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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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Microsoft Announces Microsoft Surface Tablet….Finally!

Monday, June 18th, 2012

In an small room filled with journalists and bloggers,  Steve Ballmer of Microsoft publicly announced their new Microsoft Surface – a new Windows 8 Tablet.

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Abt At The Movies- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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!

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Apple WWDC Highlights Part 2: iOS 6

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Apple just finished wrapping up their presentation in Cupertino and they have all kinds of advancements in their new iOs6 software.  First and foremost is a HUGE Siri face-lift.  Below are the upgrades featured at Apple’s WWDC 2012. The beta version of iOS 6 is going out to developers today, but will be available to consumers in the fall. The new update will support iPhone 3GS and later, as well as the second and third-generation iPad.  Sorry old iPad users, this one’s not for you.

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