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Best of CES 2017: Our Favorite Gadgets

Monday, January 9th, 2017

In a sea of biggest, brightest new products you can imagine from the industry powerhouses, sometimes it’s the clever, small items that catch your eye the most. Here are some of our favorite gadgets from CES 2017.

iPowerUp Solar Charging Phone Case

Solar-powered phone cases are nothing new, but good solar-powered phone cases are. In our experience, the cases typically never meet their claimed specs, taking much longer than expected to deliver any worthwhile juice to your phone. So we’re optimistic that the iPowerUp cases live up to their claims. Thanks to refinements in photovoltaic technology, the extra-efficient panels on this case can produce 450-500 mAh of power in one hour of sun exposure. That means a typical smartphone battery should be charged to full capacity in five to six hours.If the iPowerUp Solar Case lives up to its claims, we can see this being one of the year’s most popular iPhone accessories.

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Best of CES 2017: Top 5 Best TV Developments

Monday, January 9th, 2017

CES 2017 wasn’t much for shocking new technology debuts or any real game-changers. Instead, we saw plenty of refinements and advancements to the wowing tech that debuted maybe last year or the year before. That trend was especially evident with televisions and associated home theater stuff. Here are our Top 5 Developments in TV from this year’s CES.

1.) More OLED

For nearly three years now, LG has had run of the court as the only manufacturer with a commercially-available OLED set. While a bit pricey, they also produced what was unanimously considered the best picture possible in a backlit display that you could fit in your family room. That changed this year, with both Sony and Panasonic showing off their own OLED models.  The Sony Bravia A1E OLED has a few other tricks up its sleeve, in addition to the stunning picture. Meanwhile, Panasonic’s 65EZ1000 OLED is claimed to have double the brightness of a typical OLED, which may make it reigning champ of the home theater picture quality, a crown they often wore in the Plasma TV days.

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CES 2017: Klipsch Heritage Speakers

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Klipsch is a brand that most would not consider when hearing the words “vintage design.” Though they’ve been in the game for seventy years, most of their current product line has a decidedly modern aesthetic, from the sleek black cabinets to the characteristic copper cones. But many have never been introduced to the Klipsch Heritage lineup, a series of high-end products that are hand-made in Hope, Arkansas, the town where Klipsch was founded. Each Heritage product features a vintage-inspired design, but is packed with the brand’s top-of-the-line audio technology, creating heirloom products meant to be treasured for generations. We caught up with Klipsch at CES and got a look and listen at some of the newest products in the Heritage line.

The Forte III speakers resurrect one of the most popular nameplates in the company’s history. These full-range, floor-standing speakers are crafted to deliver a multi-dimensional listening experience in just a single pair of speakers, without the need for an external subwoofer. Loaded with Klipsch’s newest technology, the Forte III meld the best of past and present Klipsch.

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CES 2017: Alpine Mobile Audio

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Alpine’s CES booth is one of our favorite stops each year, featuring tons of new products and some very impressive display vehicles. This year was no different, as we got to check out an abundance of their upcoming audio products, as well as some other goodies.

We learned about the new Alpine X-Series, which is the company’s new overarching series of flagship amps, speakers and subwoofers. The X-Series will focus on audio attributes of imaging and soundstage, terms normally reserved for describing high-end home sound systems.

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CES 2017: New Products from Belkin

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Belkin has long been one of the top names in technology accessories, creating products that make it easier to use your tablet, computer, smartphone or other devices. At CES Unveiled, we got a closer look at some of their new accessories for 2017. While the selection was iPhone-heavy, Belkin does also have non-iOS options for most of these accessories in the pipeline. While it may seem like there’s only so much innovation a company can do with a power cable or phone case, Belkin has thought of some clever improvements to each.

Check out the DuraTek Lightning cable, which is wrapped in DuPont Kevlar fabric (the stuff used to make bulletproof vests), built to withstand 5000+bend cycles and equipped with a laser-welded connector that withstands over 40 lbs of force. It very well may be the last Lightning cable you ever buy.

The advanced materials and construction of the Belkin DuraTek will make it the last cable you ever need to buy.

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CES 2017: Cosmo Connected Brake Light

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

SpeedX wasn’t the only company at CES 2017 bringing smart technology to the world of two wheels. At CES Unveiled, we got a look at the Cosmo Connected smart brake lights. Designed for a motorcycle helmets—but adaptable to some bicycle helmets—the Cosmo Connected is an auxiliary brake light meant to be worn on the back of the rider’s helmet. In this position, the extra-bright light is at eye-level for other motorists on the road, making them more aware of the rider’s position. In addition to operating like a normal brake light—getting brighter as the rider stops—the Cosmo Connected can be set to constant flashing, or extra visibility.

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It’s Time To Start Cooking With Frigidaire’s Induction Technology

Monday, December 26th, 2016

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Induction cooking is the safest and most efficient way to cook your favorite meals. Induction cooktops use electricity and electromagnetic technology to heat only the pan, which leaves the burner plate much cooler than a standard electric radiant burner. Basically, the pan becomes the burner, which eliminates heat transfer through the glass cooktop surface. In order for this to occur, induction cooking requires magnetic cookware. So if a magnet can stick to your pan you can use it with a Frigidaire induction cooktop! People everywhere are switching over to Frigidaire’s induction technology. Check out the video below to find out why, and read on to learn more about all of the amazing benefits!

Benefits To Switching Over

Cook Meals Faster

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Simple & Easy Clean-Up

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Enjoy reduction in clean up time because induction technology heats up the pan, not the cooktop so food spills can’t burn on. You can even cook bacon with a piece of newspaper between the pan and the cooktop, to catch any splatters!

Reduce Your Energy Bill

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Save money on your energy bill – induction cooking is 70% more energy efficient than gas and 20% more efficient than electric!

Easily Go From Simmer To Boil

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Easily bring water to a boil in less than 2 minutes with Frigidaire elements featuring induction technology!

Cooking Versatility 

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Gentle enough to melt chocolate…

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and butter.

Controlled Cooking

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Adjust your cooking settings from a rapid boil to a gentle simmer instantly. Great for sauces and soups!

Cookware Compatibility

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Test your cookware with a magnet! Induction cooktops and ranges use the power of magnetic energy. Use this tip to test the compatibility of your cookware with a magnet. If it sticks, it’s induction-friendly.

Consistent Results

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Evenly distributed heat ensures consistent results for creating delicious, evenly cooked meals like steaks and omelets.

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LG Channel Plus Is Finally Bringing Your Favorite Live TV & Streaming Content Together!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

There has never been a better time to look at an LG TV than now, because once again LG has set the benchmark with a new feature called Channel Plus, which gives you an all new way to access content through your TV. Channel Plus takes all of the confusion out of watching content from multiple sources by combining all of them into a single system for a seamless viewing experience. LG has partnered with Xumo to provide more than fifty channels of digital content for their users, featuring content from network stations and streaming channels, and combined this with over-the-air broadcasts. The result is a stress-free interface that makes it easy to watch content from across all sources. Perhaps the best aspect of the new Channel Plus feature is that all this new content is completely free of charge. Thats right, 50+ channels of original programming that won’t cost you a penny in monthly subscription fees.

What will you be watching on these free channels? Well, quite a lot actually, from live sports to news, television programs to movies, and much more, giving you nearly endless content to choose from. Channel Plus was created to make viewing easy for users, so it includes a universal search lets to seek out and watch content across all sources from one screen. Whether you watch from a streaming service or a program tuned in on a set-top antenna, you won’t need to switch to another input to find it.  Channel Plus displays all of the available content in your on-screen cable guide. It’s all available in the same location and there will always be new to choose from. Right now there are about 60 channels to watch, but more will be added every month, so the content keeps growing and growing.

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A variety of publications are creating content to further reach their audiences, so rest assured there will be something for everyone. Well-known publications like Time, Bloomberg, and PBS will all be sharing content to educate and inform to make us better people. While other publications like the Onion, Cracked, and Funny or Die will be sharing content that will  keep us entertained and make us laugh hysterically. This unique content, supplied by Xumo, is in addition to the programs you can watch from local stations like ABC, CBS, and NBC.

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Because the digital content is being streamed, you’ll also have DVR control over them. You can pause, rewind, and skip through videos at your command. Watching the FOX Sports channel and you want to re-watch that walk-off home run over and over again? The rewind function will become your new best friend. Not into sports? That’s okay! Let’s say you found a channel that you absolutely adore. Now you can scroll through the library of on-demand content to easily binge watch every video they offer.

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Once you start using Channel Plus you won’t want to think about what life was like before you had it. One of the biggest obstacles to cord-cutting is learning how to juggle multiple content sources, having to switch inputs to move from your streaming channels to your OTA broadcasts, or needing separate menus to search through a different library for every source. If you’d like an easier way to navigate your content, upgrading to an LG TV with WebOS 3.0 and Channel Plus might be just the ticket. We here at Abt want to say thank you to the folks at LG who continually create new and exciting features that keep pushing the envelope of what was once thought impossible from a standard television.

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Holiday Cookie Edition

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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One of the best things during holiday season is the sweet aroma of baked goods, especially cookies! That’s why we decided to make this week’s Holiday Edition of Abt-solutely Delicious all about cookies. You can bring these soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies to your annual cookie exchange with friends or to holiday dinner with family, they’re perfect for any occasion. (more…)

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Building the Ultimate Affordable Home Theater: Black Friday Edition

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

There’s no better time to buy electronics, especially products for your home theater, than Black Friday. The year’s lowest prices on TVs, audio components, and video game consoles mean that you can put together an impressive entertainment system for under $1000. And this isn’t a collection of leftover no-name electronics—we’re including the latest technology from the best brands in the business.

Getting the best picture and sound for your money

At the heart of any good home theater is a stunning display. We’re going to go with a 50-inch TV, which is a great size for the average family room. This Black Friday weekend (11/24-26), the Samsung UN50KU6300 will drop to just $398. That’s an Ultra HD, HDR-capable Smart TV for less than four hundred bucks, a price that was unheard of even just last year. The KU6300 will play all of the latest content from both physical and streaming sources in 4K UHD resolution, with HDR, which means the picture will have the extra clarity of 4K and contain a dynamic range of tones that a normal TV could never display. This set is probably the bang-for-the-buck TV deal of the year.

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