Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • We're Now On Instagram!

    Good morning!

    I woke up this morning very excited and eager to write this blog entry because I want to share with all of you that Aluratek has opened up a Instagram account! (Better late then never, right?)

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    As our company has grown more and more, we want to show you that we are a company with REAL people! Yup, we're not robots! From a photo of one of our newest products to an activity going on in the office, every moment contains something special that we want to share with all of you!

    Here is how you can connect with us on Instagram:

    1. Download the Instagram app on your mobile phone

    2. Find @aluratek on Instagram and follow us

    3. Double tap our photos to show us you like the photo! You can also upload your own photo of and share it with us by using the hashtag #Aluratek.

    So, come and join us on Instagram for creative and fun photography, new stories, updates, and unique behind the scenes photos!

    What would you like to see on Aluratek's Instagram? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Beyond The Frame: Digital Signage

    digital signageAs you may know by now, Aluratek is a leader in digital photo frames. The digital photo frame category has been one of our longest running and most successful since our inception. What separates Aluratek digital photo frames from other brands is picture quality, ease of use, and affordability.

    Our frame's are a wonderful way to bring your treasured photos and memories to life with incredible image clarity in rich and vibrant colors all on the TFT true color LCD and comes in 7", 8", 10", 12", 14", 15" and 19" screen sizes - perfect for anyone and EVERYone’s viewing pleasure.

    Aluratek frames are great for your home and office to view and share your digital memories with ease. But, Aluratek goes above and beyond the normal digital photo frame by enabling these frames to become digital signage solutions. Place on any sturdy table surface or mount the frame on a wall (some frame's include VESA mounts) in your place of business to enhance your message to your customers. Showcase videos of your product or service in action or play a greeting message, tutorial or educational video. You could also use pictures in slideshow mode to tell a story, display business hours, sale items, specials and menu boards, etc. The possibilities are endless!

    How would you use your frame for digital signage? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Traveling With Technology: How To Keep It Safe

    The holidays are arriving! Do you know what that means? It means A LOT of Americans are getting ready to travel.  Wherever you’re heading, if you’re traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is too, so you better start booking those tickets now! Airports can get very hectic during these times and so of course you want to arrive as soon as possible to get yourself situated and comfortable before boarding on the plane. If you wait to pack your things last minute (…guilty), you’re most likely in a rush and shoving things in your suitcase. How are you keeping your belongings safe? Clothes and toiletries aren't that big of a deal, but what about all of your electronics? Well, let’s just hope you are taking care of them. However, the scary thing is…these days, most of us bring our laptops, tablets, or smart phones when we travel, but without the proper safeguards, we can be easy targets for criminals. And it’s not just the devices the criminals are after, it’s also the DATA inside which can be just as valuable as well as vulnerable.

    So here are a few ways to protect your precious electronic gadgets:

    - Stay away from free Wi-Fi

    Whether you’re in an airport, train station, or a hotel, avoid using free Wi-Fi. This is an easy way hackers can generate their own hotspots at these locations and gain admission to any vulnerable device that logs onto the system. When you’re on a public network, your personal data including your user IDS, account information and your passwords, are all there for anyone to steal. Your device is also prone to attracting viruses and spyware if the hackers choose to send one your way. Unfortunately, these criminals may continue to hack into your device even after you leave the hotspot!

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    -Make sure to ALWAYS have your phone password-protected. Use a strong password of different random numbers. .

    -Remove any important files and information from your smart phone.

    - Enable remote wiping on your smart phone. Many smart phones can be configured to permit users to remotely remove data in case a device is misplaced or stolen.

    - Turn off any automatic logins you may have for your apps and websites.

    Always keep both eyes on your devices

    It’s pretty common sense to never leave your devices behind, right? It may sound obvious, and yet it’s so easy to ask a stranger to watch your things for a quick “minute” while you step away to go to the restroom or grab a quick coffee. You need to take EVERYTHING with you. Always guard your luggage and backpack that contains all your electronic possessions.

    - Case Protect your devices

    Invest in a good case for your devices. You don’t want to risk dropping it and watching it crack or even shatter before your eyes. Aluratek has a wide selection of tablet cases that will keep your tablet safe and sound.

    So the next time you’re storing your toiletries in a zipped lock bag, be sure that you also take steps to protect your technology for your holiday trip!

    How do you protect your electronics while traveling? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Falling Prices Like The Autumn Leaves

    The summer is coming to a close soon as the the Autumn equinox on September 23, 2014 signals the beginning of Fall. We are at the point where there is exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. If you live anywhere else, however, you will see a little bit more or a little bit less than 12 hours of daylight.

    In anticipation of the leaves turning color and dropping all over your yard I couldn't help but think about the Aluratek Outlet Store - naturally. The prices on our outlet store are falling just like the Autumn leaves. Our outlet store features dozens and dozens of refurbished products plus some legacy items such as eReaders, Tablets, Tablet Accessories, Digital Frames, Bluetooth Audio devices, Battery Chargers, USB Accessories and more at unbelievable prices. We are talking 25% - 50% and yes even 75% off items from their regular MSRP! Why can we offer such great savings? Product in the outlet store are refurbished items that are mostly customer returns that meet original factory specifications. Learn more about our Certified Refurbished Product and how they can be a good option for you.

    This is a great place to start your holiday shopping. Refurbished supply can be very limited and we often run out of inventory. We recommend that you act quickly if you see an item that you like. Below are just several of the items and savings you can expect to see. There is something for everyone. Enjoy the return of fall and the falling prices!

    Which item from our Outlet Store do you have your eye on? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Bills, Bills, Bills

    If you live in today’s America, you’ve probably heard the phrase “Time is money”. Time is so precious to us and juggling our professional life AND our personal lives at the same time have become quite a struggle.

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    The one thing we all go through or will eventually be going through is the joy of paying your bills! Yay! (Insert Sarcasm). Balancing all your bills and expenses is not easy. Thankfully, living in this technology-obsessed world, there are apps that can help you manage this. Believe it or not, they do lend a hand and brings comfort knowing that you’re not alone in this crazy thing called “life”.

    So let’s just get on with it. Here are 3 awesome apps:

    Mint: Millions of people use Mint to control their money. The proficient and protected app allows you to automatically track all your checking accounts, saving accounts, and credit cards in a central location, efficiently organizing and displaying the transactions with informative graphs. 

    Google Wallet: Have you ever eaten a fabulous dinner at a restaurant and once it was time to pay, you realize you forgot your wallet at home? Or what about realizing that you don’t have your wallet as you reach the register at your favorite retail store? Well you never have to be in that position again because the day that you could go shopping and leave your tangible wallet behind is finally here. With Google Wallet, you are able to store your credit card, debit card, loyalty card information in one place. Simply use your smartphone to “tap and pay” at stores to make your purchases. You can also use Google Wallet to pay for your online purchases.

    Venmo: I love this app. I’ve been in so many situations where this app came in handy. For example: I go out to dinner with friends quite frequently and when our waiter delivers the bill, it’s always frustrating for everyone when you have to individually split the cost…and I’m sure it’s a lot of work for the waiter to swipe 5 different credit / debit cards.  Venmo allows you to pay anyone instantly using money you have in Venmo or your linked bank account in a matter of seconds. This app has become quite popular because it’s so convenient to use. So one of our friends put the whole bill on her card, and we each used Venmo to transfer money to her account. She instantly “cashed out” and received the money the next day! Awesome!

    And I can't help but feel that this song is appropriate for this blog post ;)

    Which one of these apps do you find most useful? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • 9/11 Remembered

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    Today is 9/11 - 2014 edition. I surprised myself this morning as I was driving to the office that I totally had forgotten about this historic and sad day in the nation's history. I was reminded on the radio that today marks the 13th anniversary. Wow, how time flies. This is the first time since 9/11 that I had been a little oblivious that this date was approaching. I felt kind bad. Maybe it's because my life day to day is more hectic than years past with work and appointments and my young son? Or is it we have just moved on? That 2001 is a distant memory?

    Not sure really. But reading numerous news stories this morning makes we happy to know the country still cares and paused to reflect on what happened and remember the people who lost their lives. I hope we never forget. Kinda hard as I see the day is marked on my calendar as i'm sure most calendars moving forward. Do American's feel any safer? Its clear that threats remain. I feel that this "war on terror" will continue to persist for years to come and be a part of my son's life.

    Good news is the nearly completed One World Trade Center has risen 1,776 feet above ground zero and will be filled with office workers by this date in 2015. Perhaps another sign that a page in the city’s history may be turning?

    How are you remembering today? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Keep Calm And Study On

    To all the students out there that started their new semester or quarters, how excited are you to approach a new school year where you can gain more knowledge and continuously challenge yourself? I graduated 2 quarters ago, and I already miss it (minus the homework)!

    Prepare yourselves for long nights of studying, studying, and did I mention studying? Yup! Hours of being hunched over stacked textbooks, microscopes in your hand, calculator in the other hand…sounds very exciting! Everyone has their own style of studying. Some people need to be in a quiet room while others do well studying with friends. I was never able to study at home, so I would spend my nights at the school library with a set of earphones in my ears blasting music away.

    Here at Aluratek, we are rooting for all the hard-working students that are going to make an impact in our near future. So to all the students, hit the books and focus your mind with music to stimulate your brain cells with a few of our Bluetooth audio products! Let the words and numbers flow in and out of your head with the sound of your favorite studying playlist.

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    You can find these items plus more on our website in the Bluetooth audio / Accessories section.

    I would like to conclude this post with a playlist of music anyone can study to! I promise it's not just classical music!

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    What are your favorite songs to study to? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Like Us on Facebook and Receive 10% Off

    Like Us on FacebookAluratek is trying to get the word out that we have some really cool products to offer. Just like the ones we featured in our last email blast - Shop Smart for Back-to-School Essentials.

    With the holiday season approaching, its never to early to start thinking about that perfect gift. How does 10% off sound? All you have to do is go to our Facebook page in the Promotions tab on the left side and click the "LIKE" button to learn the promotional code. Then go shopping at aluratek.com and enter the promo code at checkout to receive your discount...and please, don't keep this secret to yourself.  Tell everyone you know - your a thoughful person right?

    Its that easy! What’s keeping you?

    Which product would you use your discount on? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • 4 Biggest Tech Myths

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    Let’s talk about myths. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word myth is defined as an “idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true.”

    In the tech world, just like everywhere else, there are certain myths that get passed down and repeated until they transform themselves into something indestructible. When people ask where you heard a certain myth from your typical answer is, “oh you know… on a TV show!”  or “…I found it on some website!” or my favorite , “a friend of a friend told me!”. Classic!

    Well here are 4 of the biggest tech myths you probably heard and most likely believed.

    Closing out apps on your iPhone extends Battery Life.

    Ok ok. I’m guilty as well. I believed when I  double-tap the home button and simply “X” out all the apps on the bottom tray, the battery would be saved. It makes sense right?! Closing out your apps equals saving energy...therefore you save battery! Wrong.

    Well here’s the thing…those apps we see when you double-tap the home button aren’t actually running or using up any battery because they are only a list of recently used apps, and not currently-running apps. Bummer! I really thought I was saving battery..

    The more megapixels a camera has, the better.

    More goes into a camera than just megapixels. A higher megapixel count is vital if you plan on blowing up a photo to a large size and don’t want to lose quality, but for normal viewing, megapixels aren’t as important as having a quality camera lens and light sensor.

    Leaving your laptop plugged in will kill your battery.

    Okay. Guilty again! I would constantly nag my husband to not leave his charger plugged into his laptop since you know, it kills the battery life. The truth is you are not ruining your laptop battery (unless your laptop is very, very old). Most laptops today use lithium-based batteries, which are not vulnerable to “losing charge” if you keep them plugged in all the time. In fact, it’s probably better to stay plugged in than it is to continuously exhaust your battery to 0% and then recharge over and over again which in fact would lower your battery’s duration.

    Macs don’t get viruses.

    Yup, guess who's guilty again? Probably one of the most well-known tech myth out there, I, too, have strongly believed that my 15”Macbook Pro was flawless and not able to retrieve any viruses.  For many years, Apple claimed that its computers were better than Windows because it wouldn't get infected by viruses the way PC’s did. However, in June of 2012 Apple removed the claim due to an ongoing wave of viruses attacking the Mac OS. Thankfully, mine has never been attacked!

    What are some tech myths you would add to this list? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

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