It’s no surprise we like to get really into our holidays here, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. That explains the lineup of brightly-decorated, personalized bags lining the wall behind customer service department today. Over the last week, customer service reps spent their downtime decorating the Valentine’s Day goodie bags for each of the 62 (yep, sixty-two!) members of their department. After a hectic Customer Appreciation Sale weekend, the Valentines will be a welcome treat for our hard-working CS reps.
Spring Clean your PC for National Clean Out Your Computer Day
We’re nearing the point in the year when it’s time to start thinking about up around the house. But while you’re making plans to clean out the garage and downsize your belongings, consider doing some virtual cleaning as well. Today is National Clean Out Your Computer Day, a reminder to be proactive with the organization of your computer. Keeping your computer “clean” can help it run more efficiently, making it quicker, safer, and more enjoyable to use. In recognition of the day, here are 5 easy ways to clean up your computer.
Run an antivirus program
Computer viruses and malware get more and more sophisticated every day. Recent stats suggest nearly a half-million new malicious programs are recognized every day. Thankfully, antivirus software is better than ever as well. PC users with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 have access to a built-in antivirus program—Windows Defender—that’s better than any Windows anitvirus programs before. It runs automatically, keeping you defended against attacks you may never realize are happening. Still, it’s never a bad idea to be more proactive with your virus protection, which you can do without spending a cent. There are plenty of great free antivirus programs that are just a download away. PC Mag recently reviewed a dozen options, and their top pick was Avast Free Antivirus. Regardless of what program you choose, make sure to keep its virus library updated, and remember to scan your PC regularly.
Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and if you’re looking for a gift that’s a little more thoughtful (and budget-friendly) than more jewelry or another tie, might we suggest some delicious homemade breakfast? This recipe combines two favorites: the crispy Belgian waffle and fluffy red velvet cake. They’re made with just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in the kitchen, with one surprise addition—greek yogurt—that adds an extra level of moisture and healthiness to the recipe. The only specialized appliance you’ll need is, you guessed it, a waffle maker. Read the rest of this entry »
Every year it seems as if the picture quality on TVs keeps improving. Well, once again that is the case, thanks to a new technology developed by a team of scientists in the Optics and Photonics lab out of the University of Central Florida University. The team has been hard at work developing a promising new high-resolution TV display—known as Blue-Phase Liquid Crystal—which the scientists are predicting twill lead to much faster refresh rates, reduced power consumption, and triple the pixel resolution.
To put this into perspective, Shin-Tson Wu, the lead developer at the College of Optics and Photonics explained, “Today’s Apple Retina displays have a resolution density of about 500 pixels per inch, with our new technology, a resolution density of 1500 pixels per inch could be achieved on the same sized screen.” The application of this new technology can have a significant impact on emerging technologies, Wu continued, “This is especially attractive for virtual reality headsets or augmented reality technology, which must achieve high-resolution in a small screen to look sharp when placed close to our eyes.” Read the rest of this entry »
It’s hard to believe we’re already a week into February, but that just means it’s time for the first Abt Customer Appreciation Sale of the year! As usual, you’ll find savings throughout the site, on top of our already low prices. The sale officially kicks off in-store this Saturday, but you can beat the crowds—and still get the same savings and service—by shopping online. Click through below to begin saving:
Looking for a luxurious Valentine’s Day gift for the special someone in your life? We sat down with our Time Boutique‘s resident watch expert, Tony, to get some recommendations for timepieces that are sure to make an impression.
We love going to the WCIU Studios to visit our friends at You & Me This Morning, but this week we changed things up and had them come to us. Ever-exuberant Melissa Forman stopped by Abt this morning to celebrate WCIU’s Chef Week and to get some tech help before the big game this weekend. She spent some time with Jolanes’ Chef Jose as he whipped up some game day treats in the Abt Inspiration Studio.
The Big Game is just a few days away, but there’s still time to make sure you’re set up with all the gear that will make Sunday as super as possible. Our resident tech expert, Josh, paid a visit to our friends at WGN News to talk about some must-have products that will make the most out of your gameday.
The most super of Sundays is less than a week away, so we hope you’ve got a snacking strategy that includes heaps of hearty treats. If your idea of gameday goodies usually consists of a bag of tortilla chips and a jar of store-brand salsa, it’s time to step up your game, and we’re here to help. We searched through our collection of culinary creations and picked these recipes for your Sunday party. They’re all easy to make, don’t take much time, and are guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers. Enjoy!
Game Day Nachos
This Sunday is the biggest game in football, and we all know that means a night full of snacks and TV. No other day revolves more around your TV than the Big Game, which is why this time of year is among the most popular for buying a new TV. But if a new TV isn’t in your budget, we might have a solution for you. We’ve teamed up with LG to give away a new 43″ 1080p LED Smart TV to one lucky winner. All you have to do is click through the image below and fill out the form. No purchase necessary, and the best part is that the TV will ship out in time to get to you before the Big Game. Enter now for your chance to win!