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The Connected Data Transporter Drive: Like Cloud Storage, But Better

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Ever wish you could have your important files escorted across the internet by a rough-and-tumble English rogue in a high-performance European sedan, ensuring they get to a safe, secure destination? If you’re like me, you sure have. Data storage on “The Cloud” continues to grow in popularity, but many people are nervous about reliability and privacy of cloud-based storage, not to mention recurring storage fees. And that’s where the Connected Data Transporter Private Cloud comes in, giving you the convenience of cloud storage services, without the monthly fees, and with the peace-of-mind of having total control over the location of your data.

Connected Data Transporter Drive

Getting started with the Transporter drive is a pretty simple process. First, buy the unit with the amount of storage you need: 1TB (terabyte), 2TB, or a bare unit, to which you add a hard drive of your choice. Then connect it to your home network, either wirelessly or with a wired connection. Once hooked up to your network, simply create a Transporter account, and you’re ready to easily and safely sync files and share them with anyone you want, from anywhere you have access to the internet. (more…)

Jenn-Air® JX3™ Cooktops stand alone with Duct-Free Downdraft option

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Imagine an active kitchen in a modern, high-rise condo with a stunning view. Or consider an open, gourmet kitchen with an island cooktop at the heart of the living and entertaining area. In each case, the goal is to preserve open, clean sight lines, yet keep the home free from cooking vapors.

Traditional ventilation options, such as overhead hoods, may be undesirable obstructions in such luxurious settings — or they simply may not be feasible. But Jenn-Air, first in kitchen ventilation and technological innovation for more than 50 years, has introduced a sophisticated engineering solution to this challenge: the world’s only Duct-Free Downdraft cooktop.

JED4536WS in set

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Sonos Playbar: A Soundbar From the Wireless Music Experts

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The Sonos Playbar integrates Sonos Play technology into a home theater soundbar

sonos Playbar

The Sonos Playbar mounts neatly on the wall, above or below your flat panel TV. Or simply place it on the stand below.

About ten years ago, Sonos set out to transform the way people listen to music in the digital era by removing one of the obstacles to getting music to multiple locations around the house: the wires. With a Sonos system, you could store your digital music files in one location, and listen to them anywhere else in the home with a wireless internet signal. Sonos Play devices can stream music from your smartphone or Wi-Fi enable computer; the Sonos Connect extended streaming abilities to a standard stereo receiver. With the introduction of the Sonos Playbar, this functionality has been integrated into the soundbar form factor. The result is a multi-function unit whose slim body hides large, immersive sound.

 

 

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Buying a TV for the Super Bowl: The Best Sets For the Big Game

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

If you’re buying a TV for the Super Bowl, Abt has something to fit every budget and space requirement.

Super Bowl TVs

With a selection encompassing all sizes and price points, Abt has the right TV for your Super Bowl Party.

 

We probably don’t need to mention that The Super Bowl is mere days away. It’s a good bet that most of America will be tuning in, whether to watch a heroic battle between hotshot quarterbacks, the epic halftime show or dozens of legendary commercials. If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your TV set, there’s no better time than just before the Big Game. We had Steve P., one of our TV Sales Specialists, give us a run-down of some of the hottest TVs—at all sizes and price-points. So here’s our list of this year’s best Super Bowl TVs, whether you want to spend less than $500, or if money is no object.

Samsung PN43E450 43″ Plasma HDTV

 

The Samsung is our choice for entry-level flat panel TV especially suitable to sports fans. The 600hz subfield motion of the plasma panel displays video without the stuttering that occur when watching fast-motion on an LCD TV. The PN43E450 is a 720P TV, but At 43″ you won’t notice a difference. It’s big enough for a small football-viewing party, but still compact enough to fit in a small room, at a price so low you’ll think it’s a mistake. Call it the perfect dorm-room Super Bowl TV. (more…)

Thunderbolt Technology Transfers at the Speed of Lightning

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

One of the developments from CES 2013 that didn’t get much fanfare was the noticeable increase in product support for the Thunderbolt standard. Because it’s just an interface, it didn’t attract the attention that flashy TVs or flexible smartphones may have. But the growing adoption of the Thunderbolt technology is something that will greatly benefit everyone who consumes large amounts of data.

thunderbolt-logo

Thunderbolt is a new computer peripheral connection standard that was created as a collaborative effort between Intel and Apple. It’s a multi-function interface that can transfer data (like the current USB connection) or video (like DVI/VGA ports on your computer monitor). We’re going to skip over most of the technical specifics of the technology, and jump right into the two areas we think Thunderbolt will benefit you most: speed of data transfer and ease of connecting peripherals.

Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening (speeds)

A Thunderbolt connection increases transfers speeds of data by about 2000% over the standard USB 2.0 connection on your typical home computer. Yes, 20 times the speed. What that means for you is greatly reduced wait times when, say, moving photos from your memory card to your computer. The Thunderbolt connection will be able to transfer a 4GB card filled with photos in a matter of seconds. No more waiting around for 15 or 20 minutes while an entire vacation-worth of photos slowly moves onto your hard drive. (more…)

CES 2013 Television Recap

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

TVs were bigger, brighter and more detailed than ever before at CES 2013

 

If it’s electronic, and there’s even a small possibility someone would be interested in buying it, chances are that it was at CES 2013. From intelligent refrigerators to furry cat ears that read your brainwaves, you could find it all under one large roof in Las Vegas. But for all the crazy conceptual gadgets, the real stars of CES 2013 were the TVS. And this year, TVs at CES pushed the limits of technology like never before.

More Resolution

The big story at CES was 4K resolution, aka Ultra High Definition TV. Since the beginnings of High Definition video, the ultimate in picture quality for a home user was 1080P Full HD. Well, several manufacturers are aiming to change that, with the introduction of 4K TVs. Sony and LG have kicked off the race early, with each already offering a commercially-available 84-inch 4K TV. Sony used CES to debut both 55-inch and 65-inch, more “affordable” versions of their flagship 4K TV. LG also unveiled a 65-inch unit, while Toshiba matched both companies’ large offerings with an 84-inch 4K TV of their own, the L9300.

 

SONY 65 INCH 4K TV

Sony’s 65-Inch 4K TV on display at CES 2013

 

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OpenTripPlanner Brings Transit Back to the iPhone

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Most of you know by now that Apple has disowned Google Maps in the upcoming release of iOS6 and has replaced it with a native map application.  We’re all excited to see exactly how Apple has Appled-out maps and navigation, but with the loss of Google Maps, we also lost an important feature that was nice for those of us who used more economic solutions to navigation.  I”m talking about directions for regular old public transit – bikes, trains, buses, and our own two feet. (more…)

PS Vita has some fancy updates coming its way

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Perhaps the most significant firmware update developed for the Vita handheld is the upcoming release of 1.80.  Not only will the system update add support for PS One games, it will offer a whole host of newer improvements for the PS Vita.

Available on August 28, firmware 1.80 adds new features like “Cross Controller,” which allows you to use your PS Vita as a controller in compatible PS3 games.  In addition, 1.80 lets you control the PS Vita’s menu with buttons.  This eliminates having to touch the  system’s OLED screen, decreasing the amount of smudges from your greasy game-playing fingers.

Vita’s Music app will be improved with the ability to support playlists. You will be able to transfer playlists from a PS3 or iTunes. The Video app will be improved with the ability to adjust playback speed and repeat play.

The map application will also help users find what they are looking for by giving directions instead of providing just the location.

Gunnar Optiks Digital Performance Eye Wear, Not Just For Gamers

Friday, July 27th, 2012
Gunnar Optiks

Credit: Gunnar Optiks

Screens of all kinds play a part in our everyday lives, and according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, screen time should be limited to less than 2-hours per day.  Seems like kind of a silly (unrealistic) recommendation, as most modern careers require upwards of 8-10 hours of screen time per day (not counting personal time with video games and television).  An article in the New York Times   actually states that adults actually spend closer to eight-hours a day in front of some sort of screen – four-times of the recommended daily allowance.  Now, because we all like paychecks we really can’t afford to decrease our time in front of a screen, but by wearing a pair of Gunnar Optiks digital performance eye wear, you can lessen the strain on your eyes and reduce the long term effects of a life in front of a glowing monitor. (more…)

5 On The Go Speakers That Actually Sound Good

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Beach party with on the go speakers

It’s not a party without music and we know that sometimes, the party doesn’t end where it began.  In times like these you need the music to be as mobile as the party, and a solid set of on the go speakers makes enjoying your favorite tunes effortlessly convenient. The problem with portable speakers is that their size takes away from their sound quality. Their speakers simply aren’t large enough to produce the wide range of frequencies of the music. Ever listen to small portable speaker and not hear any bass? It wasn’t big enough to make the sound.  Party logic says that inferior music leads to an inferior party, so take the superior route and enjoy these five quality on the go speakers that will sound great and keep the festivities festive – no matter where they may take you.

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