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!

Starbucks partners with Lyft on shared loyalty program

Likely excellent news for anyone that uses Lyft and frequently feeds their caffeine addiction at Starbucks, the two companies will be working together to help Lyft customers earn rewards points for coffee.

Prefer physical over digital? Windows 10 USB pre-orders hit Amazon

Perhaps ideal for anyone that values a physical copy over digital downloads, Microsoft plans to sell the Windows 10 operating system on a physical format next month at several major online retailers.
Movies & TV

Goodbye DVD screeners, Emmy voters will receive a Chromecast

Definitely a definitive shift from physical media to the digital streaming age, the Google Chromecast HDMI dongle will be distributed among Emmy voters to provide streaming access of nominated shows.

Apple Music bump? iOS 8.4 adoption explodes to 40 percent in a week

Likely driven by the growing popularity of the free three month trial of Apple's streaming music service, iPhone users are driving a rapid adoption rate of Apple's iOS 8.4 upgrade.

Tinder adds verified profiles for celebrities you will never date

Possibly an attempt to halt the practice of catfishing using fake Tinder profiles, the social dating company has launched a verification process to identify celebrities and other public figures.

Former DEA agent pleads guilty to extorting $700,000 in Bitcoin

Definitely a sad way to end a successful career in the DEA, agent Carl M. Force will be sent to prison for up to twenty years for his role in extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin.

Microsoft won’t include support for Silverlight in Windows 10 Edge browser

Unlikely to impact the majority of streaming media consumers, Microsoft's video streaming standard Silverlight will not be supported in the upcoming Microsoft Edge Web browser that's shipping with Windows 10.
Movies & TV

Lifetime bets you will pay $3.99-a-month to watch sappy movies

Definitely targeting a niche group of cord cutters, A+E Networks has launched a streaming application that lets subscribers watch Lifetime movies that are related to the ongoing theme on the Lifetime channel.

Shpericam 2 shoots 4K video from all angles, works with Oculus

Ideal for anyone that's looking for a 360 degree solution to shooting locations, the Shpericam 2 is a new device on Kickstarter that shoots 4K, Ultra HD video up to 60 frames per second.
Home Theater

Chicago’s new cloud tax forces Netflix subscribers to pay 9 percent more

Definitely impacting cord cutters in the Chicago area soon, city officials have decided to extend the city's amusement tax to cover anyone that subscribes to a streaming audio, video or gaming service.

Texting while walking strikes again, girl gets leg stuck in storm drain

Definitely an embarrassing way to spend an hour of your time, a young Chinese girl slipped into a storm grate while her undivided attention was solely focused on texting her friends instead of walking.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs arrested for assault on UCLA campus

Arrested for allegedly assaulting an assistant coach on the UCLA football team with a kettlebell weight, Sean 'Diddy' Combs was taken into police custody on Monday following the incident on his son's college campus.