Aluratek Blog

  • Politics & Technology

    40 years ago today, Rick Monday saves the American flag. In 1976, the Chicago Cubs played a normal baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Dodger Stadium. Bottom of the fourth inning, out of nowhere, a man and his 11-year old son raced towards outfield, kneeled on the grass, spread out an American flag and was ready to ignite it on fire in front of the entire stadium. In the meantime, Cubs center fielder Rick Monday, former U.S. Marine, saw the situation unraveling and bolted towards the 2 protesters. As he put his glove into his left hand, Rick Monday approached the flag and snatched it up with his other hand and continued to run toward the Dodger's dugout. In that moment, the entire stadium united not as baseball fans, but as proud Americans as they cheered and thanked Rick Monday for his heroic act making it the best non-baseball play ever. Rick Monday saved the American flag that day and for that Rick Monday's heroic act became one of the most memorable events in the sport's history, making a unification between patriotism and America's pastime.

    If something like this happened today, imagine watching that clip being replayed over and over and over again on ESPN Sportscenter, FOX, CNN, etc. It's definitely a great thing! A patriotic act happened at Dodger Stadium 40 years ago and went "viral" without the use of internet, smartphones, social media. So again, imagine how much more "viral" it be if it happened today!

    The influence of technology on sports, politics, celeb plays a huge role today. The staggering distribution numbers through platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, podcasts, indicate that technology has pretty much consumed our daily lives. As we all should know, the elections are among us and technology could be a ultimate deciding factor in the 2016 Presidential elections. Look how many clips of Republican/Democratic debates, rallies, speeches have already gone viral in 2016 alone! Have you scrolled through Donald Trump's Twitter page?! Candidates are influencing Americans with a simple tweet. Technology and social media have taken over this country, this world.

    Just a random thought I had this morning.

    Do you follow politics on social media? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • April: Spotlight Of The Month

    Hello! Happy Tuesday!

    It's that time again! Spotlight of the month! Woohoo!

    Today's featured product provides both security AND convenience. It's sturdy, flexible, and stylish.

     

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    So without further ado, today's highlighted product is the Universal Folio Travel Case with Built-in USB 2.1A Charging Station! Pretty nice, right?! Let me explain what makes our tablet cases stand out among others out there -

    The Universal Folio Travel Case allows for easy installation of your tablet and access to all your tablet's ports and features a built-in charging station to quickly and conveniently charger your tablet, smartphone, and other USB powered devices while you work!

    AUTCP10FB_multi viewing Multi-Viewing Angle - The foldable flip cover converts easily to a stand for multi-angle viewing so you can view, browse and read your tablet hands-free.

     

    AUTCP10FB_side Slim Profile - Light weight and slim design makes our Universal Tablet Case the perfect travel companion. The universal case can accommodate a wide range of tablets including the iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina Display, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Samsung Galaxy TAB 3 8.0, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, LG G Pad 8.3 (V500), Asus MeMo Pad 8 and Acer Iconia W4-820 and other tablets up to 10 inches!
    AUTCP10FB_mounting Reliable Protection - A magnetic clasp ensures that the case stays closed. Soft microfiber lining gives your device reliable protection from scratches, finger marks and dust and provides added protection against drops, bumps and shock. The universal folio case provides a mounting system that loops around the tablet's four corners, holding it securely in place.
    AUTCP10FB_lifestyle_charge phone Built-in Battery Charger - The Univeral Tablet stand offers one standard USB charging port to rapidly charge virtually any USB powered device such as smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, mp3 players, bluetooth speakers, bluetooth headsets, ebook readers and more (original charging cable required). Micro USB charging cable for the case is included.

     

    Which features do you like the most about our Universal Tablet Cases? Visit our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Spring Break Necessities

    Woohoo, Spring break baby!

    Whether you're a student with whole week off to do who knows what or a full-time employee that's taking a mini vacation to get away from the grind of life - it's Spring break and I encourage you to take full advantage of it!

    We have a huge variety of different products from Bluetooth speakers to outdoor flashlights so here are 5 that you can utilize during your Spring break!

    1. 4000 mAh Portable Battery Charger - This product is currently $10.00 on our 10 For $10 Anniversary Special Deal page!

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    APB11F_charging Last thing you want is for you to be out and about and your phone dies. Our 4000 mAh Portable Battery Charger is a great solution to quickly charge your portable devices while traveling. It's small enough to fit in your pocket making it the perfect travel companion. Whether you need more talk time, web browsing, audio play or video playback you will be comforted in knowing that rapid power charging is within reach!

     

    2. BUMP 3.5mm Portable Mini Speaker - This product is currently $10.00 on our 10 For $10 Anniversary Special Deal page!

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    APS01F_angle with cable What's Spring break without music?! Our BUMP 3.5mm Portable Mini Speaker packs quite a punch for a little guy. It's designed to add high quality audio. Start "bumping" to your favorite jams on your vacation!

     

    3. PowerLight Multipurpose Rechargeable Flashlight

    SpringBreak1jpg If you are planning to go on a road trip, I would take this guy with me! The PowerLight is durable, waterproof, fireproof and extremely portable making for the perfect multipurpose device for the house, car, toolbox, camping, hiking, rafting or any outdoor adventure. It is an ideal solution to provide a long lasting light source wherever you need it the most. Depending on which flashlight you have (5,000 mAh or 10,400 mAh) the PowerLight guarantees that you will never be left in the dark. Also utilizing the latest in lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology, the PowerLight is perfect for on-the-go charging anywhere, anytime. The flashlight also has a built-in steel hammer to break your car window and a blade to cut seatbelts down for life-threatening situations.

     

    4. Wireless, Wired Pan - Tilt IP Surveillance Camera 

    SpringBreak2 If you're as paranoid as I am about leaving your home for a few days, then I would look into this product. The Wireless, Wired Pan - Tilt IP Surveillance Camera is designed to deliver live audio and video right to your smartphone or tablet. Have confidence in knowing that your home is protected! You can have full mobile control anytime and anywhere in monitoring your property with the IP Camera's 2 way real time audio communication, motion detection and integrated night vision. So while you're away from home during Spring Break, at least you know you can see what's happening at home if there are any break-ins or other emergencies!

     

    5. Universal Car Windshield Mount Holder for Smartphones / iPhone

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    AUCH01F_mounted Not only does the Universal Car Windshield Mount Holder for smartphones / iPhone provide convenience but it also keeps you safe. My husband used to yell at me all the time for holding my phone in my hand while driving to use the GPS. I understand how it is extremely dangerous not only for yourself and your passengers but also other drivers to constantly looking down at your phone and looking at the road! I now have the Universal Car Mount attached on my dashboard and I feel much safer. This is a MUST if you're driving long hours to your Spring break destination. Let's be safe out there!

     

    Which one of these 5 products do you see accompanying you on your Spring break? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • On The Hunt Easter Giveaway

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    For the week leading up to Easter, Aluratek would like to invite you to participate in our On The Hunt Easter Giveaway. Beginning March 21st through March 25th, you can enter our raffle to win fun prizes.

    Check out our Twitter feed to see our tweets on this promotion. Simply RETWEET any promotional tweet that contains the #OnTheHunt hashtag and FOLLOW @Aluratek to be entered into the grandprize raffle. The raffle will be held on the afternoon of March 25th where the winner will be announced shortly thereafter. Winner will be able to choose between three of our 10 for $10 (10 Year Anniversary Specials) items.

    PLUS, each day we will also feature a new Easter game you can participate in. The winner of each day's game can choose one item from our 10 for $10 (10 Year Anniversary Specials) items. The first game will debut on Tuesday, March 22nd with a new game everyday through the 25th. Don't forget to RETWEET these daily games for an additional chance to win. The more you RETWEET - the better chances you have to win!

    Good luck and Happy Easter!

    -Aluratek

  • Happy Pi Day!

    What is Pi Day and why do we celebrate it? If you remember anything from math class, you'll probably at least remember the little number that goes on forever. Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference divided by its diameter.

    An approximation for pi is 3.14 or March 14, today, using the U.S. date system!

    Math nerds likely have already circled today on the calendar! People go crazy for Pi. DId you know the world record according to Guinness for reciting the decimal places of pi is 70,000??? It took Rajveer Meena 10 hours. TEN. However Akira Haraguchi has the "unofficial" record of 100,000 decimal places. Geez Louise. A way math lovers and "pie" lovers like to celebrate today is by baking or purchasing a delicious pie and grub. Sounds good to me! Many restaurants have Pi Day specials as well to celebrate this nerdy day! Pizza joints such as Pizza Hut will have deals with their pizza pies!

    Here are some geeky, funny memes you need to see for Pi Day -

    By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY 137th ALBERT EINSTEIN!!!!

    hhahahahahahahah ok. Happy Pi Day, ya'll!! Eat lots of pie...like Homer :)

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

  • Happy National Land Line Telephone Day!

    Happy National What? What's that now? Land Line telephones! Remember those?

    Today is National Land Line Telephone Day....Yep, can you believe people still use these things? With over a billion people globally using smartphones today, it's no wonder these old school telephones are slowly and surely fading out of existence. Actually, there MAY be some use for these phones...for example, if you want to keep your land line for telemarketers.....or as a cool, retro decoration for a hipster, cold-brewing cafe? Just kidding - I shouldn't be hating! After all, I grew up with land line phones and have great memories having conversations with family / friends and being able to hear their voices instead of reading it off a text message. There's some sentimental value in these devices and if you grew up using them as well, you probably have an idea of what I'm feeling.

    Here's a short timeline of the telephone from the land line days to the now -

    MARCH 10, 1876 - The first landline...EVER! Alexander Graham Bell and his partner Thomas Watson were experimenting and finally produced a device capable of transmitting human speech using wire. History was made and soon after, the Bell Telephone Company was founded. It wasn't until after 1878 when domestic telephones were introduced to the public. It took a while for the telephone to enter into homes.
    1889 - PAYPHONES! In 1889, the first ever PUBLIC telephone was introduced and installed. They were installed at a local bank in Connecticut and worked when a payment was made after the call was connected.
    Around 10 years later a modernized version of the payphone was introduced. The public were able to make calls on a pre-pay method before a call can even be made.
    1994 - DIGITAL HOME PHONES : The telephone made an incredible innovation for both commercial and residential users when the wireless digital telephone was introduced.
    1980 - MOBILE PHONES: In 1980, after years of design and experimentation, digital cellular telephones were introduced to the public, with the ability to carry better sound quality, and significantly lower costs compared to the landlines.
    Present Day - SMARTPHONES: With much faster and reliable Internet speeds available, the traditional way of using phones has changed drastically. The smartphone allows users to be able surf through the web, download apps, navigate while driving using GPS, communicate on social media and much, much more! It's pretty much a computer in a small phone. I don't need to explain any further because you're probably reading this on your smartphone, right?!

    Do you still own a Land Line telephone? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • The Road to Ten - Part 1

    10 Year Anniversary logo Aluratek's 10 Year Anniversary logo.

    This year marks Aluratek's 10 Year anniversary! More specifically the month of March marks the start. I have been with the company from the very beginning - the companies first and longest tenured employee. I felt it necessary to reflect on the past ten years with a series of blog posts.

    I have been in the fortunate position to see this company grow from very humble beginnings as I started my time with Aluratek in a rented office through several other offices and buildings to our current most at home office. I wish I had some pics from that first office and all of us jammed in there. The office was no bigger than 100 square feet. I worked alone for the first six months (ok by me!) until our second employee arrived. My fondest memory of that office was the smell of strawberries that filled the room because a huge strawberry field was directly behind the office building. It was a nice time. Those quiet first months really helped me to build the Aluratek brand.

    The one thing that has stayed with me every single day at Aluratek is my prized Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner mug. I've actually had this mug since college - at least I started using it then. Not sure how old it is or where it came from. I took it from my father's cupboard and never put it back.

    My favorite mug My favorite mug. Been with me every step of the way.

    I remember being excited about the opportunity to be involved in a start-up. I was ready to move on to something bigger in my career. From a design perspective, I was excited about designed the logo and branding a new tech company - and that's something I realized later on that never stops. It's a constant growing thing. I'm always looking to improve and adapt and as we grew in employee numbers and sales accounts, the work grew and grew and it became clear I had to take on more challenges as my role evolved. The professional growth has been unmeasurable and I am thankful for that. Here are some snapshots from my sketchbook back in '05 when I started working on the Aluratek logo.

    Aluratek logo type compsLogotype comps experimenting with cyan and magenta.

    logomark-roughAttempting to add some type styling to the logotype.

    logo mark sketchesLogomark sketches.

    First Aluratek logo First Aluratek logo (with awesome reflection)

    Also had the opportunity to design our first website. First one for me as well, working with our developer at the time we came up with something that worked, but wow, the art of web design has really evolved in the past 10 years. Our first site was only informational and had no ability to purchase directly from the site. The site debuted sometime in 2006 and was up until 2009 when we made a big leap forward with our first CMS eCommerce solution. Here are some sketches and (shocking) web layouts I made back then.

    web sketchesWireframing sketches for the home page.

    web sketches and navigationNavigation planning and icon sketches.

    2006 website - home2006 home page

    2006 website - products2006 product categories page.

    2006 website - product category landing page2006 internet radio product landing page.

    2006 website - jukebox product page2006 product page of our very successful Jukebox USB Internet Radio.

    Our first big public exposure came at the hands of the TV show Deal Or No Deal. Remember that show? It was hosted by Howie Mandel where contestants choose numbered suitcases full of varying amounts of cash. Our 10 inch Digital Photo Frame was featured as a gift on the Christmas show. We were invited down to Warner Brothers' studios to attend the taping of the show and get a behind the scenes tour. It was very cool to be on set and see how the production of the show worked. Here are some pics of that day.

    Deal Or No DealBehind the scenes at the Deal Or No Deal show taping.

    In celebration of our 10 year anniversary we are offering 10 items for $10! These deals will stick around for the rest of the year. Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon.

    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!

  • The Oscars And The Internet

    What a night! The 88th Academy Awards was an interesting one, for sure. The biggest A-List movie stars were all there hoping for a chance to win an award for their hard work. Lady Gaga gave a powerful performance and Chris Rock hosted the award show despite all the Oscars drama happening. However, a few unexpected wins and several awkward jokes later - the moment EVERYONE and their moms were waiting for was about to happen. As Julianna Moore read off the nominees for Best Actor, we all know the entire world was watching hoping and praying that our beloved Leonardo Dicaprio would win his first Oscar. And he did. I'm not surprised as he is one of the most talented actors of our time that has delivered some of the best performances to the big screen. Imagine if he didn't...the internet would've gone crazy. Probably a riot? Leo has been nominated for an Academy Award countless times but was never given a chance to go up on that glorious stage and give his acceptance speech.

    Social media and the internet EXPLODED. Not only did he win an Oscar but he won the most tweeted moment in Oscar history, beating Ellen DeGeneres's Oscar selfie couple years back. About 255,000 tweets a minute and after Leo's Oscar win? About 440,000 PER MINUTE. Whoo! The Oscars was really about Leonardo Dicaprio thanks to the internet and its awesome trending memes.

    BEFORE HIS FIRST OSCARS AWARD:

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    AFTER LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S FIRST OSCARS WIN: (the internet moves fast)

    The Internet Really Wants Leonardo DiCaprio To Win An Oscar

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    Congrats Leo! Well-deserved.

    Have any funny Leo memes? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • 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!

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