Last week, the Abt Home Security team reached a milestone and celebrated their 1000th account activation. Surprised to hear that Abt has a comprehensive home security department? In the four years since we added home security service and products to our ever-expanding roster, it’s become one of our most popular departments.
Just like the major sporting events, no Oscar viewing party is complete without an assortment of snacks at hand. And what snack says “the movies” more than popcorn? We found a few creative, easy-to-make recipes for some fun, flavored popcorns that will be the highlight of your Sunday night. We suggest popping your corn in an air popper, or to save even more time you can buy plain, pre-popped corn.
- 10 cups popped popcorn
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 2 cups graham cracker pieces and crumbs
- Pop your popcorn. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, spread popcorn onto cookie sheet.
- Break up 2 cups of graham crackers into bit sized pieces.
- Melt 1/2 of chocolate chips, add a small spoon of coconut oil and transfer into a plastic freezer bag. Make sure the chocolate is still hot when in bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn, make sure to go in a zig zag direction to get all the popcorn.
- Sprinkle the marshmallows and graham cracker pieces over the drizzled popcorn.
- Melt the remain chocolate (add some coconut oil) and repeat drizzling process.
- Allow to cool and then break up into pieces and enjoy!
The biggest night in the entertainment awards season is coming up, and one of the most commonly-asked questions is: “How can I watch the Oscars without cable TV?” It’s a question asked more and more often as increasing numbers of people cut the cord. With every big television event, viewers that are accustomed to streaming content encounter problems figuring out how to watch the Oscars, or the Big Game, or any major broadcast event. While there are many options that are of dubious legality, here are a few legitimate ways that you can watch the Oscars without a cable subscription.
Over the Air Broadcast
Many viewers, especially those raised on cable, may not realize that, in much of the country, it’s possible to tune in to all of the major networks using nothing more than a simple indoor HD TV antenna. If your TV was manufactured in the last ten years or so, it’s able to receive over-the-air digital (OTA) broadcasts. That means that all you need to do is plug in an antenna to begin receiving free broadcast television. Since ABC is broadcasting the Oscars, anyone who can get the OTA signal can watch them for free, without cable. To find out what channel ABC is in your area, use the FCC DTV Reception Map. If your signal shows as strong or moderate, you should have no problem receiving the broadcast with a simple indoor antenna. Those in rural areas will probably see a weaker signal and may not be able to receive the broadcast without a larger outdoor HD antenna.
Say you don’t have a TV, because you’ve become so accustomed to streaming to your computer or tablet, or you you live in an area with a poor OTA signal. Well, ABC is providing an online streaming option that might work for you. ABC’s website provides streams of their regular content, but only to a selection of major metro markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. And while that covers a majority of the watching population in the USA, it’s still going to leave a lot of potential viewers in the dark. Read the rest of this entry »
Treadmills are popular because they’re easy to use and give you the ability to burn a significant number of calories, all from the comfort of your own home! You’re able to enjoy working out while watching television, listening to music, or even reading a book (for those that prefer walking at slower speeds). Before purchasing a piece of exercise equipment the size and cost of a treadmill, we recommend researching and becoming familiar with relative terms such as “best treadmill”. While many will advertise their product as the “best”, you must consider what the “best treadmill” is for you personally.
There are many factors to consider when looking at treadmills, but the most important are:
What does it cost?
Where will I put it?
Will this help meet my particular fitness and/or health goals? Read the rest of this entry »
Cutting the cord is an excellent way to cut out some needless spending from your monthly budget. If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge into a world without cable, there’s never been a better time than now. With a variety of streaming services that cover nearly all of today’s cable and broadcast programming (and then some), plus countless streaming media devices that give you access to those services, it’s easier than ever to watch all of your favorite programs without a cable subscription.
Are you sure you want to save money, but not so sure about what all of those other terms mean? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve laid out everything you need to know about cutting the cord in the following video, from making sure your internet connection is fast enough to deciding on whether you should go with Netflix or Hulu—or both. The second video explores today’s best streaming media players, and which one will work best for your needs. And remember, if you have any questions that the videos didn’t answer, we’re always just a phone-call or online chat away.
It’s no surprise we like to get really into our holidays here, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. That explains the lineup of brightly-decorated, personalized bags lining the wall behind customer service department today. Over the last week, customer service reps spent their downtime decorating the Valentine’s Day goodie bags for each of the 62 (yep, sixty-two!) members of their department. After a hectic Customer Appreciation Sale weekend, the Valentines will be a welcome treat for our hard-working CS reps.
5 Ways to Clean Your PC and Get It Running Better
We’re nearing the point in the year when it’s time to start thinking about up around the house. But while you’re making plans to clean out the garage and downsize your belongings, consider doing some virtual cleaning as well. Today is National Clean Out Your Computer Day, a reminder to be proactive with the organization of your computer. Keeping your computer “clean” can help it run more efficiently, making it quicker, safer, and more enjoyable to use. In recognition of the day, here are 5 easy ways to clean up your computer.
Run an antivirus program
Computer viruses and malware get more and more sophisticated every day. Recent stats suggest nearly a half-million new malicious programs are recognized every day. Thankfully, antivirus software is better than ever as well. PC users with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 have access to a built-in antivirus program—Windows Defender—that’s better than any Windows anitvirus programs before. It runs automatically, keeping you defended against attacks you may never realize are happening. Still, it’s never a bad idea to be more proactive with your virus protection, which you can do without spending a cent. There are plenty of great free antivirus programs that are just a download away. PC Mag recently reviewed a dozen options, and their top pick was Avast Free Antivirus. Regardless of what program you choose, make sure to keep its virus library updated, and remember to scan your PC regularly.
Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and if you’re looking for a gift that’s a little more thoughtful (and budget-friendly) than more jewelry or another tie, might we suggest some delicious homemade breakfast? This recipe combines two favorites: the crispy Belgian waffle and fluffy red velvet cake. They’re made with just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in the kitchen, with one surprise addition—greek yogurt—that adds an extra level of moisture and healthiness to the recipe. The only specialized appliance you’ll need is, you guessed it, a waffle maker. Read the rest of this entry »
Every year it seems as if the picture quality on TVs keeps improving. Well, once again that is the case, thanks to a new technology developed by a team of scientists in the Optics and Photonics lab out of the University of Central Florida University. The team has been hard at work developing a promising new high-resolution TV display—known as Blue-Phase Liquid Crystal—which the scientists are predicting twill lead to much faster refresh rates, reduced power consumption, and triple the pixel resolution.
To put this into perspective, Shin-Tson Wu, the lead developer at the College of Optics and Photonics explained, “Today’s Apple Retina displays have a resolution density of about 500 pixels per inch, with our new technology, a resolution density of 1500 pixels per inch could be achieved on the same sized screen.” The application of this new technology can have a significant impact on emerging technologies, Wu continued, “This is especially attractive for virtual reality headsets or augmented reality technology, which must achieve high-resolution in a small screen to look sharp when placed close to our eyes.” Read the rest of this entry »
It’s hard to believe we’re already a week into February, but that just means it’s time for the first Abt Customer Appreciation Sale of the year! As usual, you’ll find savings throughout the site, on top of our already low prices. The sale officially kicks off in-store this Saturday, but you can beat the crowds—and still get the same savings and service—by shopping online. Click through below to begin saving: