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!

Some lenders can remotely disable cars when payments are missed

Bordering on invasive as well as being extremely inconvenient, loan companies have moved the repossession process into the digital age with remote disabling functionality and GPS tracking.

Cars

LAPD actually warns residents not to microwave their iPhone 6

Not putting much faith in the common sense of Los Angeles residents, the LAPD issued a warning on Twitter this week attempting to dissuade the public from placing their iPhones in the microwave.

Mobile

Is Google+ being slowly sunsetted? Mandatory Gmail integration gets removed

Definitely a shift away from promoting Google+ usage, the search company has removed the mandatory requirement of setting up a new Google+ account when signing up for a Gmail account.

Social Media

Larry Ellison steps down from CEO position at Oracle

One of the long-standing CEO's from the early days of Silicon Valley, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is shifting from the CEO position to a role that will bring his focus on the development of new technology.

Computing

Verizon plans on supporting Wi-Fi calling by mid-2015

Potentially useful for Verizon customers that have upgraded to the new iPhone, the wireless carrier plans on slowly rolling out nationwide support for Wi-Fi calls by the middle of next year.

Mobile

Amazon announces $99 Kindle Fire HD, $149 kid-proof model

With multiple new tablets in the Kindle Fire HD line, Amazon is targeting multiple types of consumers including, but not limited to, budget-minded shoppers, parents of young children and office die-hards.

Mobile

Verizon allows users to upgrade early for new iPhone release

Ideal for anyone that's interested in transitioning to one of the two new iPhone models, Verizon has become more lenient with the upgrade process by opening up upgrades to contracts that end in mid-November.

Mobile

Man gets busted for drugs after he butt dials 911 at a Mexican restaurant

Definitely a reason to purchase a new flip-lid smartphone case in the future, a young man in Tennessee ended up unknowingly butt-dialing the local 911 dispatcher while talking about future plans to get high.

Mobile

James Bond villain Richard Kiel dies at 74

Known for his role as metal-faced Jaws in two James Bond films in the late seventies, actor Richard Kiel passed away in a Fresno hospital earlier today for reasons unknown to the public.

Movies & TV

DiGiorno is the latest company to make a social media blunder

Thankfully caught quickly and handled responsibly after it was posted, pizza maker DiGiorno got into some hot water after posting a tweet that didn't take the serious meaning of a hashtag into account.

Social Media

Hiding in Apple’s shadow, Snapchat quietly announces ownership settlement

In an attempt to allow the announcement to be drowned out by coverage of Apple's big day, Snapchat released a statement regarding the resolution of a lawsuit that was disputing ownership of the company.

Mobile

Woman driving while using Facebook crashes, kills 89-year-old lady

Yet another case of distracted driving and social media obsession, a 20-year-old woman was charged with negligent homicide after crashing into another vehicle while she was allegedly browsing photos on Facebook.

Social Media

Garth Brooks launches iTunes competitor called GhostTunes

Looking for a more unique way to offer digital music, country artist Garth Brooks has helped launch a new music service called GhostTunes that will allow a multitude of interesting options for both musicians and consumers.

Music

Want to read ebooks in the shower? Try the Kobo Aura H2O ereader

Ideal for anyone that spends lots of time relaxing by the pool, the Kobo Aura H2O is a new ereader that will be perfectly fine submerged within a bit more than three feet of water for about half an hour.

Mobile

Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Facebook leads police to wanted man

Yet another story of social media leading to the arrest of a wanted criminal, the popular "Ice Bucket Challenge" craze got a parole violator into hot water when a tipster provided the location of the filming to police.

Social Media