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29 Dec: These 7 Resolutions Will Help Your Tech Life in 2017

Ever notice that when you go to your health club the first week of January, you can’t find a space in the parking lot? And then by March, you can help yourself to any spot within 15 feet of the front door?

It’s pretty obvious that a lot of people start the new year with the best of intentions…and then quickly lose interest in their plans for self-improvement.

Technology is often right there among the neglected resolutions. You swear you’re going to back up that music collection you’ve been accumulating for five years.

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21 Dec: Need a Little Holiday Movie Inspiration? Check Out This List

They spent much of the year tucked away in boxes alongside the tree ornaments, stockings and tangled strands of lights. Now, it’s finally time to pull out that holiday movie (or movies) you look forward to watching each year.

For many families, movie night has become an annual tradition when loved ones are gathered for holiday celebrations. And everyone has their personal preference, whether it’s a timeless classic or a modern favorite.

Now cozy up under a warm blanket and grab a cup of cocoa (or big bowl of buttery popcorn), because here’s a quick look at some of our favorite holiday movies.

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19 Dec: If This Fudge Was Any Easier … It Would Bring Itself to Your In-Laws’ Party

This season, Best Buy is cooking up lots of great examples of how we can make the holidays easier. I’m here to literally help you cook up something super-easy that will make you the hero of any gathering.

But first, let’s go back to 1996. It was my first year with an official holiday duty: to bring something to Christmas brunch with my then-boyfriend-now-husband’s family.

What do you bring to impress a bunch of people you really want to impress?! The best rolled cinnamon bread … from the charming bakery located down the street.

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08 Dec: Keep the Element of Surprise With These Gift-Giving Tips

Ahhhhhhh. There’s nothing like that sigh of relief when you’ve found the perfect holiday gift. (Nailed it!) But if your next thought is, “How the heck am I going to keep this a surprise???” I’ve got some handy tips for you.

With three curious kids, I have to stay ahead of their prying eyes. Here are my favorite tricks for being sneaky, all for the sake of those huge holiday smiles.

Go incognito

  • When ordering online, use an email address that isn’t shared with anyone you’re buying for and be sure this email account isn’t synced across shared devices!
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07 Dec: Geek Squad Employee Brightens the Night with 10,000 Holiday Lights

You can’t miss Mike Staudt’s house during the holiday season. It’s the one with more than 10,000 colorful lights set to music and programmed into a 14-minute show.

The line of vehicles passing by and media coverage also help. But it’s not about the recognition — he just loves technology and the holidays. What else would you expect from a Geek Squad employee?

“I’ve always been into Christmas lights since I was a kid,” Mike said. “We bought our house in 2012, and I started being that guy in the neighborhood with all of the inflatables and other decorations.

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01 Dec: How to Be an Awesome Holiday Shopper

We all like to think of ourselves as expert holiday shoppers. After all, we do this every year, don’t we? But do we ever take a step back and really look for the best way to approach it? In other words, are we doing our best to be an Awesome Holiday Shopper? If you’re reading this article, you’ve just taken that very important first step.

The next step is to know the territory. For Best Buy, you can find all the answers at our Holiday FAQs page.

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30 Nov: Holiday Lights Go High Tech on Philadelphia’s ‘Miracle on South 13th Street’

Almost every house along the 1600 block of South 13th Street in Philadelphia is illuminated with holiday lights in a twinkling tradition that would make Santa proud.

For more than a dozen years, people have come from far and wide to stroll the block and soak in the holiday cheer. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine declared it one of the nation’s best  displays of holiday lights.

The neighborhood has coined it “The Miracle on South 13th Street,” and this year it’s going high tech with some help from Samsung and Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

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28 Nov: Best Buy, UPS Provide Tips for Keeping Your Cyber Monday Deliveries Safe

Half of Americans plan to shop online this holiday season, which means millions of packages will be arriving on doorsteps across the country between today’s busy Cyber Monday and the end of the year.

But security experts are already warning that deliveries might be vulnerable to thieves who, like the Grinch, can steal the joy of giving by cleverly picking off your packages.

We chatted with Andy Tibbs, a delivery expert from UPS, and Pedro Melendez, a smart home security consultant for Best Buy, to get some tips for helping keep your packages safe this holiday shopping season.

LGBT

18 Nov: Best Buy Makes ‘Best Places to Work’ List for LGBT Equality

Best Buy has received a perfect “100” rating and earned a place on the “Best Places to Work” list on The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index.

It’s a recognition the company has now received 11 times.

The index provides in-depth analysis and ratings of large U.S. companies, taking into account the employers’ policies and practices put in place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Best Buy has several teams that contribute to attracting employees and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce, including the PRIDE Employee Business Network (EBN), the Diversity & Inclusion Team and Human Resources.

Dress for Success

24 Mar: Best Buy and the Women’s Employee Network Donates to Dress for Success

As part of the Women’s History Month celebrations hosted by Best Buy’s Women’s Employee Network*, Dress for Success stopped by on Monday to share their mission and brought a special guest to share her own personal story.

Odessa, a woman who has used the services at Dress for Success, shared a powerful story about how the nonprofit not only helped her get the professional attire needed to impress potential employers, but also gave her the confidence to get the job.

After participating in Dress for Success’s Suiting program, which gives women the clothes and the tools needed for their job interview, she took advantage of the nonprofit’s Employee Retention program.

Diversity and Inclusion Black History Month

18 Feb: Black History Month Breakfast at Best Buy

In honor of Black History Month, Rosalind Chevreuil hosted a breakfast that encouraged meaningful conversation on the topic of diversity and inclusion at Best Buy.

This was a unique opportunity for the Retail Regional Vice Presidents, field leaders and Black Employee Resource Group members and other employees from across the company to learn more about each other’s roles at Best Buy and to talk about diversity and inclusion and the role it plays in our business.