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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    Shut Up and Take My Money: Starry Wi-Fi Station

    Simplifying the touchscreen router concept that was started by Securifi’s Almond series, the Starry Wi-Fi Station is a new router that lets you see the devices connected on your home’s wireless network. On the 3.8″ LCD screen, devices...

    • Posted 2 days ago
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    What not to Buy on President’s Day (and what to buy instead!)

    Shopping on President’s Day this weekend? If so, we’ve got some great tips for you. Many of these deals can be found starting on Friday and going all the way through Monday. Check out our picks below:...

    • Posted 2 days ago
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    This is why guys shouldn’t dislike Valentine’s Day

    Wait just a minute, is Valentine’s Day actually easier for guys than we think? According to the results of our Valentine’s Day survey of 1,500 consumers, the answer is yes. Here’s why: The Plan: Nearly 7 out...

    • Posted 5 days ago
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    Shut Up and Take My Money: KeyCatch Magnetic Key Holder

    Definitely one of those products which makes you question why someone didn’t create it sooner, KeyCatch is a very simple upgrade to an existing light switch plate that will help you remember where you left your keys. Replacing...

    • Posted 6 days ago
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    How to Throw a Killer Panthers / Broncos Super Bowl 50 Party

    Are you ready for Super Bowl 50? With just a handful of days before the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos kick off Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, you are probably already gearing up for your big Super Bowl...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    Shut Up and Take My Money: Star Wars Death Star BBQ Grill

    Quite possibly the greatest BBQ grill to ever be created in the history of time, TheFowndry has opened up preorders for an officially licensed outdoor grill that’s in the shape of the Death Star. Capable of incinerating any slab...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    The Cheapest Ways to File your Taxes in 2016

    It’s tax time already! The IRS has started accepting 2015 tax returns as of January 19, 2016. Interestingly, there are four additional days to file taxes this year due to the Leap Year as well as the...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    What is Boxed.com? 8 Facts about the Bulk Online Retailer

    Have you heard all the hullabaloo about Boxed.com raising $100 million this month? Attempting to attract the same customer that would pay for a Sam’s Club or Costco subscription, Boxed.com is a site that lets customers purchase a curated...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    Six Streaming Shows to Binge Watch During the Snowpocalypse

    As snow piles up outside this weekend, you should really break out the hot chocolate with the little marshmallows and get your streaming binge on while you still have power. As Snowpocalypse 2016 blankets your driveway with...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    How to Spot the Fake Amazon Reviews that Amazon won’t remove

    While Amazon recently made a big show of going after reviewers selling their review services on sites like Fiverr and other employee crowdsourcing sites, Amazon hasn’t made any substantial moves against the rampant growth of overseas sellers...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    The Dos and Don’ts of using Amazon Prime Air drone delivery

    Are you ready for Amazon Prime Air drones to take to the skies? Amazon certainly thinks they are. New details from the company indicate that Prime Air is getting closer to primetime with a promise of 30-minute delivery...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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    9 Unique Computer Upgrades to Enhance Your Custom Battlestation

    Building a new desktop PC to play some of the latest games like Rise of the Tomb Raider? Are you building a home media server to take advantage of Plex Pass or other HTPC software? Whatever your...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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