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Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

Prepare a succulent Thanksgiving meal with help from these great cooking apps!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Thanksgiving Day is less than two weeks away and that means it is time to get ready for feasting on foods as far as your eyes can see, or as much as your waist can handle.  Below are a few great smartphone applications that take the frustration out of cooking, helping you create a variety of delicious meals for you and your family.

1. All Recipes

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First, to make good food, you have to know what food you want to cook.  With the food application, you have a library of great recipes that will help you make a full meal and so much more.  It’s easy to navigate, offers you selection based on ingredient or dish type, and there are even reviews, giving you an idea of what others though of their finished product.


Technologist tuesday- iPad Rumor Roundup

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

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To make sure you’re up to date, here’s a current iPad overview:

Today’s full size iPad is known as the 4th generation iPad.  It is the only Apple product to feature the Oct. 2012 A6X processor.  This processor has twice the speed and twice the graphics as its predecessor the A5X (iPad 3rd Generation).  These iPads hit our shelves November 2012.  The iPad 4th generation has a 9.7” screen and comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB & 128GB capacities. They are due for an upgrade.

When these full size iPads came out, a new iPad was also launched:  The iPad Mini.  The iPad Mini features the A5 processor (same as the new iPod Touch).  The iPad Mini has a 7.9” screen and comes in 16GB, 32GB & 64GB capacities.  They are also due for an upgrade.

What should we expect these upgrades to be?

No one ever really knows what Apple will unveil.  Apple has been criticized of quickly losing themselves as the mainstream, innovative leader they became.  That’s debatable.  There’s no doubt that Apple’s 2013 business year hasn’t exactly shocked the consumer electronics world with a new successful product line or major update (yet).  However, there’s one thing that Apple has always done well.  They know how to keep a secret.   The following information is a result of scouring Apple rumor websites and looking to the internet to shed some light on what we should expect to see in the next week or so.


ASUS Transformer AiO; Huge Tablet & Desktop PC

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

ASUS has introduced a very interesting combination of a tablet and computer.  ASUS Transformer AiO is perfect for productivity, but remove the 18.4-inch Full HD display and it instantly transforms into a multi-touch Android tablet. Imagine two iPads put together into one gloriously large tablet.  A bit large for convenient use, but large enough to be a portable entertainment powerhouse.

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The Transformer AiO is not purely a tablet. The AiO stands for All-In-One, which is where you can get the best of both worlds for a tablet and desktop computer.  When plugged into the included base, the tablet becomes a monitor for a full-fledged computer running Windows 8. Pull the screen from the base and it automatically turns into that super-sized tablet that runs Google’s Android operating system.  This definitely is aimed at the more professional side of consumers.  This would be an exceptional item to use at a workplace where presentations are the norm.  Work and prepare your presentation while it is a desktop, and pick it up and get going with it as a tablet.

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Grablet Invades CES

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Grablets might sound like vicious, furry creatures from a forgotten 80s horror-comedy, but, thankfully they’re something much better.

CES 2013—There’s no denying that the iPad has been one of the most popular gadgets released in the last few years. As such, its success has prompted a flurry of add-ons and accessories to hit the market, many of which were only marginally useful. We find it refreshing, then, to find one that’s truly innovative.Josh swung by the Grablet booth at CES, where he took a look at their product that answers on oft-asked question about the sleek tablet: How the heck am I supposed to hold this thing?


The Grablet makes holding your iPad secure and fatigue-free.


Is the computer mouse facing extinction?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

A story written by the Washington Post poses the question, is there an expiration date for the computer mouse?  According to the Washington Post, for the first time, sales of iPads are taking over the sales of PCs in schools, according to Charles Wolf, an analyst for the investment research firm Needham & Co.  Even the growth of educational toys like Leap Frog are surpassing laptop and desktop computer sales.

People are growing more used to interactive displays such as smartphones and tablets.  If this trend continues, it is only a matter of time for computer mice to no longer exist.  Do you prefer touch screen, or old-fashioned point and click?

Electronics that will help you enjoy the London 2012 Olympics!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The London 2012 Olympics are just around the corner.  You may be ready to root for your favorite athlete or cheer for your native country, but do you have what you need to fully experience the sights and sounds of the Olympics?  At Abt Electronics, we’ve put together a list of some of the must-haves to immerse yourself in this incredible event.  Below are just a few of the electronics you will need to soak up every second of Olympic fun!


Tablet Sales to Surpass Netbook Sales by 2016

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

According to the latest NPD D sales  of tablets are expected to exceed those of notebooks in 2016.  Their research indicates that tablets will eventually become the preferred choice of portable electronics for people around the world.  Have you jumped on the tablet bandwagon?  If so, what’s your favorite and what do you use it for?”  If you haven’t yet, when do you plan on making the change?

Rejoice! Microsoft Office to iPad on November 10th!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Credit: The Daily via BGR

One of the most popular questions posed when I was on the sales floor was “does it have Microsoft Office?” referring to the iPad of course. I always had to tell them no but they could find similar replacements yet, customers were never satisfied because they wanted their Office! I have good news – a report from The Daily today says that we will see Microsoft launch Office for the iPad on Nov. 10.


Star Trek Fiction Comes Into Reality

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Summer is here, products from January’s CES 2012 are slowly hitting the market and the Electronic Entertainment Expo is just around the corner.  Technology is changing faster and faster with each passing day.  Some of the creative technological wonders that were once a dream, are now becomeing a reality.

Case in point: over 20 years ago the popular TV Show Star Trek: the Next Generation introduced a wonderful, new technology to both the crew of the USS Enterprise and millions of viewers.  It was a hand-held electronic device that responded to users via touchscreen.  Called a “Personal Access Display Device” or, “PADD” for short (see where I’m going with this?) crew members can check status reports, take notes and even give themselves reminders.

PADD in Star Trek: The Next Generation/Deep Space 9

Since the release of Apple’s iPad (no relation to PADD) Star Trek fans have been giddy with the similarities, many hoping space exploration is just around the corner.  In recognition of the similarities the iPad and Star Trek’s PADD have, the Apple store now has a Star Trek: PADD application turning your iPad into what the PADD looked like on Star Trek.  Unfortunately, no warp speed yet.

Who would have thought 20 years ago that a fictional, super advanced technology in the world of sci-fi would become an everyday item for consumers today?  What items in the history of sci-fi would you like to see a reality?

Enjoy Leap Year with Some $29 Products!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

This leap year, why not have some fun and check out our specially priced products reminiscent of this once-every-four-years event.  Choose from products like an iPad sleeve cover, or a cordless phone,  a coffee maker and more!