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!

Visitors spend an average of three minutes a month on Google+

While Google continues to push Google+ integration into more Google products like YouTube and Gmail, the social network is lagging behind competitors significantly in regards to user engagement.

Social Media

Are Facebook’s ‘Sponsored Stories’ too invasive?

While Facebook management looks for more ways to build creative advertising solutions to boost revenue, one Iowa writer becomes an unwilling salesman for an erotic product on the social network.

Social Media

Astronaut creates LEGO space station while on International Space Station

Drawing similarities to how the International Space Station was constructed piece by piece while in space, a Japanese astronaut set out to accomplish the same thing in LEGO form while in space.

Cool Tech

Top five Nintendo 3DS eShop games

Digital downloads are a growing field for gaming systems, and handhelds are no exception. Here’s our roundup of the top five 3DSWare games on the Nintendo eShop.

Gaming

Design team creates electric skateboard controlled by brain waves

While Kinect-powered gadgets seem to be a hot trend over the past six months, an Austin, Texas company has pushed beyond the Kinect and tapped into the human brain.

Cool Tech

Dish Network shutting down a third of all remaining Blockbuster stores

While Redbox continues to flourish despite increasing prices slightly last year, more Blockbuster retail locations are being closed as directed by parent company Dish Network.

Home Theater

Verizon customers experience another 4G LTE outage

While Verizon's 4G data network has been relatively stable over the last seven weeks, customers reported another 4G LTE outage this morning in several cities across the country.

Android Army

Bing’s ‘Linked Pages’ feature allows anyone to customize their search profile

While Google is relying on Google+ to provide related pages in regards to a user profile, Microsoft is adding a new function to the existing Facebook social feature that directs users to relevant pages.

Social Media

Netflix partners with Weinsteins, in talks with former HBO president

With the licensing deal between Netflix and Starz ending this month, the streaming video company is looking to both The Weinstein Company and the former head of HBO for more content.

Home Theater

London advertisement targets consumers by gender with facial recognition

Taking another step closer to scanning eyeballs to target advertisements 'Minority Report' style, an advertisement placement on a busy street in London is going to scan faces to target ads by gender.

Cool Tech

Microsoft working on new Spotify-like service on Xbox, Windows and smartphones

With the recent growth of Spotify and other similar streaming music services on the Web, Microsoft may be retooling the Zune Music Pass to incorporate similar features across several products.

Gaming

Will the confirmed iPad 3 Retina display make way for the new Apple TV?

With the potential launch announcement of the new iPad approximately two and a half weeks away, a confirmed report on the iPad 3 resolution may point to Apple rolling out an improved Apple TV or the much debated Apple television set.

Apple

Georgia Tech developing Braille-like texting application for visually impaired

While the visually impaired often have to spend an exorbitant amount of money on Braille equipment to simply type, a group of researchers in Atlanta have created a unique, inexpensive typing solution designed for smartphones and tablets.

Android Army

Microsoft rolls out a dramatically different logo for Windows 8

While Microsoft developers continue to work endlessly on the upcoming revision of the Windows operating system, Microsoft has unveiled a new logo for the future release of Windows 8

Computing

Hulu Plus arrives on the Nintendo Wii, coming soon on the 3DS

Since approximately 4.5 million new households added the Nintendo Wii to their home theater, the gaming company is rolling out support for expanded entertainment options through Hulu.

Gaming