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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  • portal-plus
    Facebook Portal+ Review: Amazing Video Calls, Limited App Store

    It’s been a little over half a year since Facebook’s Portal devices hit the smart home device market. The initial launch must have been a success for the company since it’s planning to release new versions of...

    • Posted 4 days ago
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    Prime Perk Alert: Free One-Day Shipping officially launches

    Announced in a blog post earlier today, Amazon is officially launching one-day shipping on more than ten million products. That’s roughly ten times the number of products covered compared to when two-day shipping launched more than a decade...

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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    Real Estate: How to remove PMI early from your mortgage & save money

    If you purchased a house using a conventional loan & put up less than 20% for your down payment, you are paying PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) on top of your mortgage payment each month.  That insurance isn’t for...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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  • Shut Up and Take My Money: Echo Show 5

    For those that have been hesitant to pick up an Echo Show due to the cost, Amazon has finally brought the MSRP of a Show under $100. Starting at a $90 MSRP, the Echo Show 5 features a 5.5-inch...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    What’s new in June 2019 on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu

    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 to Netflix and Hulu as well as what’s arriving on Amazon Prime / Instant...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    What to Buy (and what to avoid) on Memorial Day 2019

    We’ve put together a short list of the best categories of products to find on sale during the Memorial Day weekend promotions as well as the product categories you should avoid until another month. Check it out:...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    How to find the Best Deals at the first Epic Games Store Sale

    Attempting to become Steam’s main competitor in the PC gaming marketplace (arguably using some questionable strategies via exclusivity), Epic Games is taking a page out of Steam’s book with their first store-wide sale. While some games are...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • Next Day Shipping Wars: Walmart launches free one-day in Phoenix, Las Vegas

    After Amazon announced a push into next-day shipping for all Prime customers last month, Walmart has responded by announcing free one-day shipping on select products (orders over $35) for two major cities in the United States. Specifically,...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    Shut Up And Take My Money: Google Pixel 3A Smartphone

    While there’s always been a market for budget smartphones in the U.S., Google’s new contender for that market segment is likely going to be one of the most secure phones (as well an extremely good budget option...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • What’s new in May 2019 on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu

    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 to Netflix and Hulu as well as what’s arriving on Amazon Prime / Instant...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • 30 Ways to Save Money at Best Buy, online and in-store

    If you are spending money at Best Buy, there are plenty of ways to save your money (and time) when shopping. We’ve put together a list of thirty Best Buy-specific shopping tips to take advantage of when online at BestBuy.com...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    Everything you need to know about Wayfair Way Day 2019

    After a first year kickoff in 2018, Wayfair’s Way Day is back for 2019. Here’s everything you need to know about Wayfair Way Day 2019. What is Wayfair Way Day? Playing off the Black Friday-ish, one day...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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