Tech Tips

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02 Aug: 3 tips to avoid college campus tech pitfalls

You’re about to head back to school. You have the computer that’s best for you and all the right tech and appliances for your dorm or apartment.

But campus life can be filled with unexpected tech pitfalls. Are you ready for them?

We talked with some Best Buy Blue Shirts and Geek Squad Agents who are in school themselves. They’ve identified three common tech pain points on campus and have some ideas on how to deal with them.

Printing perils

Depending on where you go to school, campus printers can be: outdated, hard to find or always in use.

laptop terms

26 Jul: Here’s your study guide for those techy laptop terms


Shopping for a laptop can be tough, especially when you add technical terms into the mix.

But don’t worry, we have an expert to translate the jargon. 

That expert is Geek Squad Agent and college student Daniel Bellorin from Tallahassee, Florida. When it comes to understanding the lingo, he says, don’t be scared. “It seems like a lot of information, but once you learn what it all means, it can really help pick out the best laptop for you.”

Here are some common terms and what they mean.

Best Buy photography workshops

24 Jul: Best Buy launches half-day photography workshops

Best Buy is introducing a series of photography workshops for intermediate photographers who want to learn how to take better pictures.

These new half-day, interactive workshops are taught by world-class professional photographers and our own Best Buy Camera Experience Shop experts. Participants will be taken to an offsite location where they’ll learn key skills for portrait and action photography and try out an array of lenses and other camera accessories.

The first workshop, taking place July 28 in seven cities, will focus on photographing people and pets.

Best Buy - assistants

30 Apr: 4 Ways Smart Assistants Have Your Back

The ability to give basic, one-and-done commands to smart home voice assistants like, “Set an alarm for my 5 a.m. workout” (yeah right), is extremely helpful – but devices from brands like Google and Amazon have capabilities to do so much more and take your routine questions to the next level.

Here are four ways your assistant is helping you live your best life:

Keep your routine in check

Your assistant can make your early morning routine more helpful and positive.


15 Mar: Have Trustworthy Tech, Will Travel: Stay Secure on Spring Break

Spring break’s a time when students and adults alike abandon home base to explore new sites and snap Instagram-worthy selfies. But letting your hair down sometimes means letting your guard down, leaving your tech vulnerable to digital attacks, theft and damage.

Here are some of the other ways to keep your tech safe (and have your tech keep you safe) this spring break:

The lights are on, but nobody’s home

While you’re packing and prepping for the good times to come, it’s easy to forget about what you’re leaving behind.


13 Feb: Installing a Smart Thermostat (All By Myself!)

I bought my husband a Nest learning thermostat for his birthday, and I promised that I was going to install it myself. However, that was a year ago.

With the extreme Minnesota weather, every time I thought about taking it out of the box, it was deemed either too hot or too cold to turn off our heating and cooling system, you know, “just in case” I messed something up. 

Well, no more excuses. I decided to get it done.

I was a little overwhelmed at the thought of installing smart technology in my house, but after watching this video, I knew I could do it.

Best Buy - holiday gatherings

17 Nov: How to Get Great Photos at Your Holiday Gatherings

Holiday gatherings are right around the corner.

And whether you attend one or 21 holiday gatherings, you’ll want to take pictures that capture the moments you wish you could relive over and over. The perfect family shots. The expressions on your kids’ faces. Close-ups of holiday decorations.  

We talked to Grant Foreman from the Camera Experience Shop at our Best Buy store in Jacksonville, Florida, to get a few holiday photo tips.

Group shots

The holidays provide a rare opportunity to get photos of your extended family members or far-flung friends.

Best Buy - cut the cord

13 Nov: Cut the Cord? Here’s How to Watch Your Favorite TV Shows

It’s time to grab a warm blanket and settle in for a full slate of fall TV. All of our favorite shows are back for new seasons, and we get our first look at the new breakout hits. Plus, sports fans can revel in a full lineup of football, basketball and hockey.

But what if you’re one of the 22 million U.S. adults expected to cut the cord by the end of 2017? Have no fear. It’s possible to stay on top of the action without being tethered to a costly cable or satellite package.

Best Buy - desktop

16 Oct: Wipe That Virtual Desktop Clean


Is your computer desktop a ghastly sight?

While October is mostly known for ghouls and goblins, it also contains National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day. So if you’ve ever struggled with a screen covered in icons, today is your day.

We talked with Geek Squad Agent Daniel Hughes from Rapid City, South Dakota, about how to clean up your act and organize your computer desktop.

Be aware of what you have on your computer 

Agent Hughes’ best piece of advice: Know what’s on your computer.


27 Jun: Here’s Your Pre-Camping Tech Checklist

JJ Anderson recently spent 32 days alone in the wilderness of Joe’s Valley, Utah, subsisting on the crawfish he caught in a trap made of sticks and a clear 1-gallon baggie.

Yeah, this Best Buy employee is an avid outdoorsman, and his idea of camping might be a little different than yours or mine.

“Oh man, what isn’t there to love about the great outdoors — being away from it all and the stress of everyday life,” he said. “It’s all about the peacefulness of knowing you are connecting with Mother Nature herself.”


21 Jun: Selfie Tips for That Perfect Pic

National Selfie Day is June 21, which gives you the perfect opportunity to reassess your selfie game. As a self-certified selfie expert (I’ve taken thousands in my lifetime), I’m here to give you the tips, tricks and tools you need to take your selfies to another level.

Tip 1: It’s all about the angles

Maximum arm length is key to a great selfie. Use your front-facing camera and make sure to fully extend your arm with your phone in your hand.


02 Jun: A Top Sports Photographer’s Tips for Great Action Shots

The summer sports season is kicking into high gear, and many proud parents will pull out their camera gear in hopes of capturing their child’s big hit or game-winning goal. Unfortunately, many will just end up with a bunch of blurry images.

So we turned to veteran sports photographer Nick Didlick for some advice on shooting youth sports. The Vancouver, B.C.-based pro has covered 10 Olympics, five Super Bowls, seven Stanley Cup Finals and various other high-profile sporting events over the past 40 years.