#TechTuesday – The Smart Speaker Trend

These days, we expect to have our music available anytime, anywhere. And we want it to sound really, really good. The latest in speaker technology has that covered.

December 12, 2017 – WTAM Newsradio with Bill Wills and Derek Meister

For more information, visit the Best Buy Blog.

#TechTuesday – Holiday Tech Trends 2017

November 21, 2017 – WTAM Newsradio with Bill Wills and Derek Meister

Holiday gift shopping has begun as early access events precede Black Friday. A Best Buy survey of 1,500 American adults brought out a few top tech trends for the 2017 holiday season.

Visit the Best Buy Blog for more information on the top 30 must-have gadgets at Best Buy.

#TechTuesday – Should You Shut Down Your Computer?

“When should I shut down my computer?” It’s a common questions Geek Squad Agents get.

On this week’s #TechTuesday segment, Bill Wills and I discuss power settings and savings for your home computer.

#TechTuesday – Social Apps Your Teens Use

Teens will always find ways to use technology to socialize. Once upon a time, it was party lines, then chat rooms, and now apps.

In this week’s #TechTuesday episode on WTAM 1100 Newsradio, Bill Wills and I discuss a recent New York Times article on the range of new social media apps teens are using, including video messaging and anonymous sharing networks.

For parents who are not sure where to start with online safe behavior, I recommend bookmarking SafeKids.com and ConnectSafely.org.

In particular, consider printing out family contracts for online safety as a way to discuss the topic with kids and teens and ensure everyone understands rules and boundaries for their online behavior.

Every parent will have different approaches to their kids, but it’s important that you have these discussions early so that you can keep an ongoing communication about topics like cyberbullying and other unsafe behavior or threads online.

#TechTuesday – Increasing iPhone Storage

As smartphone use grows, so does the amount of data they produce. Whether it’s juggling photos and videos taken during trips, or movies and music to entertain while out, the amount of storage your phone holds is an important factor in how useful it is.

In fact, one of the first recommendations we have for those shopping for a new iPhone is getting the most storage you can afford as most modern smartphones don’t allow internal storage to be expanded easily or at all.

If you’re running out of storage, you can look into options like making use of flash drives with a Lightning port connector (such as the PNY and Leef) connect directly to your iPhone’s data port for access.

Other options include Wi-Fi enabled portable hard drives.

And definitely consider protecting your data through the use of cloud services, including Apple’s iCloud but also 3rd party services like Google Drive or Dropbox.