We know that the FBI has had a hard time finding tech talent and the current US administration has so far shown little interest in hiring technology experts, but we didn't expect this. New US federal court documents show that the FBI has been actively coordinating with members of Best Buy's "Geek Squad" to hunt for child pornography on customers' computers.
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It's been a rocky start for virtual reality manufacturers in general. But Oculus — the company that made people believe in VR again — may be having the hardest time of all. It's been a year of sluggish sales, PR nightmares and a one big time defeat in court. Now, Best Buy is pulling hundreds of demo stations from its sales floors in the US.
When the Apple Watch first debuted, we were promised a premium retail experience — specially trained staff, swanky new stores, watches that were 'fitted' rather than just tried on. Well, according to the WSJ, all that is about to change.
Shopping for electronics already feels like some kind of hidden camera prank, with staff who never want to help and rarely know a thing about the gear they're selling. But an artist who refers to himself as Plastic Jesus — which apparently is not a gag — took things one step further by secretly stocking displays with a useless plastic box complete with a description of the non-existent product.
If you watched this year's Super Bowl, you probably noticed one thing: Madonna looks good for a 53-year-old. Oh, and also, the commercials sucked. Screw Brady and Manning, where the heck is the creativity, ad people? You guys are boring me. I need something more than King Elton John and moonwalking dogs.
The Macbook Airs listed on BestBuy.com are apparently "Not Available" for shipping. This jibes with news we've been hearing about an imminent MBA refresh with Sandy Bridge processors.
At most big retailers, shoplifters are allowed to run free, because any attempt to touch them brings up the terrifying prospect of a lawsuit. But a Montana Best Buy employee wasn't having that, taking down a thief. Now he's fired.
Mere days ago (two, specifically), the UK caught wind of the much ballyhooed, but oft not seen white iPhone 4. It might ship next week! Exciting, if you're into white smartphones, but what of the US market?
Hearsay about Apple putting the kibosh on Best Buy's iPad 2 sales remains hearsay - but if it is true, Gear Live thinks they know why: Best Buy employees (and friends) abusing their sweet trade-in program.
If for some reason you thought Best Buy Buy Back - a trade-in program in which you pay Best Buy up front for the guarantee that they'll buy back your gear for a pittance down the line - was a profitable way to get rid of your old gadgets, let Digital Trends disabuse you. They ran the numbers and found that you're potentially losing hundreds by selling your gadgets to the retailers instead of flipping them online.
A seemingly legitimate $US1,199 Motorola Xoom now sits on the Best Buy web site, ready for pre-order. What happened to the already steep $US800? It would seem the hill has become a mountain for this initially well-received tablet.
The Motorola Xoom sure has a lot of whizbang stuff inside: Crazy dual-core processors! Nvidia graphics! HD camcorder! 1GB RAM! Front camera! 3G that's somehow magically upgradeable to 4G! But, uh, it's eight hundred US dollars. And it gets worse.