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!

Katy Perry’s lawyers go after artist of 3D printable ‘Left Shark’

Always a buzzkill within the 3D printing community, lawyers went after a 3D artist that had the audacity to create and attempt to sell a figurine of the shark that appeared in Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show.

Cool Tech

Comcast fails again: Customers are being renamed with expletives

Continuing a horrible downward spiral of horrible customer service, the latest trend within Comcast is maliciously changing the name of customers on their bill to curse words and other negative nicknames.

Home Theater

If you like Sling TV, you’re going to love the service Apple is cooking up

With Dish's Sling TV making waves at CES this year, Apple is reported to be building a similar Web TV service that will provide a packaged group of television channels to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users.

Home Theater

NFL, brands look to social media to manage Super Bowl buzz

With Super Bowl attendees turning to Facebook and Twitter to chat about the big game, social media is top of mind for the National Football League as well as brands looking to capitalize on Super Bowl moments.

Social Media

GoDaddy yanks Super Bowl ad after puppy mill criticism

Possibly a sad marketing stunt to attract pre-Super Bowl attention, GoDaddy has pulled a advertisement for the big game that gained negative attention for promoting the inhumane treatment of a puppy,

Health & Fitness

Twitter users can soon post 30-second videos, send group messages

Ideal for anyone that splits their time between mobile video applications like Vine or Instagram and Twitter, the social network is adding the ability to post 30-second video clips directly to the main feed.

Social Media

Police are using new radar that can track you inside your home

Specifically designed to help police pinpoint the location of a dangerous suspect, a new radar device provides a way for law enforcement to map out locations of suspects without actually entering a building.

Cool Tech

Google is considered more trustworthy than traditional media for news

Definitely a trend that continues to grow each year, more people are ditching traditional news sources, like television news networks, in favor of of online search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.

Web

Plex is now available for the PS4 and PS3 in the U.S.

Ideal if you have a large library of audio and video files as well as a Sony gaming console, the popular Plex video streaming software has just been released for both the Sony PS4 and PS3 in North America.

Gaming

Marriott may offer Netflix, Hulu, Pandora access in hotel rooms

Possibly designed to keep you binge watching Netflix while consuming expensive room service food, Marriott is currently testing streaming video access for guests that already subscribe to specific services.

Home Theater

Need 100 cases of Bud Light in less than an hour? There’s an app for that

Perhaps the ultimate dream for football tailgaters and college frat boys everywhere, a new app from Anheuser-Busch will bring Bud Light right to your door with just a couple taps on your smartphone.

Mobile

Marriott finally realizes blocking guest Wi-Fi hotspots is a bad idea

Definitely a positive outcome for Internet-addicted Marriott guests, the hotel chain has decided to halt all attempts at Wi-Fi hotspot blocking and will allows guests to connect to the Web using personal devices.

Computing

Modder combines Xbox One and PS4 into a 22-inch hybrid laptop

Definitely a great, space-saving device for any college student stuck in a tiny dorm room, the PlayBox allows gamers to switch between the Xbox One and PS4 on a single 22-inch, 1080p monitor.

Gaming

Apple adds age subcategories for kids to help parents pick apps

Excellent for parents that are interested in using an iPhone or iPad to either distract or educate their kids, new age categories for apps bring greater focus to the best applications for children.

Mobile