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Archive for August, 2011

Dorm Room Must Haves with Abt on Chicago’s WLS

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

This morning, our go-to local news host, Josh Davis, was with Chicago’s WLS Channel 7 showing off some great products to add to a new college student’s dorm room.  Studies have shown that dorm rooms are becoming less basic and are actually incorporating high end electronics.  All the products seen in the video can be purchased directly off abt.com.  Check out this morning’s segment with Josh and WLS!

A New Way to Watch and Record Birds…Or Be A Super Saavy Spy

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Binoculars.  They’ve been around for years and have helped the common man see things from great distances, or even watch individuals from afar without being discovered.  Sony unveiled their new line of hybrid binoculars that not only give users a glimpse into the beyond, but they can now also record it.  The unusual combo product will capture both high-definition full-motion video and high resolution still images in 2D or 3D formats.

The ability to record what you see though your binoculars? This definitely would have come in handy for Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcok’s Rear Window.

“Why won’t anyone believe me?!”

One Step Closer to An Uncontrollable Robo Army

Friday, August 19th, 2011

As if humans haven’t gotten enough of being proverbially slapped by intelligent robots, computer manufacturer and researcher IBM has created a microchip that mimics the brain functions of humans.  You read that correctly.  According to IBM, “inside the (human) brain, information is processed in parallel, and computation and memory are entwined”…”The IBM researchers have built and tested two demonstration chips that store and process information in a way that mimics a natural nervous system. ”  This means that computers will be able store information by “learning it”, such as image recognition, map discoveries, problem solving, etc.

Wonderful.

It’s nice we have inventions and new technologies that are able to cater to our human needs and desires.  Music on iPods, information on computers, entertainment on TVs, or even vacuums that selflessly clean up after our filth, are all enjoyments of life.  But that’s because they do what we tell them what to do.   If they start thinking for themselves, well then they might realize what I do to my printer when it isn’t working properly.  I blame IBM if in a few months Terminators from the future come to wreak havoc on our planet.  And not the good Terminator.  The nasty Arnold Terminator from the first movie…You know which one I mean.

“I’ll be hiding under your bed.”

 

 

 

Are Laptop Keyboards Soon to be Extinct?

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

As you may have already noticed, tablets are slowly gaining in numbers when it comes to personal electronic devices.  Many believe with the influx of these uniquely designed computer alternatives, laptops will soon slowly disappear.  One reason being, the keyboard.

Tablet users can enjoy surfing the web, reading their e-mails, purchasing online, or watching a movie, all without having to punch physical keys to type or access information.  According to an article written by Technology Review they state, “A laptop with a fully virtual keyboard would resemble what’s known as a folio computer. Basically: two tablets connected with a hinge.”  Personally, replacing a physical keyboard with another touch screen representing a keyboard is cancelling out the whole point of getting rid of the keyboard.

For those of you out there who do not wish to lug around a laptop, but would like the convenience of having a computer, the best thing are tablets, which aren’t difficult to find on the market these days.  What do you prefer?

What Will the iPhone 5 Look Like?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

When the huge iPhone 5 announcement is made, you can be sure you will find out what it looks like and what all the features are moments after they are announced by Apple…but it doesn’t hurt to speculate.  Online website, PCMag.com goes over several different ideas on what the phone may look like by playing with Adobe Photoshop.  Some ideas are, edge-to-edge screen, no home button, thinner, slide-out keyboard.  Options are endless when the imagination gets a hold of the design, but only Apple knows for sure.  Look for the release around the first week or so in September.  Until then, what do you think it will look like?

Image courtesy of PCMag.com

Out With the Old In With the New

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

If you are looking to upgrade your electronics, no use in just throwing them away.  you can bring them over to Abt Electronics and we will give you credit for them towards new products.  Just bring them into the store, or check out the Trade-In Online link on our site to get started.  It’s that easy!

Sony Updates Your Updates

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Sony has ramped up its cloud services for PlayStation Plus users – adding automatic cloud saving within the latest PlayStation3 update.

Named Automatic Update it now does more than just grab updates for recently played games. At scheduled times, it will automatically sync your trophies with PlayStation Network (PSN) and upload game saves to your online storage.This means that, with the option enabled, gamers can continue with all their game fighting, point scoring, and bad-guy smashing all while the PlayStation automatically updates their gamer scores as well as software information.

 

The Internet: Not Just for Computers

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

With the internet widely available on almost all sorts of electronics, you don’t have to be on your computer to surf the web.  More often now, computers take a seat next to phones and tablets when consumers want to check their e-mail, shop online, navigate etc.  Shipments of internet-enabled consumer electronics devices will soar to exceed those of the computer for the first time in 2013, according to a new IHS iSuppli consumer platforms report.

According to a marketing firm, ISH iSuppli, shipments of connected consumer electronics devices, a category including a wide range of products — from televisions to video game consoles, to Blu-ray players- will surge to 503.6 million units in 2013, up from 161 million in 2010. In comparison, computer shipments during the same period will amount to 253.3 million, up from 222.3 million.

TV Size Matters Helps You Pick Your TV

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

A helpful little website entitled TV Size Matters gives you an idea of what your living room, basement, room, etc. would look like with whatever size TV you are thinking of purchasing.  The website has a stock image of a livingroom with a couch and you can adjust the size of the TV hanging on the wall, giving you an idea of what it would look like.

One of the more unique things about this site is that it allows you to upload an image of your own room you plan on purchasing a TV for.  This helps you get a great idea of where to put and what size TV to buy for your entertainment.

Epson 3D Printer Can Create Your Very Own Plastic Anything

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Epson has outdone themselves with creating something I would have only dreamed of having when I was a youngster.  Epson’s new printer named Object260 Connex, is a 3D printer that works with your computer and accompanying software to create physical 3D objects.  In other words, you can program the printer to create your own action figures!

During a convention in Vancouver recently, Epson brought along some Hollywood examples of how its multi-material Objet260 Connex helped movie makers craft prototype creatures before they were inserted into the storyline.

Iron Man mask made by the printer.  Image courtesy of Endgadget 

Yes the printer can be used by manufacturers to create prototype tools, appliance parts and other sorts of important things, but honestly, who wouldn’t want to have a ready-made action figure printer at their disposal?  The current price tag is around tens of thousands of dollars, but don’t worry, I’m just waiting till the price drops to get my own.