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  • NFL's New And Improved Technology

    As we all know the NFL season is just around the corner. How exciting?! The preseason has started a couple weeks ago, and new tech gadgets have been tested to make play calling and organizing games a lot easier for coaches, players and even fans.

    The tech world has been making their statement in the sports world and here's how :

    1. Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 have arrived on the NFL sidelines. The Surface Pro 3 offers a bigger, lighter and thinner screen that provides clearer images. The stylus pen also comes in 4 colors making it easier to differentiate routes and plays.

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    2. Virtual reality has been getting more popular and some NFL teams have taken advantage of it! The New England Patriots began using virtual reality technology during their practice to assist film study. The device captures footage from the perspective of players which allows them to go back into the film room, put on headsets, and then watch the play in a virtual reality setting. This helps players understand how to shed blocks, avoid interceptions, etc. Even college football teams have gotten onboard with the technology.

    3. Concussions remain a serious issue not only in the NFL but in all of sports. The number of participating in youth football significantly decreased for the fear of concussions. It's not something to take lightly which is why the NFL have taken careful precautions to keep their players healthy and injury-free.

    Riddell, the most worn helmet brand in the last 2 decades, have been researching and creating helmets to help prevent concussions. Although this injury is nearly impossible to avoid, at least we know that they're doing what they can to lower the number of injuries. Their up and coming helmet, SpeedFlex, have to still pass certain tests to be approved, but it is on its way. The most noticeable feature of the new helmet is the front cutout. The feature allows the helmet to be more flexible. Extra thick padding have been added so players can take big hits. The impact from either side of the helmet also allow more room to scatter force before it actually gets to the head. The SpeedFlex also created locks in the helmet for chinstraps to stay in place. Players sometimes intentionally like to unsnap the chinstrap but Riddell has it made it nearly impossible for them to "forget" to snap the helmet.

    4. On June 3, 2015 the NFL named Yahoo! Inc. its partner to display the first free live stream of games to its audience world-wide. The partnership expands the NFL'S presence digitally and could lead to more of the league's games being available at NO charge across a variety of electronic devices. This is great because with our busy schedules, a lot of us can't stay at home several hours a day on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays to watch a football game. Live stream allows us to stream our games anywhere as long as we have a smartphone or any other streaming device. There's also a great application, NFL Rewind, that allows you to watch any games you have missed in HD. However, I still prefer watching it on the big screen with lots and lots food :)

    5. Like it or not, mobile has forever changed the face of attending sporting events. Fans expect to connect, share, and engage as part of the game. If I can count how many spectators I've seen on their phones while watching a baseball or football game - we would probably be here all day. When the connection works, fans are happy - if it fails...oh boy.

    Most NFL stadiums were built way before smartphones even existed so they have been working hard to get these accommodations working better to please their fans. After all, fans are the sole reasons why stadiums stand today and why players get paid the big bucks, right? With the rise of HD televisions and advanced technology in the palm of our hands, the NFL recognizes that they  need to entice fans to come to the stadium. The top 4 NFL teams with the most advanced technlogy stadiums are the - Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, and the Arizona Cardinals.

    - The Cowboys left the world in awe with the world's largest HD LED video display.

    -The Miami Dolphins have collaborated with IBM to bring a personal experience to the fans. New mobile applications are provided for the fans to access the latest scores, stats and share information regardless of location.

    - With the 49ers' brand new stadium, Levi Stadium, the owners have signed a fantasy football and social media deal with Yahoo allowing for fans to stay updated with all their fantasy football news from around the NFL while they enjoy watching their favorite team play live at the stadium. Levi Stadium hosts a 1,200 wi-fi hub which is 4 times the league minimum. The stadium lives and breathes for tech-savvy fans who are always connected.

    - The owners of the Arizona Cardinals believe that football should be played on natural grass. The stadium has a retractable roof to protect the fans from the hot desert heat while sustaining a healthy field. 75 minutes after the fans have left the stadium, the grass field is ready to bask in the sunlight.

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    What kind of technology would make your NFL game experience satisfying?  Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Back-to-School Giveaway

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    School is right around the corner and for some it may have already started, Aluratek would like to invite you to participate in our Back-to-School Giveaway. Beginning August 17th through August 21st, you can enter our raffle to win a Back-to-School bundle package so you or your kids can have some really useful tools to be fully prepped and equipped for another school year.

    Check out our Twitter feed to see our tweets on this promotion. Simply RETWEET any promotional tweet that contains the #BackToSchool hashtag and FOLLOW @Aluratek to be entered into the raffle.

    The grand prize package includes our BUMP Bluetooth Portable Mini SpeakerLED Bookmark (your choice of black or white), 6000 mAh Portable Battery Charger with LED Flashlight, Universal Tablet Case with Built-in USB 2.1A Charging Station (for 7-8" or 9-10" sized tablets - your choice) and a Slim USB Laptop Cooling Pad (your choice of black or red).

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    Each day we will also feature a new game you can participate in. Winners of each game will win an Aluratek LED Bookmark (your choice of black or white) - the perfect reading accessory for night readers, travelers and book lovers of all kinds who wish to read in any low light environment.

    Don't forget to RETWEET these daily games for an additional chance to win the Back-to-School Bundle. The more you RETWEET - the better your chances you have to win! The raffle will be held on the morning of August 21st with the winner announced shortly thereafter.

    Good Luck!

    -Aluratek

  • @aluratek

    Hello! Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had a fun-filled weekend!

    I just wanted to remind everyone that Aluratek has an Instagram account! With lots of fun behind-the-scene activities being posted all the time, I encourage everyone with a Instagram to simply follow us! You can get a inside scoop and look into our sneak peek promotions, products and my personal favorite - office pranks!

    Follow us at:

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    What kind of content would you want to see on our Instagram page? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Light Up Your Imagination With The LED Bookmark

    LED Bookmarks

    Whew! Finally, with great anticipation we can officially announce our stylish LED Bookmarks have arrived. We think this wonderful reading accessory is perfect for night readers, travelers and book lovers of all kinds who wish to read in any low light environment. We have two versions, a black bookmark with a white ribbon and a white bookmark with a black ribbon.

    The multi-function design acts as a bookmark and a reading light with several adjustable brightness levels for an incredible light output of 300 lumens on brightest setting. The LED Bookmark features spatial directed LED lights that conveniently illuminates the page of your book, magazine, newspaper, sketchbook, notebook, writing tab, workspace etc. without disturbing others.

    The lightweight LED Bookmark is easily transportable and the slim design won't ruin your books. The LED Bookmark comes with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery so you can conveniently recharge your bookmark through a USB port.

    Best places to use the bookmark:

    Bed - your spouse wants to go to sleep but you want to stay up and read the next exciting chapter of your book (or comic book).

    Office - your coworker has a migraine and he turned all the lights off in the office so he can suffer in darkness and you need to get some work done.

    Libraries - sure, if people still go to libraries. I can see someone using one in the back of the library or study hall when you are cramming for your next exam and your study partner has decided to take a nap to let you do all the work.

    Airplanes - get some work done or read the new issue of Nat Geo without disturbing your fellow passengers. Plus, its easier to use the bookmark than getting out of your seat to reach up for that dome light.

    Trains - see above, although even better because I do not think trains have those personal dome lights.

    Cars - as a fanatic car reader back in the day I can say this would have been nice to have around on long drives so I could continue to read when the sun went down. No need to wake your whiny siblings or drive your parents crazy by turning the dome light on.

    Camping - sheds just the right amount of light you need for reading when the campfire has gone out.

    If you are reading this you are in luck! We have special introductory promo pricing on our LED Bookmarks this week. Our low price of $14.99 will only last until August 9, so we recommend that you act quickly before they return to its original price!

    Where would you use your LED Bookmark? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • The Simple Life

    Good morning - happy Monday!

    Did you know that the first week of August is National Simplify Your Life week? So random, right? As I looked more into this "holiday", I realized that there's no better time to simplify your life. Yes, we are all familiar with the idea of spring cleaning, but some late-summer simplifying is a great way to keep the clutter out. In today's fast paced world, it's a challenge to take a day or even a few hours to organize your desk, hard drive, computer files, etc. Our creative director at Aluratek is actually VERY good at this. If you even peeked into our main drive, every single file is in their own labeled folder and there are NO random files just sitting about. How in the world?! Haha! As you can tell, I am not as organized as him. I can learn a thing or two on National Simplify Your Life week.

    Here are some of our products that can assist you to keep your tech life clean and tidy -

    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. 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.
    The USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station is 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. The USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station is 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.
    With 4GB of built-in storage, memory card reader and USB support, our Digital Photo Frames make it easy to transfer and store all your favorite photos, videos and music. With 4GB of built-in storage, memory card reader and USB support, our Digital Photo Frames make it easy to transfer and store all your favorite photos, videos and music.
    Our 4-Port USB Charging Station is a perfect way to keep your tablets, smartphones, and other USB devices in one place instead of having them all spread out! Our 4-Port USB Charging Station is a perfect way to keep your tablets, smartphones, and other USB devices in one place instead of having them all spread out!

    How are you planning to keep your tech life organized? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • 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!!!

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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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    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:

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    Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games. Can't even tell a difference!
    The Avengers
    Thranduil from The Hobbit
    Black Widow from The Avengers
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    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:

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    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!

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