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Archive for March, 2011

Spring Break Essentials

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Spring has been around for a bit and the weather is getting nicer and nicer.  For many of us, that means school breaks and vacations!  If you are heading off to another locale don’t forget those essentials to make to most of your relaxing trip.  Here at Abt we made it simple to keep track of with our Spring Essentials List.

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Abt Electronics: A Preferred Shopping Experience

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Conciergepreferred.com has named Abt Electronics one of the best places to shop in the Chicagoland area.  We are pleased to hear this and always strive to provide quality service and products to all of our customers.  Thank you Concierge Preferred for the recognition.

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Martin Logan Subwoofer Promotion!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Right now, with the purchase of select Martin Logan speakers, get a free subwoofer, model DYN500D.  Martin Logan prides themselves on quality speakers and technology.  Choose from a wide selection of high-end speakers to compliment your home theater and top it off with a subwoofer, for free!

See our Martin Logan site for full details.

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25% of Movies Streamed into Homes

Monday, March 28th, 2011

CEPro.com this week ran an article that stated 61% of all streamed movies come from NetFlix.com.  As a whole, 25% of movies watched in a home is now done through some form of streaming media.  Technology is slowly outgrowing what was once an experience of wandering down the aisles of a video store and has morphed  into a cold, calculated few clicks o fa  remote.

It’s a shock, of how quickly streaming movies have caught on.  I was a bit disheartened this weekend when I found out the video store I once worked at before I came to Abt (and was a customer even longer before that) is now closing up shop.  When I worked there I was told by the managers that,  “if you can’t find what you are looking for here, you won’t find it anywhere”.  Boasting the largest inventory, no one in a 15 mile radius had, it made that store a key player in that chain’s dominance.

Since then, years have passed and I moved on from there, no longer an employee I would still continue my role as a customer.  As time went on, I would see the inventory of that store slowly but surely shrink.  The store’s own property was sliced due to an inflated lease at the strip mall and the woman’s clothing store next to it took over about 1/3 of the video store’s once large real estate.

While clicking and choosing a movie on your computer or TV is definitely convenient, it lacks having that unique experience of roaming the aisles of a video store, staring at hundreds of movie cover boxes, choosing one that you hope to be worth the inflated rental fee, all the while picking out that sweet or salty snack to perfect the evening.  Only time will tell how we will watch our new and favorite movies.  Until then people will slowly continue to experience at-home streaming cinema.  So,  fill up your movie queue and enjoy the show.

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The Day The Earth Became Dark – Earth Hour 2011

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Earth Hour 26th March 2011, Buckingham Palace lights on London, UK © WWF/ Tristan Fewings

Today at 8:30pm your local time, it will be Earth Hour. Since it’s conception in 2007 by WWF, millions of people and thousands of cities throughout the world have participated by switching off electricity to pledge their support for the planet.

Abt has participated in this environmental movement for the past three years by turning off our lights. Tonight, we will be disconnecting from the grid and shutting down a majority of our lights in and around the building (can’t shut all off because we still have people working to get the store in tip top shape for tomorrow).

This year’s Earth Hour initiative is to think what else you can do to make a difference once you turn the lights back on. This can be something small like remembering to turn lights off when you leave a room. Are you participating in this year’s Earth Hour? What else can you do to make a difference?

-Jennifer A.

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Samsung Shows off at CTIA 2011

Friday, March 25th, 2011

In addition to the original Samsung Galaxy Tab released some time ago, Samsung announced the release of their newer, thinner tablet that is a totally revamped Galaxy Tab 8.90 & 10.1.  Both slates are incredibly thin and both will be the first Honeycomb tablets to stray from the pure Android 3.0 experience and add what Samsung’s taken to calling its TouchWiz UX or TouchWiz 4.0.

Samsung’s pricing and dates of availability are as follows: the WiFi 10.1 will hit on June 8th; the 16GB version will cost you $499 and the 32GB $599. The 8.9 is $469 and $569 for 16GB and 32GB, respectively.

Visit our Samsung Galaxy link for information on the original.

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10 Apps to Enhance Your iPad 2

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

If you are one of the lucky ones to have gotten the new and elusive iPad 2, PCMag.com released an article showing the top 10 apps to show off the iPad’s hardware.  In it are games, programs that put the new camera, enhanced gyroscope and processor to the test.

A few interesting apps mentioned was GarageBand and iMovie.

GarageBand simulates playing instruments on the iPad’s screen. For guitar, you tap on the display to play individual notes, strum chords, or bend notes; you can even touch the strings in two places at the same time to palm mute. There’s also an on-screen piano and drum kit, which offer similar features and controls.

iMovie, which was originally created on  Apple’s own desktop video-editing application, iMovie  works with the new iPad. The easy-to-use app makes good use of the tablet’s touch-screen interface, and lets you clip, add photos, music, themes, and more to the video you capture right on the iPad 2.

Visit our iPad section for more information.

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The Most Innovative Companies

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

FastCompany released a list of the 10 most innovative companies of 2011.  Number one, which should not really be a surprise is Apple.  They have dominated the technological field for the last decade with innovative gadgets as well as excellent upgrades to their already impressive line of technology.

A few other honorable mentions was Samsung in second place for making themselves into a steady source for new technologies, especially 3D TVs and Microsoft coming in 3rd for their World Record Breaking Kinect.

Congratulations to all the companies that made the list.  the full article could be read at The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics.

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Learn More About Our Sales Team!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Here at Abt we have over 200 qualified sales members here to assist your every need.   Many of our online shoppers are unable to make it into the store due to their location, but fret not, we have a hard-working web and phones sales staff for all our customers outside the Chicagoland area.

Read more about them in our Abt Product Specialists page and feel confident you are in good hands with our sales team.

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Japanese Manufacturer Repairs Itself While Giving Back

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Tokyo based company, JVC Kenwood Holdings said Friday several of its domestic facilities were damaged in the March 11 earthquake, but repairs have been made to most sites and business had resumed last week.  A good sign in a week of tragedy showing that manufacturers affected by the quake can quickly turn around.  At the facility, no employees were injured, but the company continues to be involved in the status of employee family members who have been out of contact since the tragedy.

To assist in the national rescue efforts, the company also donated 200 land mobile radios and 100 license-free receivers manufactured by Kenwood to give hardest-hit victims an alternate way to communicate without using public communications.

Hopefully this will be a continuing trend for all Japan-based companies as they slowly regain their footing after this tragedy.

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