• Facial Recognition Tech Startup Viewdle Raises $10 Million From Best Buy, Others

    Facial recognition technology companies have been in the limelight lately, with Apple buying Polar Rose for a rumored $29 million and rival raising $4.3 million from Russian search juggernaut Yandex and others. A lesser-known but equally impressive startup in said field, Viewdle, announces today that it has secured $10 million in Series B funding from a group of noteworthy investors… Read More

  • Best Buy ‘Happy To Sell’ BlackBerry PlayBook

    If you want that BlackBerry tablet, the PlayBook, your best bet may be to visit a Best Buy near you. Best Buy’s chief executive said that when the device hits the market (hopefully before the end of the year), “we’ll be happy to offer it to our customers.” Read More

  • Tecca, Best Buy's Secret Weapon Against Competition

    On the surface, Tecca looks like a pretty cool service. You download an app, browse it for devices you’re looking at in store, and figure out if the price is right. How? By checking out online prices, most notably the prices available from Best Buy, one of the investors in Fuse Capital, creator of Tecca. Even if the app brings up 50 other prices from 50 other stores, the assumption here… Read More

  • Canon 60D On Sale Right Now

    I just walked into Best Buy and what do I see? A stack of Canon 60Ds ready to be grabbed. The lady working said that they just came in; when she looked on their internal website it showed full availability and no holds. If you’ve been waiting for the new 18.0 megapixel camera with the Vari-Angle LCD and superb video quality then now is your chance–you can grab this new SLR with… Read More

  • Best Buy CEO: The Reports Of Microsoft's Death Are Grossly Exaggerated… By Me.

    Best Buy CEO: The Reports Of Microsoft's Death Are Grossly Exaggerated… By Me.

    All day, the Internet has been erupting with news that the age of notebook and netbooks is over, and the age of tablets — specifically, the iPad, of course — has begun. One of the main catalysts of this eruption was Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn who supposedly told the Wall Street Journal that the iPad is cannibalizing laptop sales, especially netbook sales. Or did he? Here’s the… Read More

  • iPad Coming To All Best Buys Starting September 26th

    If you’re one of the unlucky few whose local Best Buy was not one of those selected to sell iPads, weep no more. Starting September 26th, Best Buy will have iPads at every one of its 1093 stores, though it’s unclear whether they will have a whole special Apple section like many other stores do. Go get ‘em, tiger. But skip the extended warranty, you’re probably going to… Read More

  • Best Buy Offers G2 Pre-Orders

    Get thee to the Best Buyery! Best Buy is offering pre-orders of the G2 for $199 with two year contract. The phone will ship on October 2. Read More

  • Amazon Kindle Comes To Best Buy Stores This Fall

    Crossing the wires now—the Amazon Kindle will be available in Best Buy stores sometime this autumn. This probably makes sense for a few reasons. Read More

  • Best Buy Getting Into The Used Game Market

    Look out GameStop, there’s a new gun in town. And it’s got the brick and mortar location, name recognition, and marketing power to give you a run for your money. Ol’ blue and yellow is moving into the used game market starting this week and I think some competition will only be a good thing. Read More

  • Best Buy Planning Tablet Computing Blitz For Christmas

    Remember when netbooks where the next big thing? Best Buy was definitely pushing them, I remember last holiday season you couldn’t walk into your local store without being assailed by cheap, low powered computers. Well get ready, Best Buy has decided that tablet computing will be the next big thing. Read More

  • Best Buy Rolls Out Shopkick's Geo-Coupon System To 257 Stores

    Best Buy is rolling out an in-store mobile couponing system in conjunction with a startup called shopkick. The system will be in place in 187 stores by tomorrow and 257 stores by October 1. Earlier this month, we got a preview of how the system works (see video below). Instead of checking in, as you would with a geo app like Foursquare or Gowalla, shopkick automatically recognizes when… Read More

  • Best Buy's CTO Tweets Out Pics Of A Rocketfish Tablet. Seriously, A Best Buy Tablet.

    Well, look at that. A Rocketfish tablet. Can’t say we saw this coming, but Best Buy’s CTO and Geek Squad founder, Robert Stephens, just tweeted two pics of the surprisingly polished-looking tablet. We’re currently digging for more details but from what we can tell from the pics, the tablet looks remarkable similar to early HP Slate pics. Every seem and port seems to be the… Read More

  • Geek Squad Will Have You Shell Out $29 To "Setup" Your Ereader

    Oh, Best Buy. When will you stop pimping your Geek Squad brand? It was once a beloved tech service, but then you bought it and started looking for the most ridiculous tasks to make a quick buck — like setting up an ebook reader or creating an OS X user account. Read More

  • Did Shopkick Just Change The Check-In Game? You Be The Judge [Video]

    Did Shopkick Just Change The Check-In Game? You Be The Judge [Video]

    Earlier, we wrote about shopkick, a company with a different take on the whole check-in revolution as it relates to retail. But it’s one thing to read about it, it’s another to see it. That’s exactly why shopkick invited several members of the press to a Best Buy in San Francisco this morning to see the app in action. As you can see in the full 15-minute walk-through video… Read More

  • Shopkick Teams With Best Buy To End Fake Retail Check-Ins

    Shopkick Teams With Best Buy To End Fake Retail Check-Ins

    Yesterday, we wrote about Future Checkin, a third-party app that uses Foursquare’s API to check you in to a location without you having to actually hit any buttons to check-in. In fact, you can keep your phone in your pocket and it will work. Today, shopkick is teaming up with Best Buys around the U.S. to offer something similar. But with an important twist: without doing anything, you… Read More

  • Big Interview: The Philosophy Behind Best Buy And Future's @Gamer Magazine

    Conventional wisdom says that it’d be a better idea to build a ladder to the moon than it would be to start a magazine in 2010. Apparently Best Buy disagrees. The retailer announced, some months back, that it would be starting a new video game magazine called @Gamer. (Pronounced “gamer”—ignore the @.) It hooked up with the good folks at Future, the same people who… Read More

  • Fired Because Of Twitter [Video]

    Fired Because Of Twitter [Video]

    You’ve likely seen the EVO 4G vs. iPhone video. Maybe you’ve seen the follow up. And maybe you’ve read the story about how these videos almost got the guy who made them fired from his job at Best Buy. Well, he’s back with another video. And it’s good. TweetFired is the story of Peter, a man who gets in trouble with his job because of the tweets he posts. Read More

  • Hey Brian (Guy Behind iPhone Vs. EVO Videos), Paramount Wants To Talk!

    Remember those awesome iPhone 4 versus EVO 4G videos? Hopefully you do, it has only been a few weeks since we posted both of them. You know, the ones that almost got the Best Buy employee fired? The ones that made him rethink his career path? Yeah, those videos. Well, they just got potentially a lot more interesting. Paramount Pictures has just contacted us, asking if we can put them in… Read More

  • Best Buy Issues Reprieve For Employee Behind Videos — But He Declines Reinstatement

    Last week, we noted that Best Buy was looking into firing the employee that made the hilarious EVO versus iPhone 4 video (and the rebuttal video). The employee, 25-year-old Brian Maupin, was placed on suspension as Best Buy decided what they wanted to do. Today brings some good news: they’ve decided not to fire Maupin. But Maupin has decided not to return to work just yet, as he’s… Read More

  • Best Buy Trying To Fire Employee Over Those Hilarious EVO Versus iPhone Videos

    Best Buy Trying To Fire Employee Over Those Hilarious EVO Versus iPhone Videos

    By now it seems like just about everyone has seen the iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO video (and the rebuttal video). The video portrays an electronics store employee trying to convince a person looking for an iPhone 4 to buy an HTC EVO 4G instead. It’s hilarious — like all good humor, so funny because it’s at least partially true. But you know who didn’t find it funny? Best Buy. Read More

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