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!

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.

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.

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.
Cool Tech

Solar-powered ELF pedal vehicle is designed for eco-friendly commuting

Potentially a way to cut back on gas costs while getting a bit of exercise, the ELF hybrid vehicle could be excellent for the daily commute or even a quick trip to the grocery store.
Cool Tech

Paintbot uses Twitter hashtags to trigger paintball firing

Combining the act of posting a tweet with popping off a few colorful paintball pellets, the Paintbot is an interesting combination of the open-source Arduino platform and Twitter hashtags.