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The LifeProof Nuud: Full Protection for Your iPhone with Revolutionary Screenless Design

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The more advanced our cell phones get, the more susceptible to damage they are. The old Nokia 3390 was seemingly indestructible, while an ill-fated drop of your current smartphone might result in a shattered screen, rendering your $500 device useless. Thankfully, accessory manufacturers have stepped up, creating smartphone cases that make your phone waterproof and keep it safe from nasty spills. One thing that often bothers users of protective cases is the add-on screen shield, which often acts as a dust magnet, reduces touchscreen sensitivity or adds glare. LifeProof, makers of some of the best iPhone cases around, has an answer for those folks.

The LifeProof Nuud is a smartphone case that offers the same 4-level protection as the brand’s other cases (waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shockproof) but in a slimmer design and with nothing covering the screen. That’s right, there is no screen protector on the LifeProof Nuud, yet you can still submerge your iPhone in up to 2 meters of water for up to an hour.

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There’s no longer anything in between you and that gorgeous Retina Display. Now obviously, this means you’ll have to be a bit careful to avoid scratches on your screen, but for some that may be worth it. Others will be happy to know that LifeProof does include an optional screen-protector for that extra level of protection.

Here’s Carl with a quick overview of the LifeProof Nuud:

And if you’re skeptical about LifeProof’s claims, we decided to put them to the test here:

 

The LifeProof Nuud is available now. Find it here: Buy theLifeProof Nuud.

Stop by Abt to Get Your Baseball or Softball Swing Analyzed by the Pros!

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Join us Saturday, February 28th from 10am-4pm for a fun, educational demonstration day featuring The Ballpark in Mount Prospect and Zepp Labs.

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Ron Cacini, former Houston Astro and owner of The Ballpark in Mount Prospect, has teamed up with Zepp Labs, makers of innovative swing analyzer technology, to provide a next-generation level of coaching for baseball and softball players. This Saturday, they will be setting up shop in the Abt Atrium, offering free swing analysis to players of all ages. Come by and have your baseball or softball swing analyzed by former and current professionals! Also in attendance will be Natalie Hernandez, of the Chicago Bandits professional fastptich softball team; and Brad Allen, current pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own bats, but we’ll also have plenty of equipment on hand for all to use. The event is totally free, and no registration is necessary. Free autographs and baseball cards to the first 100 participants. And, as always, complimentary freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies in the atrium.

New Jeep Wrangler Project Vehicle Has Begun!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

It’s been a while since our mobile audio department last went all-out with a car-customization project (see the 2012 Nissan 370Z Makeover), but we decided to change that when we got our hands on this new Jeep Wrangler Sahara from that wonderful folks over at Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM.

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The Gorgeous LG 34UC97-S: A 34″ Ultrawide, Curved IPS Monitor

Friday, February 13th, 2015

If you’re a graphics professional, serious gamer, or just someone who loves having lots of screen real estate, the new LG 34UC97-S 34″ Ultrawide Curved IPS Monitor is a display you should take a look at. This monitor ticks every box on a list of features you’d want in an ideal monitor. The better-than-WQHD resolution of the 3440×1440 pixels gives plenty of room for intensive visual work or play. Easily tile two or even three full-size windows next to each other while you’re writing or coding, pull your graphics palettes to the side while working on a full-height image in PhotoShop, or game in glorious 21:9 wrap-around vision. The curved screen of the 34UC97-S envelops your field of view and combined with the IPS panel, you’ll get vibrant, accurate colors even at extreme angles. Extensive inputs—including DisplayPort, and a pair each of Thunderbolt and HDMI ports—ensure this widescreen monitor easily integrates into whatever system you’re currently running.

Check out our unboxing video here, or jump to the bottom to see our quick overview of features.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away, and if you still haven’t found the perfect something for that special someone in your life, Abt can come to your rescue with a variety of beautiful gifts. While Abt is best known as a place to buy home appliances and electronics, we’ve also got plenty of products that make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie.

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Abt Customer Appreciation Sale Is Going on Now!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

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2015 marks the 79th year in business for Abt Electronics. We’re still family-owned and operated, and still always looking for ways to give our customers the best shopping experience possible, both in-store and online. The Abt Customer Appreciation Sale is just one way we can give back to the loyal customers who have helped us get this far. During the sale, you’ll find discounts on thousands of products throughout the store. Stop by our Glenview location or shop online. Either way, you’ll get access to great savings, an unmatched product selection, and the award-winning customer service that has helped Abt make its mark over the last eight decades. But you’ll have to hurry! The sale ends Feburary 8th!

Click here to access the sale: http://www.abt.com/promo/customer_sale

Game Day Gadgets

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Josh The Technologist stopped by the WCIU TV Studios today to talk Game Day gadgets with the ladies from You & Me This Morning. Hit play to hear about our must-haves for Sunday’s big match-up or any of your favorite sporting events.

Here are the items shown in the video:

Waring Pro Classic Popcorn Maker

DeLonghi Rotofry Deep Fryer

All-Clad Electric Slow Cooker

Polk Audio Surround Bar

SONOS Playbar Sound Bar

Sharp AQUOS 70″ LED HDTV

There’s still time to stop by and grab a game day gadget in time for kickoff!

Super Grilled Cheese – Recipes For the Big Game

Monday, January 26th, 2015

One of the ultimate winter comfort foods gets revamped in this Super Grilled Cheese recipe.  With multiple melty cheeses and crusty bread toasted to perfection in your panini maker, these creamy, crispy sandwiches will be a big hit at your party.

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Ingredients

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

10 slices sourdough bread

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened

 

 

Directions

  1. Combine mayo and cream cheese in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add the garlic powder and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, continue mixing.
  3. Evenly spread cheese mixture onto five slices of bread. Top with the remaining bread and spread butter on both sides of each sandwich.
  4. Cook in panini press until cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

 

 

 

Parmesan Rosemary Popcorn – Recipes For The Big Game

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Pregame snacking doesn’t get any easier than this tasty Parmesan Rosemary Popcorn. Just a few ingredients take your plain popcorn from simple to savory. The only thing about this Italian-inspired snack that should give you concern: your guests might eat so much of it they’ll ruin their appetites.

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup popping corn kernels

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

2 teaspoons kosher salt

 

Directions

Pop corn kernels in your popcorn maker. 1/2 cup of kernels should yield about 4 quarts of popcorn

While warm, toss popcorn with cheese, olive oil and rosemary. Salt to taste, or leave unsalted and allow guests to do so.

Enjoy!

Chunky Guacamole – Recipes For The Big Game

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Tired of being told the Guac costs extra? Make your own with this simple recipe that comes to us from the culinary experts at Cuisinart. It’s quick to prepare and uses fresh ingredients, making it a great alternative to less-healthy dips from off the store shelf.

Some tips: For the best taste, make sure your avocados are ripe. A ripe avocado will be very dark green (almost black) in color and will be just slightly soft—enough to yield under firm pressure. If you’ll be doing your shopping a few days ahead of your party, pick out avocados that are firm to the touch and let them ripen in your kitchen.

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Ingredients

1 garlic clove, peeled

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 small onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro,stems discarded

3 ripe avocados,halved, pits removed

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

 

Directions

  1. Outfit your food processor with the chopping blade and turn the machine on. With the food processor running, add the garlic and jalapeno pepper until finely chopped.
  2. Add onion and cilantro and pulse 5 times to chop. Scrape everything back down the sides of the bowl.
  3. With food processor off, scoop out insides of avocados in pieces directly into the bowl.
  4. Add lime juice and salt. Pulse food processor until the guacamole is at your desired consistency, which should be about 10 to 15 pulses.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!