Aluratek Blog

  • July: Spotlight Of The Month

    Hello! Happy Monday, folks!

    It's that time again! Spotlight of the month! Woohoo!

    Our featured product today is actually something a little different. You probably know us as the company that prides in Bluetooth gadgets, portable gadgets, and convenient on-the-go tools, but little did you know that we also sell gaming devices as well! Yup! For all the gamers out there, we got just the perfect accessories for you!

    Today we want to highlight our Large Print Tri-Color Illuminated USB Keyboard! Aluratek is teamed up with Azio and work together to bring you the best kind of tools to make your gaming experience run smoothly.

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    The AZIO by Aluratek Large Print Tri-Color Illuminated USB Keyboard is the perfect accessory for your PC computer. The large print makes the letters easily identifiable to reduce eyestrain and promote productivity.

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    Customize the look of your keyboard with 3 different LED colors (red, blue, or purple) to allow you to see the keyboard in low light situations. With built-in multimedia and quick-access hotkeys, this Plug & Play keyboard is a great way to spruce up your home or office while adding much needed functionality and readability.

    What kind of gaming accessories of ours would you find the most reliable? Check out the rest of our Azio line on our website! Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Cell Phone Courtesy - There's a Month For That

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    Did you know that July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month? Seems like there's a national day or month for just about anything. (Researching this topic this morning I also found it was National Hot Dog MonthNational Vanilla Ice Cream Day and National Refreshment Day.) Wireless providers are encouraging its customers and cellphone users around the country to be mindful of others while on the phone and to encourage the increasingly unmindful users of cell phones to be more respectful of their surroundings. I guess that makes sense since cellphones are an integral part of our lives now - in fact, according to a U.S. wireless industry survey, 91% of Americans have a cell phone. Contrast that with surveys claiming that 89% of Americans feel that Americans use their cellphone in a rude way - so pretty much everyone.

    Patricia Minor, etiquette expert with the Etiquette School of Maryland, in Columbia, Maryland, said the month "gives us a platform on which to base a discussion."

    "I think everybody could say we all could use improvement when it comes to how to use [cellphones] correctly and responsibly," she said.

    Recent studies show the most significant concerns regarding cell phone habits are texting. Texting at work, in meetings, at school, in church, while driving - you name it! Loud public conversations, talking while waiting in line, talking on the phone in restaurants, movie theaters and bathrooms are also high on the rude list.

    Richie Frieman, aka Modern Manners Guy, is the author of Reply All … And Other Ways to Tank Your Career. He says"If it's that important, step away from the situation and say 'I have to take this; I apologize' ".

    Constantly checking texts or answering calls in social or business situations is "the epitome of being rude," Frieman said.

    "When you sit there constantly checking your phone, answering calls, the other person feels that they are so unimportant and uninteresting that you can't be [present] for a half-hour meal or an hour meal," he said. "To me there's nothing so important that you can't put your cellphone down for a half hour. Life will go on, I promise you."

    Perhaps we could all learn for the 2% of cell phone angels out there. Here are some tips on how to avoid or break potentially rude cellphone habits (although, i'm sure we all know about these obvious DO's and DONT's by now. Maybe the larger question should be why we don't care about our rudeness while using our phones).

    The DOs:

    DO: Be courteous. When you're in a business meeting, courtroom, religious services, school functions, restaurants, theaters or other busy area, let calls go to voicemail or turn your phone on vibrate or silent to avoid a disruption. In some instances, turning your phone off may be the best solution.

    DO: Excuse yourself. If you are expecting a call that can't be postponed, alert your companions ahead of time and excuse yourself when the call comes in

    DO: When hanging out in social settings or with a small group of friends, give them your undivided attention.

    DO: Put your phone away while driving. (Drivers who use their cellphones while behind the wheel cause over one in four accidents)

    The DONT's:

    DON'T: Have your phone on speaker all the time or “Cell yell,” or talk loudly on the phone, distracting those around you. Nobody wants to hear your phone conversation.

    DON’T: Have ridiculous and loud ringtones. And if your phone rings when you’re unable to answer, be sure to silence it immediately.

    DON’T: Text while driving. It’s illegal in most states and it puts yourself and others at risk.

    DON'T: Make people wait while you’re on a call.  If you’re in line waiting to order coffee, make sure you let the person on the phone know what you’re doing and that you will call them right back.

    Where have you experienced the rudest cell behavior? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Man On The Moon

    Today marks one of the most significant events in history that happened in the U.S. On July 20, 1969 an American astronaut by the name of Neil Armstrong climbed out of a lunar landing module and was the first person in history to walk on the moon. Armstrong told some 1 billion people watching history being made on television: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

    There were many successful missions such as Apollo 11, October 1968, where the first manned spaceflight orbited Earth and successfully tested many of their advanced technology needed to conduct a moon journey and landing. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Lt. Col. Michael Collins accompanied Armstrong on the moon and together took photographs of their surroundings, tested mechanisms and planted a U.S. flag into the majestic moon. During their mission, the astronauts spoke to President Richard Nixon through their Houston base and made their journey back home.

    The ability to make this mission possible 46 years ago only means that our future in technology is very promising and amazing things are waiting to happen.

    How would you react if you witnessed the first man to walk on the moon? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Comic-Con International 2015

    Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day. How perfect because yesterday was the last day of Comic-Con International! Comic-Con International is a multigenre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, California. They showcase primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy and pretty much anything that follows these categories. Although I don’t personally follow comics or many series, I still think it’s really fun and exciting to see how fans get deeply immersed into this! Many A-list celebrities as well as HUGE TV stars made their appearances to this event and it just shows how significant Comic-Con is.

    Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of future feature films, and portfolio evaluation sessions with top comic book and video game companies. The show include events such as costume costumes, award ceremonies, and the Comic-Con International Film Festival that play short and feature-length movies that do not have any distribution deals. Tens of thousands of devout fans pay to attend Comic-Con International and why wouldn’t they? It’s awesome!

    Here are some moments of Comic-Con that are worth highlighting:

    STAR WARS!!!

    Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford

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    501st Legion member, Kevin Doyle dressed as a Stormtrooper Fans were given the opportunity to see a behind-the-scenes of The Force Awakens. Mr. FORD was even there! Aweeesoommmeee

     

    BATMAN V SUPERMAN!!!

    The new Batman v Superman movie will be out next March, and I can't wait! I love Batman!

    Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck Mr. Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck made guest appearances to discuss their new, exciting movie.
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    GAME OF THRONES!!

    One of TV's biggest show, Game Of Thrones showed face as well.

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    X-MEN!!

    Okay. My ultimate FAVORITE Marvel's series...X-Men! Wolverine, Storm, Magneto, Nightcrawler.... gotta love em!!!

    Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender showed up to answer and discuss questions from their beloved fans!

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    What is X-men without Mr. Hugh Jackman himself?

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    The WALKING Dead!

    This is currently my favorite TV series! Although it is not airing right now, I cannot wait for next season!

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    Norman Reedus throws T-shirts into the crowd

    Andrew Lincoln and Steven Yeun

    Rick and Glenn, Andrew Lincoln and Steven Yeun taking part in the panel discussion

    Also a trailer to Fear the Walking Dead was released!

     

    Ghostbuster!

    When there's something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?

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    This time it's going to be a all girl team doing some damage!

    These are only a small number of MANY appearances made in this year's Comic-Con International.

    Here's also some fun images of fans who went all out and dressed up for the occasion:

    Game of Thrones
    Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games. Can't even tell a difference!
    The Avengers
    Thranduil from The Hobbit
    Black Widow from The Avengers
    chewbaccas angels comic con cosplay Colorful Chewbaccas!
    Comic Con 2015 Power Rangers The Mighty Morpin Power Rangers. Awesome!

    These are all amazing and creative costumes, but I think this one is hands down the winner ;)

    Ollie the French Bulldog Ollie the French Bulldog dresses up as Arrow <3

    With that said, make sure to embrace your geekiness today!!

    Retrieved images:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/33503276/comic-con-2015-what-we-learnt-at-this-years-event

    http://www.racked.com/2015/7/13/8947749/comic-con-2015#4787452

    On a scale 1-10, how big of a geek are you (10 being the geekiest)?? I would say our Creative Director, Greg, is a beaming 10 ;) Embrace it! Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Independence Day Media

    Hello! Happy Monday! We hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

    Maybe it's just me, but I felt like I was able to share this holiday with EVERYONE and I mean everyone simply through social media. It is so awesome to see friends post pictures of their fun-filled day surrounded friends, family, BBQ and lots of fireworks!!  Being a huge design/typography geek, I am also able to enjoy my favorite designers' posts of their patriotic pride through art and creativity. If you follow any celebrities, you can feel like you're actually with them as they also share their 4th of July day with everyone. Social media is powerful and it allows you to interact and experience their lives with you.

    Here are some Independence Day Instagram posts that caught my eye:

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    Do you have any of these cameras? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Let Freedom Stream Sweepstakes

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    In the summer spirit of the 4th of July, Aluratek would like to invite you to participate in our Let Freedom Stream Sweepstakes. Beginning July 6th through July 9th, you can enter our raffle to win a Bluetooth bundle package so you can gain your independence from wires! 

    The grand prize package includes our Bluetooth Wireless Stereo HeadphonesBluetooth Wireless Sport EarbudsiStream Universal Bluetooth Audio ReceiverBUMP Bluetooth Portable Mini Speaker and the Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Tablet Stand.

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    Check out our Twitter feed to see our tweets on this promotion. Simply RETWEET any promotional tweet that contains the #LetFreedomStream hashtag and FOLLOW @Aluratek to be entered into the raffle. Also, each day we will also feature a new game you can participate in. Winners of each game will win an Aluratek 2600 mAh Portable Battery Charger with LED Flashlight (so you can charge all those Bluetooth devices you may win). Don't forget to RETWEET these daily games for an additonal chance to win the Bluetooth Bundle. The more you RETWEET - the better your chances you have to win! The raffle will be held on the morning of July 10th with the winner announced shortly thereafter.

    Good Luck!

    -Aluratek

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    Contest Terms & Conditions:

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. You are providing your information to Aluratek, Inc. and not to Twitter. The information you provide will only be used for administering this promotion and contacting the winner.

    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

    The “Let Freedom Stream Sweepstakes” is sponsored by Aluratek, Inc. (“Sponsor”)This contest is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to the Sponsor only.

    ELIGIBILITY The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry who have Internet access, a valid e-mail account and Twitter account prior to the beginning of the Contest Period. Sponsor has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.

    SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD The Sweepstakes begins on July 6, 2015, 9AM PST and ends on July 9, 2015, 5PM PST. (“Sweepstakes Period”). All entries (submissions) must be received on or before the time stated during that submission period. Sponsor reserves the right to extend or shorten the contest at their sole discretion.

    HOW TO ENTER You can enter the Sweepstakes through the Sponsor Twitter Page. Participants need to RETWEET any promotional tweet containing the hashtag #LetFreedomStream and FOLLOW @Aluratek. Participants will receive one (1) entry into the drawing for each RETWEET. You may enter as often as you wish for the duration of the contest.

    WINNER SELECTION All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will be gathered into a database. Daily winners of each game will be announced as soon as possible. The grand prize winner will be chosen at random . The winner will be announced around 10AM PST on July 10th. Announcement and instructions for all prize will posted on Twitter. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his/her twitter account and e-mail account for prize notification and receipt related to this sweepstakes. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached by Administrator (or Sponsor) within fifteen (15) days, using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, that potential prize winner shall forfeit the prize. If a potential winner fails to comply with these official rules, that potential winner will be disqualified. Prizes may not be awarded if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received.

    PRIZE RECEIPT Winners will be notified through email and asked to provide a shipping address. Prizes will be shipped at Aluratek's expense through UPS ground shipment. Please allow up to 7 days for delivery.

    Terms and conditions may apply. Incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses which are not specifically listed as part of a prize in these Official Rules and which may be associated with the award, acceptance, receipt and use of all or any portion of the awarded prize are solely the responsibility of the respective prize winner. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.

    ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Sweepstakes, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Sweepstakes is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Sweepstakes, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if Sponsor determines that the Sweepstakes cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Sweepstakes. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, Sponsor reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.

    INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR AND ITS PARENT, AFFILIATE AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES, THE FACEBOOK PLATFORM, ADMINISTRATOR, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS FROM ANY LIABILITY, DAMAGES, LOSSES OR INJURY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THAT ENTRANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES AND THE ACCEPTANCE, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE THAT MAY BE WON. SPONSOR AND ITS PARENT, AFFILIATE AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE CONDITION, FITNESS OR MERCHANTABILITY OF THE PRIZE. SPONSOR AND ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES, AND ALL THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM RESULTING FROM ACCESS TO OR THE DOWNLOAD OF INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONNECTED WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES.

    PUBLICITY By participating, each entrant grants Sponsor permission to use his/her name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.

    SWEEPSTAKES SPONSORS This sweepstakes is sponsored by: Aluratek, Inc. 15241 Barranca Parkway, Irvine CA 92618

    Any questions regarding this Sweepstakes should be directed to gharlan@aluratek.com

  • History Of The Camera

    These days it is so easy to take out your phone and quickly shoot a photo anywhere at any time! There are so many cool different gadgets that can be an addition to taking photos with your phone such as portable mobile lens and selfie-sticks. It is a lot easier and convenient to live with today’s technology versus…even 10 years ago!

    Today is National Camera Day and I thought it would be fun to draw out a timeline of evolution of cameras. So here we gooooo...

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    camera history The very FIRST pinhole camera! I remember when I used to build my own pinhole camera with a empty can and some thumbtacks-haha! Very cool.

     

    1859

    camera history Very first panoramic camera. Look how bulky and huge that is!

     

    1888

    camera history The very first Kodak film camera - oh my.

     

    1900

    history ofcamera This looks more familiar! This is the Raise Camera that were most desired by landscape photographers.

     

    1913

    camera history The first 35 mm film camera. This became standard for future film cameras. Finally something more compact!

     

    1948

    camera timeline The very first polaroid camera. Just like the polaroid cameras we know today, this beauty printed out pictures in 1 minute.

     

    1978

    camera history The mother of point and shoot cameras with auto-focus. Her name is "Jasupin".

     

    1981

    camera history The world's first digital electronic camera that auto-saved all your images into a disk!

     

    1991

    camera history Kodak released the first professional digital camera system! It was a very useful tool for photojournalists.

     

    1996

    camera history The first digital cameras for the consumer-level market that worked with a home computer via a serial cable created by Apple.

     

    2000

    camera history Sharp’s J-SH04 introduced the world’s first camera phone.

     

    2005

    history ofcamera The Canon EOS 5D is launched. More familiar and modernized to our taste.

     

    TODAY

    Carrying around a DSLR everywhere you go might be a hassle but with the advanced technology of smart phones we have today - we are in good hands.

    Go out and take some pictures!

    Reference: http://photodoto.com/camera-history-timeline/

    Do you have any of these cameras? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Summer Beats

    Happy Monday! It's finally starting to feel like summer! With many people on summer breaks - it's about time to relax and enjoy the warm sun. Summer is a time to hit the beach, swimming pools, and BBQ! None of these activities are complete without a good playlist of summer beats and tunes. We have a collection of awesome Bluetooth speakers and headsets that will pair well with all your music! Below I have conjured up a list of old to new songs that are perfect for all your summer activities! Enjoy!

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    Which one of these summer songs would you jam to? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Just For Dad

    Do you know what this Sunday is? That's right, it's Father's Day! This special day allows children and mothers to express love and gratitude towards their fathers, yet sadly Father's Day does not get the attention it deserves compared to other holidays such as Mother's Day. Did you find a gift for your dad yet? According to National Retail Federation, Father's Day is the "smallest of the gift giving holiday." Most gifts that are given to their dads are greeting cards or the oh so popular present, the neck tie. Not that those aren't good gifts, but have we ever asked ourselves what our fathers REALLY want for Father's Day?

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    Aluratek is having a Father's Day promotion where we have carefully thought-out and selected a handful of products that we know will have dads smiling. Less than a week left, our promotion will be ending so hurry and place your order!

    And lastly, take a minute to watch this video to see how hilarious a dad's love for their kids can be - despite all the pain and tears...

    Which one of our discounted products would you gift your father for Father's Day? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • The Fear Is Real With A Dead Battery

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    Have you ever had a dying smartphone battery or worse -  a dead battery at the most inopportune time? Of course, we all have - and when is it ever a good time? We have become so dependent on our phones it's almost comical to think about the fear in our hearts, the panic and that feeling of being "naked" without a working phone.

    One of the places you will want to ensure your smartphone battery never loses its charge is when you are traveling. No doubt many of us will be hitting the road for family trips and adventures with our smartphones in tow this summer. The last thing you need in an emergency situation is to have a dead cell phone battery with no way to recharge.

    Aluratek's line of Portable Battery Chargers are a great solution to quickly charge your smartphone whenever, wherever. These chargers are a wonderful travel solution for life on the road when you don't have the convenience of an AC outlet nearby. Our portable battery chargers come in all output capacities from 2600 mAh to 18000 mAh and (shhh) we are looking into bringing in a 60,000 mAh battery charger which is more like a mini generator. All models come with a single or dual charging port(s).

    Currently, we have a Father's Day promotion through the 21st of June that features our 6000 mAh Portable Battery Charger with LED Flashlight at $30 off MSRP!

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