Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Cyber Monday Sale

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    Get ready to save big bucks with some of our best deals for Cyber Monday! You'll find amazing savings on a variety of Aluratek products - all at $9.99 or less! Get a head start on your holiday shopping now!
    This promotion extends through the end of the day so hurry!

    Happy shopping!

    Which one of our Cyber Monday items do you see sitting under your Christmas tree? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Get A Head Start On Black Friday

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    This year we decided to give you all a head start with our Black Monday sales promotion! Instead of limiting our exciting deals to only one day we are extending it all the way to Sunday, November 29!

    Skip the big crowds on Black Friday and make your holiday shopping easy today by taking advantage of our early sale that will save you BIG bucks!

    Hurry! This promotion only extends through November 29, 2015!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Are you going to skip the big lines or start your holiday shopping early? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Meet The Next Generation Internet Radio Alarm Clock

     

    WiFi Internet Radio

    Aluratek is happy to announce the arrival of our newest product: The WiFi Internet Radio with LCD Touchscreen Display - the next generation alarm clock and internet audio media streamer! In our effort to add new and exciting skus to the Indoor / Outdoor product line-up, the WiFi Internet Radio lets you instantly access thousands of free internet radio stations while serving as a convenient multi-tasking tool with clock, calendar, weather, alarm, social media and memo apps to help you through your day.

    What makes this internet radio so special? For one, the large touchscreen color LCD that provides fast and easy navigation through the icon based menus.

    LCD touchscreen display The LCD displays vivid menu screens.

     

    The Internet Radio has a downward firing and robust sounding 5W subwoofer with dual 3W front facing channel speakers that provides excellent sound quality in a small footprint.

    Never be left in the dark Built-in dual high fidelity speakers for crystal clear sound quality and clarity.

     

    AIRMM03F features push button controls on top of the unit that allows you to power ON / OFF, control the volume, press the snooze bar, activate voice command, go to previous menu and get back to the home screen.

    Push button controls Control the WiFi Internet Radio with the push button controls.

     

    The radio features a built-in rechargeable battery for up to 5 hours of continuous streaming. Add audio quickly and easily to any room by connecting to any WIFI 802.11 b/g/n wireless network. Bring it into the kitchen to listen to a iHeartRadio podcast while cooking. Take it to the garage to groove to your favorite Pandora station while you work. Wherever it goes, you can be sure the WiFi Internet Radio will fill any room with dynamic, rich sound.

    Wifi connectivity for portability WiFi connectivity and built-in rechargeable battery for ultra portability.

     

    Instantly access thousands of free internet radio stations by installing apps like iHeartRadio, Pandora®, Spotify® and more while also serving as a convenient multitasking tool. Features clock, calendar, weather, alarm, social media and memo apps.

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    App screenshots Access thousands of free internet radio stations while serving as a convenient multi-tasking tool

     

    As you can see, our new Internet Radio is quite the over achiever. Pick one up today and enjoy all of its features in any room of your house with literally the touch of the screen.

    How would you use your WiFi Internet Radio? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Techgiving Day

    Things have certainly changed since the first meal of the pilgrims and Native Americans. 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. With Thanksgiving Day coming up, you can tech it up with these ideas:

    Siri

    Need to know the exact measurement for your pumpkin pie? Don't bother browsing through websites for the answer - just ask Siri! You can use your hands for more important things. I always call on my dear friend Siri for pretty much...anything and I know I will be depending on her while I am prepping up all my Thanksgiving side dishes (the mother-in-law will be making the turkey. I'm not messing with the main course!)

    Cooking / meal planning apps

    In this digital day and age, utilizing technology when you're prepping and cooking for hours sounds like a good idea,  right? Let's face it. We're not our grandmas. I don't know how they did it - laying out platters and platters of food on the table all on her own. If I even attempted to do all that without any tech let's just say there would be no Thanksgiving dinner and most likely a burnt down house. Download a planning list app like Clear+ to menu assistants like Snapguide to help you out on the day of.

    Tech- Cooking Tools :

    It's almost too easy to overcook your turkey if you don't have a close eye on it, and as we all know oven temperatures vary. If you're cooking the turkey this year, all eyes and pressure is on you that the big bird will come out to be juicy and moist a.k.a. perfect. If you purchase yourself a nice wireless meat therometer you can take some pressure off of you and join the family in the living room while your turkey is cooking. Once the turkey is ready and hits the perfect temperature, the wireless therometer will deliver a sound that lets you know that it's ready! Another awesome tool that I wish I had in my kitchen is an electric carving knife! It’s like a MINI chain-saw! Mind. Blown. Sorry delicious turkey, but say hello to my little friend. Muhaha!

    Thanksgiving Football :

    Two things are guaranteed on Thanksgiving: Turkey and Football. Okay so if you have been reading my blog posts in the past, it’s pretty obvious that I am a pretty big football fan. I'm so excited to watch a good game while I stuff my face with awesome food, but I still would like to watch other football games as well. 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!

    Skyping 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!

    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 the night off and burn those calories! Another really fun game is the Ellen Degeneres' free app, Heads Up. It's similar to Taboo and Catch Phrase!

    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!

    Black Friday Shopping :

    Yup. After feeling like a whale, you know it’s priority after Thanksgiving to wake up at 2AM, drive over to the nearest Best Buy, wait in a ridiculous long line, and then most likely get trampled over by strangers as they’re all rushing towards the last 50 inch flat screen TV. Sounds like a blast… You can do that…OR, get a few extra more hours of sleep, walk downstairs in your warm, comfy pajamas, relax on the couch, open your laptop, and start surfing on different websites to make your Black Friday purchases! We will be having our own Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale so stay tuned for those as well!

    At Aluratek, we always want to involve technology in our holidays, however, some prefer Thanksgiving to be the few digital-free holidays of the year. And that’s alright with me. As long as you have friends, family, and pumpkin pie – well, that’s all you really need.

    How are you going to involve technology this Thanksgiving Day? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Movie Title Sequence

    Hello! Happy Monday! :)

    Anyone watch Spectre yet?! I was able to watch it over the weekend and it was pretty entertaining! As a graphic designer, one of the things that really stood out to me during the movies was the introduction title sequence. Yup, the title sequence. If you have viewed the recent 007 movies, you would know they focus heavily on creating a eye catching, dreamlike quality title sequence in the Bond films. My personal favorite is Skyfall's intro but Spectre's was very cool too!

    It got me thinking how over the years film makers put in more effort into creating interesting sequences. I can appreciate that and I'm sure you can as well - after all it's better than sitting around reading names with a boring black background...that's actually how it used to be before someone decided that it's a great opportunity to bring something creative out of it and that person was Saul Bass.

    Saul Bass is the pioneer of motion graphic title sequences back in the 1950's. His job was to produce sequences that not only was appealing to the eye but a piece that would tell a story leading into the movie. His style of design incorporated animation, live action, and different type treatments to create credits for films as diverse as Casino, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and his very first project The Man With The Golden Arm. You may also recognize his other films such as Anatomy of Murder, Vertigo, and Alfred Hitchcock's infamous thriller, Psycho. Saul Bass' talents stretched into many areas. He won many awards that would influence filmmakers all over the world through his legacy.

    Today title sequences are used with some of the most advanced technology and programming which can blow your mind. It's really amazing how far technology has come and yet I am still impressed with how Saul Bass utilized everything he had to create visuals without any of today's technology - he truly was inventive and creative.

    Here are a couple of title sequences he's worked on:

    The Man With The Golden Arm is really cool because these shapes and illustrations you see are actually paper cut outs that he used to animate with.

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is probably one of my favorite title sequences ever!

    Here are a few title sequences that you may be familiar with. I see a touch of Saul Bass inspiration in all of them!

    Do you have a favorite motion title sequence? Let us know. Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Win a $100 Shopping Spree with Aluratek

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    Enter the Rating and Review Sweepstakes

    We want to know what you think about your Aluratek product. Help us and your fellow consumer make a more informed buying decision by writing a product review. Rate and review any product and be entered into our monthly raffle for a chance to win a $100 Shopping Spree at aluratek.com. You can find the contest rules here! Thank you and good luck!

  • Election Day Tunes

    Hello, happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween weekend! Hopefully no one has to make a trip to the dentist anytime soon ;)

    Tomorrow is an exciting day! It will be an important day for thousands of important state and local elections! The media has not covered much about the 2015 elections since the presidential primaries are being focused on. However, with a community elected by its citizens it allows our voice to be heard. With so many different opinions of all kinds of issues going on in our country, this is the one time where we can register our opinion on how we think the government should operate - starting with our hometown...

    ...but voting can be such a hassle.

    Election polls can take up some time and I know most of you are all going to be hitting the polls - provided you're 18+. Since we know you're going to need a way to keep yourselves busy, I created a playlist of songs that are the perfect accompaniment to get you through all the waiting :) Maybe you guys can even figure out some of the puns in these song titles about the long waits at the election polls ;)

    You can find any of these songs on Spotify or iTunes - enjoy!

    1. We're Not Going To Take It - Twisted Sisters

    2. Holiday - Green Day

    3. Help! - Beatles

    4. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer

    5. God Bless The U.S.A. - Lee Greenwood

    6. Forever - Chris Brown

    7. The Waiting - Tom Petty

    8. Enemy - Green Day

    9. Sitting, Wishing, Waiting - Jack Johnson

    10. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

    Which song would help you cope through the long lines? If so, how? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

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