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
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.
Web

The Washington Post will roll out a paywall this summer

Looking for a new way to generate online revenue beyond traditional digital advertising, the Washington Post is finally taking steps to create and launch an online paywall later this year.
Cool Tech

Walgreens is building a completely self-powered store

Potentially feeding more power back into the grid that it will consume, the flagship Walgreens net zero store will utilize solar power, wind power and geothermal energy for complete self-sufficiency.
Cars

ORIGOSafe disables the car to stop people from texting while driving

Offering a high-tech way of ensuring that a teenager won't be typing text messages while driving, the ORIGOSafe has to be activated by plugging in a smartphone prior to starting up the vehicle.
Home Theater

Redbox Instant officially opens to the public today after closed beta

Rolling out a new streaming video service up against competitors like Netflix, Redbox and Verizon have lifted the veil off the closed beta of Redbox Instant and are accepting new subscribers.
Cool Tech

Dreambox is a vending machine with a built-in 3D printer

Only limited by the imagination of the user, the Dreambox vending machine allows anyone to upload and create a 3D model without having to spend thousands of dollars on a 3D printer.
Computing

Counterfeiter nabbed while trying to return printer with fake money inside

Channeling a ridiculous amount of criminal stupidity, a Wisconsin man must not have been too impressed with the print quality of his counterfeit $100 bills and decided to take it up with Walmart.
Home Theater

Netflix publishes ISP speed index to let consumers compare providers

Ideal for consumers that have multiple choices for Internet connectivity in their area, Netflix is offering up detailed information on the average speed of each ISP when it comes to streaming video.
Social Media

Woman arrested after trying to sell her kids on Facebook

Looking to score a sizable amount of cash in order to bail her boyfriend out of jail, an Oklahoma woman attempted to commit the despicable act of selling her two kids through Facebook.
Cool Tech

Seattle bar preemptively bans customers wearing Google Glass

Specifically looking to protect the privacy of customers, the owner of a Seattle restaurant and bar announced plans to boot out anyone that enters the business wearing Google Glass.
Cool Tech

Thermodo is a tiny thermometer for your smartphone

Allowing smartphone owners to avoid relying on the local weatherman for the daily forecast, the Thermodo measures the ambient temperature with a simple tool that plugs into the headphone jack of a mobile device.