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5 Ways to Clean Your PC for Improved Performance

February 13th, 2017

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.

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Valentine’s Day Edition

February 10th, 2017

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 »

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A Clearer Picture on the Horizon

February 9th, 2017

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 »

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Save Now, During the Abt Customer Appreciation Sale

February 8th, 2017

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:

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from the Abt Time Boutique

February 6th, 2017

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.

Baume & Mercier Clifton 

The Baume & Mercier Clifton is built with an automatic self-winding movement featuring small seconds, chronograph function, day/month/date, moon phase and a 24 hour indicator, in a 43mm case.  This watch is a chronograph complete complication, combining elegant design with fine watch-making functions. Available in a variety of bands, including stainless steel band as pictured here.

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WCIU Visits Abt for Some Pregame Tips

February 3rd, 2017

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.

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Gearing Up for the Big Game

February 1st, 2017

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.

If you already have all the gear you need for your Big Game party, it’s important to make sure it’s all set up and working properly before the action starts. Soundbars are a popular alternative to complicated surround-sound systems, and though they’re usually pretty easy to set up, it’s not always perfectly clear how to hook them up. Depending on your TV and soundbar models, you’ll use either an HDMI or optical cable to connect the soundbar to your TV. We’ve got a couple quick tutorials that will ensure your soundbar is hooked up properly so you get every bone-crunching hit in perfect clarity.

How To Connect Your Soundbar with an HDMI Cable

How to Connect Your Soundbar with an Optical Cable

Other Tech Tips

  • Make sure your cable or satellite box is connected with an HDMI cable for the best picture possible.
  • Set your TV to Sports mode, if available. This setting includes color adjustments for common sports visuals like the green of stadium grass and usually gives a brighter, punchier color, while also optimizing settings for fast onscreen action.
  • If you’re using an antenna to get an over-the-air HD broadcast, make sure you’re tuned into Fox’s HD channel, which will have a -1 or .1 after it. For instance, in the Chicagoland area, FOX HD is 32-1. 
  • Cord-cutter with no antenna? Good news, you can stream the game this year on a Roku via the FOX Sports GO app, without needing any type of provider log-in
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Quick Bites for the Big Game

January 31st, 2017

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

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Enter to Win an LG TV for the Big Game!

January 30th, 2017

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!

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Save $100 on a Sleep6 Mattress

January 27th, 2017

The start of a new year is a time when everyone’s focused on making positive changes in their lives. One thing many people don’t consider in their quest for betterment is the quality of their sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis is integral to maintaining physical and mental health. A new mattress can work wonders, and Sleep6 mattresses promise to give you the best sleep of your life. Right now, you can instantly save $100 on your purchase of any Sleep6 mattress by using the promo code BETTERSLEEP at checkout.

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