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Archive for August, 2013

Technologist Tuesday: LED Motion Processing

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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I asked veteran Abt salesman Shahab Astabraghpour “LED or Plasma?”  He said, “Plasma.” Then he said the following whilst twirling his mustache: “Of the fish in Technology Sea, the plasma is the Megalodon.” I agreed.  When I bought my TV 3 years ago I too chose Plasma.  If I was in the market now, I’d go plasma again as OLED is simply too much for my budget and I prefer plasma’s picture over LED TVs.  Many people love the LEDs brighter screen and maybe even need an LED because of the glare issue a Plasma TV can exacerbate.  I was talking with salesman Sean Hardesty about how I just couldn’t stand watching the movie that was playing on a big screen Sharp 240hz LED.  I found that the movie quality was replaced by home video/soap opera quality and it just looked artificial.  Sean laughed and told me that the customer he was with before talking with me wanted to know why the same Sharp LEDs picture was so amazingly clear.  The customer couldn’t believe how great it looked.

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Josh The Technologist Reviews Back-to-School goodies

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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Our very own, Josh The Technologist Davis stopped by CBS Chicago to go over some excellent back to school ideas.  It’s that time of year for kids to head back to the classrooms and begin learning once again.  Below are the segments where Josh offers some valuable advice on how Abt Electronics can start your school year off right!

 

High-Tech Tools Becoming More Common In The Classroom

Choosing The Best Tablet For Your Kids To Use At School

What Tech Accessories Might Your Kid Need For School?

 

E-Books Making School Life Easier For Many Students

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Good Luck at School Arden!

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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Abt Electronics is a family owned and operated business, so everyone here knows each other just as you would your real-life family.  We want to congratulate one of our long time salesman, Steve Weiner and his daughter Arden’s journey to college.  Here, Arden Weiner shows off her vintage-style Abt garb while posing in front of the Boulder Flatirons, in Boulder, CO.  Arden begins her freshman year this Monday at Colorado University, Boulder campus.  She says, “I’ve been getting all my high-tech school supplies from Abt for years and couldn’t be happier!”.  Good luck, Arden, in your collegiate studies from all of us at Abt Electronics!!

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PlayStation 4 has An Arrival Date

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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Yesterday, Sony held a conference in Germany offering the eagerly awaiting crowd all the details on the new PlayStation 4.  Most importantly, you can expect it to arrive on November 15th, 2013, perfect timing for the holiday season.  The PlayStation 4 will be going head-to-head with the Microsoft XBOX One.  It will be interesting to see who will come out on top.  The XBOX has been seeing a bit of negative publicity, so we shall see if that is what gives PS4 a boost.  On top of that, PlayStation 4 will be offering a handful of exclusive games on arrival day.

Check out our original blog entry on the PlayStation 4 to get all the specs.  Which system will you be getting?

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Technologist Tuesday- Want the new iPhone…for Free?

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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I just witnessed a 16GB iPhone 5 Verizon model with a completely smashed front glass sell on eBay for $365.  The used iPhones on eBay that are in good condition are all selling over $400.  You just got to love the fact that Apple iPhones resale value is so high.  If you’re willing to go through the process of selling your used iPhone through eBay or craigslist, then like many of us, you may acquire the next iPhone for free.  For those of you that don’t want to deal with that process, you can just go to our trade in program and cash in. http://www.abt.com/tradein

Whether you’re going to plunk down full price, get the upgrade price or make out like a bandit by selling your old iPhone, here’s a roundup of what technology your new iPhone may have:

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LG Appliance Package Deal at Abt!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

LG Appliance Deal

If you are looking to upgrade the appliances in your kitchen, look no further than LG at Abt!  Right now, save up to $600 on appliances with an LG appliance package deal.  Choose from a variety of great LG appliances and build your dream kitchen.  Start shopping LG and save!

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If James Bond Were a Photographer

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

One of the most buzzed-about potential gadgets seems to be the Smart Watch. We’ve seen a few models hit the market, though they’ve all been kind of limited in scope. Most of them simply act as a second screen for a mobile device. And they all look very smartphone-ish. Boring glass screens that turn black when not in use, and clunky rectangular designs.

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Well, a newcomer to the smartphone world wants to change how the world thinks of these techno-timekeepers. (more…)

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Technologist Tuesday- Listen Up!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

TECH TUESDAYS

Do you want to see any or all of these musicians perform live…for free? Justin TimberlakeArctic MonkeysVampireWeekendKings of LeonEltonJohnPixiesBastille – 30 Seconds to MarsSigur RósThe Lumineers – Paramore  – Rizzle Kicks  – Queens of the Stone AgePhoenixJake BuggTomOdellAviciiChic featuring Nile Rodgers – Janelle Monáe – The OlmsJack JohnsonBahamasValerie June – LudovicoEinaudiPrimal ScreamJessie JNoCeremonyTinie TempahJohnLegendRobinThickeJimmy Eat World – Valerie June – POLICA – 1975 – Lawson – Palma Violets – Fenech-Soler – Little Green Cars – Phox?

September 1st will kick off the 2013 iTunes Festival.  Every day will stream live performances from the above artists and more.  All you need is a computer with iTunes, an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPhone) or an Apple TV.   This has been going on every year since 07’ and it seems like no one knows it exists.  Last year was amazing and this year’s lineup is fantastic.  Also, for anyone new to iTunes Festival, the production value is through the roof.  The HD camera angles, lighting, stage design and everything else has made previous iTunes Festivals a great series of shows.  They’re not short either.  Last year’s opening performance by Usher was 90 minutes long.  Deadmau5 played for 2 hours and the rest of the 2012 iTunes Festival performers didn’t disappoint.

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Roku iOS app lets you stream programming to your TV

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The new Roku iOS update can now send videos recorded and stored on their mobile devices to their TVs.

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The most recent update for the Roku streaming device now allows you to stream your videos, music and other content directly to your TV.  The app is also available for Android phone users.  Similar to Apple’s AirPlay, the Roku update will allow you to fully control all the goodies on your phone, and send them to your HDTV to show off to your friends and family, or enjoy by yourself.  Check out Abt’s line of Roku and start streaming!

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Technologist Tuesday: Watch out: A Smartwatch Awareness

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

TECH TUESDAYS

When the iPad came out, I was frequently asked, “I have an iPhone and a computer.  Why do I need an iPad.”  The tablet industry arrived with iPad and so many people were confused.  Do I need an iPad? Why? I rarely get asked this question these days.  Most people are getting a second or third tablet because someone in their household has taken over the iPad.   However, it still comes up from time to time.  My answer is simple:  A tablet can be a better way to do some of the daily tech things you already do.  Surfing the web, checking your email, reading a magazine or newspaper has become a tablet preferred activity.  On top of that, you open yourself up to a world of Apps that pretty much guarantees to have a least one or two apps you’ll cling to.  This answer has all sorts of demos and supporting content to light the tablet fire.

Soon, the question will return.  “Why?  I have a smart phone, computer and even a tablet.  Why do I need a Smartwatch.”  This time around it’s quite a bit different.  I think the answer might be:  “Because you have a Smartphone, computer and even a tablet.”  We have so much technology around us it’s time for a middleman.  Primarily, something’s needed to address the Smartphone’s obnoxious control over people.  The Smartwatch may help us all focus on the road and ease the need to keep peeking at our smart phones.  Beyond that, wearing our technology on our wrists opens up an entire new opportunity for new App development.  With all these possibilities, the Smartwatch can be a great way to bridge your personal technology.  Or, the Smartwatch wearing human will develop abnormally large muscles in their left shoulder region as they begin to abuse the need to look at their smart watch thousands of times a day.    (more…)

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