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.
byBBYMartin07-31-201508:31 AM - edited 08-24-201511:23 AM
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.
on 07-22-201503:53 PM - last edited on 08-24-201511:26 AM by BBYMartin
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.
byBBYMartin07-10-201403:14 PM - edited 08-01-201409:46 AM
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:
on 11-28-201301:19 PM - last edited on 06-04-201410:08 AM by BBYLaura
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).
on 02-02-201211:06 AM - last edited on 02-02-201211:20 AM by Heather
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.
on 12-01-201104:10 PM - last edited on 12-02-201109:06 AM by Heather
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.
Protecting your kids online is a big thing! And sometimes it can get pretty complicated and take a lot of time. There are different internet safety solutions you can use, some will work better than others depending on the age of your kids or your own unique setup at home. Here are a few of the different approaches you can take. If any of the below seems overwhelming, don’t’ fret, Geek Squad provides computer setups that include parental controls and a 1 year anti-virus protection for $149 done right in your home...
on 09-29-201111:32 AM - last edited on 11-29-201110:10 AM by Heather
Setting up wireless networks in a home is starting to have a “second wind” so to speak. About 5 years ago, wireless networking in the home for your computer was the newest, next greatest thing. Most recently, this has picked up again - except not for computers. With the new TV’s that have facebook, receivers and speakers with DLNA, Apple TV’s, Boxee Box’s and everything else we call the “Connected Home” we are experiencing wireless networks all over again. Except that now we need them to do more than ever before. So what do you need to know about setting up a wireless network and environment in your home? Well there is a lot you can run into, but here are some of the more common things you will experience and have to consider (ps. If any of this becomes too challenging, just keep in mind that Geek Squad will setup up to 5 devices in your home for only $99)...
on 08-04-201112:54 PM - last edited on 08-04-201112:55 PM by Heather
This question comes at the right times, as the installation of digital media servers has been very popular over the past several weeks! To effectively explain this technology and how it can work for you, check out this post where we speak to a few different scenario.
Nothing’s more frustrating than buying that latest, hyped-up tech toy and realizing another model would serve you better. Questions you forget to ask when purchasing your first tablet could be the difference between having your dream, does-it-all gadget and needing to put another dent in your pocket. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind to make sure you’re asking the right questions:
Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a streaming provider. The name refers to the delivery method of the medium rather than to the medium itself. In other words, think of it as digital content (videos, music, photos, etc) that is displayed to you in real time using one medium, but the content is being pulled from another source.
There are many ways to back up photos and videos while on vacation whether you bring a laptop, netbook or even a tablet with you. The last thing you want to do is lose your precious memories or run out of storage in the middle of your vacation and these quick backup solutions should help prevent that from happening.
byGeekSquad06-23-201109:33 AM - edited 06-23-201109:35 AM
The CPU or Central Processing Unit is the brain inside of your computer. Day-to-day activities such as sending emails, instant messaging, typing documents, or playing a video would be impossible without the CPU. Check out this post for more details...
A smart TV is a modern TV integrated with internet access enabling online interactive media access as well as on demand streaming media and access to content stored on USB drives or external storage devices. Smart TVs work by accessing the internet either wirelessly or hard wired, utilizing an embedded operating system/software and processor much like a computer, mobile phone or similar devices. The focus of this new breed of television sets is the delivery of online content and less focus on traditional broadcast, as was the case with previous generations of televisions.
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