A member of the Android Central forum uploaded a picture of a Best Buy employee waving his middle finger, which came pre-loaded on his newly purchased Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Galaxy S II) smartphone. After discovering the surprise extra, he sought out a store manager who dismissed the situation, saying it's not uncommon for Best Buy employees to open new merchandise and play with the hardware before boxing them back up and selling as new.
The past several weeks have seen some interesting developments in the tablet space. Hewlett Packard's discontinuation of its TouchPad and subsequent $99 firesale continues to be the big story, but it's not the only one. It appears Amazon is getting ready to launch an affordable 7-inch tablet, and perhaps in anticipation, Best Buy just dropped the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook.
More often than not, it seems that when Best Buy makes headlines on a computer site, it's because the company's Geek Squad division did something boneheaded. In this case, a woman is accusing Geek Squad of foul play by holding her disabled sister's laptop hostage until after the warranty expired. Let's go back to the beginning.
Every PC enthusiast on the planet knows about Newegg. It's arguably the most popular online portal for PC parts, though the site's selection now deals with all sorts of electronics, including kitchen appliances. Newegg isn't as well known outside of power user circles, and so the company has been promoting itself through a series of TV ads, one of which ended up rubbing Best Buy the wrong way. Hit the jump to see the video that has Best Buy crying foul.
Stop us if you've heard the one about Best Buy terminating workers for not getting all in your face trying to get you to fill out a Best Buy credit card application. No? Now you have, so the next time you visit the brick and mortar electronics store to pick up some PC parts you just can't wait for, keep what you're about to read in mind should you encounter a pushy employee -- he might just be desperate to keep his job.
Being a super hero is sometimes a thankless job. Just ask Spiderman and a handful of others who have both fought for and been chased by the law. As it turns out, even being just a regular hero isn't always all that it's cracked up to be. If you require proof, sit down for a chat with Roger Kline, a 51-year-old former Best Buy employee who was shown the door after he tackled a would-be laptop thief making a mad dash with stolen merchandise.
HTC is a big reason why Google's Android platform has been so successful in the smartphone space, providing the first real alternatives to Apple's iPhone. Can HTC push Android to the same heights in the tablet space? We're about to find out. Starting today, Best Buy is posting HTC's Wi-Fi Flyer tablet up for pre-sale, which will ship later this spring. This highly anticipated device runs Android with an HTC Sense overlay, and will retail for $500.
According to rumors, Nintendo is gearing up to drop the price of its Wii game console in the middle of May by $50, dropping the cost down to $150. We'll have to wait and see if that happens, but in the meantime, both Best Buy and Toys R Us marked the motion-controlled console down to $170. Is it worth rolling the dice, or will you be kicking yourself in a month?
If you've been patiently holding out for Nikon's swivel screen D5100 digital SLR camera, you now have a decision to make. Should you wait until the April 21, 2011 (this Thursday) launch date and order one from an online vendor that won't hit you with sales tax, or should you succumb to impatience a pop over to your local Best Buy (or snag one online)? The choice is yours to make, but here's what you need to know.
Toshiba is still trying to work out what it's going to call its upcoming 10.1-inch tablet, but one thing the company has already figured out is where to sell the device. According to a landing page on Best Buy's website, the mega electronics retailer will carry the device when it launches on...well, Toshiba hasn't figured that bit out just yet either, or if it did, the company is choosing to keep it a secret.