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Archive for October, 2011

Happy Halloween from Abt!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

All of us here at Abt love Halloween.  It gives us the opportunity to dress up and impress each other as well as our customers with our fun, spooky and creative costumes.  If you are looking to stop by Abt, do it today and see us all in our goofy, ghoulish glory!




 

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Forbes Praises Independent Retailers

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Forbes.com released an article about the benefits a consumer has while shopping at an independent retailer over a “big box” chain store.  “New research shows that where once shoppers would research items online and then buy in stores, the opposite is now true. Consumers are using physical stores as showrooms and then buying online to save a few bucks”, Forbes mentions.

While this may cause problems for big box stores, it is beneficial for independent stores.  Independent retailers, like Abt.  We strive for excellent customer service and complete satisfaction.  With the upcoming holidays approaching, be certain you will find the lowest prices, best selection, all with a personal touch you won’t find anywhere else.

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“Like” Us on Facebook to Win Big!

Friday, October 28th, 2011

We are upping the ante on our quest to get 10,000 fans on our Facebook page.  Our prize of a $500 Gift Card has jumped to $1,000.  If you haven’t joined us on Facebook and want to enter to win this great prize, visit us at facebook.com/abtelectronics and simply,”Like us”.  You’ll get news and information on Abt as well as a chance to win that $1,000 gift card good towards ANYTHING in our store.  Good luck!

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Sony & Kiss FM Event At Abt!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Tomorrow, October 28th, from 12-2pm we will have a live remote from Chicago’s WKSC-FM 103.5 in front of the Sony Store in our Atrium.  You can come, for free, and hand out with the gang from 103.5 as well as enter to win a Sony Tablet S.

There will also be demonstrations of the tablet by Sony representatives.  Come on down if you are in the Chicagoland area and want to have a good time!

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e-Tailers Expecting Big Gains This Holiday Season

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

According to a newly released poll by Shop.org, a representative of the National Retail Federation, online retailers are expecting a big increase in holiday sales over last year’s.  To generate those gains, more e-tailers will provide free shipping on holiday purchases, up from 84.8 percent last year; nearly a third plan to launch the offers earlier in the season, and more than half  have significantly invested in mobile-optimized websites.

Not to be outdone by any other online retailer, Abt will also offer excellent Holiday specials.  You can also shop on our Abt mobile site for easy on-the-go accessibility.  As the year comes to a close in the upcoming months, we will continue to have low prices, excellent selection and satisfaction, guaranteed!

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Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Tablet

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Right now, you can pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Tablet 7.0.  Just like the existing Samsung Galaxy Tablet, the 7.0 model offers a more compact, model with a 7.0″ (1024×600) TFT Display, a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor, Android Honeycomb 3.2 + TouchWiz OS.  The cameras that come with the unit are a  2.0 Megapixel Front Camera And 3.0 Megapixel Rear Camera With Flash.  The new tablet from Samsung will hit the market next week, so pre-order yours today from Abt!

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The Evolution of Recording Music

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Recording your favorite music and playing it back has changed dramatically the last several decades.  From Thomas Edison’s invention of playing your favorite tunes through a phonograph to the iPod Apple music player Goliath, music has had it’s fair share of player incarnations. Popularscience.com featured an article entitled, “The History of Recorded Music“.

For someone like me, I played with records as a kid, and was extremely familiar with cassettes, and I remember the rise of the Compact Disc.  CD players were first intorduced in 1983 and slowly began to overthrow the market.  They  delivered crystal clear sounding music, and the laser beam it used ensured that the discs never wear out, the way LPs do. When they first arrived CD players ran around $600.

You can’t help but wonder what the future hold for music players.  There is a whole generation of kids now that will never know the beauty of compiling a list of songs and burning them to CD, or the more archaic, waiting for the radio to play them and recording them on cassette.  As technology grows, so do our interests and knowledge, so hopefully whatever the next generation of music players there are, we will continue to appreciate and revel in the art of music.

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Apple Announces MacBook Pro Updates

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Apple unveiled updates to its entire MacBook Pro lineup, which have faster processors, improved performance, and larger hard drives without changing prices. The upgrades on the faster MacBook models will be available in time for the 2011 Christmas shopping season.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro comes in two configurations, an entry-level configuration that sells for $1,199.00 with an Intel Core i5 processor, and a faster $1,499.00 model equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor. Both have received a slight bump in speed, as well as larger hard drives. The entry-level 13-inch gets a new 2.4-GHz processor (up from 2.3GHz), and increases its storage space from 320GB to 500GB. The faster MacBook Pro 13-inch gets a newer iteration of the Core i7, running at 2.8GHz (up from 2.7GHz) and getting a larger 750GB hard drive, increased from 500GB.

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Microsoft’s OmniTouch: The Future Arrives in the Palm of Your Hand

Monday, October 24th, 2011

I got a text from my friend Crawford the other day and he said, “Check out the ‘OmniTouch’.  The future is here.”  I did and was thoroughly impressed.  If you haven’t’ seen it, Microsoft and XBOX’s partner, Kinect, had researchers combine a Kinect sensor with a projector to expand the possibilities for interactive screens.

A new prototype can transform a notebook into a notebook computer, a wall into an interactive display, and the palm of your hand into a smart phone display. Researchers at Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University say their new shoulder-mounted device, called OmniTouch, can turn any nearby surface into an interactive touch screen.

OmniTouch works by bringing together a miniature projector and an infrared depth camera, similar to the kind used in Microsoft’s Kinect game console, to create a shoulder-worn system designed to interface with mobile devices such as smart phones, says co-inventor Chris Harrison, a postgraduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute in Pittsburgh and a former intern at Microsoft Research. Instead of relying on screens, buttons, or keys, the system monitors the user’s environment for any available surfaces and projects an interactive display onto one or more of them.

Very cool, but not entirely futuristic.  I’ll be really impressed when scientists can finally clone dinosaurs.  Then, the future will be NOW.

“You look tasty.”

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Nintendo Adds Hulu Plus to Wii & 3DS

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Nintendo is expanding the selection of video-streaming services available for its Wi-Fi-equipped Wii and portable 3DS gaming systems with the addition of a Hulu Plus subscription by the end of the year. The company also plans at the end of November to add new capabilities to the 3DS, including ability to capture short 3D videos. Users will be able to record up to 10 minutes of 3D video and create 3D stop-motion animation videos. Other updates planned for the end of November include new feature to several games.

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