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How about getting a new car with a built in…espresso machine?!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

I’m sure you have heard of cars with TV screens installed in them, or even a small pool on a super-stretch limo, but Italian automaker Fiat has introduced something that no one has thought of yet: a built-in espresso machine.  Fiat made headlines during the Superbowl this year as it introduced a new line of stylish compact cars.  Fiat’s been making headlines again with its 500L model, which will come with a built-in espresso maker when it  hits the market this  fall.

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Lenovo Unleashes Incredibly Light, Affordable Ultrabook

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

It always seems like some manufacturer is ushering out their version of an Ultrabook.  Always packed to the brim with the newest technological advancements, manufactuirers will take advantage of the light design as a way to charge big bucks.  Lenovo has stepped up recently with their newest Ultrabook, but instead of breaking the bank, they offer an incredibly powerful Ultrabook as an incredibly affordable price.

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Is Apple Developing a Social Network for Shoppers?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Apple started to leverage their cult following to launch an Apple-specific social networking service.  Appleinsider.com reports of a recent Apple patent application titled “Social Networking in Shopping Environments” that may hint at thefuture (or current) development of a network that connects shopping shoppers. It was only a matter of time.

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Google Nexus 7 Review: A Media Machine

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Google Nexus 7

We got the pleasure of getting our grimy little fingers on Google’s impressive new 7-inch tablet – the Nexus 7.  Google’s first attempt at designing and building a tablet from the ground up was essentially everything they said it would be; smooth like butter.

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The Battle of the (Home Theater) Big Screens: TV vs. Projector

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Battle of the Big Screens

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…)

Garmin Makes Vast Improvements in their GPS App for iOS

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Garmin is upgrading its Navigon navigation app for iPhones and iPads.  Version 2.1 of the Navigon app adds such features as Google Street View and a Cockpit in-app purchase that displays driving data while looking at the map.

The new version also improves start-up time and map-rendering speed.  It also speeds up zooming and panning in map view, and it enhances graphics for display on the iPad’s Retina display. An option called manual route blocking lets users manually block off certain roads or highways or sections of a map to avoid them while driving.  Current owners of the app can expect the upgrades to be completely free.

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Google Nexus 7 Will Kill The Fakers

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Before I started writing about this stuff I sold all of it, not at Abt, but I sold it all – computers, televisions, stereo systems, and every other home electronic on the shelf. This included the shockingly large amount of sub-standard tablets that, being priced under $100, attracted a lot of attention, and consequently, a lot of returns.

The issue was simple, when you hear “tablet” you automatically expect more than you are probably going to get. These low-end tablets run a watered-down version of Android that’s essentially a 2010 cell phone on knock-off, expired steroids.  They just simply didn’t deliver and customers (and customer service) quickly found this out.  However, we’re saved; the introduction of the Google Nexus 7 (although not under $100) will forever alter the tablet market landscape by delivering a premium experience at a price that has those posers shivering in their polycarbonate. (more…)

Cisco’s Easiest and Fastest Home Network…Ever

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

A completely “connected” home is becoming easier with the new line of Cisco routers designed to expand the experience of a home network while making set-up, monitoring, and controlling it easier than ever before .  As people’s habits of consuming bandwidth-heavy multimedia increase, Cisco has developed a router to keep up with this data demand and just because they made their products more advanced, doesn’t mean they are more difficult to use – quiet the opposite in fact. (more…)

Your MobilEye Sees Things When You Can’t

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Trying to name all the possible distractions  we counter on our daily drives is near impossible. We eat, drink,  sing, smoke, and even “put our face on” from the drivers seat.  We don’t always mean to let our mind’s eye stray from the road ahead but let’s be honest – it happens.  This MobilEye system, sold exclusively in Chicago by Abt, is a  third eye watching over all the critical information surrounding your vehicle and alerts you if anything seems out of line. It won’t take action by slamming the breaks or veering left or right but, will simply let you know something isn’t as it should be. Who couldn’t use a little safety support behind the wheel these days?

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Garmin Swim Watch Tracks Your Workouts in the Water

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Garmin is adding a new product to its line-up of fitness watches, and this one is dedicated to workouts of the aquatic variety. The Garmin Swim tracks your distance swam, the average pace, workout time and more.  Once monitored, it uploads those stats to the web to help monitor your progress.

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