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!

Dish Network dishes out free Roku 2 boxes due to AMC spat

Ideal for any die-hard Breaking Bad fans that are really looking forward to the start of season five this Sunday, Dish Network customers may be watching AMC shows on a Roku in the future.

Home Theater

Robber flees state, nabbed after posting location on Facebook

Either through ignorance or arrogance, criminals still haven't been able to figure out that posting details of their personal lives on Facebook is probably a bad idea.

Social Media

Police start confiscating phones from distracted drivers

In order to curtail the amount of people using cell phones when driving a vehicle, the Cape Town police department has escalated to taking possession of phones for a short period.

Cars

Hotel replaces obsolete guestroom phones with the iPhone

As the hotel industry is catching up with current trends in mobile technology, one hotel chain is upgrading guest rooms with popular Apple devices.

Apple

AT&T customers can start blocking stolen devices on July 10

Ideally making a mobile device completely unusable after a theft, AT&T is launching a new service for customers that will help protect their voice or data plan from being used.

Mobile

Furby attempts a comeback with LCD eyes and iOS app

Looking to revive a familiar children's toy that was extremely popular more than a decade ago, Hasbro is improving the technology within the talkative Furby.

Cool Tech

Over a quarter of a million people will lose Internet access on Monday

With approximately 72 hours until the FBI's deadline, a couple hundred thousand people will wake up without Internet access next week if they don't take action now.

Computing

Funnyjunk attorney finally drops lawsuit against The Oatmeal

Ending an inane series of legal maneuvers that didn't appear to accomplish much of anything, the attorney for Funnyjunk appears to be abandoning a lawsuit filed against popular webcomic The Oatmeal.

Web

Netflix’s popularity surpassed all broadcast and cable networks during June

As more U.S. consumers "cut the cord" and transition to a cheaper, cable-free household, the volume of content being consumed on Netflix each month is rapidly increasing.

Home Theater

Android-powered ‘Pocket TV’ turns any television into a Smart TV

Ideal for anyone looking to upgrade their television with Smart features without spending a ton of money, the tiny Pocket TV just may be the answer for tech-savvy consumers.

Android Army

Microsoft aggressively prices the Windows 8 Pro upgrade at $40

Looking for a way to attract loyal Windows users into trying out Windows 8, Microsoft is offering customers a significant discount for a few months after the software has been released to the public.

Computing

Website publishes mug shots, then charges arrestees $200 to remove them

Quite possibly a business plan that is guaranteed to attract threats of violence, a Kansas City native is reaching out to arrested people to charge them a hefty fee to stop publicizing their arrest on the Web.

Web

Study: Apple’s Siri is wrong over one third of the time

As Apple works diligently on improving Siri before the launch of iOS 6, a new study points out how difficult it is to get Siri to provide accurate results to common questions.

Apple

Adobe halts Flash player support for all future Android updates

As more mobile sites transition to more advanced platforms like Adobe AIR and HTML5, Adobe is moving away from Flash player on Android devices.

Android Army

Sprint 4G LTE launches in five major cities on July 15

Playing a bit of catch up to wireless competitors like AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is finally rolling out 4G LTE to several metropolitan areas next month.

Mobile