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

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.
Music

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.
Web

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.
Home

LifeBEAM SMART bike helmet monitors your heart rate

Ideal for cyclists that go on extended bike rides that covered many miles, the LifeBEAM SMART bike helmet allows riders to ditch heart rate chest straps since all the technology to monitor heart rate is built into the helmet.
Social Media

Man ignoring child support payments busted due to Facebook photo

Basically providing the authorities with all the evidence needed for prosecution, a Wisconsin man that was skipping all child support payments thought it would be a great idea to publish several pictures of himself on Facebook holiding…
Home Theater

Set-top showdown: Apple TV vs. Roku 3 vs. Boxee Box vs. WD TV Play vs. Google TV

Trying to figure out which set-top box to buy in order to kick off a cord-cutting lifestyle? Check out our 2013 breakdown of the five most popular streaming set-top box platforms:
Web

Canadian man tries to sell his home for Bitcoins

Looking to cash in on the virtual currency craze known as Bitcoins, a man living in Alberta, Canada has put his home up for sale and is looking for payment in the form of Bitcoins to compete the transaction.
Mobile

Barnes & Noble giving away Nook e-readers with tablet purchase

Potentially ideal for anyone that's in the market for a new tablet, Barnes & Noble is prepping a promotion that will bundle a Nook e-reader device with the Nook HD line of tablets.
Cool Tech

NYC rolling out touchscreen displays in subways for directions, schedules

Ideal for NYC residents and tourists looking for the fastest way to reach another part of the city using the subway, the MTA will be installing touchscreen displays at select stations later this year.
Home Theater

More than a third of all recorded DVR content is never viewed

While the DVR has significantly increased the convenience of catching your favorite television shows and movies, a new study indicates that a large chunk of recorded content simply never gets watched.
Mobile

Report: ABC working on mobile app for streaming live programming

Currently being developed by ABC, the network is working on the creation of a mobile application that will allow subscribers to catch programming live without having to be in front of the television.