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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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.
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 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.
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…)
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…)
Trying to name all the possible distractions we encounter on our daily drives is nearly 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 brakes or veering left or right, but instead it alerts you if something isn’t as it should be. Who couldn’t use a little safety support behind the wheel these days?
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.
In an small room filled with journalists and bloggers, Steve Ballmer of Microsoft publicly announced their new Microsoft Surface – a new Windows 8 Tablet.
We are doing a new weekly segment called “Abt at the Movies”. Every Tuesday we will be showcasing a new movie to come to home video and there will be a special price on a select home theater item good for one week only. Check out our reviews and piece together your dream home theater!
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
There have been numerous incarnations of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s titular character “Sherlock Holmes” since his inception in the late 1800’s. After numerous books, radio shows, comics, movies and TV shows, the character Sherlock Holmes and his trusty partner Jon Watson fell by the wayside. That is until Director Guy Ritchie stepped in. Taking a depart from his usual movies of fast-paced indie action films, he decided to try his hand at creating a blockbuster hit movie with a blockbuster cast and presented his version of Sherlock Holmes, not as a foppish English detective, but as a man who uses his own fists as much as his brains. Enter Sherlock Holmes in 2009 and you have a smashing success. In true Hollywood fashion, when the original is good, the sequel MUST be better!