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!

BBC developing iTunes clone to sell television programming

As more television viewers look for content through online sources rather than specifically timed broadcasts, the BCC is reported to be developing software similar to iTunes for purchasing shows.

Web

Less than half of lost smartphones are returned to owners in the U.S.

In order to bring attention to the protection of private information being stored on smartphones, Symantec designed a clever study to show how mobile devices are being accessed after becoming lost.

Mobile

NPD: Video game sales plummet by 20 percent during February

While the video game industry was likely pleased at the upswing of sales compared to January 2012, February was still a slow month for video game sales compared to the previous year.

Gaming

Grove announces a handmade bamboo case for the new iPad

Since many new iPad owners will be looking into a solid protective case to protect the high-resolution retina display of the new tablet, Grove is launching a new bamboo case to keep the iPad safe.

Apple

Roku 2 vs. the new Apple TV, what’s the best streaming solution?

Since Apple remained silent on the possibility of releasing a standalone television that uses iOS, can the revision of the Apple TV hardware compete more effectively with the Roku 2?

Apple

Facebook launches Interest Lists

While Facebook attempts to become more relevant for advertisers, the social network is now offering a feature that mixes popular Facebook pages with social news aggregation.

Social Media

Friendsheet combines Pinterest design with Facebook photos

While Pinterest continues to drive huge quantities of traffic to sites through extremely visual links, a developer blended Pinterest design concepts with Facebook to create a new way to check out photos.

Social Media

Square goes after the traditional cash register using the iPad

While small business owners spend thousands of dollars a year on maintaining slow, outdated point-of-sale systems, Square is rolling out an elegant solution with the help of the iPad.

Apple

Mercedes-Benz creates “invisible car” using LEDs and Canon DSLR

Designed to capture the attention of consumers and bring attention to cars that don't significantly impact the environment, Mercedes has launched an inventive advertising campaign regarding hydrogen-powered cars.

Cars

Valve reported to be developing a gaming console using Steam

With gaming console manufacturers like Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony working on new hardware, Valve may also be entering the home theater space with a console that uses Steam.

Gaming

Viral video: Amazing iPad 3 concept includes 3D holograms

With the announcement of the iPad 3 just a few days away, a 3D animation studio is taking advantage of the excitement over the new product launch with a futuristic, concept video of the popular tablet.

Apple

Economics students create cost estimates to build Batmobile, Death Star

Students at a private, four year university in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania have come up with some interesting economics predictions regarding the production costs of a couple iconic, fictional items.

Cars

Auto-correct texting error causes school lockdowns in Georgia

While the auto-correct feature in smartphones often leads to silly changes before sending a text message, one instance of this form of correction sparked a police response in Georgia.

Mobile

Amazon Kindle ‘Lending Library’ breaks 100,000 titles

With tons of new Kindle Fire owners using the tablet for all kinds of media consumption, Amazon is aggressively increasing the amount of titles available to borrow for Amazon Prime members.

Cool Tech

Will Netflix streaming suffer without Starz?

While Netflix seems to be shifting subscriber attention to a vast library of television content over feature films, Starz finally exits the streaming service this month.

Home Theater