Author: Mike Flacy

    By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!

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    May the Porg Be With You! 25 Awesome Porg Products for Star Wars fans

    The Last Jedi trailer has finally dropped and everyone is already waiting for the “Chewie and the Porg” buddy cop movie to be announced! Unsurprisingly, the Porg has quickly become a favorite to many Star Wars fans,...

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    Google announces $50 Home Mini, $400 Home Max, $160 Pixel Buds

    Matching Amazon with a barrage of new product announcements, Google has released information on new Home smart devices as well as a new Chromebook, a new lifecam and headphones that translate foreign languages in real time. In...

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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    Amazon announces $99 Echo, $69 4K Fire TV, $129 Echo Spot

    Announced in a press conference earlier today, Amazon is rolling out a new generation of Echo devices that are 45% less expensive than the 1st generation models. The new Amazon Echo starts at an MSRP of $99.99...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    Walmart wants to stock your fridge while you aren’t home

    Launching a pilot program in Silicon Valley this week, Walmart is testing out a service that would send employees into homes to restock the fridge, even if the customer isn’t home. This is specifically for homes with...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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    Kohl’s will start accepting Amazon returns at some locations

    Testing out a new service in 82 brick & mortar locations, Kohl’s will be accepting Amazon returns for free starting in October. This service is rolling out in Los Angeles and Chicago first, possible looking at the feasibility before...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    8 Smart Home Tech Upgrades for the Bedroom

    If you are looking to bring a little technology into the bedroom to smarten up your home, we’ve collected a list of eight items (as well as some cheaper alternatives) that will upgrade your lifestyle. This includes upgrades...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    What’s new in September 2017 on Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Now

    Interested in what movies and television shows will be added to your favorite streaming service this month? We’ve compiled an extensive list of everything coming and going on Netflix and HBO Now as well as what’s arriving on Amazon...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • Offline shopping? Best Buy wants to send a salesperson to your home

    Currently being tested in markets such as Atlanta, Austin, and San Antonio, Best Buy is trying out a free service in which a salesperson is sent to your home in order to provide recommendations about products to purchase. Basically,...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    Goodbye Sonos? Echo devices just got multi-room audio for free

    Announced earlier today in a press release, Amazon has added multi-room audio playback to all Echo hardware. This means you can synchronize music across multiple Amazon Echo devices in your home. The song you are playing in your kitchen...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    Google & Walmart team up on voice ordering to take on Amazon’s Alexa

    Starting in September, Walmart customers will be able to use Google Home devices to place orders using only their voice; quite similar to Amazon’s Alexa via Echo devices. In order to accomplish this, the nationwide retailer will make their products available...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • Amazon’s new Instant Pickup aims to deliver items within minutes

    Currently testing the concept on two California college campuses first with three more coming soon in Georgia, Maryland, and Ohio, Amazon is aggressively attacking the brick-and-mortar retail market by providing “daily essential” items at select locations. Instant Pickup items stocked at...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    10 Tech Upgrades for the Bathroom less than $100

    While you can easily spend thousands on technological upgrades like advanced smart showers or smart mirrors, there are also plenty of ways to upgrade your bathroom without breaking the piggy bank. We’ve collected ten tech upgrades for your bathroom...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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