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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Posts Tagged ‘Technology News’

Trade In Your Old Electronics

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

With the release of the Apple iPhone 4S, people have been rushing to get their hands on it.  As new gadgets come out, so do new costs.  If you have old technology you no longer use, why not turn it into some cash or credit to get the newest items?  At Abt Electronics you can trade in your usable electronics for extra cash or credit towards something new in the store.  Check it out at our Trade and Save section.

Sony’s Marketing Techniques Get Unique

Monday, July 11th, 2011

With what seems to be somewhat of an over saturated market for tablets, Sony is preparing consumers for their version of the popular, portable electronics device coming out in Q4 with ominous commercials.  Sony is no stranger to unique advertisements, but one has to ask; when does unique advertising become too, “flashy”?

In early June, Sony released a commercial ominously introducing their tablet.  I was intrigued by the single-shot, “Mouse Trap” look-a-like and even was hypnotized by machine’s every move.  I like it.  I was interested in what Sony had to bring to the table.  Watch below.

The ominous commercial was interesting as a stand alone, however Sony released what is now dubbed the “Second Episode” of their initial release. With the arrival of the “Second Episode”, there will apparently be three more, completing a five part series.

Will consumers be lured by this marketing technique, or will Sony end up finally releasing their tablet to the world, only to have consumers give them a collective sigh of boredom? Only time will tell.

CES: The Forecast

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

This Week In Consumer Electronics (TWICE) has an article predicting some trends that may appear at CES this year.  Many of which includes “the intelligence of things”.  They expect manufacturers to expand on their already existing products, like GPS units and computers, by making them more efficient, sleek and packed with new features.  Only time will tell what shows up at CES.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Consumer Electronics Expo 2011 Approaches…

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

It’s that time of year, when electronics retailer specialists, techno saavy people and all around tech geeks gather in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Expo.  Better known as CES, members of the Abt family and numerous buyers will be on location updating our site with news and reviews.

The expo will run between the days of January 6th-9th.  Check back with our blog for daily updates including new techie goodness.

Behind the Bolt: Terry Forrest; Four Decades and Still Going Strong

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The year was 1967.  Fresh out of high school Terry Forrest was looking for a temporary summer job to earn some money.  Hearing that a company in his neighborhood was looking for employees, he applied and got hired to be their driver.  One day after his deliveries, he was approached by none other than Bob Abt, telling him he should get himself a white t-shirt and a tie so he could hit the sales floor the next day.

Fast forward to 2010. Terry has spent the last 43 years working for the Abt family and is currently the longest working employee outside of Bob Abt. Through these years Terry has amassed a large group of friends and colleagues, some of which even began as his customers. When I first approached him about writing a story about him, he looked at me through his veteran blue eyes with some uncertainty.

“Is this gonna be on that Facebook?” he asked, while shuffling his papers.

“Not quite” I said, moving forward.

With over four decades under his belt, Terry exemplifies what it is to be a dedicated worker.  In this day in age to have been working for so long, for the same company, is an achievement in itself.  That kind of commitment also comes with an abundance of work. But like a switch, he looked back at me, sat down, gave me a smile and asked, “What would you like to know?”

Terry has seen the store change locations four times.   He has worked through the rise and fall of technologies like Beta-Max, 8-Track players and Laser Discs. Over the many years, one thing has stayed the same and that’s simply, to always “do the right thing.”

He was thankful to be able to provide for his family members throughout the years by keeping to that motto.  “When you are with a first time customer, really listen to what they want. Give them a great price and they will return”.  He has sold to a wide range of customers, from first time home owners to retirees. His excellent customer service and sales experience has even led some customers to have stayed with him since they met him, some going back 35 years.

Just then, his phone began to ring. Terry rolled his chair back in front of his computer, readied his pad and pen and picked up the phone.  “All right.  Let me know if you need anything else”, he said to me before he began speaking with his customer.  I didn’t know how long the person on the other end had been working with Terry, but I knew one thing, they were in good hands.

-Nick Eugenis

CES 2010 Kicks Off Tonight With Ballmer's Keynote Address

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Tomorrow is the official start of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Many people will arrive today to get a headstart on viewing all the greatest new consumer electronics. Some of the newest technology has already been leaked. Here are a few of the new products that you should check out.

iHome is revealing the iP2. It’s an iPod docking station perfect for a kitchen. With a 50-watt amp you will be able to listen to your favorite tunes—even with your stand mixer running at full speed. The iP2 comes equipped with a timer, FM radio tuner, and so much more. Its stream-lined look will coordinate with any kitchen décor.

ASUS will be re-releasing the Eee Keyboard PC. First revealed in 2009, the keyboard PC had a few too many bugs for public launch. Now, it seems, the keyboard PC is ready for release. The Eee keyboard is rumored to be ready to hit the market sometime within the next month.

Tablet PCs have long been meant for specific users, usually in a technology field where the design and function of a slate computer is necessary. Today at the CES opening key-note speech at 6:30pm PT, Steve Ballmer will introduce an HP-built “slate-type computer.” What will this computer do? Stay tuned to the Abt blog for updates!

Would you like to watch digital TV anywhere? Samsung has the answer for you. Samsung’s (Android-driven) “Moment” has been altered slightly to allow for a digital TV tuner. Currently, it is still in the concept phase, but within a few months, trial phones will be in use in Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Check the Abt Blog for the latest news from CES 2010.

-Kelly B.