You’ve no doubt seen the pithy television commercials featuring the nerdy dad-type talking to a piece of technology called Ooma. I love the banter between nerd dad and the female actress who voices Ooma, however I must admit those ads never really made me retain whatever it is the product is supposed to do. It’s, like, phones or something? Does it talk? Well, if you’ve also been wondering just what the heck an Ooma actually is, read on and I’ll fill you in on the benefits of Ooma for offices.
Relief efforts to help those affected by the Alberta wildfires are ongoing by Canadians from coast to coast. Like many Canadians, over the last number of days our thoughts and support have gone out to everyone impacted by the devastating impact of the forest fires in Fort McMurray.
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Welcome to the first of seven blog summaries that share my trials and success of creating a smart home inside my home. With a little elbow grease and help from Geek Squad, the project is already turning into a fun journey!
This guide will provide answers and give you an in-depth look at how Geek Squad can help you mount a TV in your own space. And, it doesn’t matter if you have a brand new Smart TV or an older model (like I do!), this guide works for everyone’s situation. In part 4, we take final look at the entire process and if it’s a worthwhile option for your TV.
This guide will provide answers and give you an in-depth look at how Geek Squad can help you mount a TV in your own space. And, it doesn’t matter if you have a brand new Smart TV or an older model (like I do!), this guide works for everyone’s situation. In part 3, the Geek Squad arrives for the install! Read the article to find out how it went.
This guide will provide answers and give you an in-depth look at how Geek Squad can help you mount a TV in your own space. And, it doesn’t matter if you have a brand new Smart TV or an older model (like I do!), this guide works for everyone’s situation. In part 2, I requested a free in home estimate from geek squad. Read the article to find out what I learned.
Mounting your TV can help you save space and create that certain je ne sais quoi vibe in your family room, den, bedroom or anywhere else in your home, condo or apartment. But, if you’re like me, you have a lot of questions and not a lot of experience. This guide will provide answers and give you an in-depth look at how the Geek Squad can help you do this in your own space. And, it doesn’t matter if you have a brand new Smart TV or an older model (like I do!), this guide works for everyone’s situation.
Geek Squad has recently increased the number of services they offer to help you get your Smart Home up and running. Not only can you still bring them by for a free in-home consultation, but they can do all of the installation work for you and even guarantee it to your satisfaction both on the spot and for 90 days afterward! Read on to find out more about what Geek Squad can do for you and about their five point pledge to ensure that you're left satisfied with what they can do for your home.
Geek Squad is now able to do in-home repairs for major appliance and televisions. This program is being introduced in Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver. If you live in these areas of Canada, and have a major appliance that requires servicing, then contact Geek Squad. Read on for more details:
Are you cyber safe? How do you know? Technology changes quickly and sometimes it can be hard to know what pitfalls to avoid and best practices to follow to remain current. The last thing you would want is to lose precious information, or worse, have personal credentials stolen from your laptop. October is cybersecurity month: a great time to refresh your memory. And Geek Squad has some great tips to help.
We spend so much time in front of our TVs and with our home entertainment systems that it is an absolute shame if it isn’t set up perfectly. Or worse yet, we don’t quite have the right system for the size and shape of our favorite room. Sure, today’s technology is great but also fairly complicated and fine-tuning every element of your home entertainment system will make it look and sound fantastic. Geek Squad is your insurance policy to ensure your system does what it is designed to do, and to maximize your entertainment value.
Geek Squad now offers free in-home consultation to help with your Smart Home Automation needs. Are you interested in smart lighting? Keyless entry? Smart Thermostats? Maybe all of the above? No problem. Read on to find out more about what this free in-home consultation is all about and how you can get your Smart Home up and running faster.
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Windows 10 has just been released and many people are saying this is the most important offering from Microsoft in many years. It is packed with amazing new features. Geek Squad has a range of services related to helping you get started with Windows 10, quickly and hassle free.
When a PC is fresh out of the box, it’s a thing of beauty. But then you have to set it up, get online, back up your data, worry about someone else stealing your data, keep the software up to date … well let’s face it: ownership is a lot of work. That’s where a Geek Squad Membership comes in. A low monthly fee gets you exclusive access to first class technical support that takes the hard work off your shoulders so you can enjoy actually using your device, plus exclusive benefits.
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Geek Squad's PC repairs program offers a range of services in-store for PC users. From basic setup and customization of new PC's and notebooks, to system tune-ups and repairs, you can turn to Best Buy’s Geek Squad department with confidence that your technology will be properly cared for.
For some, the car is more than just a tool, it’s a way of life. There are commuters on the road, parents shuttling kids from long school days to endless activities, and road trippers for whom a traffic jam is an opportunity to slow down and take it all in. No matter which profile you fit, there are gadgets you can stash in your car to make life easier.
Toronto Raptors star forward, Amir Johnson, teamed up with Best Buy, Geek Squad and Thinkware to prank unsuspecting Torontoronians. Watch the video to see the funnies unfold and how Amir cleverly used the Thinkware X500 dash cam to document the off-the-court fun.
Thanks to all of the different options out there, smarthome technology can be applied to every room of your home. Lights, thermostats, garage door openers and keyless entry are just a few of the things you can enable your home to do "smarter" than before. With so many options, where should you get started? I am going to help you think that through!
What happens when you tap into the tech expertise of Geek Squad Agents, channel it into a fun and engaging platform for youth, and round up an assortment of enthusiastic kids to download these teachings in a hands-on environment? You’re left with the formula for Best Buy Canada’s newest community program, Geek Squad Academy.
When it comes to our mobile devices —whether that be a smartphone, tablet, laptop computer, iPod or even a camera— the component that causes the most worry is usually the display. Scratches and cracks make for a subpar experience and expensive repairs. That’s why screen protectors are so popular. But these products have their limitations too, primarily the fact that they’re only available for current and highly popular devices. There’s also the matter of installation, which can be sticky and nerve-wracking. ClearPlex is exciting because it brings tough, invisible film first developed for auto windshields to consumer electronics. The company’s agreement with Best Buy has high tech ClearPlex equipment onsite at GeekSquad facilities. GeekSquad handles the programming and installation, you get ClearPlex protection customized for your device. I visited a Best Buy location in London to see the system in action, and it’s pretty cool.
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Each generation has its own definition of “cool” – the 70’s had Fonzie, the eighties had big hair, and we have … geeks. Geek Squad, the guys who can fix your computer, protect your smartphone and help turn your house into an amazing “smart home,” want to bring a little “cool” to your life and your car. While supplies last, Geek Squad will be giving away a limited number of car sun visors. Pick up one today at your local Best Buy and use it to keep your car cool this summer – it may also help you win a Best Buy gift card. Read on for more details:
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Making the jump to a new computer over the holidays? Maybe a new Windows 8.1 powered Ultrabook, or perhaps going all in on the tablet experience with a Surface Pro 2? That leaves the question of what to do with your existing PC. No worries there, we’ve got plenty of ideas on how to recycle your old computer
Are you like me and cannot be without your iPhone for any period of time? Call me nomophobic but ever since I started using smart phones I cannot imagine being disconnected for long periods of time. I’m constantly checking in, photographing, and catching up on the latest news everywhere I go. My iPhone 4 has been a faithful companion. It’s held up well over the years taking a fair amount of abuse, but I know sooner or later I’m going to drop it and with all that glass, it won’t take it well. I’m also not interested in upgrading quite yet either. In other words, my options are limited if I want to extend the life of my phone.
If you're shopping for a big screen TV or looking to upgrade your existing set, but please don’t forget about the sound! Often one of the overlooked aspects of a home theatre is the sound. Everyone wants to have the biggest screen and all the features but sound is what envelopes you, it sets the mood, and it keeps the action going. Without considering how you will be getting your sound you may be missing out on more than you realize.
Remember when being away from home meant having to rely on friends or family members to tape the big game for you? And how they never seemed to record right to the end? These days there are so many ways to watch and record live sports that you’ll never have to rely on friends or family again (to tape sports, at least).
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HDTV’s are common place these days, in fact – that is all you can buy now. But, just because you have purchased a HDTV doesn’t mean that you are watching HDTV, here are a few of the key points to keep in mind.
This is my favourite time of the year! Holiday lights, picturesque snow cover, and gatherings of friends and family. All these wonderful distractions make it easy to forget about what keeps everything running. Electricity powers all of the festive lights we enjoy, powers the heaters that warm us up; and not to mention, keeps us entertained by powering the electronics and Home Theater gear occupying our holiday guests. This season is also a great time to start thinking about energy conservation and protection of all the gadgets that we can’t live without. I for one can’t imagine not having my TV or video games available for my nephews to give me a breather from all their energy. Here are a couple product categories that will help prevent any catastrophes with your electronics this holiday season and into the future.
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USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt are two new technologies that we are seeing on the market now, they are designed to transfer data at speeds never before seen with these types of connections. One thing to keep in mind is that it does not have to be one or the other – both technologies can live together in the same environment, much like firewire and USB 2.0 already does.
How do I connect my laptop to my TV to view family photos over the holidays? One of the more popular questions this holiday season has been the sharing of photo’s and memories using new and creative ways in your home! And of course why wouldn’t you want to use the biggest screen in your home to share them (ps: it’s even better when you add music to your photo sharing TV). However, I’m going to assume that you’re not interested in moving your computer beside your TV and/or running a big long VGA cable across your living room – don’t fear – solutions are here!
This is exactly what everyone wants to be doing! Why should your content only be in once place? You should be able to watch it where ever you want whenever you want! However, moving your data between devices can be tricky, especially if they are not all made by the same manufacturer. If you happen to have all Apple Products (iPhone, Mac, iPad and Apple TV) no problem! You’re first step should be to upgrade to iOS 5.0 and turn on iCloud on all your mobile devices. Then you’ll want to turn on home sharing on all of your devices on your network and barring any unforeseen problems you’re good to share. If you download something for your phone (say the latest song from your favorite artist) it will show up on your iPad and computer. And if you want to watch it on your TV you can push it there using AirPlay and your AppleTV.
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