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  • Monster Madness


    Celebrate the creepiest time of the year by entering into our Monster Madness raffle! Our monsters will be giving away a different Aluratek product each day for the next 5 days so you can be prepared for all the spooky, dark nights ahead.

    All you need to do is go to our Monster Madness promotion - LIKE and SHARE on our Facebook page, RETWEET and FOLLOW on our Twitter page to be entered into our daily raffles! Make sure to go on both social media platforms for a better chance to win! Good luck!

  • Monster Savings!


    Halloween is fast approaching so why not treat yourself to some Aluratek goodies that will go great with this month of costumes, spooky decorations and fun with family and friends. We specifically hand picked our tech goodies that feature LED lighting to help keep the monsters away while you trick or treat, add light to a scary bedtime story or add some mood lighting to your Halloween decor.

    Hurry! This promotion extends through October 15, 2016.

  • Walk The Halloween Runway

    Yay! Happy October! I love October because it means that the weather is starting to cool down, everyone is slowly embracing the upcoming holiday seasons, pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING, and Halloween costumes!

    Every year I love to research and look up how creative and clever people can get with their costumes - even for their pets! Some are straight up hilarious and others are VERY creative - either way, they're all enjoyable and I would love to share some tech-related Halloween costumes I've found on the good old' internet this morning!

    1. Pokemon!

    If you haven't been living under a rock this year, you will know that Pokemon has taken over the galaxy. With Nintendo's Pokemon Go app installed in almost every smartphone in the world, people are reconnecting with their old or current childhood moments - with costumes!


    2. Star Wars

    People really go all out for Star Wars! I mean ALL OUT! As in, you can hardly tell the difference between the person in the costume VS. the actual character in the movie. For example, check out Queen Amidala...

    Pretty good, huh?


    So cute! Girl version of Han Solo!

    3. Marvel


    Rogue & Gambit

    How to make a Thor Costume


    How to make a Fantastic Four "Thing" costume

    Fantastic Four's The Thing!

    4. Anything smartphone related


    Snapchat's Rainbow Barf filter! This definitely made it into one of the best and memorable things that ever happened with social media features so why not become one for Halloween!

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    emojis! So easy to do and you can team up with your buddies to make a combination of your favorite emojis!

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    Google maps LOL

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    All 4 major social medias platforms - Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter

    It's never too early to start brainstorming who or what you want to be this year for Halloween, so maybe some of these will spark an idea?

    Do you like any of the tech-Halloween costumes above? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Avoid The Heat!

    Um, October is approaching so how is it almost 100 degrees today (in SoCal) ?! Things just don't make sense anymore! With hot temperatures and dry winds - I see a lot people staying inside for the next few days! I don't blame them...who wouldn't want to sit inside a home with the A/C blasting? The only downside staying inside is the restriction of certain activities that can't be done in a home. HOWEVER, that does NOT mean you can't have fun!

    Here are some tips for those dreadful days of scorching heat to keep yourself productive -

    1. Go to the gym

    Hot days doesn't have to be wasted watching Netflix or napping all day. What better time to keep yourself moving and healthy by hitting up the gym? It's a great way to stay productive instead of lounging around...which is really easy to do.


    We have a great set of earbuds that are specifically made for working out. They are Bluetooth enabled and sweat-proof making them a great fit for your active life style!

    2. Go through boxes of photos

    A whole day indoors gives you plenty of time to go through all those photos you've taken that are collecting dust in a stack of photo albums or boxes! Sort them out on an online photo album OR put your pictures in one of our digital photo frames and have it displayed in your living room, office, kitchen, etc!


    3. Movie night

    Rent a DVD or stream a movie at home with a LARGE bowl of buttered popcorn! Just kick back and relax. If you watch movies on your laptop or tablet, try out out our Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Tablet Stand for your iPad or tablet or Adjustable Ergonomic Laptop Cooling Table for your laptop!

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    4. Read a book!

    Find a comfortable place in your house, grab a few snacks / drinks, open up your favorite or new novel and get lost in a good book. It's a rare thing nowadays with everyone being so busy...reading books is a rare hobby.

    Our LED Bookmarks are perfect for night time reading sessions! It acts as bookmark and reading light for stylish reading in bed, offices, libraries..etc

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    5. Clean and dance!

    Yeah, I know. Who in their right mind would voluntarily want to clean up and organize when they can just relax? Well - I totally understand but it can also be a great opportunity to tidy up a bit! And with the help of MUSIC, it can be actually be a lot more bearable and even fun!

    Make sure you have some good speakers to blast out your favorite tunes. Our BUMP Speakers are small in size, but carries quite a punch with volume!



    Another one of our popular items that is great for music is our WiFi Internet Radio where you can stream thousands or your own songs off of Spotify or Pandora OR even listen to your favorite radio stations!

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    We hope you can use some of our tips to cool off indoors if that's where you choose to stay during this heatwave! Just remember while being stuck indoors on a hot day may not seem ideal, it still has potential for productivity and fun!

    What are your favorite indoor activities on a hot day? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • National Love Your Files Week

    Are you the type of person who has a difficult time organizing and simplifying all your work and files? If that's me, you are NOT alone. If you saw my work desk you would feel so much better. My supervisor has no idea how I'm able to find anything! If you tried to find anything on my personal laptop, you would spend the rest of your life looking for that ONE image or document.  I'm also a pack rat so I like to hoard old papers and files that I THINK I'll be day...yes, I need help!

    Well - this week is National Love Your Files Week. Not just organizing your files, but it's about simplifying the things in your life and cutting out things you don't need. I feel like the organizing gods are trying to send me a message because over the weekend, I was working at home and couldn't remember which folder contained a certain file....and I think I spent a good half hour looking for it before giving up.

    Here are a few Aluratek products that can help ORGANIZE and SIMPLIFY your life:

    1. Digital Photo Frames


    Our digital photo frames are one of the greatest ways to store all your images and videos and display them on a digital frame. Scan your printed images onto your computer and simply transfer them into the frame! Of course you can also transfer your digital images from your other devices into the frame as well with a SD card or USB flash drive. We have so many different styles, sizes and versions of our frames that we know you will find one that best suits you!

    2. USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station

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    Although the docking station doesn't manage your files it is designed for your extra connectivity needs and to increase user productivity in your home of office - still simplifying and cleaning up clutter! It's a simple, space-saving way to turn one USB port into six USB connections making your laptop the ultimate desktop workstation by giving you access to all of your USB peripherals, dual video ports and an Ethernet network connection.AUDS0302F_lifestyle_extended

    3. 3.5" USB 3.0 Portable SATA Hard Drive Enclosure


    Our 3.5" USB 3.0 Portable SATA Hard Drive Enclosure combines quality, function, convenience, and high performance into one device. Plug-n-Play to your desktop or laptop computer to easily store, transfer and access all your digital music, photo, video, multimedia and personal data files with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps.

    Here are also a few tips that can get you to be on top of things -

    1. Determine what you absolutely need to hold on to and with everything else, toss it in the trash.

    2. Sort out your documents. Go through all your items / computer files  you have decided to hold on to and determine how exactly you want to organize them. How are your computer files going to be organized? Are they going to be sorted out in separate folders? Do you need two folders for your house and car information or will you keep them together?

    3. Create a list of which items you have filed away, which folder they are in and when they are no longer useful and can be thrown out. Creating an inventory will allow you to trash any items after a specified amount of time.

    4. Purchase a filing system. Whether it is a whole filing cabinet or a filing box for your physical documents or a external hard drive for your digital files, it is very important to keep all your documents in one place so they're not scattered all over your office or home!

    5. Most importantly, if you are organizing your computer you will need to back up your files. The last thing you want is for your hard drive to crash and wave sayonora to your precious documents! Back your files up!

    Happy National Love Your Files Week!

    How hectic and chaotic is your filing system? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Back-To-School Playlist

    Happy Monday!

    How many of you are students that are back in school? Are you excited to get back into the study mode and obtain some knowledge?! Sometimes, I miss school but most of the time...I don't. Haha! I definitely don't miss the exams, projects, and pulling all nighters! I had a really hard time studying because I would get distracted so easily - Netflix, Facebook, nap time...etc. But I know that one thing that really helped me was music. If I had the perfect playlist that could help me sit down in one place and focus, then I was good. I love that there are so many different radio stations that we can stream where we can create our own stations or playlists - anytime, anyplace. My favorite music streaming app is Spotify. I pay for the premium because I get to listen to my music on-the-go. Unlike Pandora or iHeartRadio (which are both very good apps), I get to create my own playlist by searching for my favorite songs. I have a playlist for work, at the gym, certain genres (hip hop, rock, classical..etc). If you are going to school, you probably have a study playlist...If I was still going to school, I would most definitely have a playlist dedicated for school and studying.

    Here's what mine would look like...



    Only 12 songs, but the great thing about having your own playlist is that you can add more songs and my song list always changes! As you can see my taste in music is wide ranged! From Rihanna to one of my favorite classical songs, Pomp and Circumstance...whatever helps me hit the books and study guides is good with me!

    I also have a work playlist that I'm always listening to at Aluratek with our WiFi Internet Radio.


    It's awesome because Spotify is built into the internet radio and all I have to do is sign in to my account and my playlists are right there! There are thousands of internet radio apps and podcasts that you can download and install right into the WiFi Internet Radio!

    Anyway, happy studying!

    Do you have a study playlist? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • The Road To Ten - Part 3

    I know there has been eager anticipation ;) for The Road To Ten - Part 3, so without further ado I bring you part three of our story:

    Last post we left off somewhere towards the end of summer 2008. In Q4 I started working on our next product guide for 2009. I have no record of pictures from CES in 2009. I'm sure Aluratek went, I probably just didn't go and I don't remember why. The idea for this brochure was to produce something different from the traditional book bound or saddle stiched books. It would be small and fun and cost effective. The panels would fold in on each other and are sealed. We could concentrate on our three main product categories - digital frames, storage and the new internet radio category that was launched in the May of 2008 with our first Internet Radio

    2009 brochure layout Aluratek 2009 product guide layouts.

    Here are some close-ups of the product guide. I wish I could show you what the final piece looked like but I only have three surviving pieces and they are currently pinned to my wall and I am not taking those down - sorry ;)

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    2009 product guide - frames Aluratek 2009 product guide - digital frame panel.

    2009 product guide - internet radio panel Aluratek 2009 product guide - internet radio panel.

    2009 product guide - storage panel Aluratek 2009 product guide - storage panel.

    The idea was also to place an insert card - sort of like a quick start guide to becoming a partner and or customer - in the center so it would stay in place when the panels were folded down and sealed. Ha, those urls - yikes!!

    2009 product guide - qsg Aluratek 2009 product guide - storage panel.

    Like I mentioned, in 2008 we started rolling out our line of Internet Radios. After the first Internet Radio we came out with the Internet Radio Jukebox. Here's a look at a better packaging design - not the first, but one from late 2009 where we try to explain in easy to follow steps how this thing works. It was a challenge getting the customer to understand what this flash drive looking thing is. Ha, we actually wrote, "Not a USB flash drive / thumbdrive" on the package. We also used the line "Free music for life".

    jukebox package Jukebox package layout and close-up 1-2-3 steps.

    Another internet radio followed in early 2009 which was a tuner for the home theater. Here is a view of the back of the package which shows installation and the close-up of the 4 step process on the front of the package. At the time I was pretty happy about this illustration. Although I would probably do this different today I think these application diagrams was very necessary and effective in explaining the product.

    WiFi/Wireless Internet Radio Tuner - Home Theater Edition application.

    WiFi/Wireless Internet Radio Tuner - Home Theater Edition 4-steps to connect .

    These internet radios were great for us for some time until the emergence of smartphone music apps like iHeart, Spotify and Pandora made these radios a bit obsolete until they made a comeback with our newest WiFi Internet Radio which features these apps built-in!

    WiFi/Wireless Internet Radio Tuner - Home Theater Edition 4-steps to connect .

    The website started to fill out more with more product arriving. Our product offerings got more diversified with the addition of internet radios. Digital frames, Storage, Video / Multimedia and USB peripherals rounded out the list. I began to incorporate graphics on the product landing pages as ween below.

    2009 Internet Radio landing page.

    Here is a look at a complete product page in 2009 for a big product at the time - USB Internet Radio Jukebox. Main image on white background with reflection. Thumbnails of more images to the left a slot for any type of Flash videos we would do - this product needed one for sure. Info about the product separated into tabs below the image. We added links to quick start guides, datasheets and drivers were applicable in a support bar in the margin. Up until this point we had no way for a customer to make a purchase from the site - crazy right? - especially with how eCommerce and CMS is such a standard among sites these days. We would be making that leap in 2010 but for now we had a "BUY NOW" link which sent you to a different site in which to purchase. I don't even remember what site that was.

    2009 USB Internet Radio Jukebox product page.

    2009 product categories page.

    In celebration of our 10 year anniversary we are offering 10 items for $10! These deals will stick around for the rest of the year. Stay tuned for part 4 coming soon.

    Have you been a long time customer of Aluratek's for the past 10 years? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Matchmaker <3

    Tomorrow is National Matchmaker Day! I would've thought this day would be more towards Valentine's Day but oh well!

    National Matchmaker Day honors those romantics that know everything about their friends and basically brings them fall in love!

    Here are some recognizable couples that I'm sure had SOME sort of matchmaker involved whether its a friend or cupid....

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    Well, believe it or not, Aluratek is also a bit of a matchmaker - we have brought 2 awesome products together into one kit and the connection is, love <3


    The Bluetooth Wireless TV Streaming Kit is a matchmade in TV heaven! The kit combines a Bluetooth Universal Audio Transmitter and a pair of high quality Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones to create the ultimate home entertainment experience.


    Is this the perfect pair or what?! <3

    What do you think of our perfect match? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Ready! Set! SAVE!


    It's game time! Take a page out of Aluratek's playbook and score some great deals this football season! From Bluetooth Wireless Headphones to Bluetooth Audio Transmitters, we have the perfect product to help you kickoff this football season the right way!

    Hurry! This promotion extends through August 26, 2016!

  • Coming Soon...

    We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our 2 newest products! They're not available for purchase just yet, but I thought I could give ya'll a heads up ;)

    As you all probably know by now, Aluratek is known mainly for our huge selection of Digital Photo Frames that vary from WiFi features to motion sensor abilities! Today I would like to introduce our newest addition to the Digital Photo Frame family...

    The 8 inch Digital Photo Frame with Built-in Rechargeable Battery and 4GB Built-in Memory


    What separates this Digital Photo Frame from the rest is that it comes equipped with a BUILT-IN rechargeable 8,000 mAh lithium-ion battery. On a full charge you can enjoy up to 12 hours of slideshow viewing and 9 hours of video play. And of course, the frame comes with the best quality with incredible image clarity in rich and vibrant colors. It can be a great addition to any room of your house or office environment as well!

    Our 2nd newest product that I am excited to announce is our -

    Adjustable Ergonomic Laptop Cooling Table with a Fan


    This laptop cooling table fan is a great solution to cool your laptop while providing a comfortable working surface. You can easily use this table on your bed, couch, a nice lawn chair, the pool...etc! Not only is it portable for any environment, but when plugged into your laptop, the table provides a constant even flow of cool air to keep it from overheating. The surface of the table features tilt control and adjustable height so you can create an ergonomic work station wherever you are. Take a look below!

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    Both the 8" Digital Photo Frame with Built-in Rechargeable Battery and the Adjustable Laptop Cooling Table with Fan are on its way so stay tuned! We are so excited!!!

    Which of our 2 new products do you see yourself with? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below

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