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!
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Cool Tech

Using seven cameras, ‘Helmet of Justice’ is a black box for cyclists

Definitely useful to have when attempting to track down and arrest a hit-and-run driver, the 'Helmet of Justice' starts recording video from all angles the moment that an accident happens.
Home Theater

Best Smart TV platforms for cord cutters

As more television manufacturers are continuing to improve on existing Smart TV software and hardware, it's never been a better time to ditch pay TV and adopt a cord cutting lifestyle.
Home Theater

Nielsen TV ratings will finally start to include cord cutters

Definitely helpful to television networks when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of online advertising, Nielsen will start incorporating streaming video use into the organization's rating system.
Social Media

Police inform mother of son’s death over Facebook, message unseen in Other inbox

Definitely an inappropriate way to deliver serious news, police in Georgia used a fake Facebook profile to send a message about the death of a local man to immediate family members.
Home

Starbucks tests video chat screens at the drive-thru

Creating a more personalized experience when using a drive-thru window at Starbucks, the coffee chain is allowing customers to see the employee taking their order using video chat technology.
Web

Best Buy makes price matching Internet retailers a permanent policy

In order to become more competitive against major online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy is rolling out a new change to the price matching policy that's designed to combat showrooming.
Cool Tech

Scout home security system offers simplicity, style and modern technology

As traditional home security services continue to require multi-year contracts with hefty monthly fees, the Scout security system utilizes high-tech connectivity to provide inexpensive home security.
Social Media

Twitter will shut down Posterous at the end of April

Once a rising competitor to the extremely popular, visual microblogging platform known as Tumblr, Posterous is being completely shut down by Twitter's management in less than ninety days.
Cool Tech

Epiphany onE Puck can charge your smartphone using your coffee cup

Possibly a great way to slightly reduce your electric bill while significantly increasing your caffeine consumption, the Epiphany onE Puck uses heat to generate enough power to charge a smartphone.
Web

New York Times finally patches a big hole in the online paywall

Taking nearly two years to get around to plugging the gaping hole in security, the New York Times has eliminated the URL-editing method of circumventing the online paywall for premium subscriptions.
Web

Bitcoins can now be used to pay for Domino’s Pizza

As the Bitcoin currency slowly continues to gain support within the online community, a new site is offering a service that will place an order for a Domino's pizza in exchange for a payment in Bitcoins.
Cool Tech

DropTag tracks each time a package is dropped during shipment

Providing a detailed set of data points as a package travels from sender to recipient, the DropTag Bluetooth sensor is designed to keep your shipping company honest and eliminate doubt during the damage claims process.