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!

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.

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:

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.