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Fairwell, Elaine!

Friday, January 16th, 2015

There are a lot of mixed emotions today at Abt. Our colleague, Elaine Guberman is retiring, and it’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye. Almost 30 years ago, Elaine’s husband Earl Guberman started working at Abt as a Sales Associate. In 1997, after 10 years of being with us, Earl unfortunately passed away and we lost a beloved Sales Associate and friend. Shortly after, we were lucky enough to have his wife Elaine come in and start working with us. Now, after 17 years with us, we have the privilege to wish her the best with her retirement.

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When Elaine started at Abt in ’97, she worked with Judy O’neil in the Electronic Service Department. She remembers how nice everyone was, especially for how hard a time it was for her. She would like to thank Judy “for not only being a good friend, but for having the patience to explain everything to me.” Elaine would also like to thank the Abt’s for always being so “thoughtful and wonderful.” Elaine is sad to retire, but thinks “it’s the right time to leave.” Elaine doesn’t have any definitive plans for her retirement, though she is interested in following and volunteering for the upcoming political campaigns. She is looking forward to spending more time with her family and grandchildren.

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Though Elaine is excited to be retiring, we at Abt are sad to see her go. We wish you the best, Elaine! We hope that retirement is a wonderful adventure. Congratulations, and know that you will always have a family here at Abt.

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CES 2015: Sony Smart B-Trainer

Friday, January 9th, 2015

The hardest part of your daily run is actually getting in the mood for it. Wish you could have a personal trainer with you? Someone constantly in your ear telling you to keep going? Well, although Sony can’t provide you with a personal trainer, they can provide you with what we believe to be the next best thing. Sony is working on a prototype that we’re sure runners and fitness enthusiasts alike would love. Sony introduced the Smart B-Trainer – the “B” stands for beat, as in musical beat and heart beat.

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As we can see, the Sony Smart B-Trainer is a pair of Bluetooth headphones, but what Sony has packed into this wearable technology is outstanding. The Bluetooth headphones allow you to listen to your music wirelessly, but they also have the capability to store your music. With this option, you can leave everything behind and focus solely on your run and your music.

Now, here’s where things get interesting. The Smart B-Trainer has a built-in heart monitor in the ear bud portion of the headphones. With a heart rate monitor, you can track your intensity levels throughout your run, but that’s not all. Remember that little voice we wanted to help push us? Well, the Smart B-Trainer has the ability to understand the fitness goals you have set through the app and provides you with live feedback. Let’s say you want to lose 20 pounds, the Smart B-Trainer will measure your heartbeat during your run and tell you when to pick up the pace, and when you can relax. Upon doing so, the Smart B-Trainer chooses the best fit song from your collection of music to help you manage that pace. If you need to pick up the pace, the B-Trainer will pick an uplifting song; it will also choose a more mellow one if you are pushing yourself too hard to prevent you from burning yourself out before your run comes to an end. With that said, this is one product we hope to see sometime in the near future!

 

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CES 2015: Lenovo ThinkPad Stack

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Whether it’s because we’re away for school or travel for work, we depend on our laptops to keep us connected and organized. Unfortunately, there are some things that a desktop offers that a laptop cannot – unlimited battery life being one. Well, Lenovo went ahead and conveniently solved that problem. Lenovo introduced its ThinkPad Stack earlier, and are we impressed. The Lenovo ThinkPad Stack is a variety of modules ranging from a Bluetooth speaker to a portable battery that stack on top of each other and can be charged/used together.


The Lenovo ThinkPad Stack gives you the ability to turn your laptop into something more. The portable battery not only charges the other modules and your laptop, but it can charge any other USB devices. If that’s all you want, you have the option to just purchase the portable battery, but why stop there? Another module they offer is a Bluetooth speaker. The Bluetooth speaker can connect to your phone, tablet or laptop to give you 8 hours of sound, but stack it with the portable battery to get up to 45 hours of sound. Again, if that or those two are the only modules wanted, you can simply purchase just that, but let’s keep stacking up and see what comes of this. Next comes the external hard-drive. The 1 TB external hard-drive allows you to store and access large files wherever you are, and since we’re on the go, why not stack up the wireless Hotspot?

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CES 2015: Samsung Dual Door Flex Duo Range

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Samsung has found a way to take the stress out of cooking. How many times have you had to plan out your meals because of different cooking temperatures? Well, with the Samsung Dual Door Flex Duo Range, you can spend your time enjoying your food rather than cooking.

The Samsung Dual Door Flex Duo Range allows you to cook two different meals at two different temperatures with a built-in divider. This isn’t uncommon technology, but what this range has to offer is. Previous year’s ranges allowed for only a single door, disrupting the temperature of both meals. What the Samsung Dual Door Flex has to offer is the ability to open the top door of the range, allowing your other meal to cook without being disrupted.

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CES 2015: Belkin WeMo Sensors keep you aware of what’s going on at home, even when you’re not there!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

A security system is a great way to keep your home and family safe. Unfortunately, home security systems can be costly, especially for someone on a budget. Well, with Belkin WeMo Sensors, you can stay protected and know what’s going on in your home, without the cost. WeMo’s mobile app sends you live notification and alerts of activity in your home, depending on the sensor you own.WeMo Sensors provide you with a level of safe and awareness, wherever you are.

 


 

For home security, installing a WeMo Room Motion Sensor in your home is a great way keep your home protected from unwanted guest, or even keep your teens from sneaking out at night. The WeMo Room Motion Sensor has a 90 degree motion angle and can be installed in any room or hallway to detect motion up to 30 feet away. Another way to keep your family protected is with the WeMo Door and Window Sensor. The WeMo Door and Window Sensor is a two piece system, once the connection is broken, an alert will be sent to your phone. The door and window sensor can also be placed in other various locations such as your fridge – if you’d like.

Other impressive sensors by WeMo are the WeMo Keychain and WeMo Alarm Sensor. The WeMo Keychain sensor can be attached to your child or placed in their bag, and you’ll receive notifications every time they leave or come home. The WeMo Keychain can also be used on our pets. Then we have the WeMo Alarm Sensor. This is sensor is placed next to your existing alarm. Once your alarm goes off, WeMo will send you a notification instantly. No more worrying if you left the stove on; if you did, you’ll know.

 

 

 

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CES 2015: KANEX GoBuddy and GoBuddy+

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

You’re at a friend’s house and you notice that your phone is about to run out of battery. “Hey, do you have an iPhone charger?” The response you get is quite upsetting. “Sorry, I have an android.” Or vice versa. Conventionally, you would either leave your friend’s home to charge your phone, or your phone’s juice would eventually run out and your phone would shut off.

Well, KANEX has the solution to your little problem. The KANEX Gobuddy & Gobuddy+ incorporate a charge/sync cable in the form of a keyring, making it easy to transport and almost impossible to forget at home. The KANEX Gobuddy is your buddy on the go. Oh, and did I mention the GoBuddy+ has a bottle opener?

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CES 2015: Emiota Belty Smart Belt

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Within the last few years, we have seen an increase in wearable technology. We’ve seen watches that can connect to your cell phone, and we’ve seen wristbands that monitor your fitness. Today, we have the unveiling of an all new wearable technology: Belty. Belty is a smart belt which uses tiny motors in the buckle that self-adjust to your waist based on your positioning. For example, if you were to sit, Belty would loosen itself to better fit your waist, then it would automatically tighten when you were to stand – giving you complete comfort without needing to readjust.

Aside from its auto-adjust feature, Belty’s mobile app also provides you with features such as step tracking, inactivity alerts to get you moving when you are idle for too long and it also tracks your waist measurements over time to keep you on track with your fitness goals. The Belty is said to be undergoing some modifications, but is to be released sometime in the end of 2015.

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The End of Year Sale at Abt!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that a new year is among us, and with the year coming to an end, we take a minute and reflect back on all the gifts we didn’t receive this holiday season. If there was something on your wishlist that you didn’t get, now is your chance to get it at a low price. As a way to thank you for being with us another year and to try and help end your year right, our End of Year Sale provides you with savings on our already low prices throughout the site. Find what you’re looking for today, because the New Year is among us!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at Abt!

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Apple Pay: Pay with a Touch of a Button

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

We have seen the idea of a digital wallet in the past with Google Wallet, but it has not had much success. Apple launched Apple Pay, their virtual wallet service, for their iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 yesterday, and we are curious to see its success.

Apple Pay allows you to pay for your goods with a touch of a button. There is no more reaching into your pocket or purse to pull out your wallet and search for the right card. You are allowed to store multiple cards and even select a default card. What does this allow for? Assume you have a credit card that offers you a certain percentage off a certain good purchased in a given timeline. With Apple Pay, you can set that card as your default and reward yourself. No more marking or forgetting which card to use to add up those reward points.

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So, how does it work? For the iPhone 6, Apple has installed an innovative Near Field Communication antenna to make purchasing as easy as holding the Touch ID near the contactless reader. There is no need to unlock your phone or even look at it. Once the payment has been confirmed, the phone will beep and vibrate. So, how does it work for iPads? Assuming that we would not use our iPads as wallets, Apple Pay works a bit differently for iPads. Apple Pay for iPad allows for one-touch purchasing within apps. This means no more having to get up off your couch to get your credit or debit cards anymore.

Apple Pay is available at over 220,000 stores and available for most major credit card and banks. With that said, what do you think about the Apple Pay services? Would you, or have you used it? We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

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#BriggsManCaveMonday Contest by Lance Briggs and Abt Electronics

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Let’s face it, Chicago has some of the most diehard fans in the nation, am I right? Think you are one of those fans? Well, here is your chance to prove it! Lance Briggs of the Chicago Bears and Abt Electronics have teamed up this season to bring you #BriggsManCaveMonday on Instagram.  Follow @LanceBriggs on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date and see some awesome man caves.

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Post pictures of your man cave, weekly, for a chance to be crowned. Lance Briggs will personally choose a winner each Monday of the week. At the end of the season one lucky man cave owner will win an Apple iPad Air from Abt Electronics! You know, just to add a little something extra to that man cave of yours. So, Hashtag #BriggsManCaveMonday on Instagram, and show us how you #BearDown in your man cave!

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