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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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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    Pretty good, huh?

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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!

  • National Love Your Files Week

    Are you the type of person who has a difficult time organizing and simplifying all your work and files? If that's you..trust me, you are NOT alone. If you saw my work desk you would feel so much better. My supervisor has no idea how I'm able to find anything! If you tried to find anything on my personal laptop, you would spend the rest of your life looking for that ONE image or document.  I'm also a pack rat so I like to hoard old papers and files that I THINK I'll be needing...one day...yes, I need help!

    Well - this week is National Love Your Files Week. Not just organizing your files, but it's about simplifying the things in your life and cutting out things you don't need. I feel like the organizing gods are trying to send me a message because over the weekend, I was working at home and couldn't remember which folder contained a certain file....and I think I spent a good half hour looking for it before giving up.

    Here are a few Aluratek products that can help ORGANIZE and SIMPLIFY your life:

    1. Digital Photo Frames

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    Our digital photo frames are one of the greatest ways to store all your images and videos and display them on a digital frame. Scan your printed images onto your computer and simply transfer them into the frame! Of course you can also transfer your digital images from your other devices into the frame as well with a SD card or USB flash drive. We have so many different styles, sizes and versions of our frames that we know you will find one that best suits you!

    2. USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station

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    Although the docking station doesn't manage your files it is designed for your extra connectivity needs and to increase user productivity in your home of office - still simplifying and cleaning up clutter! It's 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.AUDS0302F_lifestyle_extended

    3. 3.5" USB 3.0 Portable SATA Hard Drive Enclosure

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    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.

    Here are also a few tips that can get you to be on top of things -

    1. Determine what you absolutely need to hold on to and with everything else, toss it in the trash.

    2. Sort out your documents. Go through all your items / computer files  you have decided to hold on to and determine how exactly you want to organize them. How are your computer files going to be organized? Are they going to be sorted out in separate folders? Do you need two folders for your house and car information or will you keep them together?

    3. Create a list of which items you have filed away, which folder they are in and when they are no longer useful and can be thrown out. Creating an inventory will allow you to trash any items after a specified amount of time.

    4. Purchase a filing system. Whether it is a whole filing cabinet or a filing box for your physical documents or a external hard drive for your digital files, it is very important to keep all your documents in one place so they're not scattered all over your office or home!

    5. Most importantly, if you are organizing your computer you will need to back up your files. The last thing you want is for your hard drive to crash and wave sayonora to your precious documents! Back your files up!

    Happy National Love Your Files Week!

    How hectic and chaotic is your filing system? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Music Festivals - Then & Now

    Today marks one of the most significant days in music history. On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival makes its debut on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York.

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    Woodstock was more than just a music festival. It was an event where young adults or "hippies" gathered together, rain or shine, to listen to some of the most iconic musicians of our time perform live such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Band, Janis Joplin, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

    In 1969, our country was going through a sad time where U.S. soldiers were fighting and dying in the Vietnam War meanwhile many who were not fighting the war at home were doing their part and trying to end the war to create a more harmonious world filled with peace and love instead of a hateful one. Woodstock allowed more than 400,000 attendees to create memories that made them feel involved and part of an historic event.

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    Technology in the 60's was obviously not as advanced as today's, but the people back then didn't know that! Landline telephones and 3 pound Polaroid cameras were probably the main devices that were used and they still had the best time of their lives. Today we have devices that we use to contact our family and friends that can also hold thousands of photos.

    Today, it's so easy to get all the details on music festivals just by using your smartphone! Not only that, but the technology used during performances are simply amazing. Coachella valley Music and Arts Festival in California is probably the most popular music festival today. Inspired and influenced by Woodstock, Coachella attendees express themselves by mimicking the days of the 60's hippie era mainly through fashion.

    Although Coachella will never, ever come close to Woodstock, it still holds its own unique voice especially through the use of technology. From glowing, staticky light rays to holographic images of Tupac Shakur (which was AWESOME!), Coachella is a place to make memories for today's young adults.

    Here's an infographic that shows how technology has advanced from the Woodstock days to today's music festivals.

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    How do you share your music festival memories to your family and friends? Social media? Texting? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Olympics Games Technology

    Technology continues to evolve everyday and it all happens so fast! 4 years ago in London, the 2012 Olympic Games were taking place and the technology then compared to now has transformed tremendously. If you have been tuning into the Olympics this year, you probably have already noticed that your experience watching it this year is completely been enhanced since 2012. The technology that has been newly installed into stadiums have definitely made the performances of athletes more enjoyable and clearer for us.

    Here are some of the things that made their debut at Rio 2016 Olympics:

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    For the first time ever, Rio 2016 will be able to use video replays to reverse a referee's call if it was a bad one. A second referee will be able to use footage to see if there were any wrong calls and all at the same time, replays will be displayed to the entire arena.

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    GPS devices have been attached to every vessel so that spectators will be able to follow the rowing and canoe events in Rio with better detail from speed meters to showing which direction the competitors are going.

    Weightlifting

    We normally see shots of the weight lifters from the front or the side, but at Rio 2016 there is a camera dolly that follows every movement and angles from the competitor.

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    Distance swimmers lose track of their lap count all the time and that can really distract them and get them off their game.

    At Rio, there will be digital lap counters sitting at the bottom of the pool of each lane so that when the swimmers hit the wall with their hands, the counters will automatically update the lap count.

    Are you watching the Olympics? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Note To Self: Be Prepared

    My husband and I went to NorCal last week for our 2 year wedding anniversary and it was such a blast! We hit up Yosemite our first night and did some hardcore camping, then afterwards we drove up to San Francisco and Berkeley for the rest of the trip. We were very busy eating at popular local food joints, walking up steep hills to see the view of the Golden Gate Bridge, strolling around the college town of Berkeley and it was just a great time away from my world and the grind that comes with it.

    Although it was a very successful trip, there are definitely things that would've helped us out!!!

    It was my first time camping so I obviously didn't know what to bring and my husband camped many times when he was younger, but we still lacked important tools. Of course we had a tent, a cooler full of food, utensils, sleeping bags, but we realized once it was getting super dark at night that we totally forgot to bring a light source. Oh great. The fire we had wasn't enough to keep our area lit so we had to use our iPhone flashlights to get around! I swear, I was thinking to myself, "I wish I brought one of Aluratek's emergency tools because this would be the perfect time to have one!"

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    The USB Rechargeable 8" LED Lightbar would've been perfect to give us some light while we were eating dinner.. (sigh) or even in our tent...like this smart couple below!

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    Another tool we could've totally used was a portable battery charger. We completely forgot to bring a portable battery bank to charge our phones throughout the night and during our hikes at Yosemite. Not just Yosemite, but while we were hanging out in San Francisco and Berkeley, we could've used a little help from a battery charger as well!

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    Another pickle we were in was at the house we rented out from AirBnb. I brought my own iPhone wall charger but my husband thought I brought his charger as well. So we were stuck sharing a wall charger for the entire trip. Aluratek's 4-Port USB Charging Station would've came in real handy.

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    Funny how I work at a tech company that has all of these tools, yet I didn't bring a single one.

    I just want to say that I wish we were a bit more prepared, but nonetheless we still had a blast!

    Anyway, Here's a picture I took of Yosemite Valley right before phone died.

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  • Comic Con 2016!

    Are you a pop-culture geek? You know, the type who lives for comic books, action figures, the next Walking Dead trailer? If so, then it probably isn't news to you that Comic Con 2016 is now over! Another year came and gone so quickly, but so many memorable events have occurred at this convention that people will always remember! I didn't get to go but thanks to the internet, I was able to update myself!

    Here are some of the best things that happened at Comic-Con 2016, San Diego!

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    Yup. It's Kareem Abdul Jabbar! He is the NBA's all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. Oh, he's also now a writer. He debuted his first comic book, Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalyspe Handbook. So the hall of fame superstar was at Comic Con signing autographs and getting interviewed!

    Wonder Woman Trailer!

    First superhero movie genre to be led by a woman? That's pretty awesome. Here's the trailer to the new "Wonder Woman" movie if you haven't seen it already!

    Spider-Man Sneak Peek!

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    Fans of Spider-Man were gifted with a sneak peek into the introduction of the film! Tom Holland and other cast members were also present to talk about the film!

    Walking Dead

    Oh my goodness. My favorite TV show! If you haven't seen the most recent season....please...please go watch it. It's absolutely insane! But anyway... :)

    Not only are the Walking Dead family super close in the TV series, but even off-camera the cast members are just as close. From Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Steven Yeun to Norman Reedus playing practical jokes as always, this panel of different actors and actresses is what makes a really great show. They introduced the new trailer and talked about the series!

    Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper...do I need to keep naming names?! I mean what more do you need! The fact that Guardians Of Galaxy is having a sequel is totally worthy of jumping up and down screaming like a little girl! They showcased a clip and exclusive trailer only for the eyes of those who have attended Comic Con this year. Sorry - nothing has been released on the internet yet :(

    Have you ever been to Comic Con? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

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