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  • 10 For $10 Anniversary Specials

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    This year marks Aluratek's 10th anniversary. To honor our anniversary and to share our excitement with you, we are offering 10 items for $10! You can find products such as our LED Candles, Bluetooth Speaker Tablet, Portable Battery Charger and more!

    Thank you for your loyal patronage over the years!

    Our 10 for $10 deal will extend through the whole year!

    Have you been a long time customer of Aluratek's for the past 10 years? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • 7 Tech-Savvy U.S. Presidents

    Happy Tuesday, everyone! We hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Aluratek was closed yesterday for President's Day so that was a nice treat!

    So in honor of President's Day, here is a list of 7 U.S. presidents who were all pretty tech-savvy:

    1. Abraham Lincoln

    The telegraph was the first way to deliver messages across the country in a flash and Abraham Lincoln modernized the way the government communicated when he forced its members to use the telegraph. By 1865, the telegraph would be one of the main reasons that the North won the Civil War!

    2. Rutherford B. Hayes

    President Hayes installed a phone in the White House. Guess what the phone number was? 1. Yep, just 1.

    3. Harry Truman

    This one is tough to call, but we're going to go with Harry Truman. FDR made remarks at the World's Fair in New York in 1939 that were broadcast on TVs on the fairgrounds. But the first over-the-air TV broadcast by a President was by Truman in 1947. What took so long? Even when Truman made his broadcast, there were only about 44,000 TVs in America.<br /><br /><br />
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    The first over-the-air television broadcast by a President was by Truman in 1947.

    4. Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Eisenhower began a satellite program four years before Sputnik - Explorer I successfully launched in 1958.

    5. Richard Nixon

    The first personal computer in the White House was the Xerox Alto while Richard Nixon was president.

    6. George W. Bush

    George W. Bush was the first president to officially use email in the White House. Bill Clinton could've taken the title, but he didn't use email for security reasons.

    7. Barrack Obama

    President Obama fought to keep his smartphone. He also is the first president to use a smartphone, take a selfie and send the first text message. Seriously?

    Do you have any fun tech-savvy facts about our U.S. presidents? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Most Iconic Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you were probably propped up in front of your big screen TV yesterday with a plate of wings in one hand and a foam finger in the other as you watched the Denver Broncos take down the North Carolina Panthers. What. A. Game. Congrats to the future Hall Of Famer Quarterback, Peyton Manning, for winning his second championship and a big congrats to his team as well. Well deserved.

    Being a girl, it's usually expected that my Super Bowl is the halftime show but I assure you that it's the least of my concern because I am a HUGE football fan (Go Niners!). However, this year I was actually looking forward to the halftime show since one of my all-time bands was performing! COLDPLAY YAAAAAS!! :) But what was really awesome was how they were celebrating previous halftime shows from the past. To see Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, etc and how far our Super Bowl Halftime shows have come made me a...little...emotional?? Thousands of fans in the stadium get to experience all the amazing sound quality, lights, fireworks, stunts, and just the ecstatic atmosphere of being in the presence of talented artists...and then there's millions more viewing it on their TV! Biggest stage in the world? Indeed.

    So today, I want to do a list of 5 halftime show performances (in no particular order) that will always be iconic - Ready?!

    1. U2 -  Super Bowl XXXVI (2002)

    Months after one of the most tragic event that happened in U.S. history - U2 stepped out on to the stage and tapped into the serenity of the soul with their music. As Bono sang "Where The Streets Have No Name", names of the fallen victims of 9/11 scrolled down on the big screen behind them and it touched the hearts of every American, U2 fan or not.

    2. Bruno Mars - Super Bowl XLVIII (2014)

    Despite a very boring game with the Seahawks leading the Broncos with a score of 22-0 at the HALF...the Bruno Mars show sure woke everyone back up! Wow. What a performance! Who knew he had moves?! Well - I didn't. I instantly became a Bruno Mars fan after the show. They even brought in the Red Hot Chili Peppers to rock out with the entire stadium! Fantastic.

    3. Paul McCartney - Super Bowl XXXIX (2005)

    How can you go wrong with a Beatles legend? You can't. McCartney rocked out with "Get Back" and "Live and Let Die" before bringing the entire stadium to sing along to the famous "Hey Jude." Classic.

     

    4. Beyonce - Super Bowl XLVII (2013)

    Beyonce's halftime performance was the second-most watched Super Bowl halftime show in history (at the time) and I am not surprised at all. Super diva Beyonce sang her past and current hits that includes "Single ladies" and "Crazy In Love". Her former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams also joined the stage with a fiery performance. Beyonce sure knows how to entertain.

    1. Michael Jackson - Super Bowl XXVII (1993)

    Let's be honest...watching this legendary singer moonwalk through smoke and lights while delivering his best hits on the biggest stage in the world is a once in a lifetime experience. Just see for yourself -

    6. Coldplay - Super Bowl XXXXX (2016)

    And yes, this one is a little biased but I'm still putting them on this list! Haha! Loved how they combined their "Oldplay" songs like "Clocks" and "Fix You" and mixed it in with their newer jams such as "Adventures Of A Lifetime", "Paradise" and their classic "Viva La Vida." Of course Beyonce and Bruno Mars made another appearance and made a great addition to the set. Yay!

    (yes it looks like a potato recorded this performance - I'll make sure to post up a better quality once it comes out!)

    What is your favorite Super Bowl Halftime Show? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • A Match Made For TV Heaven!

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    Valentine's Day if fast approaching and time is running out to find that perfect gift for your valentine. If you have already found a gift, you are to be saluted! Way to plan ahead, you should be commended. But, if you are like the most of us you have yet to find a gift mostly because you have no idea what to buy. How many times can you get away with flowers and candy and that obligatory card? Looking for something unique? Well, Aluratek has the perfect gift - we like to say it's a match made for TV heaven. Our new Bluetooth Wireless TV Streaming Kit combines a Bluetooth Universal Audio Transmitter and a pair of high quality Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones to create the ultimate home entertainment experience.

    Celebrate Valentine's Day with this perfect pair for a special introductory price! This promotion only extends through February 10th!

    Does this look like a match made in TV heaven? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Home Automation With Just A Touch

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    Home Automation is quickly becoming all the rage. With the technology available to us, why not? How great would it be to be able to turn on a lamp, space heater or fan with the touch of a button? Well, now you can. Today, Aluratek is pleased to present the arrival of our Wireless Home Automation Switch Kit in our growing Indoor / Outdoor product category. This switch gives you remote control of your home appliances and electronic devices with the touch of a button.

    The RF wireless switch simply plugs directly into any AC outlet in your home. Use the included remote control to with device plugged into the switch anytime, from any room in your home. The remote has a range up to 65 feet (20 meters). Each switch features a status indicator LED and an ON / OFF button on the front of the unit so you can easily control the switch when the remote is not within reach.

    Check out this great video that shows you how it works:

    Plug the Wireless 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. Works perfect for lamps, fans, space heaters, stereos, coffee makers and even holiday lights. If you can plug it, you can control it!

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    Control your home appliances and electronic devices from the easy to use remote control. Turn each of the three switches On or Off or turn all the switches on or off all at once with the touch of a button. The remote has a range up to 65 feet (20 meters).

    The Wireless Home Automation Switch Kit is completely customizable, flexible and designed to work with all three switches at once so you can have full control up to three devices as you need in any room in your house.

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

  • Tech Ideas For Valentine's Day

    Can you smell it? Love is in the air! Valentine's Day aka LOVE DAY is in a couple of weeks. Are you ready to celebrate this day with your special one?

    Let's be honest. We've all had times when Valentine's Day made us a little coo-coo. How could it not? We live in a culture where everything is commercialized and that can also include Thanksgiving and Christmas! Valentine's Day is a day that is consumed with ads for cards, jewelry and romantic dinners that you need to make reservations for at least 2 weeks to a month in advance!

    Many think Valentine's Day is terrible because we should show our appreciation towards that special person everyday instead of just on one day. I used to think that way as well, but the more I'm "adulting" the less I'm able to think about my husband. Not that I don't think about him, but life gets so busy that you forget about the one person that is helping you persevere and pushing you through life.

    Instead of doing the common Valentine's Day things (unless that's what you 2 enjoy doing), why not participate in activities that define you as a couple?! And if you're following our blog and our social media apps, you must somewhat be into tech, right?

    So, Here's a list of fun techy/geeky things you can your loved one can do for Valentine's day -

    1. I love spontaneity. I love the unexpected and so does my husband. Why not be spontaneous with your special one and sing a duet at a karaoke bar? Might I recommend "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin? LOL

    2. Go on a photo scavenger hunt! Each of you writes down a random clue, rhyme, or atbstract fact about 3 locations (preferably a location with a nice memory), then exchange clues and have the other person take photos based on the clues received!

    3. Do you Instagram? What about your partner? Of course you do! Whether you or your special person is an avid Instagrammer with thousand of millions of followers, or just an everyday user - whether they're candid, posed, filled with smoochies or landscape shot they are all great photos with lots of memories that you can look back on and can't help but smile. Why not collect some of your partner's best photos off of their Instagram account and print out a photo book as a gift? Chatbooks offers this service for only $8! You can even print your own book at home or create a fun scrapbook.

    4. Create funny GIFs of your favorite memories together!

    *GEEK ALERT!!!!*

    5. Bake Lembas bread and have a Lord Of The Rings marathon at home. Okay - this sounds amazing.

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    Any other ideas for a fun teched out Valentine's Day? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • I Have A Dream

    "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

    Today we reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr and how his movement brought a powerful vision on racial equality and peace.

    On August 28, 1963, history was made. Martin Luther King delivered one of the most memorable speeches that is still instantly recognizable even four decades later. "I Have A Dream" speech was given at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC with a number of 250,000 supporters present as they heard his dream.

    Newscasters were preparing for riots and fights however what was so amazing is that the outcome of his speech ended in peace especially with the number of attendees. The entire 17 minute speech was televised live and captured raw emotions of Dr King's speech and it's effect on all who were there to witness history being made. It's quite amazing how so many people were there in person to listen to his speech but even quite mind blowing that MILLIONS more were watching it on live television. This speech reached out to millions of people and even on small television, people felt the impact this speech would have on society- even those who supported segregation.

    If you would like to watch the famous "I Have A Dream" speech just watch the video below -

    What does Dr King's speech mean to you? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, 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!

  • Product Spotlight - PowerLight Multipurpose Rechargeable Flashlights

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    After much anticipation we would like to start off the year 2016 with Aluratek's new product spotlight video that features our PowerLight Multipurpose Rechargeable Flashlights!

    Everything you want or need to know about our flashlights is right here in this video so we hope you all enjoy! :)

    Where do you see yourself using our PowerLight Multipurpose Rechargeable Flashlights? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • 5 New Year's Tech Resolutions

    Every year we write a list of things we want to accomplish for the next year to come. This may involve eating healthier, losing weight, quit smoking and the list goes on and on. A resolution's purpose is to better yourself especially with habits that aren't quite so good for you. As the years go by, technology is getting more advanced and so easy to access with the touch of a smartphone or tablet. How often are our eyes glued to the screen? How often do we spend time outside of the digital world and appreciate and take in all the great things life has to offer other than technology?

    If you know that you are a addicted to your gadgets here are 5 solutions you can jot down for your New Year's resolution!

    1. Organize your bookmark links on your web browsers!

    This may seem tedious, but believe me it helps! Time is everything so if you can save some at all, organizing your bookmarks into folders and naming them accordingly will make your searches a lot faster instead of tirelessly scrolling through all of them.

    2. Social media addiction?

    Addicted to Twitter? Find most of your time scrolling through your Instagram page? What a big time waster if that's all you do! Rearrange your most used social media apps from your home screen to the second page of your phone. The little extra effort to get to the 2nd page makes a huge difference.

    3. Push the notifications away!

    The purpose of push notifications is to interrupt you. I hate them so much! Unless you get in trouble from your spouse, family members, friends or even getting terminated at work for missing the notifications, I encourage you to turn all of them off. Oh and also since we're already on the topic, if you're busy at work, school or just preoccupied with other things and do not want to be bothered with phone calls or text messages, there is a Do Not Disturb tab on the iPhone that holds off all calls and text messages when you activate it.

    4. Get a real alarm clock!

    Stay away from the alarm clock system on your smartphone or tablet. Waking up in the morning is already hard enough so would you want to add more stress being woken up with work emails and other internet nuisances? Get an alarm clock. Remember those? They're not that expensive and you can even find ones with creative and funny features such as the Defuse-A-Bomb alarm clock.

    Here at Aluratek we also offer a nifty WiFi Internet Radio alarm clock that we know you will love!

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    5. Disconnect before bedtime

    Sleep does a body good and is VERY important so turn off devices and wind down peacefully without the disturbance and distraction of your smartphone or tablet. This one is probably the most difficult as I like to fall asleep to a movie or TV show on Netflix, but let's be honest...it's the reason why I don't get enough sleep!

    I encourage and challenge everyone including myself to add at least one of these tech resolutions to your list this year! Good luck and happy new year!

    Which one of these tech resolutions do you think you would struggle with the most? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

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