Prepping for the summer by shopping for a new window or wall air conditioning unit? Before you start, there are a few things to consider that will make your shopping experience easier. We put together this quick video that illustrates what to look out for to ensure you get the best unit for your room, and to prevent any problems with fit, electrical compatibility or cooling performance. The answers to these questions will help guide our sales specialists in picking out the best air conditioner for your needs.
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Many of us see our smartphones as extensions of ourselves, keeping us connected to the most important things and people in our lives; our personal contacts, emails and photos, and maybe even our credit card numbers, bank statements and health information.
Of course, the convenience of storing so much valuable personal information on one little device can come at a price: Losing a phone can have unwelcome consequences, ranging from simple property loss to full-scale identity theft or financial fraud.
Fortunately, smartphones can be primed with more built-in protections than many other valuables, and with a little careful planning, even a loss or theft can be manageable. Here are some tips on what to do:
Securing Your Phone Before You Lose It
Minimize the risk to your physical device in advance by installing a phone-recovery app. CTIA, a non-profit association for the wireless industry, provides a list of smartphone security apps designed to do everything from remotely locking and wiping your phone in the event of theft, to tracking your device and backing up contacts. There’s even an app that will email you a photo of someone attempting to log in with the wrong password.
The Federal Communications Commission also recommends you keep these smartphone security tips in mind:
- Set and use your personal identification number (your “PIN”) and passwords. A PIN on your home screen is a first line of defence, the FCC says. Also, use different passwords on the different apps, websites and accounts you access via your smartphone. This can help prevent a thief who gets a hold of one password from accessing all your various accounts.
- Don’t alter your phone’s recommended security settings. This can undermine your phone’s built-in security features, the FCC says. But do install security updates and software patches regularly, which can help reduce your exposure to constantly evolving threats.
- Back up your data regularly — either on your computer, a removable storage device, or the cloud.
- Be judicious with apps. Only install apps from trusted sources — which you can help ascertain by checking reviews, confirming the legitimacy of the app store, etc.
Quick and easy tips for cleaning a grill and keeping it clean
While summer may not yet have officially started, some of the more dedicated grill-masters have been cooking outdoors since the snow was still thawing. For the rest of us, it’s now probably safe to pull the old grill out of the shed or from under its cover and get it ready for the next few months. But before you fire it up, you might have to undertake a preseason grill cleaning.
We recently shared a video regarding the common misconception that there’s paint peeling off the inside of a Weber Grill’s lid (hint: it’s not paint, just grime and carbon buildup). Cleaning a grill lid’s interior was just the first step.
Today we have a video from our friends at Weber Grill, detailing the proper way to fully clean a grill that’s covered by grease and grime buildup. Thoroughly cleaning a grill fresh out of hibernation might seem like a daunting task, but this video shows how easy it can be. Keeping your grill clean will help it stay in top operating shape and extend its useful life. Check out the video:
Wall Mounting a TV can be an easy job, with the right tools and preparation.
You’ve just purchased your prized HDTV and you can’t wait to watch your favorite programming on it. Instead of spending money on a stand, you decide to wall mount the TV. After all, it is super-thin, so why not? You open your TV box and your wall mount box, and realize the instructions can be a bit daunting. Luckily Abt Electronics has developed a video that details, in easy steps, how to wall mount a TV. Check it out below. Remember to take extreme caution when installing your TV yourself. It takes a little time and patience, but will be worth it in the end.
You have already conquered the (sometimes daunting) challenge of deciding on your new flat screen TV and now you’re asking yourself, “What are my choices of TV stands for big screen TVs?” You know you need your TV stand to be functional and good-looking while delivering the best viewing experience possible. (more…)
Tonight’s main event puts two home theater mainstays head-to-head in a competition of great entertainment wonder. When building your perfect home theater do you go with a large screen, flat-panel television or an authentic projector and screen set up? Let’s put them in a ring and let the best screen win. (more…)
Summer has been around for only a few weeks, but it’s been hotter than ever. Chances are, you have been running that A/C and staying indoors to beat the heat. With your A/C running at full blast, you are staying cool, but you are using quite a bit of energy. It’s hard to turn off the A/C in extreme heat, but you can balance the energy you are using by making a few adjustments to break even.
Some of the easiest ways to conserve energy can be found right in your kitchen. Making a few changes in the way you cook food, or keep your fridge cold can save you money every month. Here are some energy saving tips, right in your kitchen.
The newest trend in television, connected or “Smart” TV, is becoming more and more popular. With features like custom programming, streaming content, web browsing, and applications – it’s easy to see why more and more families are making a Smart TV the center of the entertainment system. These connected televisions run off what’s called “IPTV” or Internet Protocol Television, but what does that mean? (more…)
Summer can bring scorching temperatures. If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, visit Abt’s Learning center and read everything there is to know about picking the rightA/C in our A/C Buying guide.
After you’ve discovered which unit works best for you and your home, head on over to our Outdoor Grill buying guide and find the perfect grill. You may even want to try a few recipes to perfect your culinary creations.
If you have any questions about the products we sell, our learning center is the go-to source for all your information. Whether it is a blender or an HD 1080p TV, never be without professional help from our experts at Abt!
All 80’s babies should remember the Disney Channel original movie, Smart House. It starred the, now SAMCRO first lady, Katey Sagal, as the avatar named PAT. PAT could cook, clean, and entertain, making her occupants lives as comfortable as possible. Take a look at the list of products below from Abt that can turn your home into the smart house of your dreams, without the constant fear of an iRobot-like attack on your family or whirlwind of destruction that lovely old PAT turned into.
Turn the heat on before you get home, or make more ice without getting out of the hammock in the back yard with these cutting edge routers. The new Cisco Connect Cloud feature turns your wireless router into the smartest hub in the house. Not only is it the fastest Linksys router available with dual-band performance for uninhibited connection speeds, but has its own application market for controlling your connected home from any mobile device or browser.
A fridge with a built-in touch screen and Wi-Fi is a no brainer. Specialized applications designed for your refrigerator lets you leave notes for family, displays photos, and more. Users can manage their calendar, and even check recipes through Epicurious and find ingredients before even opening the fridge. The fact that it’s an Tier 1 Energy Star model (highest efficiency) doesn’t hurt either.
Enjoy the sound of music in every room of the house. The Sonos Connect Music Player connects to the equipment you already have in place, and through a Wi-Fi connection, can stream internet radio, your iPod or iPhone, or music from your computer to any room in the house with another Connect device, or receiver. You can even listen to different music in different rooms.
What smart house is complete without a smart home theater system? Smart features bring you customized streaming content from providers like Vudu, Hulu, YouTube, and more. A full web browser, and application market at connectivity and convenience, while Family Story and Fitness help you stay in shape and connected with the entire family. Change the channel with your voice, swipe through apps with a wave of your hand and enjoy a custom experience by loading your personal settings with a facial recognition system.
Sony Tablet will be the wireless control for the entire home. Connect it to the Sonos system with an Android application and control a whole-house audio system. The built-in universal remote will control all your Samsung Smart TV and a Cisco Connect Cloud app will give you access to all the smart appliances on the network, not to mention all the native applications and thousands of others on the market to smart-ify your experience.
Did I miss something? What would you add to your smart house?