Aluratek Blog

  • Tech The Halls!

    Yes, it's not December quite yet, but I think once Thanksgiving is over we are allowed to have some holiday spirit! One of the most exciting things about the holidays are all different types of decorations. People get REALLY into it and I think it's pretty dang awesome. Check this house out!

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    I mean geez...their electric bill is going to be quite large!

    Well of course since Aluratek is a tech company, I wanted to share some ideas on how to "tech the halls" this year and give your inner tech side an outlet to express your home, tree, yourself with some of the things you really love!

    1. Tech out your tree!

    Skip the generic tree ornaments and decorate your Christmas tree this year with some cool tech gadgets! Like this tree!

    Haha - i love it! Make sure to get one of our USB wall plates! You can charge your smartphone, tablet or any USB device right from any electrical plug so you can decorate your tree without losing an outlet!

    2. Gift Wrapping

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    A binary code wrapping paper?! Now that's cool.

    Do yourself a favor and pick up a roll of some cool binary code paper instead of ugly patterned wrapping paper! Gift wrapping can take quite some time so make sure to listen to some holiday tunes! You can stream them all through our WiFi Internet Radio! I'm currently listening to some Christmas music at my work desk using the radio as well!

    3. Christmas Wreathes 

    Geekify your Christmas wreaths and make your own! Grab a bunch of your old computer parts that you don't use anymore and put them to good use this holiday season by creating them into a techy wreath!

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    4. Stocking Stuffers!

    Make your own cute little stockings of your favorite tech-related themes!

    We have a bunch of awesome stocking stuffers to stuff your stockings with that your friends and family are going to love! Not only are they awesome but they are all $10 so take advantage!

    5. Ugly Christmas Sweaters

    I LOOOOOVE Christmas sweaters!! I think the fact that they are ugly makes it so much better! If I have time, I usually like to make my own! The best ones are the sweaters that light up. oOoOoH!

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    hahahahhahaa i love this man's sweater

    Stay safe this year while decorating! If you're planning on climbing up on top of your roof to hang lights, make sure to have a reliable light source at all times! Carry one of our flashlights or LED lightbars to provide yourself with good lighting!

    Control your decoration's electrical source with our Wireless Home Automation Switch. With the remote control you can turn your home appliances and electronic devices ON or OFF with the touch of a button - in this case your Christmas tree or house decorations!

    Happy holidays everyone!!!! :)

    How are you going to tech the halls this year? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Avoid Black Friday Crowds And Shop Online!

    Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week? I feel like we JUST celebrated Halloween! Time sure flies, but I'm glad it does because Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! It's a great way to share a meal with your close friends and family and list out the things you are thankful for - and then there's Black Friday.

    I find Black Friday sort of hilarious because it's literally the day after Thanksgiving - a day where we express our gratitude of all the things we have...and then the next day we go out among the chaotic and aggressive crowds fighting over the last flat screen TV....even though you already have 2 of them at home...but hey! THIS ONE is only $300 so you HAVE to claim it even if that means throwing a couple elbows and shoves :)

    Black Friday is definitely a cash cow for retailers but it's a very stressful day for consumers and even non consumers! There's extra traffic, long lines and a demolished store! At this point, it may be best to just stay home to avoid the Black Friday craziness!

    FORTUNATELY, you can do all your Black Friday shopping on the internet today. I mean...how awesome is that? Say sayonara to waiting hours and hours in a line on a cold, bone chilling night and getting pushed around once those doors have opened!

    Here are a few reasons why shopping online for Black Friday is a smarter move -

    1. Stores offer the same deals on their website

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    2.  Black Friday shopping is potentially dangerous!

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    Yes, the odds of something bad happening to you are slim but there's still a slim chance that it could happen to you! Google "Black Friday Fights" and you'll see A LOT of different footage of people getting trampled and beaten over a deal!

    3. There ARE other sales besides Black Friday!

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    Many retail and online stores have started early and are giving out deals already. You can start shopping now and find some great discounts - while avoiding the crowd! There's also Cyber Monday which takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving!

    4. Aluratek is having an early sale on exclusive items, Black Friday AND Cyber Monday sale! Yep, that's a GREAT reason to stay home in your jammies and shop on our website! If you are not subscribed to our eNewsletter, go to our website, scroll down to the bottom and sign up! You will receive our emails that contain our holiday deals!

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    What ever you decide to do this Black Friday, I hope everyone stays warm and safe out there!

    Here are some fun Black Friday memes to conclude with :)

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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING YA'LL!!!!!!

  • Tech-Giving Smorgasbord Giveaway

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    In the spirit of thanksgiving, Aluratek would like to invite you to our Tech-Giving Smorgasbord Giveaway! Starting tomorrow through November 18, you can feast on our daily activities and also enter our raffle to win a grand prize!

    Check out our Twitter feed to see our tweets on this promotion. Simply RETWEET any promotional tweet that contains the #TechGivingSmorgasbord hashtag and FOLLOW @Aluratek to be entered into the grand prize raffle. The grand prize raffle will be held on the afternoon of November 18th where the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

    The winner of each day's activity can choose one item from our 10 for $10 (10 Year Anniversary Specials) items.

    Again, don't forget to RETWEET these daily games for an additional chance to win the #TechGivingSmorgasbord grand prize. The more you RETWEET - the better your chance you have to win!

    Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

    -Aluratek

  • Technology and Politics

    John F. Kennedy VS Richard Nixon in the 1960 campaign season was aired on television and was marked as one of the leading technological moments in political history. Technology has shaped and is continuing to mold politics in ways that is changing the course of a lot of future campaigns.

    When George W. Bush was our president in 2004, the internet was around but nothing really made much of an impact - YouTube didn't exist yet, and most of social media platforms we are familiar with today weren't around either. The one platform that speaks loudly is Twitter as we see Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump communicating via Tweets to each other, to the world. Even President Obama is familiar with Twitter as we can see him reading hilarious 'Mean Tweets' on The Jimmy Kimmel Show -

    Yes. Technology has taken over the political world. If you think about it without technology, we would've never heard about the scandal about how Donald Trump talks about women, OR without email, Hillary Clinton's stress level would be a tad lower?

    Social media allows everyone to express their opinions about the election whether they're comments to memes to videos!

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    In my honest opinion, I think technology has allowed us to be more informed about what is going on in today's world and the election. Especially when we are all so busy and in a hurry to live our lives, thank god for our smartphones and social media apps right? Haha. But in all seriousness, technology and social media has allowed us to bring up racial, sexist, immigration issues and etc. It gives us a voice to speak out about even the most sensitive topics.

    What do you think about how technology has influenced the political world?

    Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Early Thanksgiving Preparations!

    Hello! Happy Monday and Happy Halloween!! I hope everyone will enjoy this spooky day with fun costumes and LOTS of treats!

    Kind of crazy how we spend so much time preparing and getting ready for this holiday for it to be over...in one day. That can be said with every holiday especially Christmas! Well now that Halloween will be over in less than 24 hours, we now have to start prepping for the next big holiday that is THANKSGIVING. Okay. I love Thanksgiving. It's just so much fun grubbing your heart out with all your close friends and family.

    It's been nearly four hundred years since Plymouth colonists and some friendly Native Americans shared a warm and open feast of thanks. Things have certainly changed since the first meal. When Abraham Lincoln announced Thanksgiving to be national holiday in 1863, the most technology that came into play was photography. However, today we can recognize the important role technology can play in this delicious holiday.

    Here are 5 ways to use technology on Thanksgiving Day:

    Cooking Digitally :

    In the past, the pages in cookbooks would be bookmarked or torn out, and recipe cards would be selected for this special day. Today, we can say rest in peace to cookbooks and recipe boxes because recipes are easier to find on the internet! I don’t even remember the last time I opened up a cookbook! My favorite part about doing this online is if you want to substitute a certain ingredient, OR if you don’t have that ingredient the internet helps you find alternative solutions that works very well. Get started early this year and bookmark all your meals and side dishes!

    Thanksgiving Football :

    Two things are guaranteed on Thanksgiving: Turkey and Football. In fact there's so much football on TV that you probably can't watch all the games at once. What I like to do (ghetto-style) is have the main game on our TV screen, and then have 2 laptops streaming the other games. Hey, it works! Another way to do it is to record the other games if you have DVR. If you have Verizon as your cell phone provider, make sure to download the NFL Mobile app!  They added a new feature where it allows you to live stream football games! We have Sling TV so we can stream the games on our phones, Chromecast it to our TV or just watch it on our laptops!

    If you like to watch the games on the big screen but don't have cable TV or even a good digital antennae, just stream the game on your laptop and have it hooked up to your TV with Aluratek's 6 Foot HDMI to HDMI Cable!

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    The cable provides the easiest way to connect your digital video sources to your HD/LCD display as it enables only one cable to deliver both high-definition video and multi-channel, digital audio. It enables intelligent, two-way communication between digital sources.

    Video "Cameraing" With Your Family :

    Thanksgiving is a holiday where you should be able to spend it with your family. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get every single family member and relative to join you on the special day. FORTUNATELY, there’s Skype. Video-conferencing is the best way to interact with your family visually. We recommend you grab a laptop and prop it up on the Thanksgiving table, start Skype and call in your favorite relative! You can FaceTime them as well!

    Fun Games :

    After pigging out, belt-loosening, and pigging out some more, all you want to do is relax and have fun with the family, right? What about kicking it on the couch and playing some video games? As long as it’s not a gory, nausea-inducing game that's going to cause you to spew your dinner….you’re all good. Some people feel like they need to move around after all the eating so what a better way to just dance around instead? Two words: Dance. Central. Moon-walk and cabbage patch your way to feeling that you got at least some exercise in! Or if you REALLY feel the need to work out...(what?!), just grab a pair of Bluetooth earbuds and head over to a gym (if they're even open!) or go out for a jog outside!

    Share Your Thanksgiving With The World!

    Every Thanksgiving, all of my friends are taking pictures of their dinner table that’s filled with FOOD and posts them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. A part of me feels like they’re trying to say, “My Thanksgiving meal is better than yours!” Ha-ha! But it’s great to see everyone’s posts because I know they’re enjoying the holiday! So why not participate and show off your fabulous dinner table as well? Do it! Make sure to also transfer those Facebook and Twitter photos into your WiFi Digital Photo Frame to share your fun times with everyone who comes to visit your home! Oh, you're asking what if you don't have one?! Well we sell them! ;)

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    Yes, it's not even November yet and YES it's still almost a month until Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean its TOO early to start preparing for one of the most delicious holidays of the year! (I'm already planning Thanksgiving with my friends...) hehe.

    Happy Halloween, folks! STAY SAFE OUT THERE!!!

  • New Additions - USB Charging Wall Plates

    Hello, Happy Monday!

    Most people are dreading Mondays but today I am excited! Why?! Well...because I get to share with you all our newest additions to the the Aluratek family!

    Allow me to introduce you to our 2-Port USB Charging Wall Plates!

    Aluratek's 2-Port USB Charging Wall Plates are a great way to charge your smartphone, tablet or any USB device right from any electrical plug without losing an outlet. Installation is quick and easy with no batteries, no wiring, no electricians and no fuss. The USB charging wall plate simply snaps into place around the wall outlet and draws power right from the outlet. The wall plate is USB surge protected to prevent a sudden spike in current that might damage your device.

    We have 2 different wall plates to accommodate both styles of face plates:

    1. 2-Port USB Charging Duplex Wall Plate

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    2. 2-Port USB Charging Decor Wall Plate

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    No batteries, no wires, no electricians, no fuss. Installation is quick and easy. The USB Charging Wall Plate snaps right into place. The prongs draw power right from the outlet! The sleek and practical design allows you to charge any USB device right from your outlet! Leave your outlets free to use. Works with any single duplex outlet!

  • Monster Madness

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    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!

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    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!

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    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...

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    So cute! Girl version of Han Solo!

    3. Marvel

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    Rogue & Gambit

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    How to make a Fantastic Four "Thing" costume

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    4. Anything smartphone related

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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