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  • 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!

  • 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!

    Do you have a study playlist? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • The Road To Ten - Part 3

    I know there has been eager anticipation ;) for The Road To Ten - Part 3, so without further ado I bring you part three of our story:

    Last post we left off somewhere towards the end of summer 2008. In Q4 I started working on our next product guide for 2009. I have no record of pictures from CES in 2009. I'm sure Aluratek went, I probably just didn't go and I don't remember why. The idea for this brochure was to produce something different from the traditional book bound or saddle stiched books. It would be small and fun and cost effective. The panels would fold in on each other and are sealed. We could concentrate on our three main product categories - digital frames, storage and the new internet radio category that was launched in the May of 2008 with our first Internet Radio

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    Here are some close-ups of the product guide. I wish I could show you what the final piece looked like but I only have three surviving pieces and they are currently pinned to my wall and I am not taking those down - sorry ;)

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    The idea was also to place an insert card - sort of like a quick start guide to becoming a partner and or customer - in the center so it would stay in place when the panels were folded down and sealed. Ha, those urls - yikes!!

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    Like I mentioned, in 2008 we started rolling out our line of Internet Radios. After the first Internet Radio we came out with the Internet Radio Jukebox. Here's a look at a better packaging design - not the first, but one from late 2009 where we try to explain in easy to follow steps how this thing works. It was a challenge getting the customer to understand what this flash drive looking thing is. Ha, we actually wrote, "Not a USB flash drive / thumbdrive" on the package. We also used the line "Free music for life".

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    Another internet radio followed in early 2009 which was a tuner for the home theater. Here is a view of the back of the package which shows installation and the close-up of the 4 step process on the front of the package. At the time I was pretty happy about this illustration. Although I would probably do this different today I think these application diagrams was very necessary and effective in explaining the product.

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    These internet radios were great for us for some time until the emergence of smartphone music apps like iHeart, Spotify and Pandora made these radios a bit obsolete until they made a comeback with our newest WiFi Internet Radio which features these apps built-in!

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    The website started to fill out more with more product arriving. Our product offerings got more diversified with the addition of internet radios. Digital frames, Storage, Video / Multimedia and USB peripherals rounded out the list. I began to incorporate graphics on the product landing pages as ween below.

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    Here is a look at a complete product page in 2009 for a big product at the time - USB Internet Radio Jukebox. Main image on white background with reflection. Thumbnails of more images to the left a slot for any type of Flash videos we would do - this product needed one for sure. Info about the product separated into tabs below the image. We added links to quick start guides, datasheets and drivers were applicable in a support bar in the margin. Up until this point we had no way for a customer to make a purchase from the site - crazy right? - especially with how eCommerce and CMS is such a standard among sites these days. We would be making that leap in 2010 but for now we had a "BUY NOW" link which sent you to a different site in which to purchase. I don't even remember what site that was.

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    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 4 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!

  • Matchmaker <3

    Tomorrow is National Matchmaker Day! I would've thought this day would be more towards Valentine's Day but oh well!

    National Matchmaker Day honors those romantics that know everything about their friends and basically brings them together...to fall in love!

    Here are some recognizable couples that I'm sure had SOME sort of matchmaker involved whether its a friend or cupid....

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    Well, believe it or not, Aluratek is also a bit of a matchmaker - we have brought 2 awesome products together into one kit and the connection is unbreakable...aw, love <3

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    The Bluetooth Wireless TV Streaming Kit is a matchmade in TV heaven! The kit combines a Bluetooth Universal Audio Transmitter and a pair of high quality Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones to create the ultimate home entertainment experience.

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    Is this the perfect pair or what?! <3

    What do you think of our perfect match? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • Ready! Set! SAVE!

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    It's game time! Take a page out of Aluratek's playbook and score some great deals this football season! From Bluetooth Wireless Headphones to Bluetooth Audio Transmitters, we have the perfect product to help you kickoff this football season the right way!

    Hurry! This promotion extends through August 26, 2016!

  • Coming Soon...

    We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our 2 newest products! They're not available for purchase just yet, but I thought I could give ya'll a heads up ;)

    As you all probably know by now, Aluratek is known mainly for our huge selection of Digital Photo Frames that vary from WiFi features to motion sensor abilities! Today I would like to introduce our newest addition to the Digital Photo Frame family...

    The 8 inch Digital Photo Frame with Built-in Rechargeable Battery and 4GB Built-in Memory

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    What separates this Digital Photo Frame from the rest is that it comes equipped with a BUILT-IN rechargeable 8,000 mAh lithium-ion battery. On a full charge you can enjoy up to 12 hours of slideshow viewing and 9 hours of video play. And of course, the frame comes with the best quality with incredible image clarity in rich and vibrant colors. It can be a great addition to any room of your house or office environment as well!

    Our 2nd newest product that I am excited to announce is our -

    Adjustable Ergonomic Laptop Cooling Table with a Fan

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    This laptop cooling table fan is a great solution to cool your laptop while providing a comfortable working surface. You can easily use this table on your bed, couch, a nice lawn chair, the pool...etc! Not only is it portable for any environment, but when plugged into your laptop, the table provides a constant even flow of cool air to keep it from overheating. The surface of the table features tilt control and adjustable height so you can create an ergonomic work station wherever you are. Take a look below!

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    Both the 8" Digital Photo Frame with Built-in Rechargeable Battery and the Adjustable Laptop Cooling Table with Fan are on its way so stay tuned! We are so excited!!!

    Which of our 2 new products do you see yourself with? 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:

    Volleyball & Beach Volleyball

    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.

    Rowing and Canoe-ing

    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.

    Swimming

    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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     below!

  • 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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