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!

Facebook updates Messenger app, shows when a friend has read your message

Focusing on providing more information to people exchanging messages on mobile devices, Facebook added a few key features to the Facebook Messenger app earlier today.

Report: Apple’s new iPhone will sport a 4-inch screen, thinner body, new dock connector

With the two-year AT&T contracts of iPhone 4 early adopters coming to a close during late June 2012, this version of the next iPhone could be announced during WWDC next month.
Social Media

Can Google afford to alienate influential Google+ advocates?

Google's attempt to push more YouTube users to the Google+ social network has stirred up a bit of trouble this week with a popular Google+ user.

College student creates automated dorm room, includes emergency party button

While more consumers are looking into new forms of home automation technology, a college student in California decided to automate his entire dorm room during his freshman year.

Microsoft abandons Windows Live branding in Windows 8

As Microsoft continues to finish up work on Windows 8 for a projected Fall 2012 release date, the company is leaving behind a familiar brand in favor of continuity across devices.

Google adds automatic language translation to Gmail

Helping to lower the language barrier between people of different countries, Google has upgraded Gmail with an automatic message translator.
Cool Tech

Future Nooks will include NFC tech for in-store book scanning

As more book sales transition from physical to digital copies, Barnes & Noble is looking to NFC technology to attract more customers into the retail locations around the country.
Android Army

Google employees create beer-dispensing KegDroid

Potentially becoming more difficult to use as more beer is consumed, a couple Google employees have developed a digital interface for dispensing beer.

Smartphone-enabled Hugvie adds physical sensation to phone calls

As more families rely on technology to provide methods of communication when separated, a roboticist in Japan is attempting to replicate the human connection lost in a long distance relationship.

Adoptee discovers his own picture on a site for missing children

While social media has been a useful tool for connecting with lost relatives, one Philadelphia software salesman used a missing child website to stumble across his own past.

Texas residents have to start paying sales tax on Amazon purchases in July

As Amazon continues to battle with various states over the issue of sales tax collection, purchases made within Texas will soon become more expensive for current residents.
Cool Tech

Space shuttle Enterprise races along the NYC skyline

Much to the delight of people living within New York City, the space shuttle Enterprise took off from Washington earlier today on its journey to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.