How to Prep Your Smartphone for Trade-In

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎04-20-2017 03:20 PM - edited ‎04-20-2017 03:28 PM (23,689 Views)

If you're looking to trade in your phone, or hand it down to a friend or family member, you probably don't want to hand over your data, pics, music or apps with it. Here are the steps you'll want to take before giving your phone to someone else.

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Flu-Fighting Means Smartphone Cleaning

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎02-22-2017 02:29 PM - edited ‎02-22-2017 02:32 PM (8,678 Views)

Flu season is overstaying its welcome this winter, and the CDC can prove it.
 
Your mobile phone, that thing that’s probably attached to your hand most of the day, is a magnet for germs, and we’ve been getting questions from customers on the best way to keep it clean.
 
Our Geek Squad Agents have answers. See what they say to four frequently asked questions about mobile device hygiene.


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Pokémon Go Update

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎08-16-2016 04:32 PM - last edited on ‎08-16-2016 04:51 PM by Geek Squad Agent (7,261 Views)

pokemon210w.jpgThe new release of Pokémon Go is out in the world. Here are some intitial impressions for some lucky enough to have used it.

 

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Geek Squad Plays Pokémon Go: Part 3

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎08-04-2016 02:51 PM - last edited on ‎08-05-2016 03:37 PM by Geek Squad Agent (7,290 Views)

pokemon210w.jpgIn the third and final installment of our series on Pokémon Go, our Agent Kate B tells us why players should make sure they pay attention to their surroundings while playing. Sometimes we forget that not everyone understands the desire to catch 'em all. (You can kinda tell she's a mother when you read this one...)

 

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Geek Squad Plays Pokémon Go: Part 2

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-31-2016 06:33 PM - last edited on ‎08-05-2016 03:43 PM by Geek Squad Agent (12,785 Views)

pokemon210w.jpgOur Agent Kate B has been putting the Pokémon Go app on her smartphone through its paces the last couple of weeks. We recently persuaded her to take a break from her search for new Pokéstops and give us her impressions. Here is the second of her three posts with some tips on keeping your equipment working as you play..

 

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Geek Squad Plays Pokémon Go: Part 1

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-28-2016 11:15 AM - last edited on ‎07-31-2016 06:31 PM by Geek Squad Agent (11,187 Views)

pokemon210w.jpgOur Agent Kate B has been putting the Pokémon Go app on her smartphone through its paces the last couple of weeks. We recently persuaded her to take a break from her search for new Pokéstops and give us her impressions. Here is the first of a series of three posts.

 

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Free Your Speed: Tips for a Faster Connected Home

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎11-04-2015 08:02 AM - last edited on ‎08-23-2016 04:28 PM by Geek Squad Agent (29,417 Views)

The modern family home is more connected than ever to the Internet, and these days that includes everything from multiple computers, tablets, gaming systems, 4KTVs, even network-controlled lights and thermostats. Yet many households fail to realize their expanding collection of hardware – growing to an average of nearly eight connected devices each this year – strain home networks, producing sluggish connections and a real need to free their speed.

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Many parents of college kids have experienced the dread of having their child message, call or write to say that they need money. Technology now allows us many options to send our cash-strapped kids a little loot.

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How to Prep Your Smartphone for Trade-In

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎08-13-2014 10:00 PM (3,122 Views)

Looking to upgrade your old smartphone by exchanging it with your service provider, trading it in at a local retailer, or handing it down to a friend or family member? You probably don’t want to hand over your data, pics, music or apps with it. Here are three steps you’ll want to take before giving your phone to someone else.

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How to Turn Your Cellphone into a TV Remote

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎08-08-2014 10:02 PM (8,883 Views)

Cellphone app developers are our heroes. Their whole purpose in life is to take one of the most useful devices ever manufactured and figure out a way to add functionality. They are the people who put power in our pockets.

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Data Backup: Moving Files Without Losing Them

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎01-15-2014 02:58 PM (10,868 Views)

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post encouraging everyone to make backing up their data their New Years’ resolution. As I was reviewing the different ways to create data backups, it struck me how many devices we use on a daily basis now create and store digital files.

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The One New Year's Resolution

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎12-31-2013 03:06 PM - last edited on ‎05-04-2016 10:54 PM by (3,393 Views)

It’s that time of the year again – time to take a good hard look at yourself and resolve to be better next year. And yes, time for magazines, TV news shows and blogs to suggest a New Year’s resolution for you. Yeah, irritating, we know. But this is one you should pay attention too. It’s not that hard and could save you a lot of grief when the inevitable happens.

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Get the Right Start With Your New Phone

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎12-27-2013 03:09 PM (9,549 Views)

Getting a new phone is fun. Whether you bought it for yourself or it was given to you by a loved one, firing up a new handset is one of the true joys of our wireless world. At some point, all phones seem restrictive after you use them for a while. A brand new phone frees you to get some new wallpapers, better ringtones and those cool apps your old device couldn’t handle. Then, of course, there is the wonderful new phone smell…

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Travelling With Your Tech

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎12-20-2013 03:14 PM (6,877 Views)

Like people all over the world, we Agents often find ourselves travelling to get together with our friends and family over the holidays. And, being more tech-dependent than the average citizen, one of our main concerns is what combination of devices and accessories will we be able to take with us. Sure, Agents travelling over-land can error on the side of caution and fill up the backseat with extra batteries and cables. But those of us who need to grab our boarding passes and stand in the airport security line have decisions to make. Considering that we generally think tech belongs in carry on luggage, weight also becomes an issue.

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Online Shopping During the Holidays, Part 1: Let’s Be Safe Out There

by Geek Squad Agent ‎12-12-2013 03:17 PM - edited ‎07-14-2016 11:14 AM (5,980 Views)

As the holiday shopping season ramps up, a lot of us are on the lookout for good deals on gifts for family and friends. With all the shopping available online these days, maximizing your gift budget is as easy as firing up your smartphone and hitting your favorite shopping site.

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Breaking Old Tech Habits is Hard to Do (But necessary)

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎08-23-2013 03:36 PM (8,321 Views)

Each time I return from getting my teeth cleaned, I swear it will be different this time: I’ll develop better dental health habits – brush after every meal, floss at least once a day – in order to avoid the uncomfortable gum scraping (and guilt-inducing “tsk-tsk”) from my hygienist.

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The Evolution of the Touchscreen

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-30-2013 03:41 PM (8,981 Views)

Touchscreens are the input device of today. They’re everywhere – ATMs, gas pumps, desktops and (of course) our pockets.  The touchscreen is an intuitive, elegant and effective interface whose usefulness in the modern information society is shown by its prevalence in the world around us.

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SIM card phone hacking — How It May Affect You

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-22-2013 03:44 PM (10,883 Views)

The news media is currently abuzz over an announcement by Karsten Nohl of Security Research Labs, indicating that there’s a new phone hack affecting some SIM cards. What does this mean to you, and what do we know about this latest threat? 

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Your Tablet Sure Is Handy – But Is It Secure?

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎06-11-2013 03:55 PM (4,522 Views)

Mobile computing devices are letting us access the Web (and take care of business) from just about anywhere. Wireless technology now lets us pay our bills at the coffee shop, check our email while waiting for the kids after soccer practice, or take a conference call while getting our oil changed. Tablets and smartphones make it easy to manage our lives and stay in touch with the office while we are out and about.

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Have All Your Windows 8 Apps Yet?

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎04-30-2013 04:11 PM (7,218 Views)

As most PC users (and readers of this blog) know, Microsoft released an update to their Windows operating system last November. The new version of the market-leading OS marked a significant departure from the old way of doing things, employing a less hierarchical organization and touch-friendly interfaces instead of the mouse-and-keyboard /point-and-click world of the past.

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Lost in Transportation: Tips to Lock, Locate and Recover Your Technology

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎04-15-2013 04:24 PM - last edited on ‎04-20-2016 04:53 PM by (3,886 Views)

According to a recent study, more than 8,000 mobile devices were left behind at just seven of the country’s largest airports in the last year. The most common places mobile devices were left behind? Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints and restrooms.

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Cooking & Technology: Making Meal Prep Easier

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎04-04-2013 04:34 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 09:19 AM by Geek Squad Agent (2,926 Views)

The digital age has revolutionized everything around us — including cooking dinner. Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a skilled chef, there are a number of smartphone apps, online resources and gadgets that can make your time in the kitchen much less frantic, and much more productive and fun.

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Smartphone Passcodes: Should I Be Worried?

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-20-2013 05:09 PM (7,172 Views)

There have been a number of articles in the tech press lately about vulnerabilities with smartphone passcodes. Phones using both Android and iOS systems have been plagued by hacks that allow unauthorized users to get around the passcode lockscreen. Apple recently released an update to their operating system intended to address this problem. A similar issue was also discovered in Galaxy Note 2 phones.

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Where did that file go? (Digital Storage Basics)

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-15-2013 10:48 PM (3,950 Views)

Saving digital files used to be so easy — just hit “Control-S”, and “Bam!” — your spreadsheet was saved. If you wanted to take the file with you, you just burned it onto a CD, and you were off.

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Finding Your Way On Your Holiday Road Trip

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎11-29-2012 06:06 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 10:08 AM by Geek Squad Agent (1,841 Views)

When I think back on the holiday family road trips of my youth, I mostly remember the fear of being lost after missing an exit on an unknown stretch of highway or the frustration of trying to find a gas station in a strange town. Technology – in the form of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices – have rendered those fears and frustrations things of the past.

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Happy Birthday, Android!

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎11-05-2012 06:37 PM (1,039 Views)

Happy Birthday, Android!

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Windows 8 DIY: Demystifying the Start Screen

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎10-29-2012 06:59 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 12:35 PM by Geek Squad Agent (1,966 Views)

Windows 8 is finally here — and everywhere you go, people are talking about it. Most electronic retailers are now carrying Windows 8 devices (laptop & tablets) pre-loaded & ready to use, and people are beginning to purchase them and take them home.

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Agent Tim’s Personal Top Android Game Picks

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎10-17-2012 07:56 PM (6,987 Views)

Mobile phones, tablets and portable computers — oh my!

 

In a world that is constantly on the go, we are always looking for new ways to be entertained while on the road, in the air or relaxing at home. The Google Play market for Android devices gives mobile app users a wonderland of games to keep them occupied any time of the day. Here a few of my favorites that won’t break the bank!

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Cracked Screens 101: How They Happen, How to Avoid Them

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎10-16-2012 08:23 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 09:42 AM by Geek Squad Agent (21,098 Views)

Ah… portable electronics — the joy of modern technology. The most appealing thing about touchscreen phones, notebooks, netbooks and tablets is their portability. We take them just about everywhere we go. We toss them in our backpacks, our purses, and our pockets. And sometimes… they pay the price.

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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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Americans Abroad: Using Your Mobile Phone While Visiting the UK

by GeekSquadUK on ‎07-27-2012 11:14 PM - last edited on ‎04-20-2016 11:28 PM by (1,881 Views)

With international athletes converging on the UK this summer in their quest to be best, we’ve reached out “across the pond” to our fellow Geek Squad Agents in Great Britain to help us with a tech tip series for Americans attending the festivities in the UK. Read on!

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Americans Abroad: Taking Your Technology With You

by GeekSquadUK on ‎07-27-2012 11:09 PM - last edited on ‎04-20-2016 11:27 PM by (1,295 Views)

With international athletes converging on the UK this summer in their quest to be best, we’ve reached out “across the pond” to our fellow Geek Squad Agents in Great Britain to help us with a tech tip series for Americans attending the festivities in the UK. Read on!

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Americans Abroad: London Through the Eyes of Your Smartphone

by GeekSquadUK on ‎07-26-2012 11:16 PM - last edited on ‎04-20-2016 11:26 PM by (2,818 Views)

With international athletes converging on the UK this summer in their quest to be best, we’ve reached out “across the pond” to our fellow Geek Squad Agents in Great Britain to help us with a tech tip series for Americans attending the festivities in the UK. Read on!

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Americans Abroad: How to Send Postcards Back Home from Your Smartphone

by GeekSquadUK on ‎07-24-2012 11:18 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 09:49 AM by Geek Squad Agent (412 Views)

With international athletes converging on the UK this summer in their quest to be best, we’ve reached out “across the pond” to our fellow Geek Squad Agents in Great Britain to help us with a tech tip series for Americans attending the festivities in the UK. Read on!

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The Loss of a Smartphone: How to Protect Your Data (and Possibly Even Find it Again!)

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-19-2012 02:30 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 12:14 PM by Geek Squad Agent (918 Views)

Modern smartphones are amazing. They are also an expensive investment. To safeguard our investment we buy cases, screen protectors, and protection plans.

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Smartphone + St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t Go Crying Over Spilt Beer

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-15-2012 02:43 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 11:43 AM by Geek Squad Agent (7,235 Views)

It’s that time of year again – St. Patrick’s Day! You dress up in green, wear a “kiss me I’m Irish” button, and hit the pubs for some fun with friends new and old. It’s a day when, regardless of your ethnic background, everyone is Irish.

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Mobile World Conference 2012: A Week in Review

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-05-2012 12:25 PM (5,687 Views)

The Mobile World Congress 2012 has drawn to an end. It has been a whirlwind four days of many presentations, racing to see who had the final device, or who can surprise the users more.

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Holiday Tech Tips: Invite Your Smartphone to Dinner

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎12-21-2011 01:37 PM (2,252 Views)

In part 2 of this week’s series we will be discussing how you can empower your smartphone or tablet and make your holidays easier, by learning about all of their most futuristic features.

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Prepare for a Safe Cyber Monday

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎11-27-2011 01:44 PM (1,832 Views)

A recent survey shows 46.7% of shoppers will purchase holiday items online this year.  Unfortunately, there are people out there looking to “scrooge” your holiday shopping experience.  Regardless of how you shop online, keeping your online identity safe is crucial.

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Wired for Summer Travel

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎06-02-2011 02:14 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 12:36 PM by Geek Squad Agent (732 Views)

Summer is fast approaching! Families are piling in the car and setting out on the Nation’s highways and skyways in search of an inexpensive and stress-free vacation. Here at the Geek Squad, we want to make sure you know about a few technologies available that will help ensure your vacation is safe, efficient and a little less stressful.

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Using Technology to Effectively and SECURELY Donate

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎05-09-2011 02:30 PM (4,194 Views)

As the effects of natural disasters bring us together to help those in need, Geek Squad wanted to take a moment to share some lessons on how social media and mobile devices can play a role in that assistance.

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2 Minute Miracle: Geek Squad iPhone Email Set-Up

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎05-03-2011 02:37 PM (6,002 Views)

2 Minute Miracle: Geek Squad iPhone Email Set-Up

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Geek Squad 2MM: Tech on the Road

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎03-25-2010 03:31 PM (3,542 Views)

In this 2 Minute Miracle, Geek Squad Agents Eric Irish and Wes Gray talk about different tech options to keep you connected while on the road.

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Transmissions from CES: The Future of Wow

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎01-06-2010 04:22 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 12:20 PM by Geek Squad Agent (4,512 Views)

As he fuels up the Geek Squad Hovercraft for its journey to Vegas, Agent Meister jots down some of the technology he can’t wait to play with at CES.

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What’s the deal with T9?

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎12-31-2009 04:24 PM (6,041 Views)

It uses the same system used now to spell out words, such as 1-800-GEE-KSQUAD converting to 1-800-433-5778, or in the days of telephone operators where PennsylvniA 6-5000 became 726-5000.

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My cell phone is about to… (silence ensues)

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎11-06-2009 05:39 PM - last edited on ‎07-14-2016 11:07 AM by Geek Squad Agent (343 Views)

You are in the middle of an important conversation, getting directions to the hotel you are staying at when your phone suddenly shuts off. You reach for your car charger, but it’s nowhere to be found. The easiest way out of this situation? Prevention.

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GPS on Smartphones

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎07-01-2009 08:15 PM (2,971 Views)

You are on the road. In a strange city. Heading to an appointment. At a location you’ve never been to before. In heavy traffic. (And heavy rain). And you are running a little late.

 

To add insult to injury, add in a paper printout map – you not only have misery refined, you have a very good possibility of ending up in a ditch. (Or somewhere worse).

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