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Archive for April, 2011

Mix It Up At Abt!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Come to Abt this weekend and perfect your DJ skills.  Hosted by DJ Mike Carbone from Chicago, hour long lessons from 12pm-3pm both Saturday and Sunday will be held for free for customers wanting to learn how to use their Apple Gear to host their own dance party.  Learn different techniques using software like Serato’s Scratch Live Mac Software linked with iPad Apps Tonetable, TouchOSC & Midi Deck.

Other techniques that will be reviewed:
• Song Variety
• Tempo/BPM
• Cue & Hot Points
• Sound FX
• Scratching, Video DJing & More

All music enthusiasts are welcome to join.  We will also holding a raffle to win a free pair of the Monster Beats Solo headphones.

DJ Mike Carbone has performed in clubs & bars throughout the Chicago Metro Area and has been featured on local radio stations such as B96, Kiss FM & Dance Factory.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

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Logitech Security Cameras

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Have you ever wondered what is going on in your house when you are not home?  Well I wondered the same thing, but not anymore.  I recently purchased a Logitech Alert outdoor camera system for my home.  I just wanted to see what my dogs were doing outside at night and not have to worry about other animals in the yard.  This camera system really delivers!  It was easy to setup and I was complete in about 30 minutes.

The Logitech Alert System uses your power lines in your house to carry internet signal as well as power to the camera.  It can record on both a micro SD card slot or your computer to store information.  The computer software allows you to view your Camera which you can zoom to certain areas of view, as well as capture audio.  But my favorite feature is I can view my camera live from my iPhone or iPad.  Overall this camera system is very user friendly, expandable, and affordable.

-Chad Taylor

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Adler Planetarium Gets Technical With Space

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Chicago’s very own Adler Planetarium and its brand new Grainger Sky Theater are about to show us what 64 megapixel images look like on a big screen. Described as the “largest single seamless digital image in the world,” 20 projectors inside the planetarium will be hooked up to 45 computers processing data for various images and should provide some incredible images of our universe, all in one convenient location.

The press release states, “The Grainger Sky Theater will project the largest single seamless digital image in the world with an ultra high definition screen resolution of more than 8k x 8k pixels.  This far surpasses the cinematic standard of 2k x 4k pixels, presenting a level of realism that can only be surpassed by actual space travel”

A perfect alternative to see space without having to go there.  The new show kicks off on July 8th, having been put together with aid from NASA and IBM among others. Read Adler’s Full Press Release for further information and more details.

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Party Hard with the "Warden"

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Recently the manager of our web sales department had a birthday.  Conrad S. came to work and saw his desk decorated to celebrate the occasion…but it wasn’t your basic confetti and streamers.  Megan M. from Abt.com thought it would be a great way to tease him by creating a “jail-themed” celebration where the “Warden” could enjoy a prison style birthday party.  From the custom made “jail bars” surrounding his cubicle, to the “ball and chains” hanging above his head, he couldn’t help but crack a smile at the creativity, ignoring any possible negative metaphors for the prison theme.

Hope you had a Wonderful Birthday Conrad!  And, sorry again for everyone popping the confetti balloons over your head.

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Get Registered at Abt!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Summer is fast approaching and that means weddings will be plentiful.  If you are one of the many individuals celebrating their wedding and haven’t found the best place to register, consider Abt Electronics.  Not only do we have a wide selection of appliances and electronics, but we also have an extensive registry program that is new and easy to use.  Even if you aren’t having a wedding we can help with birthday’s anniversaries, Confirmations and more.  Stop on by and let us assist in all your registry needs!

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Stay Connected with Abt

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Ever wonder what’s the special of the week?  Did you want to get a better idea of what our store looks like if you’re not from the Chicagoland area?  Well, wonder no more by becoming a fan of us on Facebook.  Through out Abt Facebook page you will be up-to-date on the latest deals and promotions as well as an extensive photo album of all our events.  Visit Abt’s Facebook page for full details!

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A Visit from Austria

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Herbert Haas, Jr, Melita Kreisel, Walter Kreisel & Jon Abt

Abt’s retail and customer service experience is known across the globe.   Thanks to a visit by an Austrian business owner made over 15 years ago, a company, much like our own, holds a contest every year in search of the most innovative retailers in Austria.

Spearheaded by the original owner of Haas Electronics in Austria, Herbert Haas and his son, Herbert Haas Jr. accept applications of innovative companies every year.  After evaluating them closely, they choose 10 lucky companies to work with to add onto their already unique retailing experience.  During an intensive 4-6 month process the companies learn tricks of the trade on how to improve customer-worker relations, while improving on their uniqueness.  The grand prize is a trip to Chicago, IL USA to meet with Jon Abt and tour Abt Electronics.

We thank our friends from Austria for the visit and recognition on their search for innovative retailers.

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Servicer of the Year Award

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Abt Electronics has been named the regional winner of the BSH 2010 Servicer of the Year for the Mid West region. Abt is being recognized for offering our valued customers exceptional levels of service throughout the year.

Congratulations to all our appliance service members for becoming the BSH Service of the Year Award Winners of 2010.  They will all most certainly keep up the good work!

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Abt Earth Day Extravaganza!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Yesterday Abt Electronics celebrated Earth Day in style!  For starters we had on display an electric car from Tesla motors.  With a sleek design, it is also extremely energy efficient.  Up to 245 miles per charge and goes 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds, this car releases no tailpipe emissions.

In addition to that, The Grove from Glenview Park District came out and showed our customers some of their popular reptiles like turtles and snakes.  Going over the importance of taking care of our environment to keep their ecosystems safe and healthy, all the kids were in awe.

To top it all off, our own in-house artist, Joe T.  spent the better half of the day painting a picture representing the earth and Abt Electronics’s efforts for the benefit of the environment.

It was another great exciting Earth day.  Visit Abt’s Green Efforts for more information on how Abt continues to try and make this planet a better place for everyone.

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Earth Day at Abt

Friday, April 15th, 2011

This weekend we will be celebrating Earth Day this Sunday April 17th from 12pm,-4pm.  Come and enjoy free cookies, coffee, crafts for the children, an on-site mural painting by an artist, free slices of sample pizza from Villiage-Inn and much more.  Hope to see you there!

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