Aluratek Blog

  • Levi's Stadium

    Football season is RIGHT around the corner, and I am EXCITED. Who doesn’t enjoy a good football game, right?! It’s “un-American” if you don’t! Well, I am a HUGE 49ers fan, and I am very excited that our new stadium has officially opened! This new stadium will be debuting in 2014 in time for the start of the NFL season.

    The San Francisco 49ers has relocated from Candlestick Park to Santa Clara’s Levi's Stadium. In 2016, the 49ers will host the 50th Super Bowl, so a lot of exciting things are happening! However, the one thing that sets Levi Stadium apart from others is technology. Even if you’re not a 49ers fan, you still have to appreciate the innovation of Levi Stadium especially if you’re into technology. Levi's Stadium has also been focusing on energy efficiency and preservation.

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    So with that said, here are a few new features that will be added that will enhance the experience of 49er football:

    - The 49ers app will allow fans to view different HD replays SECONDS after the play from multiple camera angles, see different game feeds, and listen to the broadcast of what’s happening.  You can also order a beer, soda, hotdog, popcorn all through your smart phone. AND…the food will be delivered to your seats! Sweet! They are focusing on convenience. The 49er app may potentially have ticketless, cashless building which means you can pay everything straight from your smart phone. You can leave your wallet at home.

    - One of the most striking technological feature of the new location is the stadium-wide WiFi capability :

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    - Gigantic HD video boards measuring over 13,000 square feet will be added to the new stadium as well. If you’ve ever been to the old Candlestick Park stadium, there were only 2 small video boards on each end of the field which made it very difficult for fans to view replays and videos. The new addition of HD video boards will definitely be appreciated!

    - The Niners are going green! The 20,000 feet of solar panels are located in and around the stadium. Over the entire year of construction and preparation, energy has collected from the panels.  The turf is also environmentally friendly and the staff will use recycled water to hose down the field.

    These are all very exciting things to look forward to if you’re a 49er fan. Technology has definitely advanced, and they have taken full advantage of it. However, the new stadium is not the main focus. The main goal is to play football, and that is what people will still come to see. Candlestick Park has treated the Niners well with five Super Bowl wins, and now we’re more than ready to win more championship titles with the new Levi's Stadium!

    What kind of tech-savvy things would you like to see added to your favorite football team's stadium? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Hit The Road With Aluratek Sweepstakes

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    Summer is in full swing and its time to cash in all those accumulated vacation days and "Hit The Road" for some summer fun, relaxation, and adventure. Wherever your travels take you, be sure you take Aluratek with you ... your Aluratek product that is.

    As you know, Aluratek features many great mobile products to add convenience and enhance your digital life. Maybe it's a portable battery charger or a charging station so you are never without power to your smartphone or tablet. Perhaps it's our Bluetooth audio devices, speakers, headphones and earbuds that help you jam out to your favorite tunes. Or, you have one of our Bluetooth tablet folio cases with Bluetooth keyboard so you can stay in touch with the office while you are away.

    Starting July 16th through September 1st (Labor Day) celebrate the summer with us and be eligible to win a great product from Aluratek in our summer sweepstakes: Hit The Road With Aluratek. Enter today! We would love to know which Aluratek products you would use (or use already) and how you would use them.

    Enter our summer sweepstakes "Hit The Road with Aluratek" on our Facebook contest tab today! 

  • Aluratek.com Website Relaunch

    Aluratek is very happy to announce the launch of our new website at aluratek.com. If you have visited our site in the last week you may have noticed a few changes (for the better I might add!). A collaboration between our design and marketing departments and our development team for the past year has led us to today proudly announcing this major makeover. I hope you will find the site pleasing to look at, easy to navigate and have an overall user friendly experience. Some of the awesome features at aluratek.com includes:

    - New lighter, cleaner look with much better branding use of magenta
    - Bigger home page sliders
    - Product specials and news/blog sliders
    - Footer links, social media badges and enewsletter subscribe bar more visible
    - Much improved product pages with bigger images, better content and direct access to support documents, downloads and helpdesk

    It is Aluratek's desire to provide the best customer service and support it can - that includes a website that is easy to use and full of valuable content to help your buying decisions. If you find any errors or have an recommendations on how we can provide a better user experience, please do not hesitate to let us know.

    What do you think about our new site? Visit our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • The History Of Movie Technology

    Have you ever watched a movie, and have only paid attention to the things that has nothing to do with the actual story line of the film? For example, whenever I'm watching a movie I'm always wondering how the film crew got that shot, or how they made the blue mutant transform into someone else! Yup, I'm one of THOSE people. Well, believe it or not, technology is responsible for all of those things you hear and see! From sound effects to mind-blowing 3-D computer graphics, it is all created through the art of technology.

    Have you ever been curious about how it all started? Scroll down to view a timeline I've created that shows how technology has evolved throughout the years of film making!

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    Pretty cool facts, right? And to think that the quality of film making will only get better from here is absolutely mind-boggling!

    Which movie do you think has the best visual effects / 3-D animation? Visit our Facebook page to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Gadget Hazards to Avoid This Summer

    With so many great gadgets available these days, it’s no surprise that people want their favorite electronic devices with them everywhere they go – even places where gadgets might be at risk. An afternoon by the pool is a great place to use your Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones and our Bump Bluetooth Portable Mini Speakers are a great addition to any party, but these fun summer activities also pose risks for your electronics - some you might not have even considered before!

    Here are 5 summer elements that could be putting your electronics at risk:

    Water
    If your electronics do end up getting wet, it is important to turn them off immediately and avoid turning them back on for up to 24 hours. It is also important to get gadgets dry asap, but avoid using blow-dryers, which will push water further into your device!

    Dirt & Sand
    Dirt and sand can get into the small crevices in your devices causing problems. Avoid getting sand in sensitive electronics by sealing them in plastic bags during trips to the beach and taking them out only when they’re in use.

    Sun
    Though the warmth of the sun feels great during a pleasant summer day, it can also damage your electronics which aren’t designed to get that hot. Your phone may even shut down. Keep your smartphone safe by keeping them out of direct sunlight.

    Sunscreen
    Sunscreen is an important part of keeping your skin safe while outside, however this substance can discolor your electronics and create unsightly streaks on your touch screen. Avoid this by wiping your hands with baby wipes before using your gadgets.

    Bug Spray
    An essential must-have for any camping trip, hikes in the wilderness, and buggy summer evenings, but the DEET contained in insect repellent can actually corrode your electronics! Spray on the bug spray with your device hidden from harms way.

    What strategies have you implemented to help keep your gadgets safe during the summer? Visit our Facebook page to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Recharge Your Summer!

    Summer is here and you know what that means! Vacation time! Many of us are most likely going to hit the road for family trips or go on a spontaneous escapade with friends. We all need to update our friends and family on social media, so posting pictures and updating statuses is a MUST, right? Well what happens when you’re in the middle of taking a once-in- a lifetime picture with the 4 U.S. presidents at Mount Rushmore, and all of a sudden…your phone battery dies?! Charging your phone is not an option because there’s not a single outlet in sight! Ladies and gents, the struggle is real.

    Aluratek wants to let you know that everything will be okay. We have a huge variety of all sorts of portable battery chargers for you to choose from. It’s a great solution when you’re out and about and when you’re in an emergency.

    Here are just a few of our portable battery chargers that you will find VERY useful in times of desperation!

    Check out the rest of our collection of portable battery chargers! Don't be left stranded with a dead cellphone this summer!

    Has your phone battery ever died at the most inconvenient time? Share your stories with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Outlet Store Features New Product and Reduced Pricing

    Were you aware that Aluratek has an Outlet Store? We sure do! What you may ask is in our Outlet Store? Well, Aluratek sells refurbished products on our Outlet Store. What is a refurbished product? A refurbished product (also referred to as "factory-reconditioned", "recertified" or "repackaged") can be anything from an unopened item the customer had second thoughts about, to an item that was opened and returned, or was missing an accessory and was sent back to the manufacturer where they replaced the missing part, and the unit was tested and repackaged. Each Aluratek Certified Refurbished Product is fully tested, upgraded to latest firmware and refurbished with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing.

    In our Outlet Store you can find a variety of products at unbelievable prices. We have just added dozens of more refurbished products and reduced pricing on many of the items. Go ahead, look around. We are pretty sure you will find something you will enjoy at a price you will love. For example:

    18.5" Digital Photo Frame w/ 4GB Built-in Memory - only $129.99 (reg. $219.99)
    Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones - only $29.99 (reg. $69.99)
    Universal Folio Travel Case for 7 inch Tablets - only $9.99 (reg. $29.99)

    Which refurb item looks good to you? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Interesting Facts About Technology

    The world has become so immersed in technology that we so often overlook the history and even the weird facts behind it. At Aluratek, we love technology, and as tech-lovers I have collected some interesting facts from other tech sources that I want to share with you and the world! Some are random and funny while some are shocking!

    1. There is an average of $680 worth of transactions each second on eBay.

    2. Hewlett Packard was started at a garage in Palo Alto in 1939.

    3. One of every 8 married couples in the United States last year met online.

    4. A Twitterer with a million or more followers is called a “Twillionaire”.

    5. 60 billion emails are sent daily. 97% of those emails are spam.

    6. Amazon, originally a printed book seller company, sells more eBooks than printed books today.

    7. Cabir. A, the first known cell phone virus, appeared in 2004.

    8. Email existed before the World Wide Web.

    9. There were a total of approximately 17 billion devices connected to the internet at the end of 2012.

    10. 70% of virus writers work under a contract for an organization. What!

    11. Bill Gate’s house was designed using a… Macintosh Computer!

    12. 10 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

    13. The term “World Wide Web” was coined by Tim Berners-Lee  in 1990.

    14. In January 1997, Bill Clinton’s inauguration was the first to be webcasted.

    15. It took 38 years to reach an audience of 50 million for radio broadcasters and 13 years for television. It only took 4 years for the internet. In other words, the internet is the fastest-growing communication tool.

    16. 1/3 of the world population has never made a telephone call.

    17. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute, less than half the normal rate of 20.

    Sources used: Interesting Facts about Web and Technology, 20 Facts about Technology, 30 Facts about Engineering, Science, and Technology

    Which fact was the most interesting to you? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • The World Cup Is Taking Over the Social Media World!

    Are you watching the 2014 World Cup? If history is any indication, we know that it will be one of the biggest sporting events of the year. The competition is fierce not only on the field, but in the social media universe and big companies. Soccer fans can cheer for their country (Go USA!) or respective teams, and the World Cup will also be the provider for companies to advertise, advertise, and did I mention advertise?

    This year’s World Cup has surpassed the Super Bowl and Olympics in popularity. That is quite impressive! Soccer might not be as popular in the U.S. compared to our American football or basketball, but everywhere else, soccer is IMPORTANT. The World Cup has officially kicked off last Thursday, and it has already blown up the social media world. Social media wasn’t that big 4 years ago in World Cup South Africa compared to what it is today. This year’s World Cup has been mentioned on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter with millions of viral video views, and hash tags of popular players! It’s hard to envision a time when the competition wasn’t bombarded with Tweets and shameless selfies! Ha!

    As for big name brands, Nike, Coca Cola and Adidas have created huge campaigns for the World Cup that includes series of videos and short movies. According to Offerpop, over 5 billion dollars will be spent on sponsorships and commercials.

    Check out this really cool infographic that shows the marketing statistics for the 2014 Brazil World Cup!

    Offerpop’s World Cup Infographic:

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    Fans and players of soccer are passionate about this sport, and I personally think it’s exhilarating that they are able to share their excitement with the entire world through social media!

    Are you tweeting and hash tagging the 2014 Brazil World Cup? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!


  • Looking To Connect To An Ethernet Network?

    Aluratek is happy to announce the arrival of our 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Gigabit Ethernet Adapter. Looking to browse the internet, but don't have an Ethernet port or WiFi capabilities on your ultrabook, netbook, laptop or desktop? Our Ethernet Adapter is a cost-effective tool designed to quickly connect to a Ethernet network through your computer's USB port. The adapter's compliance with USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ensures true Ethernet network speed without any compromise. Furthermore, the adapter can easily tuck into your pocket or notebook bag for easy storage and transport.

    In addition to Ethernet accessibility, the adapter comes with three USB 3.0 ports. With the ever-increasing number of USB devices such as MP3 players, printers, scanners, and external hard drives, you always need more USB ports for your computer. With Superspeed USB 3.0, you will able to make backups of all your digital files and access your content faster at transfer rate of up to 5Gbps. That's 10X faster than USB 2.0!

    AUEH0303F is plug-and-play, ready to go right out of the box. The adapter is bus powered from your USB port, with no external power adapter needed and fully backward-compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices. The attached USB cable design is perfect for mobile professionals.

    How would you use our new Gigabit Ethernet Adapter? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

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