Staying Connected to Your Kids : A Guide To Surviving College, Part 1

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎09-02-2014 09:58 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 11:50 AM by Geek Squad Agent (2,673 Views)

It’s been happening all over the country the last couple of weeks – parents wondering how to stay in touch with their kids now that they have left home for school or a job. Although it can feel scary at times, here are some tips on using tech to stay connected.

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Our Birthday Celebration Continues at the NY Stock Exchange

by Geek Squad Agent ‎07-14-2014 10:08 PM - edited ‎07-14-2016 11:19 AM (1,693 Views)

In honor of Geek Squad’s 20th birthday, Commissioner Chris Askew, a number of Agents from across the country and a couple of Best Buy Blueshirts rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Monday, July 14.

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About three years ago, a message began circulating in cyberspace saying that Geek Squad had discovered a Facebook app called “the Christmas Tree App” and we thought it was “one of the worst viruses ever.” This was a hoax.

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One of my favorite things about Facebook is that it helps me keep up with my family & friends. I’ve traveled a lot in my life, and lived in other states and overseas — so Facebook allows us to share a little bit in each other’s lives. Whether sharing pictures of kids, trips & pets, or sharing life experiences as they happen, it generally let’s each of us know what’s going on, and helps keep us close.

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Social Privacy : Google+ v. Facebook

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-08-2013 03:50 PM (2,690 Views)

With the explosion of social media outlets over the last decade, we seem to be spending more and more of our lives online. Social platforms make it easy and fun to stay connected with friends and family, share the latest cute picture of your cats playing with a ball of twine or check in from your new favorite restaurant. Mobile technology means that you don’t ever have to disconnect from your online network. If you’ve spent any time with teenagers lately, you realize some of them never do.

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Facebook Privacy Disclaimers: Do They Do Anything?

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎11-26-2012 06:08 PM (719 Views)

Have your Facebook friends started posting “privacy disclaimers” in their posts? If you’re seeing these in your Facebook timeline, it’s likely a reaction to recent news items about Facebook and supposed privacy changes. The question is: do these disclaimers actually mean anything?

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‘Tis the Season… for Holiday Scammers

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎11-16-2012 06:14 PM (449 Views)

Ah, the holidays. Once more, we’ve entered that magical time of the year. A time for joy, a time for laughter, a time for sharing happy memories with families and good friends…
 
…and a time (it seems) when scammers come out of the woodwork to take advantage of people.
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For many parents, sending their kids off to college can be bittersweet. Fortunately, technology can help offset the feelings of separation by keeping family and friends in touch despite the distance.

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Taking the Appropriate Steps to Protect Your Privacy

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-26-2012 02:23 PM (393 Views)

Social Media, it seems, is the new frontier for keeping in touch with your friends and family. It’s become such a common place in our daily lives that sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are typically the first place web go to share the latest news, upload photos from their mobile devices, and even vent about their day. The problem is that most of us rarely giving any thought to who can read, share and otherwise interact with our posts.

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It is a new year with new opportunities. Many of us choose to set new goals. Sometimes we want to get back on track with our existing goals.

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Summary: A security alert about the Facebook “Christmas Tree” application is circulating online now that states:

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Socially Safe

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎05-28-2010 03:22 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 11:45 AM by Geek Squad Agent (748 Views)

Keep these ‘socially safe” tips in mind the next time you’re logged into your favorite social media site.

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How to use Technology with Long Distance Relationships: A Geek Squad 2 Minute Miracle

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Tech Isn’t Just For the Young

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-10-2009 08:05 PM - last edited on ‎05-14-2016 07:19 AM by (395 Views)

When I hear stories like a 104 year old Twitter user (Ivy Bean), I wonder if it’s our own reservations that keep us older folks from diving into the latest and greatest tech. Children are less likely to allow the intimidation of new technology get in the way of using it.

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Geeks? Ghostbusters!

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-02-2009 08:13 PM - last edited on ‎05-14-2016 07:09 AM by (264 Views)

The release of a Blu-ray 25th anniversary edition of the film last week is like welcoming an old friend back in shiny, new HD duds. As soon as the movie starts up again, I’m instantly transported to the first time I saw this classic as a kid in the theaters, and it is wonderful!

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This year at E3 Microsoft announced some new additions to the XBOX360 video game console that will make it a more social experience for players. One of the fastest growing social platforms on the web right now is Facebook. Microsoft announced an add-on that uses Facebook Connect to allow XBOX360 players to take gameplay photos and upload them to their Facebook account automatically.

 

With innovations like this, it begs the question: are personal computers going to become obsolete?

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I’d like to start this post by making the record clear: We are proud to have reached out to Ivy Bean and get her set up on Twitter. With her permission, we also publicized her accomplishment to encourage other older people to get online.

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What’s Yours is Mine and What’s Mine is Mine

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-03-2009 10:21 PM (272 Views)

Facebook, the popular online social networking Web site, recently announced plans to allow users to help guide the company’s future policy changes. This move no doubt stemmed from the backlash of recent terms of service changes that implied Facebook could claim ownership of all member-generated content—even if members deleted their accounts.

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