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!

NFL using “social media command center” to manage Super Bowl chatter

With Super Bowl 46 just a day away, thousands of football fanatics from the Northeast have descended on Indianapolis and the NFL is turning to social media to handle the crowds.

Social Media

Can Apple keep up against fake copycat app developers?

With unscrupulous game developers looking to make a quick buck off unsuspecting iOS users, Apple didn't respond with decisive action against these poor applications until the press brought attention to the problem.


Pinterest drives more traffic to sites than 100 million Google+ users

While representatives at social networks like to continually mention how many users have signed up for a service, social upstart Pinterest is quietly becoming a dominant force on the Web with users focused on style and substance.

Social Media

Can Redbox beat Netflix by snubbing Warner Brothers 56-day plan?

With movie studios still attempting to restrict when a consumer can rent a new release, Redbox has decided to forget the extended wait period and bring new movies to customers on launch day.

Home Theater

Star Wars: The Old Republic nears two million subscribers

While Activision Blizzard deals with players leaving the World of Warcraft for other games, Electronic Arts and Bioware appear to be welcoming them into the Star Wars universe according to the latest sales numbers.


Will mobile campaign donations be a game-changer for politicians?

While many smaller retailers have adopted Square's mobile payment technology for consumer purchases, candidates seeking presidential office in 2012 have the same idea for fundraising.

Android Army

Barnes & Noble won’t stock books published by Amazon

With Amazon landing some major authors for exclusive book publication deals, Barnes & Noble is attempting to strike back with an ultimatum for the online retailer.


Portal fan turns home office into Aperture Laboratories

While millions of Portal fans played through Portal 2 last year on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, one hardcore Portal fan showed his love for the Valve puzzle-platform game by paying homage through an extensive DIY project.


Study: Shoppers turn to mobile phones for bargains and reviews

While smartphone technology has enabled more consumers will the tools to become educated shoppers, physical retailers are left wondering how to compete with online retailers.


Can online activists eliminate politicians that don’t understand the Internet?

While political leaders continue to propose new bills that refine Internet freedom and privacy, one social, Internet organization plans to use political action committees to influence popular public opinion.


Kinect technology is heading to laptops

With the Microsoft Kinect motion controller has become extremely popular among Xbox 360 owners, the software giant is also looking for a way to bring the technology into laptops.


Amazon merchant caught bribing customers for five-star reviews

While many merchants take advantage of Amazon's position as the leading online retailer, one merchant's unethical attempt to game the review system has shed more light on Amazon's inability to protect consumers from paid reviews.


Poll: Over 50 percent of users are worried about Facebook Timeline

With Facebook Timeline continuing to roll out on millions of Facebook profiles, security and privacy advocates are dubious of the new design changes in regards to how easy older information can be found.

Social Media

World’s first “Super Wi-Fi” commercial network launches in North Carolina

While the debate over white space spectrum continues to go back and forth between Internet companies and broadcasters, one town in North Carolina is pushing forward with Wi-Fi service in public parks.


Valve ventures into mobile with Steam on iOS and Android

After reporting another record year in sales on the Steam platform, Valve is rolling out mobile support for Steam users in order to entice more purchases during the platform's popular sales.

Android Army