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Archive for October, 2007

Leopard is Finally Spotted

Friday, October 26th, 2007

OS X Leopard v10.5 box

Mac OS X Leopard finally leapt out of the Apple tree today and into eager Mac computer owners’ arms. While this cat hasn’t been fully house broken yet, there have been plenty of early reports that it will have your computer purring like a kitten and looking like it’s just been freshly groomed.

As Apple’s first major operating system upgrade since Tiger sprang onto the scene more than two years ago, Leopard comes stuffed with more than 300 new features. The first thing you’ll notice, of course, is the desktop, which cuts down on the clutter by using new file stacks. The Finder now makes browsing your files even easier with the addition of Cover Flow, which shows you each file as a large preview of the file’s first page. Those of you with new iPods are familiar with Cover Flow as a great way to search through your tunes.
 

OS X Leopard desktop

OS X Leopard Cover Flow

Another great new feature is Quick Look, which lets you take a peek at entire files without having to take the time to open each one. There’s also Leopard’s Time Machine, which has created a lot of buzz with its ability to restore your files and even restore your system to the way it looked on any specific day in the past. Like millions of other Mac users, I can’t wait to personally check out these upgrades and the hundreds more that Apple has included.

Before you bag this Leopard, check the specs to make sure your current computer can support this operating system upgrade. Click here to see Abt’s Single User and Family Pack versions of Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard.          by Graham W.

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Football and HDTV—The Perfect Team

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Have you watched any of this season’s football games on an HDTV? If you’ve found yourself diving at the screen to recover a fumble, getting in the ref’s face to argue a call, or reaching out to block a field goal, then you probably have an HDTV and are still getting used to how lifelike the action is. 

Football HDTV   

Football always seems to cause an upsurge in TV sales, and this year is no different—except that more and more people are moving up to high-definition models. Click here to see all the great HDTVs available at Abt.

Which type of HDTV do you think is best for watching football? Is it Plasma, LCD, or DLP? Let us know what you think, and help your fellow football fanatics make up their minds on which HDTV to get for themselves.      by Graham W.

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DIRECTV Delivers on HD Promise

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Well, the long wait is finally over, but it appears to have been worth it. DIRECTV has started to come through on its promise to offer a huge selection of high-definition channels, with 21 added last week and another 11 coming on board two days ago. This brings the current number of HD channels offered by the satellite TV provider to 42, with a total of 100 HD channels promised by the end of the year.

The HD channels added last week include A&E HD, Animal Planet HD, Big Ten Network HD, CNN HD, Discovery Channel HD, The History Channel, The Learning Channel,The Movie Channel, NFL Network HD, The Science Channel HD, Showtime Too HD, Showtime West HD, Smithsonian Channel HD, Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge HD, Starz HD East, Starz HD West, Starz Kids HD, TBS HD, The Weather Channel HD, and the Versus/Golf Channel.

DIRECTV HD Channels

The HD channels added October 3 include Comcast SportsNet Chicago HD, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic HD, New England Sports Network/NESN HD, SportsNet New York HD, YES HD, Cinemax East, Cinemax West, HBO West, Bravo, SciFi Channel, and USA Network.

Here at Abt, we reconfigured our DIRECTV equipment to receive the new HD channels and added two new HD DVR boxes to the store feed, so the new channels can now be seen on all of the HDTVs in our store. We’re all pretty amazed at how fantastic these high-def channels look.

If you currently have DIRECTV HD service, you must have the following in order to receive the new HD channels: a DIRECTV HD Receiver or DIRECTV Plus HD DVR, a 5-LNB satellite dish, and a B-Band Converter (BBC) module. Customers who sign up for new DIRECTV HD service will receive the new HD channels at the time of installation. —by Graham W.

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Sony's New PSP: The Next Top Model?

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

The Sony PSP went on a crash diet and has reappeared as a lighter, sleeker version of its former self—putting it on the runway as possibly the next top model in the portable gaming world. The PSP 2000 is 19% thinner and 33% lighter than the PSP 1000, and it also gives you faster loading times, thanks to its 64MB RAM as opposed to the 32MB on the original model.

 

Veteran gamers should like the modified control buttons, which are now more elevated and more responsive. There’s also an audio/video output jack that doubles as a headphone connector. The A/V jack allows you to connect the PSP to a TV for enhanced images and sound. The PSP 2000 can be charged with the standard adapter and also via the USB port, which wasn’t the case with the PSP 1000.

 

 

PSP Daxter box PSP Star Wars

           PSP Daxter System                               PSP Star Wars System

 

Available now is a Daxter Bundle Gaming System, which includes the Daxter game and a Family Guy UMD video with a silver PSP. Coming soon are a black PSP-only version and a Star Wars Bundle Gaming System, which includes a Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron game with a ceramic white PSP featuring Darth Vader’s image.

 

If you’ve compared the PSP 2000 with the original one or other portable gaming systems, let us know what you think about the PSP’s new features.       by Graham W.

 

 

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