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!

‘Happy Birthday’ song loses copyright, now in public domain

Definitely a blow to Warner/Chappell Music, a federal judge has issued a decision that the copyright on the 'Happy Birthday' song can no longer be enforced and used to collect royalty fees.
Movies & TV

NBC launches new Roku app, new fall shows accessible to all

Expanding out beyond platforms such as iOS and Android, NBC has created a new, free application that will let Roku owners stream new shows as well as returning programs over the Internet.

Oyster, the Netflix for books, to shut down after just two years

Unfortunate news for anyone that was a fan of the digital book subscription service, Oyster will be shutting down within months as Google has hired away the talent that ran the company.
Movies & TV

Construction of Star Wars Land at Disney parks begins in 2016

Definitely excellent news for anyone that's a huge fan of the Star Wars films, Disney is expected to start constructing the Star Wars Land sections of Disneyland and Disneyworld next year.

Billie Holiday returns to NYC’s Apollo theater as a hologram

Definitely an interesting way to virtually resurrect musical icons of years past, a hologram of Billie Holiday will be used in a new show being developed by the Apollo theater in New York City.

Hate cramped airplanes? The Airhook holds your tablet and a drink

Hopefully a way to help alleviate the problem of cramped airline seats a bit, the Airhook is a new travel gadget that lets the user mount a smartphone or tablet directly at eye level.

Man loses job offer after texting naked selfies to HR manager

Clearly an efficient way to lose a job before you even start, a Chicago man discovered that sending nude photos of himself to the female HR director at his new company was actually a bad idea.
Social Media

Illinois city owes man $125,000 for raiding his home over fake Twitter account

Definitely an idiotic way for an elected official to cost his city money, a six-figure settlement was reached in the civil case of a man that has his home raided over a fake Twitter account.
Home Theater

Panasonic announces OLED pricing, affordable in two to three years

While the price tag on Panasonic's first 4K OLED television is incredibly steep, the potential for price reductions over the next few years due to increased competition may bring OLED to the average consumer.

Neato’s latest Botvac vacuum can be controlled with your smartphone

Ideal for cleaning the floors when you are away from the home, the most recent revision of the Botvac will connect to a home's Wi-Fi network and link to the owner's smartphone for mobile control.
Movies & TV

Apple may start producing original television shows and movies

Possibly adding a new competitor in the streaming video space, Apple is considering an investment in original content that would likely be distributed through iTunes potentially in a subscription model.

Amazon will launch Prime Instant Video in Japan next month

Perhaps attempting to keep Netflix in check as both companies expand overseas, Amazon Prime subscribers in Japan will soon be able to access movies and television shows on Prime Instant Video.