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July 2011

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HTC Posts Big Profits

Smartphone company, HTC, posted big profits at the end of June, closing out their business’ Q2 results.  2011 has been kind to HTC, the company known for it’s large selection of Android phones as well as several Windows 7 phones.  WIth the release of the EVO 3D and the HTC Evo Tablet, HTC expects profits to continue to grow.  …

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BlackBerry’s PlayBook Now Works For the U.S. Government…Kind Of

BlackBerry’s tablet, the PlayBook has been officially christened by the U.S. Government as their go-to tablet for its federal employees.  What separates the PlayBook from other tablets is that the government has allowed BlackBerry to be  FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certified.  In short, the PlayBook is now certified to send and receive secure information between federal government employees during their daily meetings. A release by BlackBerry after gaining Knighthood from the U.S. Government: “RIM…

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Before There Were Air Conditioners

Before the luxury of central air in homes, or even the convenience of portable air conditioners, there were various possible options on how to keep oneself cool during the hot summer nights.  From the outlandishly technological, to the simple air-cooling solutions, famous magazine Popular Science goes over various ways people used to beat the heat in the past.  Their online article entitled, “10 Old-Fashioned Ways to Beat the Heat” is a gallery of old inventions,…

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Abt Has Great Financing Deals!

Right now, you can purchase the kitchen, or home theater of your dreams with 12 months of no interest.  When you open up an Abt Finance card, you can enjoy shopping our store and finance your products to make any remodling a bit easier on you and your wallet. Come in the store or apply online for our Abt card.  Interest is free as long as the balance is paid before the…

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Wireless Keyboards Offer Complete Control

Recently I was bed ridden due to a minor procedure (don’t worry, I’m fine).  I found myself spending a lot of time watching television and putzing around on the internet.  Some of the best content I was watching was off my computer, thanks to the likes of  Netflix and Hulu.com.  I was able to pass a whole lot of time  and forget about the pain by catching up with  movies and TV shows.…

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Consumer Electronics Sales to Rise for Back to School

According to the National Retail Federation,  back-to-school spending on CE and computers is expected to increase 12 percent to nearly $7.2 billion this year.  The industry trade group based its projection on an annual consumer survey, conducted by BIGresearch, showing that families with kids in grades K-12 plan to spend an average of $189.51 on computers, cellphones, MP3 players, tablets and other devices, up from $181.61 last year. If you have a…

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Com Ed and Abt: Working Overtime

ComEd customer demand reached an all-time high peak usage milestone late Wednesday, with demand reaching 23,753 megawatts, exceeding the utility’s previous peak of 23,618 megawatts on Aug. 1, 2006. With the increasing temperatures and wild storms, all of us here at Abt are putting in a little extra work too, and making sure our customers keep cool and their power stays on.  Our demand for air conditioners and generators have increased drastically…

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“Talking Cars” Could Reduce Traffic, Accidents…Flying Cars Soon?

Scientists from the University of Bologna in Italy have developed software that lets cars “communicate” with one another on the road.  Similar technology had been used before but this time, said the team, cars would be able to “know” what had happened (miles) ahead.  Tests suggest it could reduce traffic pile-ups by 40%. It’s only a matter of time before we see flying cars like the movie “The Fifth Element“.  Unfortunately, there…

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Onstar FMV At Abt!

OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle), the first out-of-the-box application of OnStar’s “blue button” automotive safety and security services that can work on 90 million older vehicles, is now on sale at Abt Electronics.  OnStar has been a staple in new cars for many years, offering a monthly service that allows drivers to get navigation information, immediate on-site assistance and general car security features.  Now, people with cars that never had OnStar factory installed, can…

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Sonos Play:3 A Spectacular Sound Experience

Sonos Play:3 is the versatile, all-in-one player with big sound in a compact size. With three integrated speakers and three digital amps, PLAY:3 streams the music in your library, wirelessly in any room for wall-to-wall sound. Go vertical or horizontal. A new, cool feature with the new Sonos Play model is that you can now control the unit with free apps for your Android smartphone, iPhone or iPad.  Raise or lower the…

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