a home or office.