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Best Buy preps for a Hero4 welcome just in time for Christmas

US retail giant Best Buy is anticipating bumper sales of GoPro's Hero4 products, which are set for release on Sunday. Best Buy has tripled the amount of space GoPro gizmos take up in 500 of its stores, according to the Associated Press, so as it can start promoting the video camera maker's latest product line in the run up to …
Team Register, 04 Oct 2014

Best Buy: Bring us your cowering, unwanted Microsoft Surface masses

US retail giant Best Buy is taking back unwanted Microsoft Surface tablets under a trade-in programme. The company that helped launch Surface RT one year ago has added Surfaces to a list of other consumer computing devices you can now trade in. Best Buy is offering between $79 and $350 to buy back your unwanted first-edition …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2013
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Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

Not content with operating 68 dedicated retail stores, Microsoft has partnered with consumer electronics retailer Best Buy to open store-within-a-store outlets at more than 600 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in North America. "It's something that has to be seen to be believed," said Microsoft chief marketeer Chris Capossela …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2013
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Best Buy takes axe to touchy Windows 8 PCs - lops $100 off price

Best Buy will slash $100 off the price of touchscreen Windows 8 PCs. From Monday the US retail chain will cut the cost of Sony, Acer, Toshiba, Dell and HP touch-driven laptops plus two models of Samsung's all-in-ones to shift stock. You can see the full range of discounted gear here. Best Buy’s discount will not apply to …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2013
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Best Buy founder flees troubled tech supermarket

Richard Schulze, the man who built tech megastore chain Best Buy out of an audio store he set up in Minnesota in 1966, has exited the company abruptly - causing the shares to take a hit. Falling profits, a troubled a withdrawal from Europe and sex scandal allegations that took out Best Buy's CEO Brian Dunn have tamed the retail …
Anna Leach, 08 Jun 2012
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Apple TV surfaces on Best Buy

US electronics retailer Best Buy has begun asking punters if they'd be interested coughing up $1499 for a 42in HD TV from Apple. A customer survey form reprinted by the Verge pitches the notion of a 42in, 1080p LED-backlit telly running iOS. The telly, the form suggests, might provide access to iTunes downloads and rentals, and …
Tony Smith, 06 Feb 2012
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Dixons and Best Buy start selling Google Chromebooks

Google I/O Google is trying to get its Chromebook into the mainstream and is starting to push it in retail stores, signing up Best Buy in the US and Dixons in the UK to distribute the ChromeOS systems. The Chocolate Factory's ChromeOS is the red-headed stepchild of the operating system market. Since its launch last year, the sales of …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2012
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Best Buy shuttering 50 stores, laying off staff in $800m cost slash

Months after beating a retreat from the UK struggling retailer Best Buy is to shutter 50 stores in the US as part of a multi-year $800m (£500m) cost reduction programme. The experiment in Blighty which cost Best Buy and its joint venture partner Carphone Warehouse (CPW) £200m ended in January but the after effects were felt in …
Paul Kunert, 30 Mar 2012
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Best Buy to shutter all UK megastores

Best Buy's big box experiment in Europe is over: the US retailer is set to close its megastores and retreat into Carphone Warehouse (CPW) shops. In a joint venture with CPW launched last year, Best Buy opened 11 giant outlets in the UK, employing some 1,100 staff, all of which will be shuttered. The battered retail sector …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2011
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Best Buy fires parting shot at Dixons with closing down sale

Best Buy may be retreating to its homeland with a bloody nose, but it could yet ruin Dixons Retail's margins this Christmas before it turns off the lights. The American electronics retailer's costly flirtation with UK consumers is coming to an end and the firm admitted last month that one of the reasons why its entry had not …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2011
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Best Buy opens UK online store

You read the headline and that's about it, really. Except that online doors open at bestbuy.co.uk tomorrow, 4 November- and we are sure Best Buy will salt the site with plenty of launch promos. Best Buy is America's biggest electronics retailer and arrived in the UK this year, opening six mega stores so far, including Derby …
Hard Reg, 03 Nov 2010
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Best Buy, Target, Walmart, others to take on Google Wallet

In a move that opens a new front in the ongoing bricks-and-mortar versus e-commerce struggle, a group of fifteen major retailers have joined forces to develop a new mobile payment system to challenge Google Wallet. The consortium, which includes such American heavy-hitters as 7-Eleven, Best Buy, CVS, Lowe's, Shell, Target, and …
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2012
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Piles of unshiftable HP fondle-slabs choke Best Buy

Crates of HP fondleslabs are mounting up stateside at Best Buy as it emerged the retailer has shifted less than one-tenth of its 270,000 strong unit order. Evidence is mounting that HP's shiny slate, dubbed the OuchPad in the US, is failing to capture the attention of shoppers on both sides of the Atlantic, as indicated by …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2011
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Best Buy slams brakes on UK stores amid spending freeze

A slowdown in consumer spending looks set to derail Best Buy's expansion plans in the UK with the launch of 80 new megastores to be put on the back burner. The US retailer opened the doors to its first UK flagship store in Essex towards the end of April 2010 and has since cut the ribbon on another nine including branches in …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jun 2011
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Best Buy UK spent £200m on failed megastores

Best Buy's efforts to win over UK consumers were an expensive failure, costing some £200m to set up just 11 big box stores. The stakeholders of the joint venture US retailer Best Buy and the UK's Carphone Warehouse (CPW) yesterday pulled the plug on the business, as investing more capital in the roll-out of another 90 stores was …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2011
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Best Buy gives big boxes the boot

Best Buy has put its "big box" strategy under review worldwide, with management braced for considerable shrinkage. The US retailer set up shop in the UK last year - it has ten megastores with another on the way in Enfield - but has shelved plans to set up another 80 as hard-pressed shoppers spend cash on food and utility bills …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2011
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Best Buy trumpets UK store openings

Best Buy opens its first UK outlet, a superstore with with a 50,000 sqft shop floor, in Lakeside, Thurrock, in May. Best buy logo Best Buy, America's biggest consumer electronics chain, has also pencilled "big box" store openings in June for Southamption and Merry Hill, West Midlands, and later this year for Aintree, near …
Team Register, 29 Mar 2010

Seven Apple Store staff cuffed in alleged $500k stolen iPhone scam bust

Seven Apple store employees, and a worker at Best Buy, have been arrested and charged in Florida for allegedly selling stolen iPhones. The seven Cook & Co staffers worked at the Apple Store in Fort Lauderdale, and are accused of working with phone thieves to exchange 600 stolen mobes for legitimate handsets. Police estimate the …
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2014
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LightSquared inks deal with Best Buy

Audacious wannabe network wholesaler LightSquared has inked a deal with Best Buy to provide connectivity for the retailer's MVNO offering, with testing to start early next year. Best Buy joins Leap Wireless and Open Range in signing up to use LightSquared's yet-to-be-built LTE network. That network relies on radio spectrum …
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2011
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Carphone shares jump on Best Buy news

Carphone Warehouse shares are up almost nine per cent in early trading on news that the mobe reseller is raising targets after a strong first six months trading. CPW said smartphones and interest in the "Connected World" helped increase sales in the first six months. The company expects earnings per share of between 13.5 and 14 …
John Oates, 05 Nov 2010
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Best Buy UK to flog electric cars, scooters and bikes

Best Buy is majoring on "Green Tech" in its first UK superstore. The Lakeside, Thurrock store opens on 30 April and will sell electric bicycles such as the GoCycle, Ultramotor, Metro and Moore & Large's iZip brands with prices starting at £399. Best Buy will also stock the Enertia electric motorbike from August and it will house …
Hard Reg, 23 Apr 2010
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Best Buy opens first UK store tomorrow

Best Buy is opening its first store in Thurrock, Essex tomorrow morning, but it will not have a working ecommerce site until autumn. The Essex shop is one of four due to open this year. It promises 50,000 square feet of floor space. But Best Buy will not have a functioning website ready until the autumn - a spokeswoman said it …
John Oates, 29 Apr 2010
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Apple's Siri nominates Nokia as best phone maker

Who'd've thunk it? Apple's voice-assistant, Siri, has suggested Nokia's Lumia 900 as the lead candidate to be the best cell phone ever. Someone put that very question to Siri, and here, courtesy of fansite WMPowerUser, is the result: Siri suggests Nokia Source: WMPowerUser Siri interrogates Wolfram's Alpha database for answer …
Tony Smith, 15 May 2012
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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

The new Type C USB connector is causing a lot of excitement, thanks in part to its reversibility (you can plug it in either way up) and high rates of data and power transfer. But there's now another reason to buy into in: DisplayPort support. The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) on Monday finalized DisplayPort …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2014
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Death of laptops greatly exaggerated, Best Buy boss insists

Best Buy's boss has downplayed reports that iPads are eating half of all laptop sales. Brian Dunn was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying that internal estimates revealed iPad sales "had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50%". In a statement last week Dunn referred to Mark Twain's comment on hearing that his …
John Oates, 21 Sep 2010
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Best Buy demos Dell netbook running... Mac OS X

Clearly uninspired by Windows XP Home, one Best Buy staffer slapped Mac OS X on one of the chain's demo Dell Inspiron Mini 910v netbooks, if pictures posted on the internet are to be taken at face value. Hackintosh at Best Buy Best Buy's hackintosh netbook (allegedly) Source: Gizmodo Whether snapped by a vistor to the shop, …
Tony Smith, 12 Aug 2009
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Best Buy slaps 'God Squad' priest with cease-and-desist order

Best Buy is pursuing an American god botherer who ripped off the company’s Geek Squad logo. Father Luke Strand at the Holy Family Parish in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, had his collar felt after he slapped a sticker carrying the name “God Squad” on his black Volkswagen Beetle. Best Buy sent a cease-and-desist letter to Strand …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2010

Fanboi droves use iPads to buy more iPads on Black Friday

Apple's iPad was used by one in every 10 online shoppers on Black Friday, according to IBM's Holiday Benchmark report. Continuing the trend of opening the supposed sales extravaganza earlier, online shopping grew 17.4 per cent on Thanksgiving compared to the same day a year earlier and Black Friday online sales were up 20.7 per …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2012
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Best Buy removes craplets for $30

Best Buy, America's biggest electronics retailer, will remove the preloaded rubbish software installed with new PCs, for $30. Best Buy sells billions of dollars of PCs a year, so this could be a game changer. Margins in the the PC industry are skinny, and fees from software makers for pre-installing craplets on consumer-" …
Team Register, 28 Aug 2008
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Free software lawyers hit Best Buy et al with GPL 'violation' claim

US retail giant Best Buy and 13 other consumer electronics firms have been named in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed yesterday in New York by the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). The pro-free and open source software law firm said it had brought the complaint on behalf of the Software Freedom Conservancy, which is the " …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2009
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Carphone and Best Buy shrink store plans

Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy are scaling back their plans for a UK High Street invasion. The two are working on a joint venture to bring general electronic stores to the UK. But instead of 100 stores the firm will now open about 80 "big box" shops by 2013. The change is partly to do with the downturn, but also the success of …
John Oates, 07 May 2009
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Best Buy punts resurrected Jesus Phones

Following in the footsteps of AT&T, US electronics retailer Best Buy is now selling resurrected Jesus Phones at a discount. Beginning today, 350 Best Buy Mobile stores are offering returned and refurbished iPhones for $50 less than brand new models. That's $149 for the 8GB model and $249 for its 16GB sister. Best Buy will only …
Cade Metz, 06 Jan 2009
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Latin Best Buy surfers sprayed by drive-by download malware

Hackers have invaded the Best Buy website to plant exploit code targeted at South and central American surfers. The villanos have manipulated the page that allows surfers, visiting the site from Latin America, to select language preferences between either Spanish or English. Beneath layers of concealment, surfers are redirected …
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2009
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Best Buy tech finds 'child abuse' wallpaper on broken PC

A man allegedly caught using child abuse images as a desktop wallpaper faces a string of charges after he took in the malfunctioning machine for repair. Daniel J Wagner of Sheboygan, Wisconsin reportedly took the laptop into his local Best Buy store in order to clean up a malware infection around a fortnight ago. The technician …
John Leyden, 19 May 2010
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Best Buy fails to impress with crucial December sales

US retail giant Best Buy saw sales drop in December, with some wallet-shy customers steering clear of the firm’s stores. The Richfield, Minnesota-based company tried to woo more punters through the door by offering them special holiday discounts. However, it didn’t pay off for Best Buy, which reported a sales dip of 6.5 per cent …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2009
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Huawei's top UK mobile man walks out in shock resignation

Mark Mitchinson, executive veep of Huawei's UK and Ireland consumer devices division, will leave the Chinese firm at the end of the month. Mitchison headed the consumer devices division for three years, but trade magazine Mobile reports that he is to leave on 30 September. Mobile speculates that he will be returning to his alma …
Simon Rockman, 22 Sep 2014

Hackers plunder Hilton 'HHonors' rewards points, go on shopping spree

Millions of Hilton HHonors* rewards points are being stolen and sold online traded in by scammers for gift cards and goods. Points appear to be stolen through brute force attacks. One user on a forum has released simple capture code alleged to have been used to breach accounts protected only with a four-digit PIN on the Hilton …
Darren Pauli, 05 Nov 2014
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Best Buy buys in modest iPad supply

US Apple stores and Best Buy branches will have a few iPads in stock on Saturday to ensure the media-friendly queues. However, some in the expected line-up may be waiting for the next-generation iPhone. Steve Wozniak told Newsweek he'll be amongst those queuing for an Wi-Fi iPad come Saturday, as Apple has confirmed that both …
Bill Ray, 30 Mar 2010
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Best Buy helps Apple put an iPhone under every tree

Best Buy next month becomes the first “independent” US retailer to start selling the iPhone, as Apple looks to establish the shiny device as this year’s tickle me Elmo. The electronics store giant will start stocking the Jaysusfone in around 970 stores from September 7, Reuters reports, at price points of $199 and $299. iPhone …
Joe Fay, 13 Aug 2008
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Best Buy sees dramatic Q3 profit shrinkage

US retail giant Best Buy saw Q3 profit plummet 77 per cent as consumer spending on electronic goods took a nosedive for the quarter. The firm, in a move to cut costs, said it is offering “enhanced” redundancy packages to about 4,000 employees at its headquarters in Richfield, Minneapolis. Best Buy said it also plans to cut …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2008
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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

American electronics chain Best Buy has recalled a batch of 5,100 MacBook Pro* replacement batteries after they caught fire while charging up. One customer suffered a serious leg burn, and 12 others reported seeing their device burst into flames, we're told. Anyone who bought a black or white lithium-ion replacement battery, …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Jun 2013
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Best Buy flirts with e-waste recycling

US electronics retailer Best Buy is experimenting with taking back some of the toxic materials contained in the products it peddles. It's piloting an e-waste recycling program at 117 stores in the Baltimore, San Francisco, and Minnesota markets. If all goes well, Best Buys says it will consider expanding the offering throughout …
Austin Modine, 02 Jun 2008
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Best Buy sheds lost revenue tears, shares holiday fears

best buy Best Buy isn't so sure customers will spring for that $50 spool of Monster Cable speaker wire in this economy, so the electronics retailer today lowered fiscal-year earnings expectations. Although Best Buy saw its biggest rival, Circuit City, file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, the mood is hardly …
Austin Modine, 12 Nov 2008

Best Buy snaffles Napster

Napster's board has unanimously accepted a takeover bid from US retail behemoth Best Buy, worth $120m. Thus ends a bumpy four-year ride as an independent company. Like Frankenstein's monster, the reanimated Napster was constructed from the parts of formerly deceased music companies. Software vendor Roxio acquired the assets of …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Sep 2008
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Best Buy calls copper on unsatisfied shopper

A Best Buy store in New Jersey foiled one man's treasonous plot to subvert a troubled US economy by discouraging the purchase of an overpriced headset. According to a report from The Consumerist, the prominent electronics merchant summoned police on a shopper identified as "Alex" because he shared an unfavorable impression of a …
Austin Modine, 28 Mar 2008
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Mario and Eee PC Girl bust Best Buy profits

Best Buy's bottom line dipped lower than it anticipated for the second quarter, due to expansion and more folks purchasing less profitable wares such as notebook computers and video game consoles. But the slump was somewhat smoothed by strong sales from its lucrative mobile phone biz. America's top electronics retailer …
Austin Modine, 16 Sep 2008
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Best Buy leaked memo spills Windows 7 upgrade details

A leaked memo has revealed that Best Buy will begin pre-selling Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system on 26 June in the US. The retailer confirmed late last week the date people can start buying Vista-based computers and subsequently qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 7, when it lands in October. Engadget has published a …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jun 2009
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Video games, TV ruin Best Buy's profits

Best Buy, the largest US consumer-electronics chain ,reported a net income drop of 18 per cent to $192m (39 cents per share), despite strong sales in the first quarter. "Our first-quarter results fell short of our expectations." Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson said. "Strong revenue results from lower-margin products significantly …
Austin Modine, 19 Jun 2007

Best Buy bags Liz Claiborne for designer kit cases

US retailer Best Buy is attempting to tone down its blokey image and embrace its feminine side with a line of femme-friendly iPod, phone, camera and laptop cases styled by fashion house Liz Claiborne. Liz Claiborne Best Buy accessory Liz Claiborne's Best Buy accessories: iPod holders... Available throughout the Best Buy chain …
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Laughing Squid squirts ink at Best Buy

Best Buy has sent a snivelling apology to bloggers at Laughing Squid after it wrongly accused the website of promoting t-shirts that parody the firm. The electronics retail giant had issued Cease and Desist (C&D) letters to Improv Everywhere and Neighboorhoodies demanding that the websites stop promoting and selling the t-shirts …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2007