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Experience the Samsung Gear VR in 4D at Abt

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

In just a few short years, Virtual Reality has grown from an expensive, high-tech toy into an approachable, accessible technology that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home for just a few hundred bucks. The Samsung Gear VR headset leverages the processing power and gorgeous display of the smartphones that millions of us have—Samsung Galaxy S6, S7 or S8 and their variants—to create an affordable option for immersive enjoyment of games and videos. Using the Gear VR is simple: pop in your Samsung Galaxy smartphone, follow a few voice and on-screen prompts, download compatible software, and get ready to have your mind blown. You’ll quickly be transported into a three-dimensional world, where every movement of your head translates to motion in the game, giving you the freedom to fully explore a virtual world.

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What Is the Internet of Things?

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

We’re all familiar with the Internet, which connects our computers, smartphones and tablets to others around the world—it’s how you’re reading this blog right now. But lately, you may have been hearing more about the Internet of Things, a concept that’s been steadily gaining buzz over the last few years. What is the Internet of Things? That’s what we’re here to learn today.

If the Internet connects computers to each other and you to those computers, the Internet of Things (IoT) connects, well, things. In the Internet of Things, everyday devices are upgraded with a computer chip that makes them smart and gives them internet connectivity, which lets them communicate with other smart objects and you, the user.  (more…)

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Meet the Samsung Frame

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Announced earlier this year, the curious new Samsung Frame is now available at Abt. Part piece of art and part high-tech display, the Samsung Frame is a product intended for those who find that the traditional “black mirror” of a TV is a bit of an eyesore in an otherwise nicely-decorated home. TVs have gotten better looking as technology allows them to be made thinner, with smaller bezels, and out of materials like sleek aluminum or stainless steel. But at the end of the day, they’re still big chunks of glass, plastic and metal that tend to look out of place in most design schemes when they’re powered off. The aim of the Frame is to allow the TV to function as beautiful piece of art when it’s not being used as a television.

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Windy City Smokeout is Back!

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

One of our favorite events of the summer will be back in Chicago next weekend. The Windy City Smokeout is a celebration of country music, BBQ cooking and beer, and it’s a rollicking good time. We’re excited to partner with Samsung and return as a sponsor for the third year running. All weekend long, fest-goers can rock out to country hits by more than thirty artists, including headliners Jake Owen, Kip Moore, and Lee Brice, at the Smokeout (560 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL).

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Win a Samsung FlexWash and FlexDry Laundry Pair!

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The washer and dryer are the unsung heroes of home appliances. They’re important, but unlike the kitchen appliances, they usually stay hidden away, only upgraded when they finally break. If you’re looking for the opportunity to revamp your laundry room into a high-tech clothes cleaning headquarters, here’s your chance. Samsung has hooked us up with their newest laundry appliances—the FlexWash washer and FlexDry dryer—to give away to one lucky winner. Entering is easy, just click through to the Samsung FlexWash contest entry page and fill out a simple form. Make sure to learn how to earn the chance for bonus entries!

 

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Five Water-Resistant Products for Your Spring Adventures

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

April showers can lead to more than just May flowers if you like to be active outdoors in the spring. You might not mind a little sprinkle on your morning run or weekend in the park, but your electronics probably will. A typical phone, wireless speaker or camera can usually survive a brief encounter with water, but when you’re unsure what the weather’s going to bring, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Luckily, there are more options than ever for ensuring your electronics can endure extensive exposure to nature’s wrath. Here are five of our favorite water-resistant products for your spring adventures.

Smartphone

Your smartphone is your hub to any and all digital activities, from entertainment to productivity. If it gets soaked by a surprise shower or a dip in a puddle, you may suddenly find yourself without your music collection, workout tracking, communications and more. If you’ll be springing for a new smartphone this spring, consider choosing a waterproof model like the Samsung Galaxy S7. This high-end smartphone packs all of the great features you’d expect from a Samsung flagship smartphone (a quad-core processor, QHD AMOLED display, expandable storage, 4K video, and more) all wrapped in a resilient package. So not only do you get IP68 rating for dust and water-resistance—meaning the S7 can survive a dunk in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes—but you don’t have to sacrifice performance to get it. (more…)

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Best of CES 2017: Top 5 Best TV Developments

Monday, January 9th, 2017

CES 2017 wasn’t much for shocking new technology debuts or any real game-changers. Instead, we saw plenty of refinements and advancements to the wowing tech that debuted maybe last year or the year before. That trend was especially evident with televisions and associated home theater stuff. Here are our Top 5 Developments in TV from this year’s CES.

1.) More OLED

For nearly three years now, LG has had run of the court as the only manufacturer with a commercially-available OLED set. While a bit pricey, they also produced what was unanimously considered the best picture possible in a backlit display that you could fit in your family room. That changed this year, with both Sony and Panasonic showing off their own OLED models.  The Sony Bravia A1E OLED has a few other tricks up its sleeve, in addition to the stunning picture. Meanwhile, Panasonic’s 65EZ1000 OLED is claimed to have double the brightness of a typical OLED, which may make it reigning champ of the home theater picture quality, a crown they often wore in the Plasma TV days.

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CES 2017: Samsung Invisible Connections & No Gap Wall Mount

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Samsung has been working hard over the past year to eliminate the mess of wires behind your TV and make hanging it on the wall much easier.  The new QLED TVs from Samsung feature their new “Invisible Connection” cable, is a thin optical wire that carries content from the One Connect box to your Samsung TV. The cable is in-wall rated, so you can run it through drywall just like conventional cables. But the new cable is especially great for people who don’t want to run their cables through their walls, because it’s so thin and nearly transparent that it can easily blend into the wall. This cable will reduce the clutter behind your TV Set making for a clean look and, with both five and 15-meter options, will be applicable to most typical home theater setups.
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Building the Ultimate Affordable Home Theater: Black Friday Edition

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

There’s no better time to buy electronics, especially products for your home theater, than Black Friday. The year’s lowest prices on TVs, audio components, and video game consoles mean that you can put together an impressive entertainment system for under $1000. And this isn’t a collection of leftover no-name electronics—we’re including the latest technology from the best brands in the business.

Getting the best picture and sound for your money

At the heart of any good home theater is a stunning display. We’re going to go with a 50-inch TV, which is a great size for the average family room. This Black Friday weekend (11/24-26), the Samsung UN50KU6300 will drop to just $398. That’s an Ultra HD, HDR-capable Smart TV for less than four hundred bucks, a price that was unheard of even just last year. The KU6300 will play all of the latest content from both physical and streaming sources in 4K UHD resolution, with HDR, which means the picture will have the extra clarity of 4K and contain a dynamic range of tones that a normal TV could never display. This set is probably the bang-for-the-buck TV deal of the year.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Information

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The problematic phablet has officially been axed

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After a tumultuous few months that included countless news stories, multiple product advisories and an offer to replace units they suspected of being problematic, Samsung has officially discontinued the beleaguered Galaxy Note 7 over concerns about the devices overheating and exploding. No new Note 7s will be produced, and all existing units will be recalled. (more…)

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