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Technologist Tuesday: Watch out: A Smartwatch Awareness

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013


When the iPad came out, I was frequently asked, “I have an iPhone and a computer.  Why do I need an iPad.”  The tablet industry arrived with iPad and so many people were confused.  Do I need an iPad? Why? I rarely get asked this question these days.  Most people are getting a second or third tablet because someone in their household has taken over the iPad.   However, it still comes up from time to time.  My answer is simple:  A tablet can be a better way to do some of the daily tech things you already do.  Surfing the web, checking your email, reading a magazine or newspaper has become a tablet preferred activity.  On top of that, you open yourself up to a world of Apps that pretty much guarantees to have a least one or two apps you’ll cling to.  This answer has all sorts of demos and supporting content to light the tablet fire.

Soon, the question will return.  “Why?  I have a smart phone, computer and even a tablet.  Why do I need a Smartwatch.”  This time around it’s quite a bit different.  I think the answer might be:  “Because you have a Smartphone, computer and even a tablet.”  We have so much technology around us it’s time for a middleman.  Primarily, something’s needed to address the Smartphone’s obnoxious control over people.  The Smartwatch may help us all focus on the road and ease the need to keep peeking at our smart phones.  Beyond that, wearing our technology on our wrists opens up an entire new opportunity for new App development.  With all these possibilities, the Smartwatch can be a great way to bridge your personal technology.  Or, the Smartwatch wearing human will develop abnormally large muscles in their left shoulder region as they begin to abuse the need to look at their smart watch thousands of times a day.    (more…)

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Cell phone need a recharge? Just Shake It!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

It’s happened to all of us before.  You need to make a call but you’ve run out of battery life! Well, just give your cellphone a shake for an extra burst of power – that’s the idea behind a new cellphone charger that turns your movement into power.

Shashank Priya and his colleagues at Virginia Tech are designing an emergency onboard charger that gets its power from what is called, piezoelectric force, which is generated by your fingertips clicking the keypad, your voice – or by giving your phone a quick shake.

Granted, this new technology is still in the developmental stages, but if it was possible, it could be a game changer for those that use their phone until the last drop.  Do you use your phone all the time?  If so, when was a time you needed your phone, but ran out of battery life?

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5 Smartphone Apps That Save Lives

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

5  Mobile Apps To Keep You Safe

Using a cell phone while driving, or even walking, is a major issue among smart-phone users. Truth is, it can wait—but since most users ignore the serious danger this habit presents, here are a few apps to help keep you and those around you safe.

1.  Awareness (Essency)

Awareness is a wonderful little app that utilized the microphone in your phone to transmit outside noise through your headphones. You control the threshold and volume of the sound so you can enjoy your tunes while remaining aware (get it?) of your surroundings. Never worry about getting smacked by an ice cream truck on your afternoon jog again.

2. Type n Walk (CGactive LLC)


We have all been there—trying to coordinate the nights events via text while walking through the house and then– *SMACK*– your big toe meets the corner of the coffee table. No? That’s just me?   What if the background of the text window could somehow magically replicate the surroundings? Type n Walk uses the on-board camera to see what that beautiful 5 inch touch screen is blocking, and displays it as the background of your texts. No more running into walls, street signs, or street performers for that matter. Airheads, space cadets, and communication junkies alike can benefit from this app.

3. Pocket First Aid & CPR (The American Heart Association & Jive Media) 

Be prepared to be the hero you always wanted to be with the Pocket First Aid & CPR app. If this app can help Dan Woolley survive 65 hours under a pile of rubble, it can help you. This app features 34 videos and 46 HD illustrations to walk you through adult, child, and infant choking and CPR scenarios.  The app also comes complete with an enhanced medial profile section so you can access and share insurance, allergy, doctor, and other information in times of need.

4. PulsePoint (PulsePoint Foundation) 

A social network for life savers—PulsePoint alerts registered CPR certified users of nearby cardiac emergencies using location-based services. Although the app has current limited availability, the future life-saving potential is impressive. The app also directs citizens to the exact location of the closes public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED), as users can photograph and geo-tag locations throughout the city.

5. iTriage (Healthagen LLC) 

Created by two ER doctors, iTriage answers all of your medical questions. Search symptoms, learn about potential causes, and find the most appropriate facility or doctor. A must have mommy-app, iTriage can provide crucial information like ER wait times, pre-registration for select facilities, one-touch access to emergency hotlines, map and directions, and everything else you need to ensure the safety of those around you.

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A Shopping Mall in Your Smartphone

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

In a recent consumer study, Nielsen reports that 29 percent of smartphone owners are “mobile shoppers.”  This report indicated that 29 percent are buying items from their phone, instead of their computer or going to an actual mall.  The percentage is higher when consumers use their smarthones to locate a mall, reviews, or get a number to a physical store.

For now, the most popular shopping uses for smartphones are product research, usually in-store. In Q3 2011, 38 percent of mobile shoppers in Nielsen’s survey compared prices online while shopping in a store; 38 percent also browsed products through websites or apps, and 32 percent read online reviews of products.  How about you?  How often do you use your phone for shopping?


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Abt @ CES 2012: Samsung Galaxy Note

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Going against the grain and not listening to security, Abt representative Chad Taylor sneaked a quick pick of the guarded Samsung Galaxy Note after being told to “hit the road”.

The Samsung Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), has a 720p Super AMOLED screen, runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and has an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.  It will also be an AT&T exclusive and run on the wireless carrier’s brand new 4G LTE network.  It’s one heck of a big phone and certainly will be something phone aficionados will love, however, it may just be too big for regular users.  We shall see if it’s popular when it hits the market.

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HTC Posts Big Profits

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Smartphone company, HTC, posted big profits at the end of June, closing out their business’ Q2 results.  2011 has been kind to HTC, the company known for it’s large selection of Android phones as well as several Windows 7 phones.  WIth the release of the EVO 3D and the HTC Evo Tablet, HTC expects profits to continue to grow.


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Shopping With Your Smartphone

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

When it comes to a unique way of shopping, an interesting trend has been growing.  Consumers using their smart phones to look for stores, best prices and online purchases has been steadily increasing the last several years.  Already, 25 of the 30 top online retailers have iPhone apps, even though less than 15 percent of online consumers report having used their mobile phones to buy something.

Research company Forrester Research states that mobile shopping, which was at $3 billion in 2010, will explode to $31 billion by 2016.  A main concern for consumers right now, is safety with online purchases, but that will soon fade as consumers become more comfortable and technology continues to advance.

Don’t forget, if you are ever in a pinch for a great gift from Abt, we have our own mobile site to make your shopping easier than ever.

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Bring On The Winter Commute

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Custom Car Install at Abt

Abt’s Mobile Installation team delivered a rolling symphony of sound to the Abt sales floor this past weekend.  A 2010 Mercedes C300 has been outfitted with Focal speakers, amplifiers, and subwoofers.  The most impressive part of the installation is zero modification to the factory interior of the vehicle.  While keeping all of the factory controls in the dashboard and cutting no holes in the panels, the audio has gone from plain and typical to vibrant and lifelike.

Custom Car Install at Abt

Alpine provides a solution for uncompromised sound without changing the radio in the dashboard of the vehicle, while Focal provides our sales and installation teams almost limitless options in breathing excitement back into driving your car. Quality sound and practicality meet in the trunk of this vehicle leaving room for golf bags, groceries, luggage, or your most recent purchase from Abt. (wink wink)

Custom Car Install at Abt

Visions of subwoofers that fill the trunk vanish as the sleek interior of the vehicle is complimented in the trunk.

Also hidden in this installation is a custom radar detector to help avoid those pesky red light camera tickets and/or speeding ticket. Don’t forget a remote start, which we have available for almost all makes, models, and years, including Mercedes Benz. The remote start used in this installation is unique in the way it is controlled: your smartphone. If you own a Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry, you can start your car from virtually anywhere with cellular service.

If you have questions about improving the sound in your vehicle or keeping your car interior warm this winter, contact our Mobile Installation Department and don’t forget  to come on in and see the car.

-Dustin M.

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LG's Take on an MID Smartphone

Friday, January 8th, 2010



Thursday at CES, Intel revealed the first Smartphone to run on the Moorsetown platform for mobile internet devices (MID). The GW990 Smartphone will be made by LG Electronics and ship during the second half of the year, said Intel CEO Paul Otellini during a keynote speech at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.




LG‘s GW990 has a 5” multi-touch screen, capable of playing video at 720p resolution. A camera is on both the front and back of this MID. Running on the Linux-based Moblin operating system, it is capable of running multiple applications at the same time. For instance, with the GW990 you can play Hi-Def video and use the calculator at the same time. It is power efficient and brings pc functions to a Smartphone. Features seem to be endless on this MID… Check back for more info in the spring.


-Kelly B.

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The Nexus One – Google's New Flagship Android Device

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Yesterday, Google announced the long awaited Nexus One. This phone could be the first to give the iPhone a run for its money.

Nexus One operates on an updated version of the Android operating system. It has a 3.7-inch touch-screen, a 5-megapixel camera for video and photos, GPS, stereo Bluetooth connection for headphones, LED flash, Wi-Fi, and a noise cancelling mic for clearer conversations. The wow-factor? The Nexus One has speech dictation, eliminating the need to type. Users can speak and compose e-mail without touching the keyboard.

The Nexus One will retail at $179 with a two-year contract with T-Mobile or $529 with no contract. In the Spring of 2010, Verizon and Vodafone (a European wireless carrier) service will be also be available.

-Kelly B.

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