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09 Feb: How to clean your computer inside and out

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. adults own a computer. Whether you use your device for work or play, it’s always a good time to clean it up — inside and out — to help it run faster and safer.

There are many things you can do to tidy up your devices. To make it easy, we spoke with Geek Squad Agent Derek Meister to learn his top tips.

Here’s what he says you should know.

Start with your desktop

Saving files to your desktop is convenient, but it can get out of hand if you don’t eventually store your files elsewhere.

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12 Oct: This Computer Advice Is Top of the Class

By now you’ve settled into the school routine. But has your computer?

Whether you put off getting that new computer all summer or are realizing your old reliable might not be so reliable, there’s always  time to upgrade.

The perfect computer looks very different for every student. Some devices fit with specific majors and interests better than others. It can be overwhelming to know where to begin.

We did your homework for you and chatted with Blue Shirt Carl Smith about picking the right computer for your needs.

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13 Mar: Geek Squad Leads Teen Tech Week’s ‘Hour of Code’ Events in 10 Cities

The room at the Arlington Hills Community Center library in St. Paul, Minnesota, was silent Wednesday while teens used tablets to learn computer coding on the popular game Angry Birds.

Determined fingers dragged and dropped parts of code, and strategically placed them in the right order to move on to next level.

“I completed puzzle eight!” one girl yelled out after finishing a tough round of code.

More than 3,000 schools and libraries across the country celebrated Teen Tech WeekTM, engaging in activities such as the coding game, provided by the nonprofit Code.org

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10 Nov: Learning New Family Tech with Geek Squad at Engadget Expand

A piano made out of bananas. A Play-Doh Tetris game. A whisk and pie-tin drum set.

Visitors to the Engadget Expand event in New York City over the weekend got a chance to experience unique technology for the family at an exhibit staffed by local Geek Squad Agents and Best Buy Blue Shirts.

Geek Squad was there to show visitors some cool – and fun – things that can be done with technology, and show off Geek Squad Academy, which seeks to inspire young people through technology.

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20 Oct: Best Buy Doubles Down, Opens 4 Teen Tech Centers Nationwide

A 12-year-old aspiring inventor created a desk fan for his mom with parts from a broken PC and a cardboard box. Adding a single-throw switch, and wires for the circuit, the fan came alive. Beaming with pride, the boy started his own fan project with a completed prototype and has plans to design a custom enclosure using a 3D printer and a program called Tinkercad.

Believe it or not, he brainstormed and executed his fan project within the walls of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Minneapolis.

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15 Oct: ‘Intel Technology Experience’ Zones to Bring Access to Inspiration at Best Buy

While most (79%) of Americans are excited about the chance to learn and try out new technologies, half are frustrated by the lack of access to them beyond what they read or see in the media, according to a new study by Intel and Toluna.

That’s the reason why Intel and Best Buy are now teaming up to bring new Intel Technology Experience zones to 50 Best Buy stores in major markets across the U.S. The Intel Technology Experience lets customers – from tech enthusiasts to technophobes – play, explore, and be inspired by the power of technology with hands-on activities like 3D printing and virtual reality games.

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29 May: Why I’m On the Road This Summer Teaching Tech to Teens

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My mom always wanted us to be well-rounded and to try different things.

So that’s why, years ago, I signed up for the Geek Squad Academy camp in Houston. Having an uncle who worked for Geek Squad helped, too.

I enjoyed the entire experience and learned that technology was something I could understand and love. Before that camp, I hadn’t seen a woman as an agent. That’s when it hit home that there are great career paths for women in technology.

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18 May: Best Buy Teen Tech Center Squad Member Amanda Sullivan Earns National IT Honors

Even if Best Buy took over Frankenstein’s lab and meticulously manufactured the perfect Teen Tech Squad Member, Amanda Sullivan would still outshine said hypothetical creation.

Sullivan, 18, practices website coding in her free time, taught herself Adobe Flash in mere days, and oozes ambition.

The senior from Fridley, Minn., mastered 3D printing and now teaches other teens how to manufacture everything from iPhone cases to fake nails at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the Minneapolis Central Library.

Best Buy’s Teen Tech Centers – fitted with cutting-edge technology – help teens develop 21st century skills to prepare for future careers.

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27 Mar: XP Apocalypse? Relax As Geek Squad Guides You Through It

Not sure about the hype around the end of support for Microsoft XP?

Turns out, it may be time to actually follow through on that “spring cleaning” routine you’d rather avoid.

To make it easier, we huddled with one of our favorite computer pros, Geek Squad Agent Derek Meister, to find out what you really need to know about the so-called “XP Apocalypse.” Also, keep geeksquad.com/xpsupport handy and you’ll be all set.

 

So Microsoft will stop supporting XP starting April 8.  

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07 Feb: Geek Squad Advice: 3 Ways to Guard Against Computer Scammers

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If you’ve been hearing rumblings about an “infected computer” scam going around, where “supposed experts” make a cold call to say they’ve detected an issue with your computer and are ready to assist remotely, you’re not alone.

It’s not only a dangerous scam when it comes to personal information, but it’s a costly one to fix. While Geek Squad Agents can remediate such issues, it’s also important to be proactive.

Expert Geek Squad Agents Derek M. and Ron G. have three quick reminders courtesy of the Geek Squad Intelligence Blog when it comes to protecting yourself from fraud artists.