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Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Internet Surfing Leads to New Species Discovery

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The internet is an incredibly powerful tool.  Almost all of us use it every day, from checking e-mails, to doing research for school papers to just wasting time.  The internet has a plethora of seemingly endless information, movies, pictures, music and information.  Since it is world wide, people have grown to better understand different cultures as well as see things they never thought possible without ever leaving their home.  One internet gazer discovered something that is now in the record books.

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The Internet: Not Just for Computers

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

With the internet widely available on almost all sorts of electronics, you don’t have to be on your computer to surf the web.  More often now, computers take a seat next to phones and tablets when consumers want to check their e-mail, shop online, navigate etc.  Shipments of internet-enabled consumer electronics devices will soar to exceed those of the computer for the first time in 2013, according to a new IHS iSuppli consumer platforms report.

According to a marketing firm, ISH iSuppli, shipments of connected consumer electronics devices, a category including a wide range of products — from televisions to video game consoles, to Blu-ray players- will surge to 503.6 million units in 2013, up from 161 million in 2010. In comparison, computer shipments during the same period will amount to 253.3 million, up from 222.3 million.

Get Digital!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Abt Electronics is pleased to announce that we now offer our online customers digital services.  Through our website you can find out what cable tv, internet, digital phone and HD programming is in your area and price out packages that best suit your needs and finances.  This has been a service provided, in our store, to our Chicagoland customers for years, but we can now bring it to you, all across America.

Enjoy thousands of programming options, record your favorite shows, surf and download with incredibly fast internet speeds, and take advantage of nationwide calling all on one easy bill.

Click our digital services page to get started!

Don't Procrastinate For Petey's Sake

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Internet Access at Home

After procrastinating for months, I finally hooked up my Panasonic TVs and Blu-ray Players to the World Wide Internets. They gives me unlimited access to Amazon Video on Demand, weather forecasts and for my money, the best thing ever, Pandora Radio. I have been using Pandora for years, but only through my woefully inadequate computer speakers. Now I listen through my Definitive Technology tower speakers, which is much better.

After setting up some new stations, I learned that there are tons of bands that sound like Foghat and Molly Hatchet. It is like listening to one endless Southern Fried Rock K-tel album, without the pops. Even my parakeet Petey (yes that Petey, the stunt keet  from Dumb and Dumber and The Birds, but just an extra in that one) enjoys it. After  years of stunts though, Petey likes it loud due to severe hearing loss in both ears. I got the Lady Gaga Heartbeats ear buds for the little bugger.

So my suggestion to you is, if you have a TV that does connect the Internets, do not dilly dally like I did. Put on some Foghat and go for a slow ride.

-Blake B.

How Do You Use Your Cell Phone?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Pew Research Center

In May, the Pew Research Center conducted a study about how Americans use their cell phones. Some conclusions were expected, while others were a surprise.  It wasn’t a shock to know that six in ten adults go online with either a cell phone or laptop with wireless internet connection. Also, it was not a shock to know that Americans have increased going online through their phone and using internet based applications (internet, email or instant messaging) with compared to last year’s data. What did surprise me was that 38% of this group used their phones to get on to the internet, while 34% played games on their cellular devices. I thought that more people would use their phones to access the internet. It was not a surprise that 76% use their phones to take pictures and 72% use it for text messaging. What do you do on your phone? Do you browse the web, take pictures, play games, text or use it to call people?

-Jennifer A.

Surf the Web with Google TV

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Thursday, Google formally announced that they are teaming with Sony, Intel, and Logitech to make web surfing on TV seamless. This new Google technology will be available on new TVs and set-top boxes. Sony will manufacture Google TV-enabled TVs, Logitech is creating the set-top box for TVs that aren’t equipped with the new technology, and Intel is creating the Atom processors for set-top boxes. It will make TV shows, movies, and videos easy to find and watch using only one remote. You can surf the web and personalize web content right from on your TV.

Expected in stores this fall, Google TV-enabled TVs will run off the new Android platform, allowing users to download Android applications and integrate the internet and TV by using Flash-compatible hardware.

Look for the Google TVs later this year.

-Kelly B.

Happy Retirement?

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

One of Abt’s favorite managers is celebrating a milestone birthday today. Conrad S., Conny, is turning 65 tomorrow, his day off… So one of his loyal minions decided to start the party today! Megan, internet sales specialist, spent hours last night decorating Conny’s desk.

Lovingly pranking Conny, she decorated his desk as if he was celebrating his retirement. All day people have been stopping him to find out about his impending retirement…

Happy Birthday Conrad! Or, should I say, Happy Retirement!

If you call in and speak with Conrad, make sure you wish him a happy birthday or retirement.

-Kelly B.