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ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Now Available for Pre-Order

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Announced at this year’s CES, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is now available to pre-order. We got an early look at it while at CES, learning about its high-tech camera and some other features. It’s now officially been announced for pre-order, with some surprises like a larger-than-average battery and a lower-than-expected price tag. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the new ZenFone 3 Zoom.

As we learned at its announcement, the chief new feature of the ZenFone 3 Zoom is the redesigned camera. A wealth of technologies—both hardware and software—have been implemented into one powerhouse imaging unit that promises some of the best photographic capabilities of any smartphone available. It all starts with the camera, itself. Or, more accurately, the cameras. Packed into the rear of the ZenFone 3 Zoom are a pair of 12MP imaging sensors, each with its own lens: a wide-angle, fast-aperture lens for scenic vistas and low-light shots; and a 2.3x optical zoom lens for getting close and grabbing picture-perfect portraits. The ZenFone 3 Zoom seamlessly switches between cameras depending on your settings, or they can be used together to create the all new depth-of-field effect, which gives your portraits that blurry background that’s usually obtainable only with an interchangeable-lens camera like a DSLR.

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ASUS Transformer CES 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Josh stopped by the Asus booth at CES 2013 and they showcased their new Asus Transformer All-in-One. Combining the best of their Transformer line, Asus developed a 18.4-inch 1080P display TEGRA display, operating both Windows 8 and the Android operating system, this doubles as a fully-functional tablet as well as a desktop computer.

Operating with Windows 8 & Android, it is fully touch-screen, so you can easily navigate between applications and other work you have been developing. It gets the name “Transformer” because it can be removed from the dock as a portable monitor. There is a built-in stand for easier display. Windows 8 can be used though the stationary base and you simply need to be within range and connected via Wi-Fi. This provides users with the ease of use between both Windows and Android.

Check out more from our coverage of CES 2013 at the Abt Electronics Blog or our YouTube channel.

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A Tablet Just for your Kids!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

If you love to use your tablet, and so does you child, it can be frustrating to split time between the two of you.  It can even be more frustrating not knowing what your accident-prone child may be doing with your expensive piece of equipment!

Well, the creators at Nabi have designed the ultimate tablet for your kids!  The Nabi 7-inch Android tablet is an excellent choice for keeping them entertained and educated.  The rubberized exterior can absorb shocks if dropped on the floor.  With access to the App Zone 2.0, there are over 500 mom and kid approved applications and games.

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Microsoft wants “Office” to run on iOS & Android

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

CNET is reporting that Microsoft in planning on creating Office apps that will run natively on iOS and Android will finally launch early next year.  In a statement to CNET , Microsoft said that “Office Mobile will work across Windows Phones, Android phones and iOS, and we have nothing additional to announce today about retail availability of the new Office.”

This is an interesting development in the world of smartphones as Microsoft attempts to reach across the aisle with their competition.  Having already created a line of “Windows Phones“, Microsoft is looking to expand to other operating systems.   Would you use Microsoft Office on your Android or iPhone?

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Tablet Sales to Surpass Netbook Sales by 2016

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

According to the latest NPD D sales  of tablets are expected to exceed those of notebooks in 2016.  Their research indicates that tablets will eventually become the preferred choice of portable electronics for people around the world.  Have you jumped on the tablet bandwagon?  If so, what’s your favorite and what do you use it for?”  If you haven’t yet, when do you plan on making the change?

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Android Rolls out the New 4.1 Operating System: Jellybean

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Today Android announced the evolution of their operating system, their Android 4.1 aka Jellybean.  Jelly Bean will be rolling out to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Xoom devices in mid July.

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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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Instagram Comes to Android!

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Hipsters with Android phones rejoice!  The uber popular application “Instagram” that has changed the way people take pictures, has finally arrived to the Android Marketplace.  If you aren’t familiar with the program, Instagram allows users to take pictures with their phone, but offers numerous filter options giving every shot an antique-look.

So enjoy, Android users!  Take stunning pictures of sunsets, rocking chairs and close-ups of your pet dog’s eyes.  Using one of the many built-in filters can only make those photos truly a work of art.

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Scalado Introduces New Picture Editing Software For Your Android

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Have you ever snapped the perfect picture only to have it ruined by someone walking in the frame, or wanted to remove someone you caught “photobombing” your image?  Well now you can with a new feature from the phototechnology firm Scalado, called “Scalado Remove”.  It builds a composite shot from multiple frames captured in swift succession, picking out possible flaws – such as passing cars or people – then lets you delete them with a tap of the screen.

Once you take a picture you’ll need to keep the camera still on the particular subject. Scalado will then be able to remove moving objects based on the stationary background. All you do is touch the moving subjects you want gone and it does the rest.  It is not currently available as a download, but a feature on upcoming Android phones.

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Abt @ CES 2012: Samsung Galaxy Note

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Going against the grain and not listening to security, Abt representative Chad Taylor sneaked a quick pick of the guarded Samsung Galaxy Note after being told to “hit the road”.

The Samsung Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), has a 720p Super AMOLED screen, runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and has an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.  It will also be an AT&T exclusive and run on the wireless carrier’s brand new 4G LTE network.  It’s one heck of a big phone and certainly will be something phone aficionados will love, however, it may just be too big for regular users.  We shall see if it’s popular when it hits the market.

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