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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Being Green: What Can You Do?

April 19th, 2017

Earlier this week, we talked about some of the technologies and practices that Abt has implemented in our business which help us be green on a day-to-day basis. And while it might not be feasible for individual homeowners to cover their roof in solar panels, there are still plenty of tactics that each of us can practice to help 2ease our impact on the environment. We’ve all heard of the 3 R’s of being environmentally-friendly: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. These are some of the simplest ways we can work to better the environment, so here are some ways each of us can fit the 3 R’s into our daily lives.

Recycle

Most of us live in cities with municipal recycling programs. We take our cans, plastic bottles and paper products and drop them in a bin at the end of our driveway every week, and they’re hauled away and recycled, which keeps about 89 million tons of waste out of landfills. But it’s not always as easy to recycle other, larger items—your TV, cell phones, old light bulbs—which can be toxic to the earth.

In 2010, around 2.4 million tons of electronic waste was disposed of, with only 27% of it being properly recycled. Products that end up in landfills will eventually release hazardous substances like mercury, lead, and PCBs into the ground, which can contaminate our crops and water sources. In an era when we’re all constantly upgrading our gadgets, it’s increasingly important that our old devices get recycled properly. Thankfully, there are centers across the country that make it easy to drop off your old e-waste for safe recycling. Can’t make it out to Abt to recycle your old appliances, electronics, or other devices? Visit RecycleNation to search for your nearest recycling facility. Their recycling finder is also a great way to discover all of the other items you can recycle, including things you may never have thought of.

recycle finder

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Earth Day is Every Day

April 17th, 2017

This Saturday is Earth Day, a day to celebrate the environment and explore ways that we can all do more for the earth. And though Earth Day is only a single day on the calendar, we believe it’s a way of thinking worth implementing wherever possible in your everyday life. One of the main tenets of Abt’s overall philosophy is a strong commitment to the environment. In every part of the business, our impact on the environment is weighed and we always attempt to make the decision that’s friendliest to the earth. Those choices are reflected throughout the business, from the infrastructure of our store to the services we provide our customers. In celebration of Earth Day, here’s a look at some of the ways we strive to be green every day.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar is Coming to Abt!

April 14th, 2017

If you’ve ever visited our Glenview showroom, you probably know that we’re always changing things up. Whether it’s expanding and updating our boutiques or bringing in vendors for live demos, we want our customers’ visits to Abt to include more than just the traditional shopping experience. So we’re super excited to be bringing on a new partner that will make every shopping experience extra sweet: Dylan’s Candy Bar!

Dylan's Candy Bar Abt

The colorful confectionery shop is known for its combination of candy and culture, and we think it will make the perfect place to get a tasty treat during a visit to Abt. We hope to open the doors to our Dylan’s Candy Bar by early June, but stay on the lookout for an official announcement as we get closer to that date.

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Charles Krypell Trunk Show at Abt

April 13th, 2017

Over forty years ago, artist Charles Krypell started out on a journey that would lead to him becoming an internationally-renowned jewelry designer. His jewelry combines his background as a sculptor with a love for gemstones to create vibrant, three-dimensional pieces. We’re honored to welcome Charles Krypell as the newest brand available in the Abt Time Boutique. On April 23rd and 24th, we will be hosting Charles Krypell himself for an exclusive jewelry trunk show.

Charles Krypell Trunk Show

Sunday, April 23

10:30am – 6:15pm

Monday, April 24

10:00am – 9:00pm

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Unload Your Old Camera Gear at Our Trade-In Event

April 11th, 2017

Has your spring cleaning unearthed a trove of old, unwanted photography equipment? Instead of putting it back in the closet or simply tossing it, bring it by Abt on Saturday, April 22nd or Sunday, April 23rd for our Camera Trade-in Event, and you could leave with a pocketful of cash.

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Happy Cubs Home Opener!

April 10th, 2017

The only thing better than your team’s home opener is a home opener as reigning world champions. We’d all love to be down at the Friendly Confines this evening to see our boys in blue kick some butt tonight, but someone’s gotta keep the store running. So, instead, we might just fire up our Cubs Weber Q portable grill, cook up some burgers, and throw the game on in the Dave Abt Theater.

Think this grill would make the perfect addition to your tailgate setup? Keep an eye on the blog and the Abt Facebook page, because we’ll be giving one away next month. Until then, here’s hoping the grilling weather continues and, of course, Go, Cubs Go!

Flying the W on our store marquee after last year’s World Series victory.

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Visit the Easter Bunny at Abt!

April 7th, 2017

Easter weekend is just a week away, which means it’s time for our annual visit from the Easter Bunny! He will be hopping over to Abt this Saturday and Sunday (April 8-9) and next Friday and Saturday (April 14-15). Stop by for a visit and a free photo with the Easter Bunny starting at noon each of those days. And while you’re here, enjoy our famous fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.

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Five Water-Resistant Products for Your Spring Adventures

April 6th, 2017

April showers can lead to more than just May flowers if you like to be active outdoors in the spring. You might not mind a little sprinkle on your morning run or weekend in the park, but your electronics probably will. A typical phone, wireless speaker or camera can usually survive a brief encounter with water, but when you’re unsure what the weather’s going to bring, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Luckily, there are more options than ever for ensuring your electronics can endure extensive exposure to nature’s wrath. Here are five of our favorite water-resistant products for your spring adventures.

Smartphone

Your smartphone is your hub to any and all digital activities, from entertainment to productivity. If it gets soaked by a surprise shower or a dip in a puddle, you may suddenly find yourself without your music collection, workout tracking, communications and more. If you’ll be springing for a new smartphone this spring, consider choosing a waterproof model like the Samsung Galaxy S7. This high-end smartphone packs all of the great features you’d expect from a Samsung flagship smartphone (a quad-core processor, QHD AMOLED display, expandable storage, 4K video, and more) all wrapped in a resilient package. So not only do you get IP68 rating for dust and water-resistance—meaning the S7 can survive a dunk in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes—but you don’t have to sacrifice performance to get it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrate Vive Day with HTC

April 4th, 2017

They say time flies when you’re having fun, which might be why it’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since we first got to play with the HTC Vive virtual reality system. The Vive has been one of our favorite gadgets to come out in the last year. To mark its one-year anniversary, HTC has designated April 5th “Vive Day,” and will be celebrating with a variety of offers for new customers who pick up a Vive system on that day.

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Apple CarPlay Brings iOS to Your Dashboard

March 31st, 2017

Is there a more culturally significant combination of technologies than the automobile and the radio? Since first debuting in the 1930s, the car radio has become a mainstay in our lives, providing the soundtrack to countless memories on weekend night drives around town, long-distance roadtrips, and, uh, all of the other things that go on in a car. Over the years, the car stereo has evolved to include FM radio, then the 8-track player, some brief (but mostly unsuccessful) experimenting with turntables, and then the cassette tape. The digital age brought the inclusion of the CD player, HD-radio, the aux-in port, and then wireless Bluetooth connectivity. That seemed to be where the upgrades would stop, until 2014, when Apple CarPlay was announced.

Apple CarPlay is an all-encompassing car infotainment system that seamlessly integrates your iPhone and all of its native capabilities into your automobile’s in-dash receiver. You get all of your iOS functions without awkwardly trying to operate your phone while driving (which is banned in 14 states, by the way).  Maps, message, music and everything else you would normally do on your iPhone are now accessible through the touchscreen in your dashboard. CarPlay also works with the buttons and knobs on the headunit itself or, if your car offers it, the steering wheel controls.

Another benefit of CarPlay is the inclusion of Apple’s Siri. As with your iPhone, you can ask Siri for directions, to send or dictate your messages, to find music, or for help with all of the other tasks the digital assistant was created to perform. Siri’s answers will be played back to you through your car’s speaker system.

Here’s a look at one of Alpine’s newest headunits with Apple CarPlay:


Apple CarPlay is now available as an option in automobiles from every major car company, or in aftermarket headunits from Alpine, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony. For more information on adding an Apple CarPlay receiver to your car, give our mobile audio department a call at 847-544-2281.

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