#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 – 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.

#TechTuesday – Smart Dorms

College students tend to rely on a lot of tech for school, and for them, the hot new trend is the smart dorm. It’s like a smart home away from home.

Back to School savings at Best Buy include up to $150 off select computers, plus students can save an extra $100. Visit the Best Buy Student Deals page for more information.

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#BackToSchool – Saturday Night with Esme Murphy

This year’s Back to School shopping season looks to be the longest yet as parents shop earlier than ever. I talked with Esme Murphy on WCCO Newsradio 830 in Minneapolis about getting your kid’s school technology together, whether they’re in K-12 or heading off to college.