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Archive for April, 2012

Antique to Abt-ique: The Search for the Nations Most Prized Antique Electronics and Appliances

Monday, April 30th, 2012

When was the last time you were in your grandma’s attic?  How about your great uncle’s stuffy basement?  Chances are, it’s been a while.  If you are brave enough to go hunting in those places, you may just have the chance to get rewarded from Abt.com.  Right now, Abt.com is looking for the most treasured antique electronics and appliances around. Unlike any contest that has been done before, Abt is calling on people to dust off those buried items  and find out what they are worth!

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Samsung Posts Huge Quarterly Profits

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Samsung Electronics posted a record $5.15 billion quarterly profit and predicted that its Galaxy smartphones, which outsell Apple’s iPhone and will be upgraded in the coming week, would bulk up earnings in the current quarter.

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NBA Baller Beats: Aggravating moms and downstairs neighbors this fall

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

This weekend marks the start of the 2012 NBA playoffs and our very own Chicago Bulls prepare to make their run at a long-awaited championship. While we all might not able to rise above and beyond the rim like our hometown hero Derrick Rose, we can soon hone our ball handling skills to the beat of some popular tunes. In a series of posts by Joystiq, they reveal gaming developer Majesco’s latest title for the Xbox Kinect: NBA Baller Beats.

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Abt at KBIS 2012

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

 

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2012 (KBIS) is being held at McCormick Place on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, and Abt has a front row seat for all the action. The tradeshow showcases the leading manufacturers of everything kitchen and bath.  With other two million square feet, the largest convention center in the United States, is packed full of the latest products, materials, technology, and lifestyle innovation.

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The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Begins Today!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show launches its first day today.  Held at the McCormack Place in Chicago, the KBIS  is an an inspiring, interactive window to the world of everything new.  At the show, the brightest and best in the industry assemble to spot trends, see and experience product introductions, acquire knowledge and find the practical solutions and valuable connections that will take them into the future.   Always on the leading edge, KBIS is the “go-to” international resource, your single best strategy for staying current, competitive––and profitable.

Representatives from Abt Electronics will be on hand to discuss with potential clients and share what we can offer new customers.  For more details, visit the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show website, or check back with us at The Bolt!

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Earth Day At Abt: Environmentally Successful!

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Every year on Earth Day, Abt holds a special event in the atrium showcasing a whole lotta Earth Fun activities.  Yesterday’s Earth Day was no different.  Special thanks to everyone involved including the folks and Glenview’s The Grove for bringing their animals and the people at Fields Fisker of Northfield for showcasing their electric car.

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Earth Day At Abt Electronics

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Join us on Sunday, April 22nd for Earth Day at Abt Electronics festivities!  We will be hosting several activities as well as showcasing dioramas explaining some great environmentally friendly tip as well as projects and games from 12pm-4pm.

  • There will be a Fisker car on display – all electric
  • Garvey’s office supply will be here with recycled products, along with giveaways
  • The Grove will be stopping by and bringing animals and displays
  • Child ID Card – New York Life Insurance Company will be here to make ID cards for the kids
  • Crafts
  • Flower Shop – display of natural gardening, give away plants.

And so much more!  Come on out to Abt Sunday for a great time!!

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Apple Gives Away iOS Snow Leopard to Increase iCloud Users

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Apple has a a great plan to help more MobileMe users make the move to iCloud.  The cloud-based storage service will replace MobileMe in June, but only users running OS X Lion (version 10.7) will have access to iCloud.   Apple has discovered that many MobileMe users are probably running an older OS and may be left behind by the cost of upgrading their systems.

So Apple is giving users of older operating systems the transition easier by assisting with the first step to upgrading:  the company is giving away Snow Leopard — the 10.6 version of OS X — to MobileMe users, which will allow them to upgrade to Lion from the Mac App Store for $30.MacGasm reports that Apple has begun notifying MobileMe holdouts that they can receive a free Snow Leopard DVD, but they have only until June 15 to take advantage of the offer.

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Technology at Coachella Brings Rapper Tupac Back To Life

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Chances are, you’ve heard of the news coming from this weekend’s music festival Coachella: Tupac Shakur is back.  The famous rapper who passed away in 1996 isn’t exactly back from the dead in flesh and blood, but rather, electronics and lights.  On April 15, a “hologram” of Tupac Shakur (technically a 2-D video projection) performed his songs “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” with Snoop Dogg, at the Coachella Music Festival.

The video footage was created by visual effects company Digital Domain.  You may not know the company’s name, but you most likely know their work.  Digital Domain is the company behind the computer-generated imagery that transformed Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” The company’s artists also won an Academy Award for the blockbuster film “Titanic.”  The Wall Street Journal reported Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were in talks of a possible tour involving the two rappers and the hologram version of Tupac.

Technology has been advancing incredibly when it comes to cinema special effects.  Do you think this will be a successful tour?  Who would you love to see perform on stage in hologram form?

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5 Products That Make Any House Smarter

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

All 80’s babies should remember the Disney Channel original movie, Smart House. It starred the, now SAMCRO first lady, Katey Sagal, as the avatar named PAT. PAT could cook, clean, and entertain, making her occupants lives as comfortable as possible. Take a look at the list of products below from Abt that can turn your home into the smart house of your dreams, without the constant fear of an iRobot-like attack on your family or whirlwind of destruction that lovely old PAT turned into.

Linksys EA Series High Performance Smart Routers

Turn the heat on before you get home, or make more ice without getting out of the hammock in the back yard with these cutting edge routers. The new Cisco Connect Cloud feature turns your wireless router into the smartest hub in the house. Not only is it the fastest Linksys router available with dual-band performance for uninhibited connection speeds, but has its own application market for controlling your connected home from any mobile device or browser.

Samsung 28 Cu Ft Stainless Steel Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

A fridge with a built-in touch screen and Wi-Fi is a no brainer. Specialized applications designed for your refrigerator lets you leave notes for family, displays photos, and more.  Users can manage their calendar, and even check recipes through Epicurious and find ingredients before even opening the fridge. The fact that it’s an Tier 1 Energy Star model (highest efficiency) doesn’t hurt either.

Sonos Connect Music Player

Enjoy the sound of music in every room of the house. The Sonos Connect Music Player connects to the equipment you already have in place, and through a Wi-Fi connection, can stream internet radio, your iPod or iPhone, or music from your computer to any room in the house with another Connect device, or receiver. You can even listen to different music in different rooms.

Samsung 64” Series 8 LED Flat Panel 3D Smart TV

What smart house is complete without a smart home theater system? Smart features bring you customized streaming content from providers like Vudu, Hulu, YouTube, and more. A full web browser, and application market at connectivity and convenience, while Family Story and Fitness help you stay in shape and connected with the entire family. Change the channel with your voice, swipe through apps with a wave of your hand and enjoy a custom experience by loading your personal settings with a facial recognition system.

Sony 16GB Wi-Fi Tablet

Sony Tablet will be the wireless control for the entire home. Connect it to the Sonos system with an Android application and control a whole-house audio system. The built-in universal remote will control all your Samsung Smart TV and a Cisco Connect Cloud app will give you access to all the smart appliances on the network, not to mention all the native applications and thousands of others on the market to smart-ify your experience.

Did I miss something? What would you add to your smart house?

 

 

 

 

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