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!
Home Theater

Ultra HD Blu-ray finalized, 4K discs headed to the home theater

Potentially good news for anyone that's an early adapter of Ultra HD television technology, specifications for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are now complete and production on software as well as hardware can begin.

Will Comcast’s 2-Gigabit service be priced at $300 a month?

Published on Comcast's site accidentally before being hastily removed today, the company's Gigabit Pro service that will offer 2-Gigabit speeds may cost consumers approximately $3,600 a year.

AT&T scales back speed throttling on unlimited LTE data users

Possibly good news for any AT&T subscriber that's still on an unlimited data plan, the wireless provider has limited the practice of data throttling to time periods of heavy network congestion.
Cool Tech

Will Microsoft’s holographic headset allow you to read emotions?

Happy or sad? Confused or bored? Angry or surprised? Microsoft may give you the edge on reading people's emotions using the HoloLens headset according to details within a related patent.

Google Now supports 70 new apps including Spotify, Runkeeper

Definitely good news for anyone that's an avid Google Now user, the search company announced support for 70 new third-party applications that can be used within the Google Now interface.

Best Buy will start accepting Apple Pay in stores later this year

Inadvertently making that expensive Apple Watch slightly more useful, Best Buy has decided to start accepting Apple Pay in all stores within the United States before the end of 2015.
Social Media

Goodbye Skype? Facebook adds free video calling to Messenger

Ideal for anyone that's a power user of the Facebook Messenger application, the social network has launched support for a new video calling feature that works on mobile devices as well as desktop computers.

U.S. Marshal smashes woman’s smartphone to avoid being recorded

Yet another instance of a law enforcement agent being filmed behaving badly, a U.S. Marshal was recently recorded grabbing a smartphone away from a citizen filming the police and smashing the device on the ground.
Movies & TV

Netflix’s streaming hit, Daredevil, gets renewed for second season

Definitely good news for Marvel fans as well as comic book fans in general, Netflix's Daredevil will return in 2016 for a second season and likely branch out to include more villains from the comic books.

Ditch your cords with IKEA’s wireless charging furniture

Definitely easier than hunting down a charging cable, IKEA's new furniture line includes wireless charging inserts that will charge any mobile device that supports the Qi wireless charging standard.

Florida teen charged with hacking felony for changing computer wallpaper

Once again, Florida doesn't disappoint when it comes to ridiculous news. An eighth-grader could receive a sentence for up to five years for changing a computer's background wallpaper at his school.
Movies & TV

Chris Hansen may revive To Catch a Predator using Kickstarter

Likely to change due the vast differences in online communication compared to seven years ago, Chris Hansen's To Catch a Predator reboot will have to adapt to a Snapchat-world if the Kickstarter campaign is a success.