Aluratek Blog

  • April : Spotlight Of The Month

    Last month we shared our Spotlight Of The Month product, and since it's middle of April we want to highlight one of our newest products.

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    Behold the LED Wax Candle!

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    The 6 inch Flameless LED Wax Candle makes a great addition to your home or business without the mess of melting wax and the danger of an open flame. The candle's neutral ivory color works with any interior decor so you can create beautiful mantel displays, tabletop centerpieces and add accent to any bedroom, kitchen, table, end table, reception counter or desk. The Flameless LED Wax Candle features a realistic flame that simulates a bright flickering light just like a real candle. The body of the candle is made with real wax that gives the candle a natural appearance. Adjust the timer on the bottom of the candle to glow for 4 or 8 hours at a time.

    Lucky for you, we are holding a promotion on this item. Simply click here to find out the promotion! Check it out!

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

  • Mystery Deal - Brighten Your Mood

    Aluratek has another Mystery Deal promotion going on right now. Let’s just say it will brighten your mood. Uncovering this mystery is easy. Simply click here to find out the promotion.
    Hurry, this deal could vanish at any time!

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    Can you guess what the mystery deal is? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Interstellar - Mind. Blown.

    I may be a little late, but I finally watched Interstellar last night! Actually, I watched it a couple of months ago, but I was occupied with other things so I wasn’t able to focus, and with Interstellar every ounce of your attention span needs to be fully immersed into the movie or you’ll easily get lost. That’s what I did and boy, that Christopher Nolan blew my mind away.

    Interstellar is about a team of explorers that undertake the most significant mission in human history – traveling beyond this galaxy to seek out an alternative world where humanity can settle and leave a dying earth behind. The thought process to getting a concept like that across AND to actually execute it all visually was EXTREMELY insane.

    What I really want to talk about is the technology and art that went behind this amazing movie. Interstellar won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects In February. Who’s surprised?? Not I.  Visual Effects directors, Paul Franklin and Andrew Lockey, - who also scooped up an Oscar for Christopher Nolan’s Inception 4 years ago- truly earned their spotlight.

    Director, Christopher Nolan, had his visual effects team meet with an astrophysicist so they can grasp the idea and bring it to life on film. They learned all about time warps, gravity, Einstein’s relativity theory, and black holes. With the special effects, the VFX team was able to change light rays using distorted paths and shapes of millions of light beams to achieve a realistic look for many of the scenes. This is something that has never been done in Hollywood film.

    (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD) The iconic scene with the 5th dimension was probably the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on film. Cooper entered into Gargantua (black hole) and was able to foresee the past and future and literally drift into different time zones all while sending codes to his daughter. It was very complex scene but the team executed it so well for viewers to understand what was going on. What’s crazier is that they did not use any of the green screens for that entire sequence. Instead, a slit-scan photography technique was used. It was inspired by Stanly Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

    Words and pictures don’t do justice. If you haven’t watched Interstellar, you must. The visual effects alone are worth watching!

    What did you think of Interstellar? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • April Fools After The Fact

    April Fool's Day was yesterday. If you were pranked at work or home then you already know this. Perhaps it totally passed you by as it did me. Maybe you were busy celebrating National Sourdough Bread Day or National One Cent Day - really, these days are real. Nothing bad happened to me although we had some pretty good ideas we floated around the office for next year.

    I was reading yesterday some pretty good news stories from Yahoo Tech:

    Awesome Pranks From Google, Virgin, Samsung, and Other April Fools. Some of my favorites are Google Pac Maps, the Galaxy Blade S6 and the Smartmail by Inbox by Gmail.

    Also, check this link for 10 Greatest Internet April Fools’ Day Jokes of All Time where you will lean about Rick Rolling and canned unicorn meat.

    Enjoy the articles!

    How was your April Fool's Day? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Tech Necessities For Hiking!

    This past weekend my husband and I made a weekly commitment that we will get up before sunrise and go on a morning hike. We both love nature and being active, so what’s a better way to start our Saturday?? Hiking, that’s what! It’s only Spring so we want to get our hikes in as much as possible before it starts to get REALLY, really hot.

    A couple weeks ago, we were in Arizona hiking in Sedona. I was NOT prepared. I was carrying my water bottle in my arm and tucked my phone in my shirt, but at least I was wearing running shoes! Climbing steep walls was not the business while holding onto my water bottle that’s for sure!

    Sedona Beautiful Canyons in Sedona!

    When going on a hike, you need to ALWAYS be prepared. The obvious things: good hiking or running shoes, backpack, a hiking stick, and LOTS of water are the bare necessities for a hike. I usually carry my Camelbak to keep things light, but if I ever need to carry more than my water pack and a couple of snacks, I’m carrying my NorthFace backpack. However, it seems like these days we’re carrying more than just the essentials. Let's not forget that we're in year 2015 and there are many tech-friendly things that can be added along with the rest of your hiking gear that can make it more enjoyable and possibly easier as well:

    - I like to be in my own zone whenever I do any physical activities so I normally pop in my earphones and enter into my own world. Prepare your own playlist on your phone. I wouldn't recommend streaming your music because you'll be in the mountains away from service. Import your mp3 files in your phone so you can listen to them whenever. Aluratek has great earbuds that are specifically designed for physical activity.

    Hmm what shall I listen to? iTunes!

     

    -Carry a power bank in case of emergency! You never know what could happen on your hike so having a portable battery phone charger will be very crucial if your phone is ever dying.

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    - If you like to keep track of how many miles you’re walking and calories you are burning download the Map My Run app. It not only counts distance and calories, but it maps out your path as well. I like to use it everywhere I go even when I’m not hiking!

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    So in conclusion: don't be like me in Arizona! Be prepped and ready to go!

    That's me in Sedona, AZ and my huge water bottle :( Me and my huge water bottle :(

     

    Happy hiking, folks!

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  • Easter Savings To Dye For

    Easter is a happy day! For some it's a day for religious celebration, for others its a time to stuff their faces with chocolates and egg salad / sandwiches that were made from colored dyed eggs! Either way, it's a good and joyous day for everyone! Easter is a great holiday for children. They go crazy for sweets and all things that are brightly colored. So this year in addition to bunny chocolates and colorful dyed eggs, fill your kids basket (or your own), with our collection of tablet cases, power banks and LED candles! While candy is great, it won't last more than a minute! Gift them with items that are sure to last! Our Easter sale will extend through April 5, 2015 so hurry and start saving!

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    How do you celebrate Easter? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Spring Break Prep

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    Spring is approaching and I'm sure most of you are counting down the days til Spring break! Whether you are planning a trip with your family or your friends, it's always good to prepare so your vacation runs a smooth course!Here are a collection of our products for your trip:

    iStream Our iStream Bluetooth Audio Receiver is great for streaming your music right off your smartphone. Who doesn't enjoy a good jamming session with your friends on the road. Let our iStream set the mood for your road trip journey!
    AUCH01F_mounted I know by experience that one hand on the wheel and the other holding my phone is NOT safe. Therefore I purchased our Universal Car Windshield Mount Holder to cut my bad habit. It securely holds my phone in place that even on the bumpiest ride it is guaranteed that my phone won't fall out.
    APB05F_with iPhone 5 Worst thing that can probably happen when you're trying to create memories on your Spring Break is to have your phone DIE on you! All those images you were planning to shoot will all go down the drain...unless there's a way to revive it without running back to your hotel. Is there such a thing? Of course there is! Aluratek has a wide variety of portable power banks that are extremely handy. This specific one is the 2600 mAh Portable Battery Charger and what's really special about this power bank is that you don't have to carry a charging cord to juice up your phone. A charger is already installed into the device. All you need to do is charge the bank and you're good to go!
    springbreak_LED Going camping for Spring break? Our Rechargable LED Lightbar provides incredibly bright light wherever you need it most. The slim and light weight design of the lightbar makes it very portable and easy to carry in a backpack or travel bag when you go camping. Hang it in your tent or even over a tree branch to give yourself a nice lit space.
    AIPC100F_lifestyle_mount Anything can happen when you're away so our Wireless, Wired Pan -Tilt IP Surveillance Camera is the perfect solution to monitor what's going on in your house while you're on vacation!
    ADMPF315F_front angle Our digital photo frames are a great way to store all your memories from your Spring Break trip. Place them in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or office to reminisce the fun times you had with your loved ones.

     

    What are your Spring Break plans? What Aluratek product would take with you? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

     

  • Going Green for St. Patrick's Day

    When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, you can always count on lots and lots of … GREEN! (Come on, what did you think we were going to say?) Sure, St. Patrick’s Day means leprechauns, rivers dyed green and four-leaf-clovers, but you may have not realized that “green” has a number of other meanings.

    Going Green
    This idiom has nothing to do with the color, but everything to do with environmentalism.  In the same way that having a “green thumb” refers to growing plants, going green has to do with helping the environment.  Going green can be conserving saving water, using reusable grocery bags, recycling your plastics and paper and supporting various eco-friendly charities.

    Save Some Green
    In this case “green” refers to one thing - cold hard cash. As you’re probably already realized, it can be pretty tricky to hold on to. Save some green with Aluratek by checking out our low low prices on many of our products from our Specials page or refurbished product from our Outlet Store and save up to 50% on a variety of products.

    Green with Envy
    Being green with envy is being full of desire for someone's possessions or advantages. It will be a great way to describe your best friend's reaction when you get one of our new LED Bookmarks, USB 3.0 Port Extender for iMac or Flameless LED Wax Candle.

    How will you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Tis' The Season For Spring Cleaning!

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    Spring has approached and you know what that means - it's Spring cleaning time! Yes, it's not exactly as exciting as Easter eggs or cute witto wabbits, but it will make your life easier...after it's all done of course! Here are a few ways to make your Spring cleaning experience a bit more bearable:

    - Are you a pack rat? I'm kind of guilty of being one because I cherish every single thing I own! I still have the plastic bag that carried my amazzzinggg and delicious meal from my first New York trip! My husband wants me throw it away, but I'm having a hard time letting go...yes, it's kind of weird and sad, I know! However, I understand my husband's concern. The more you hold on to, the less storage you will have in the house. Do you have stacks of old CD's / cassette tapes that bring you back to good ol' days or what about that old tv collecting dust in your garage? Donate them to your local Salvation army or Good Will. Download all your music from iTunes into your smart phone, mp3 player or tablet. If you don't want to download, try streaming your music from Pandora or Spotify! No more stacked CDs and tapes!

    - Cleaning out and organizing your garage space will go by much faster with some good music. Jam out to some of your favorite tunes with our BUMP Portable Speaker!

    - We're not suggesting you to toss your family photos or important files, but you can now store both in a digital photo frame or a hard drive.  If you’re looking to clear out some space, consider scanning old printed documents and saving them on an external hard drive. Not only will they take up less space, but they’ll also be easier to find when you need them and possibly more secure than they would be sitting in a box in the garage.

    Would any of our products be handy in assisting your Spring Cleaning experience? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • March: Spotlight Of The Month

    Last month we shared our Spotlight Of The Month product, and since it's the first week of March (can't believe it's already March!), we want to highlight one of our newest products.

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    Behold the LED Bookmark!

    Say what? Yup, you read correctly. Aluratek's LED Rechargeable Bookmark is the perfect reading accessory for night readers, travelers and book lovers of all kinds who wish to read in any low light environment. The multi-function design acts as a bookmark and reading light for stylish reading in bed, office, study halls, libraries, travel, camping, etc.

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    The stylish bookmark includes super bright spatial directed LED light technology that conveniently illuminates the page without disturbing others and features adjustable brightness levels. 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.

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    Whether you want to read a good book while you're flying overseas or simply reading in bed the LED Bookmark is the perfect tool to have!

    Do you enjoy reading? Do you find the LED Bookmark useful? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

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