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Archive for June, 2010

Sony Recalls Vaio Due to Burn Hazard

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Attention Sony Vaio Owners:

Sony Recalls VAIO Laptop Computers Due to Burn Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Notebook computers

Units: About 233,000

Manufacturer: Sony Electronics Inc. of San Diego, Calif.

Hazard: The computers can overheat, posing a burn hazard to the consumer.
Incidents/Injuries: Sony has received 30 reports of units overheating resulting in deformed keyboards and casings. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled products are VPCF11 Series and VPCCW2 Series notebook computers. The computers are available in many colors and have “VAIO” on the front outside panel. The model numbers can be found on the bottom of the computers.

The following models are included:

VPCF11 Series

VPCF111FD/B VPCF111FX/B VPCF111FX/H VPCF112FX/B VPCF112FX/H
VPCF113FX/B VPCF113FX/H VPCF114FX/B VPCF114FX/H VPCF115FM/B
VPCF115FM/BL VPCF116FX/B VPCF116FX/H VPCF117FX/B VPCF117FX/B
VPCF117FX/H VPCF11AFX/B VPCF11BFX/B VPCF11CGX/B VPCF11DGX/B
VPCF11EGX/B VPCF11FGX/B VPC11GGX/B VPCF11HGX/B VPCF11JFX/B
VPCF11KFX/H VPCF11LFX/B VPCF11MFX/B VPCF11NFX/B VPCF11PFX/H
VPCF11QFX/B VPCF11QFX/H

VPCCW2 Series

VPCCW21FX/B VPCCW21FX/P VPCCW21FX/R VPCCW21FFX/W VPCCW22FX/B
VPCCW22FX/L VPCCW22FX/P VPCCW22FX/R VPCCW22FX/W VPCCW23FX/B
VPCCW23FX/L VPCCW23FX/P VPCCW23FX/R VPCCW23FX/W VPCCW26FX/B
VPCCW26FX/L VPCCW26FX/P VPCCW26FX/R VPCCW27FX/B VPCCW27FX/L
VPCCW27FX/P VPCCW27FX/R VPCCW27FX/W VPCCW28FJ/W VPCCW2AFX/B
VPCCW2BFX/B VPCCW2CGX/B VPCCW2DGX/B VPCCW2EGX/B VPCCW2FGX/B
VPCCW2GGX/B VPCCW2HGX/B VPCCW2JGX/B VPCCW2KGX/B VPCCW2LFX/B
VPCCW2LFX/L VPCCW2LFX/P VPCCW2LFX/R VPCCW2LFX/W VPCCW2MFX/PU
VPCCW2MFX/WJ VPCCW2MGX/B VPCCW2NFX/LU VPCCW2PFX/L VPCCW2PFX/R
VPCCW2FX/W VPCCW2QGX/B VPCCWERGX/B VPCCW2SGX/B VPCCW2TGX/B
VPCCW2UFX/B VPCCW2VFX/B

Sold at: Best Buy, Costco, Frys, Amazon.com and Sony Style retail stores and sonystyle.com as well as other electronics retailers and business suppliers nationwide. The recalled computers were shipped to consumers and resellers between January 2010 and April 2010. They sold for between $800 and $1,500.

Manufactured in: China and the United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately go to http://esupport.sony.com/US/f1cw2update for instructions on how to update the computer’s BIOS firmware. Consumers can also call Sony or visit Sony Style retail stores nationwide for help with installing the update. This firmware will prevent the computer from overheating. The firmware update will also be available through the VAIO Update software program installed on the recalled computers. A prompt will appear when users log on.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Sony toll-free any time at (866) 496-7669 or visit the firm’s website at http://esupport.sony.com/US/f1cw2update

-Kelly Brummett

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Stay Safe This Summer with an Escort Radar Detector

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but in the summer I feel like I’m always going somewhere. Since I spend so much time in the car, there are so many more chances to be pulled over. I’ve been lucky so far (knock on wood). I like to play it safe, so I have been thinking of getting an Escort radar detector.

Now through July 18th, Abt and Escort are giving away a free accessory pack to anyone that purchases a radar detector. So get the Escort radar detector and get a free SmartCord and SuperCup mount.

For more information on radar detectors, speak with an Abt mobile electronics sales specialist today or view the radar detector buying guide on Abt.com.

-Kelly Brummett.

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Congratulations to the Abt Blog Contest Winner

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Congratulations Scott H.!

You won the $50 Abt gift card!

Thanks for participating, check back to the Abt Blog for more great contests!

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Visit Abt this Sunday and Grill Like a Pro

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Sunday, Weber will be here to teach you how to grill like a master! Weber is doing a live grilling demonstration right outside Abt’s main entrance from 11am – 4pm. One of Weber’s Executive Chefs will answer questions about Weber products while giving cooking tips.

-Kelly Brummett

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This Weekend At Abt You Can Watch the World Cup in 3D

Friday, June 25th, 2010

This weekend at Abt there is fun for everyone. Saturday we are airing the US versus Ghana game at 1:30 in the atrium. Samsung will provide glasses and Comcast as well as DirecTV will provide the 3D coverage of the game.

Sunday Abt and ESPN are collaborating to bring you World Cup 2010 coverage in 3D. Watch the second round action 2pm at Abt. Mexico is battling Argentina in Johannesburg. Samsung, again, will provide 3D glasses and ESPN’s Road Crew and Abt home theater specialists will be on hand to answer any 3D questions.

-Kelly Brummett

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Shred Your Old documents and Dispose of Unwanted Electronics at the United Center

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Do you have old documents, computers, printers, or electronics that you would like to dispose of, but don’t know how?

This Saturday, June 26, the Better Business Bureau will be hosting a “Shred Event” as well as safe disposal of unwanted electronics.

Because the BBB is hosting the event, you can be sure that all your old equipment and documents will be disposed of according to the department of defense’s guidelines. You can rest assured that even your computer will be “cleaned” properly.

The “Shred Event” will be from 9-2 at the United Center in Chicago. Eight shredding trucks will be on hand in lot E.

-Kelly Brummett

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Wireless Networking Made Easy with Cisco

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Cisco, leader in networking solutions, discovered that it was hard for people to set up a wireless home network. They received a lot of returns on Linksys brand routers. What was their next move?

They needed to find a way that would make setting up a wireless home network simple. So, they decided to apply the point and shoot simplicity of Flip Video Cameras to wireless home networking.

“We have exported Flip thinking into Linksys,” says Scott E. Kabat, director of marketing for Cisco consumer products, referring to the company’s Linksys line of home networking products.

The result? Valet and Valet Plus wireless Wi-Fi routers. They are the simplest wireless routers on the market. Installation is done via USB—there are no CDs to install, it’s as simple as plugging it in and you are ready to surf the net.

One feature sure to please is the router’s parental control options. The administrator, or the one determining the settings, can customize internet options by device, determine the online allowance per device, or even block web sites all together.

Again, thanks to the simplicity of the unit, adding new devices to the networks is a breeze. Any guest can hop right onto the hot spot with a laptop or wireless phones.

The Valet and Valet Plus wireless Wi-Fi routers are essentially the same. The difference between the two is wireless range. The Valet Plus has a wider range thanks to the internal antenna.

Check out the easy to use Valet ($98) and Valet Plus ($148) at Abt.

-Kelly B.

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Enter the Abt Blog Contest and Win!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Do you read the Abt Blog every day? I think it’s time you start! The Abt Blog brings you store news, technology info, product information and more.

I had a contest a few months back and it was a hit. So, I decided that I want to give away more cool stuff!

A new contest is starting today. Leave a comment about the blog, the contest, or Abt anytime between now and Monday, June 28th and you are automatically entered to win a $50 Abt gift card!
So read the blog and win some cool stuff all year long!

-Kelly B.

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Happy Father's Day from Abt

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Abt wishes you a happy father’s day!

-Kelly B.

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Panasonic wants to give you money!

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Panasonic has a great promo starting this Sunday, June 20th. When you purchase one of three iPod speaker-docking stations, you will receive either a $10 Digital Music Gift Card or $10 Abt gift card.
The Panasonic SC-HC 30 and 40 are sleek, wall-mountable, compact stereos with bamboo speakers for the ultimate in music clarity.

The Panasonic SC-SP100 is a great alternative to a wall mountable speaker because it is portable and small. Even with its compact design, it packs a lot of sound and has an integrated subwoofer.

It would be a great last minute gift idea for the special dad in your life, so make sure you get your speaker docking station and gift cards today.

-Kelly B.

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