Electronics

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Simple Changes To The Home May Mean Burglars Will Stay Away

Home break-ins can leave families feeling vulnerable and police feeling frustrated by how difficult they are to solve. On average, more than 60 houses are broken into across Minnesota every day. Yet, only 15 percent of those cases end with an arrest.

11/18/2014

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You Won’t Believe The Average Cost Of Supplying A High Schooler

The price of back to school shopping is rising. According to a new survey, parents will spend an average of $669 and 28 cents on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics.

07/17/2014

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Weak Electronics Sales Pressure Best Buy

Is America’s love affair with gadgets fading? Best Buy and Sears on Thursday both blamed their weak quarterly results on the fact that shoppers aren’t shelling out for consumer electronics.

05/22/2014

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Earth Week: How Much Your Electronics Cost Per Year

We’ve dubbed this week “Earth Week” on the WCCO this Morning Show and are exploring several ways to learn about being more eco-friendly. It’s been a good opportunity to think about our impact on the environment. One way people go eco-friendly is remembering to turn off the lights.

04/24/2014

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These Are The Best Buys Of March

At the start of every month, the WCCO Morning Show lets you know the best things to buy for the coming weeks. March is filled with deals on food, travel and leisure.

03/03/2014

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Police Looking For Man Who Made Off With Backpacks Full Of Electronics

St. Paul police are asking for help finding the man who stole three backpacks full of electronics. Surveillance pictures show the robber, whom officials describe as standing 6 feet tall and having a tattoo on his neck.

01/13/2014

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Good Question: Which Electronics Are Costing You The Most?

Every year, the average American family spends more than $100 on energy costs to power appliances that have been turned off. These “vampire appliances” – like televisions, cable boxes, DVD players, etc. – continue to use power once we turn off the power switch. According to the Department of Energy, this vampire power accounts for 4 to 5 percent of the energy use in a home. As is the case with almost all appliances, when we turn something “off,” it’s still usually “on” in standby mode.

11/18/2013

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FAA To Allow Air Passengers To Use Gadgets On Planes

Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music.

10/31/2013

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Doctors Warn Against Too Much ‘Screen Time’ For Kids

They’ve been called electronic babysitters. All of that technology we love, our kids love too. But you can have too much of a good thing. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found kids spend, on average, eight hours using some type of “entertainment media” each day. Doctors say one to two hours a day is plenty. That screen time, experts warn, can add up to health and behavior problems. Excess use of cell phones, tablets and TVs is linked to violent behavior, cyberbullying, obesity, lack of sleep and other health problems.

10/28/2013

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Don’t Toss It Out, Henn. County Program Helps You Fix It

Instead of throwing out your broken electronics or appliances, Hennepin County wants to teach you how to repair them, so they stay out of a landfill. Lined up on a Saturday morning waiting to get inside the Hennepin County drop-off facility, Elizabeth Gales brought in a VCR and rice cooker that finally died.

07/19/2013

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At The ‘Fix-It Clinic,’ Learn To Fix Your Electronics, Appliances

Instead of throwing them out your broken electronics or appliances, Hennepin County wants to teach you how to repair them, so they stay out of a landfill.

06/23/2013

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Avoiding Holiday Gift Return ‘Gotchas’

More than likely, you now have a gift or two that you’re not so sure about. If you’re hitting the mall or trekking to the post office to return a present, you may want to keep some common gift return pitfalls in mind.

12/27/2012

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Best Buy Shares Fall On Schulze Bid Extension

Best Buy shares fell on Friday after the struggling electronics retailer said it extended the window for co-founder Richard Schulze to make a buyout bid until after the holiday season.

12/14/2012

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Can Richard Schulze Save Best Buy?

The founder of Best Buy reportedly is close to making a formal offer of $5 to $6 billion for the Richfield-based electronics retailer.

12/13/2012

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Severe Weather Shuts Down WE Fest Friday Night

Friday night brought some scary moments for country music fans up north.

08/04/2012

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Best Buy To Cut 2,400 Jobs In Turnaround Effort

Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. is laying off 600 staffers in its Geek Squad technical support division and 1,800 other store workers as it seeks to restructure operations and improve results, the company said Frida

07/06/2012

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Are Warranties Worth The Extra Money?

When you buy new electronics like a new iPad or iPhone, there’s always that moment you consider a warranty. But, are those service plans worth the extra money?

05/24/2012

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Best Buy CEO Resigns Amid Internal Investigation

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn abruptly resigned on Tuesday after the embattled consumer electronics chain launched an internal investigation into his “personal conduct.”

04/10/2012

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Best Buy To Close Stores After Dismal Earnings Report

Best Buy Co. said it plans to close 50 big box stores and open 100 small mobile locations in the U.S. in fiscal 2013 and cut $800 million in costs by fiscal 2015. The news came Thursday as the biggest U.S. specialty electronics retailer posted a fiscal fourth quarter loss partly due to restructuring charges, but its adjusted results topped Wall Street’s expectations.

03/29/2012

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Best Buy Among ‘Most Hated’ For Customer Satisfaction

When Richfield-based Best Buy made the news back in December, it wasn’t good. The company had to apologize to thousands of customers after the orders placed after Thanksgiving couldn’t be delivered in time for Christmas.

01/18/2012

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The Good Life For Less: Best Buys For January

If one of your goals is to save more money in the New Year, I’ve got a list of things that are historically on sale in January — if you’re not shopped-out from December that is.

01/03/2012

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Tech Minute: Cool Tech Gifts Under $100

Tech gifts are hot this year, and you don’t have to overspend to get some cool products.

12/20/2011

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Best Buy 3rd-Quarter Net Income Declines

Electronics retailer Best Buy said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income fell 29 percent as it cut prices in popular categories such as tablets and TVs to drive sales and traffic during the busy holiday season.

12/13/2011

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Apps Help Sort Through Black Friday Deals

As we get ready for that big Thanksgiving meal, many are getting ready for some intense shopping.

11/23/2011

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