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Archive for May, 2012

Rejoice! Microsoft Office to iPad on November 10th!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Credit: The Daily via BGR


One of the most popular questions posed when I was on the sales floor was “does it have Microsoft Office?” referring to the iPad of course. I always had to tell them no but they could find similar replacements yet, customers were never satisfied because they wanted their Office! I have good news – a report from The Daily today says that we will see Microsoft launch Office for the iPad on Nov. 10.

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New Data Storage Medium: Gas!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Credit: Ubergizmo

There has been a long evolutionary path of physical media storage that has seen the likes of laser disks, zip drives, and Betamax be tossed aside for smaller, larger capacity storage but, what happens when we take away the physical? (more…)

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How many DOHS keywords can you use in a sentence?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The US Department of Homeland Security has released a list of keywords and phrases the agency uses to monitor online chatter for potential threats.  While “Hazardous material incident” and “Dirty bomb” will obviously put their eyes on you, works like “pork” and “Cloud” hardly seem to warrant the DOHS busting through your front door to raid your hard drives. (more…)

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Happy Memorial Day from Abt!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

This Memorial Day, all of us here at Abt Electronics would like to thank the men and women in our armed forces for bravely protecting our country every day and for those who gave their lives for doing so.  Abt’s retail location will be open today until 5:30 CST, but our online sale will be going until 11:59 pm tomorrow night.

This Memorial Day, let’s all hope for more military homecomings like the one below…

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10 Year Anniversary of Abt Electronics in Glenview, IL!

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Today marks the 10th anniversary of our retail store in Glenview, IL.  This store is currently the fifth location we’ve opened with previous locations being held in Chicago, Niles and  Morton Grove.  Each move has offered Abt Electronics the opportunity to expand and try new things.  Our current location is an exemplification of brilliant business ethics, mixed with pure passion and enthusiasm for the work that is put into this building every day.

Abt construction circa 2001…

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Shoot the Rock at Abt Electronics

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Last night, Abt Electronics hosted their third annual “Shoot the Rock 3-Point Contest”.  Located in the Abt gym a handful of employees tried their hands at who has the most accurate 3-point shot.  Employees entered the competition in hopes of winning a prize as well as sharing a love for basketball and camaraderie.  After several rounds of some excellent shots, the final round came and two were left.

Congratulations to Mike B. and Alan S. for winning the contest’s 1st and second place prizes.  Proceeds from participation were donated to Abt’s For Autistic Kids Foundation.

 

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Yahoo Axis Review: An excellent improvement in search

Thursday, May 24th, 2012
The Axis Google Chrome extension search interface

Searching "Abt" Electronics yields results in this clean form

Last evening Yahoo! launched “Axis” a new tool that could possibly redefine how was search the web. It works great in a desktop browser but excels in mobile format on an iPhone or iPad. Overall, this is a great application.  Intuitive controls, clean interface, and great functionality are surely going to send this app to the top of the charts. (more…)

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Inventor of the remote, Eugene Polley, dies at 96

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

In 1955 if you wanted to switch from Howdy Doody to Bozo The Clown you had to get off the couch to reach the knob and change the channel. It was uphill, both ways, and covered in snow (or something like that). That was until a man by the name of Eugene Polley had a dream. He was tired of seeing crumbs fall to the floor, and recliner “sweet spots” being abandoned just to switch the channel. His dream turned into reality when he gave us “Flash-Matic Tuning,” the first remote control. (more…)

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The New Sonos SUB Stuns

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Sonos released specs and information for their June 19th release of their wireless subwoofer titled, Sonos SUB.  This small, but powerful subwoofer is designed with the passionate audiophile in mind.

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Abt Electronics at GDGT Chicago

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

GDGT was held recently in Chicago and it was the third year in a row Abt Electronics stopped by with our own booth and representatives.

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