WiFi

  • Aluratek WiFi Digital Photo Frame = Perfect Gift!

    Earlier this month we were fortunate to receive a great review from Cher from the Mom and More Blog regarding our 10 inch WiFi Digital Photo Frame with Touchscreen IPS LCD Display and 8GB Built-in Memory. This is a Best Buy exclusive frame and can only be purchased from Best Buy. You may also find our 10" Slim and 14" Digital Frame models. Read an excerpt from her review below and run out to Best Buy with your holiday gift cards and pick one up today! This frame is the perfect gift for anyone you want to share photo with.

    "When digital picture frames first came out I remember them being a big deal. Back then you had to put the camera’s SD card in the frame to display pictures but it was then a pain to update them. I mean who has the time to pop out the SD card, put new pictures on it and then re-display? So basically what happened for us was we loaded pictures on our frame and then never updated them.

    Well now with WiFi and the “cloud”, technology is getting more and more user-friendly. Now there is no excuses for not displaying new photos thanks to the Aluratek WiFi Digital Photo Frame! It is a touchscreen digital photo frame that connects to your WiFi so photos can be shared and displayed automatically! To make it even easier, you can even sync the frame with your Facebook and Twitter accounts so any image you post to those accounts will transfer directly to the frame..."

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    Sound good so far? Read the rest of the review over at Mom and More.

    Do you have an Aluratek 10" WiFi Digital Photo Frame? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Gifts Under Your Christmas Tree

    Hello! Happy Monday!

    It seems like days are flying by so quickly! Maybe I'm just really excited about Christmas? Either way, I'm not complaining because I love Christmas and the faster it comes, the better!

    I have to start thinking about what gifts I need to get my family and friends! A lot of people hate this part, but I LOVE it. I don't like giving away gift cards or cash gifts....just doesn't seem thoughtful (although I LOVE receiving them hahaha). I think it's fun to think about individual members in my family and what they would enjoy receiving! Luckily, it's not that difficult because most of them are tech-savvy and up to date with the latest technology! If you have family and friends who are also into technology, I think our products would definitely appeal to them!

    Here are 10 of Aluratek products that will look GREAT wrapped up and set under your Christmas tree!

    1. 10" WiFi Digital Photo Frame with Touchscreeh IPS LCD Display and 8GB Built-in Memory

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    The 10" WiFi Digital Photo Frame with Touchscreeh IPS LCD Display and 8GB Built-in Memory is 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 at 1280 x 800 resolution at an ideal 16:9 aspect ratio. The functional and stylish frame makes a great addition to any room of your house or office environment. With 8GB of built-in storage, memory card reader and USB support, it is easy to transfer and store all your favorite photos, videos and music. This would be perfect for you whoever that receives this gift to store all their holiday memories and display them in their house!

    2. WiFi Internet Radio with LCD Touchscreen Display

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    The WiFi Internet Radio is the next generation combination alarm clock and internet audio media streamer that 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. This Radio is one of our biggest sellers and I don't see how anyone who receives this as a Christmas gift could be disappointed!

    3. Wireless, Wired Pan - Tilt IP Surveillance Camera with Night Vision and Two-Way Audio

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    The Wireless, Wired Pan -Tilt IP Surveillance Camera with Night Vision and Two-Way Audio is designed to deliver live audio and video right to your smartphone or tablet. Have confidence in knowing that your home or business is protected. Enjoy the convenience and precision of mobile control anytime and anywhere with the ultra-smooth rotating and elevating functionality along with integrated night vision, motion detection and two way real time audio communication with the built-in microphone and speaker.

    Whether you are informing intruders that the police are coming, shutting down an unauthorized party thrown by your teenagers, or checking in on your sleeping baby, the IP Surveillance Camera is a powerful, practical and efficient tool to keep your family, home or business safe 24/7.

    4. Universal Tablet Case with Built-in for iPad mini, 7 and 8 inch Tablets

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    The Universal Folio Travel Case made specifically for iPad mini and 7", 8" tablets is an elegant solution to carry and protect your tablet while boasting a stylish design. The universal design allows for easy installation of your tablet and access to all your tablet's ports and features a built-in 4100 mAh USB charging station to quickly and conveniently charger your tablet, smartphone, and other USB powered devices while you work! We also have the same one for a 9 and 10 inch tablets! 

    5. Portable Ultra Slim Tri-Fold Bluetooth Keyboard

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    Aluratek's Portable Ultra Slim Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard is the perfect accessory to wirelessly transform your tablet into your own personal laptop. Wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth enabled iPhone, smartphones, iPad, tablets, PC laptops and computers for seamless typing and navigation. This ultra-slim foldable keyboard is the perfect travel companion for when you take your tablet on the road. The lightweight, stylish Bluetooth keyboard allows you to carry it in your bag anywhere you go.

    6. 12000 mAh Portable Battery Charger

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    Aluratek's 12000 mAh Portable Battery Charger with LED Flash Light is a great solution to quickly charge your portable devices. A great travel solution for life on the road when you don't have the convenience of an AC outlet nearby. Don't be stranded on the road with a dead battery on your device. Take the Portable Battery Charger with you and be comforted in knowing that power is near. This would make a great stocking stuffer!

    7. Adjustable Ergonomic Laptop Cooling Table with Fan

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    Aluratek's Adjustable Laptop Cooling Table with Fan is a great solution to cool your laptop while providing a comfortable customizable working surface. We all know that excessive heat harms the performance of any electronic device. Extend the life and functionality of your laptop by providing a constant even flow of cool air to keep your system from overheating.

    8. Magnetic Dash Mount

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    Planning on going on a road trip for the holidays? Aluratek's Magnetic Dash Mount is the most compact and sturdy mounting solution for your car when you're on the road! The dash mount uses a powerful magnet to securely hold your smartphones and other mobile devices in place. Once installed, AUCH02F allows for full 360-degree rotation giving you customizable viewing angles making it perfect for web browsing, navigation, hands-free calling, and more. The Magnetic Dash Mount is more compact, stylish and stable than most vent mounts.

    9. 2-Port USB Charging Duplex Wall Plate

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    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 plates 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.

    10. Volume Limiting Wired Foam  Headphones for Children (Blue and Pink)

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    Yay! Something for the kids! :) Aluratek's Volume Limiting Wired Foam Headphones For Children is the most safe and comfortable pair of headphones for your child. The body of the headphones is made from a single piece of EVA foam which is non toxic and BPA free. EVA foam is lightweight and very durable making the headphones extremely flexible and nearly indestructible while providing maximum comfort to your child. The Volume Limiting Headphones features conforming leather ear pads for hours of wearing comfort and fits most children's heads ages 3 and up. For smaller children, simply snap on the included headband pad to provide a snug fit.

    I hope some of the products this list goes under your Christmas tree!

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  • 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!

  • Back-To-School Playlist

    Happy Monday!

    How many of you are students that are back in school? Are you excited to get back into the study mode and obtain some knowledge?! Sometimes, I miss school but most of the time...I don't. Haha! I definitely don't miss the exams, projects, and pulling all nighters! I had a really hard time studying because I would get distracted so easily - Netflix, Facebook, nap time...etc. But I know that one thing that really helped me was music. If I had the perfect playlist that could help me sit down in one place and focus, then I was good. I love that there are so many different radio stations that we can stream where we can create our own stations or playlists - anytime, anyplace. My favorite music streaming app is Spotify. I pay for the premium because I get to listen to my music on-the-go. Unlike Pandora or iHeartRadio (which are both very good apps), I get to create my own playlist by searching for my favorite songs. I have a playlist for work, at the gym, certain genres (hip hop, rock, classical..etc). If you are going to school, you probably have a study playlist...If I was still going to school, I would most definitely have a playlist dedicated for school and studying.

    Here's what mine would look like...

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    Only 12 songs, but the great thing about having your own playlist is that you can add more songs and my song list always changes! As you can see my taste in music is wide ranged! From Rihanna to one of my favorite classical songs, Pomp and Circumstance...whatever helps me hit the books and study guides is good with me!

    I also have a work playlist that I'm always listening to at Aluratek with our WiFi Internet Radio.

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    It's awesome because Spotify is built into the internet radio and all I have to do is sign in to my account and my playlists are right there! There are thousands of internet radio apps and podcasts that you can download and install right into the WiFi Internet Radio!

    Anyway, happy studying!

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  • Simplicity Day

    Do you need simplicity in your life? Look no further! Aluratek has exactly what you need to keep everything in your life organized and stress-free! ....Oh gosh, how bad was that pitch?! I sound like one of those people on infomercials! Haha.

    But seriously. Today is Simplicity Day and we actually DO have products that is perfect for this day. Here's what we have -

    1. iStream Universal Bluetooth Audio Receiver

    AIS01F_with stereo dockOur iStream is one our best selling products! Customers love how it's so simple to listen to their favorite music, radio stations, podcasts just by connecting their Bluetooth devices to the iStream and VOILA! Instant streaming!

    2. PowerLight Multipurpose Rechargeable Flashlight with Built-In USB Rapid Charger

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    This is one of my favorite products that we carry! Our PowerLight Multipurpose Flashlight is the definition of convenience and keeping your life simple. Why? The flashlight is durable, waterproof, fireproof and extremely portable making for the perfect device for the house, car, toolbox, camping, hiking, rafting or any outdoor adventure. Watch our spotlight video highlighting all the COOLEST features that this flashlight has to offer.

    3. Digital Photo Frames

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    Any one of our Digital Photo Frames is perfect to declutter and organize all the photos in your photo book or even your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Our photo frames are great because you can grab all your images and put them all into a frame. It's SUPER simple to use and will make your life easier AND bring some life to your living space! We have frames that can accommodate all your needs - video/audio compatible, motion sensored AND WiFi compatibility!

    4. 12000 mAh Portable Battery Charger with LED Flashlight

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    Ever been stranded outside your home with low battery on your mobile devices? I mean...let's be honest...I'm pretty sure panic has definitely set in because low batteries is probably one of the worst things that could happen today right?! You are literally minutes away from losing all connection and touch with the world and that's definitely something to panic about!! Luckily, we have a portable battery charger that would literally save you in your dire situation. It's awesome because you don't need an outlet to charge your phone. This portable battery charge is a great solution to quickly charge your devices anywhere at anytime!

    5. Magnetic Dash Mount

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    I think I've gone through at least 5 car phone mounts to just end up with a broken one. What a waste of money. Our new Magnetic Dash Mount is different because it doesn't need a suction cup to be held down. No more wobbly mount. Our Magnetic Dash Mount is completely compact and sturdy. It uses a powerful magnet to securely hold your smartphones and other mobile devices in place. It also allows a full 360-degree rotation giving you a variety of different viewing angles.

    The Magnetic Dash Mount is coming soon! So stay tuned folks!

    Which one of our 5 products do you see using to simplify your life? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • National Clean Off Your Desk Day

    It's a new year - we spend these early moments of the year trying our best to start things fresh to push ourselves to be the best we can be. Whether it's exercising more often, eating cleaner, studying harder, quitting certain habits - we all have to start somewhere.

    Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day! I think I stress out a little more than I need to when it comes to keeping things tidy and organized. Just take a look at my work desk:

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    ...and this is my desk when it's SEMI-ORGANIZED...ya- it's terrible!

    So definitely a resolution of mine is to clear my work desk so I don't have to stress out searching for important papers! If you guys are struggling aside with me - we have a few products that may be the solution to all your problems :

    Mini Surge Dual USB Charging Station

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    Our Mini Surge Dual USB Charging Station is really actually perfect if you need to charge multiple devices at once. It gives you 6 ports which I think is more then enough! This will keep all your cables in one place instead of cluttered around your desk or your room.

    10 inch Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor and 4GB Built-in Memory

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    If you have a clutter of photo frames sitting around your desk of your family, friends, your dog - combine all those photos and MORE into only ONE frame with our Digital Photo Frames! Simply transfer 4GB worth of photos into our frames and make some room on your desk. I chose our 10 Inch Digital Photo Frame because it's not too big or too small - it's a perfect size for a work desk - oh and it's also MOTION SENSORED. Whaaaat?

    USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station 

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    The Docking Station is is designed for your extra connectivity needs and to increase user productivity in your home of office. 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.

    WiFi Internet Radio with LCD Touchscreen Display

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    This is one of our newest products that's just been released and I have to say that it's pretty awesome. Our WiFi Internet Radio is a hybrid of many things as it contains features such as an alarm clock, calendar, memo pad, social media apps, and the main feature which is the internet radio where you can stream music from Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more! You can even download podcast episodes - Greg and I spent all last week listening to This American Life's Serial with Sarah Koenig! Because this WiFi Internet Radio has so much in it, it's allowing you to eliminate unnecessary things on your desk such as a organizer/planner, an actual desk clock, speakers, radios, etc. Just prop it on your desk and enjoy!

    Celebrate today and clean your desk!

    Which one of these would help your desk clutter? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Meet The Next Generation Internet Radio Alarm Clock

     

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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!

  • May : Spotlight Of The Month Part II

    We already did a Spotlight Of The Month of May, but we just couldn't wait to announce our newest product because it's THAT awesome!

    So introducing...

    The Aluratek's WiFi Smart Home Automation Switch! It gives you wireless control of your home appliances and electronic devices from your smartphone or tablet. The WiFi Home Automation Switch plugs directly into any AC outlet in your home. Set-up is quick and easy utilizing the Wi-Fi Home Automation Switch App and works with your existing WiFi network or mobile internet which means you can control any device plugged into the switch anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

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    24/7 Home Automation
    Plug the WiFi Smart Home Automation Switch into any AC outlet in your living room, kitchen, home office or bedroom to remotely turn on and off any home appliance or electronic device that is plugged into the switch whether you are at home, at work, or out of town. Works perfect for lamps, fans, space heaters, air conditioning units, TVs, stereos, coffee makers, crockpots, and even holiday lights. Never wonder again if the iron or hair straightener was left on. If you can plug it, you can control it!.

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    Download the Free App
    Simply download the free icomen WiFi Home Automation Switch App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to your smartphone or tablet. You can control your home devices from anywhere you go 24/7 when your smart device (with app installed) is connected to your home wireless network or mobile internet connection. The app can control multiple switches at once and each switch can be controlled by multiple smartphones or tablets.

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    Set Schedules and Countdown Timers
    The app makes it easy to set schedules and countdown timers for each appliance or electronic device that is plugged into a switch. For instance, you can program your coffee maker to brew each morning at 7AM. Schedule the lamp in your bedroom to turn off as you leave for work. Program a space heater to warm a room at sunrise. Control an AC unit or fan to start cooling your house before you arrive home from work. Set-up a countdown timer on your TV or stereo so it will turn off after a number of hours. You can even set a timer for your holiday lights.

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    Customizable and Flexible
    The WiFi Home Automation Switch is completely customizable, flexible and designed to work with additional switches so you can have full control to monitor as many devices as you need in any room in your house. Turn all your devices on or off all at once or program each one to turn on or off at a specific time with the mobile app. Use as a anti-theft solution, have peace of mind knowing all your appliances are turned off, save on electricity costs and enjoy total remote access of your home.

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    How cool is this?! To see it in action, watch our fun animated video!

    What home appliance would you connect to Aluratek's WiFi Smart Home Automation Switch? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Celebrate National Radio Day With an Internet Radio

    Today, August 20th is National Radio Day. Who knew? Ah the radio. How easy to forget the radio with iPods and Smartphones and Pandora streaming music. Why would anyone want to celebrate radio in this digital age? Radio is one of the nation's most accessible forms of media with 93% of Americans living within the listening area of at least one station. Even though radio has somewhat changed in the past few years, it's still heavily used. While I don't really like listening to music on the radio (They play too many of the same songs I don't like and waaaay to many commercials) I still enjoy the morning shows, afternoon talk radio and listening to live sports broadcasts.

    In honor of this day, I think it would be appropriate to mention Aluratek's line of Internet Radios. Our WiFi / Wireless Internet Radio Tuner, Home Theater Edition is a great soluton that allows you to easily access more than 13,000 Internet radio stations in over 150 countries around the world, and with no monthly fees! The Internet Radio also integrates into any home theater system. Search for music geographically by continent, country, state, or by the more than 50 different available genres including talk, local news, and sports radio stations. Once you find a favorite station, add it to your favorites list for future easy access.

    This week we are offering our WiFi / Wireless Internet Radio Tuner, Home Theater Edition for $69.99 (regularly $99.99). Just enter promo code TUNER at checkout to receive discount. Hurry, the promo only lasts through the end of the week. As usual, our USB Internet Radio Jukebox can be yours for a low price of $16.99. A great solution to stream internet radio channels from your desktop.

    What are your thoughts on radio in the 21st century? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Technology Has Become Games Changer Since Last London Olympics

    Technology is pretty awesome! Simply put. We live in an era where the technological advances made these days are plenty and close between. The past 10-15 years it seems technology has really taken off. 16 years ago was the last time the US hosted the games - Atlanta '96 I had just finished highschool and I can still remember my parents bought our first computer and I can still hear that horrible dial-up noise which meant I couldn't use the phone.

    I have always loved watching the Olympics. I enjoy the competition, the sportsmanship, the uniforms, colors, graphics - everything! We take for granted how awesome the coverage is and the technology emplored today to bring the Games to your home. Technology can be seen everywhere from the shoes to goggles, uniforms, equipment and the timing down to the fraction of a second. Before digital timing how the heck did anyone know who won these swimming races? Gold is won or lost by the smallest measurement of time.

    The last time London hosted the games it was 1948 (also 1908). They were known as the Austerity Games. World War II had ended just three years before and Britain was in financial shambles. This was the first games since the Berlin Games in 1936.

    The 2012 London Summer Olympics have been dubbed the first "social media Games" because they are the first Games since the explosion of social media and smartphones. On the Olympic Park, London invested in 30 wifi masts and one of the world's best wi-fi networks (Vodafone?) for the tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers to churn out millions of photos, tweets, texts and calls without problems. While we scroll through on our tablet or smartphone, 64 years ago people huddled round a radio or read about what had happened in a newspaper the next day.

    Alot has changed since London hosted the games last. Here are a few differences:

    London Olympics 1948:
    • 60 hours broadcast
    • £750,000 (1.2 million US Dollars) to stage the Games
    • Less than 1 TV per household
    • 9 inches the average TV screen size
    • 14,500 TVs sold a year

    London Olympics 2012:
    • 5,000 hours broadcast
    • £11bn (17 billion US dollars) to stage the Games
    • 3 TVs per household
    • 40 inches the average TV screen size
    • 10 million TVs sold a year

    Fun Facts:
    • In 1948, many people were still listening to the news on utility sets. The transistor radio was not invented until 1947 and was not in common use until the 1950s, so people would have listened on big valve radios that were not portable. This meant people would have crowded around one to listen together

    • The '48 Games were the first to be televised. The BBC paid 1,000 pounds for the broadcast rights, compared to $1.1 billion paid by NBC for these Olympics. But few Britons saw the Games on TV - there were only 88,000 sets in the entire country and the signal didn't reach far beyond Wembley Stadium.

    • There was no Olympic Village in 1948. Athletes were housed in existing facilities. Most of the male athletes were put up in old RAF barracks, while female athletes (there were only 390 of them) lived at various college dormitories.

    • Britain was still rationing food and petrol at the time of the Olympics, and athletes were given extra rations to equal that provided to dock workers and miners. British athletes augmented their diet with unrationed whale meat.

    FYI, New York City lost out to London for 2012. Chicago lost its bid to host the 2016 games to the eventual winner - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The US did not place a bid for the 2020 games with Istanbul, Madrid, and Tokyo as the candidate host cities. The US is looking forward to placing bids to host the 2024 games.

    What do you think is great about the Olympics? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

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