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  • 2015 International CES

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    If you’re obsessed and excited about the future of technology then this week is for you! Starting this Tuesday to Friday, the industry’s biggest and most important tech companies in the world are showing off their latest and best products in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES is one of the biggest platforms to showcase your products to get noticed and attract attention. Big name companies such as Samsung, LG, Ford motor, Sony, and Intel will be present.

    Our sales team will be taking off tomorrow morning, and the creative department will be taking off on Wednesday. We are very excited to see what the show has in store for everyone. This will be my first CES show ever and I am ecstatic! I’m mostly excited about seeing the presentations on 3D Printing, Digital Imaging, and Sports Tech.

    It’s not too late to register, so if you’re interested you should definitely sign up today and explore amazing products that are defining the future of the tech world.

    What would you like to see at the 2015 International CES show? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below

  • Techy New Year's Resolutions!

    It’s that time of year again where we take out a piece of paper and pen and jot down our New Year’s resolution. The most common resolutions listed are losing weight, quit smoking, and saving money. These are universal commitments that are timeless, but what about habits that we all struggle with today? Technology has always been meant to make our lives easier, and while it’s obviously known that electronics have enhanced our day-to-day lives, you can’t push away the reality of our anti-social behavior that has been greatly affected.

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    So add some tech resolutions to your list for the New Year!

    No Smartphones While Grubbing

    While I am SOMETIMES guilty of this….I think it would be nice to start a meal without taking a picture of my food and then sharing it on Instagram. Almost everywhere you go to eat you will find at least one guest leaning over their table trying to get that perfect photo of their meal. It’s pretty funny when you’re the one watching!

    Check this BuzzFeed post on people who take pictures of their food! 

    A big pet peeve of mine is actually when I’m having lunch or dinner with someone and it’s practically pointless because I might as well be having dinner with their phones. Texting, checking social media, emails…all that can wait people! Just eat your food and share that moment with your friend. Whenever my husband and I go out to eat, we stack both our phones and place it at the end of the table, and whoever touches it first has to do something embarrassing. It works because we never lay a finger on it. In a time where we all feel stretched thin and barely have a moment to enjoy someone else’s company, setting the phone down at mealtimes assures that you and company will be able to bond more. Just put your phone down. Simple!

    Don’t Drive Distracted!

    Yesterday morning as I was driving to church, I picked up my phone and was looking through my iTunes to change songs. Meanwhile, I heard a loud honk. I looked to my right and there was an old lady staring me down, and as she was honking at me she was yelling “GET OFF THE PHONE!! STOP TEXTING!!!” She was super angry! I wasn’t even texting! My normal self would’ve ignored her, or probably tell her to back off, but I knew she was right. It didn’t matter if I was texting or not.  It was the fact that I had my phone in my hand that was a distraction. It could not only endanger my life, but others as well. Put the phone down, and keep your eyes up folks!

    Backup!

    Make sure to back up your files and then back those files up! There’s no such thing as being too safe! Oh man, there were so many incidents where my hard drive would crash and I would regret not backing it up! Once a month, make a copy of your external drive just to be safe. Also another way to back up (if you have a Mac) would be to set up Time Machine to back up your files daily.

    I will add all of these to my New Year's resolution! Will you? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below

  • Happy Holidays From Aluratek!

    Today is an exciting day! We are having our Aluratek Holiday Potluck / White Elephant / Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. Our very own have come up with hilarious, handmade Christmas sweaters that are beautifully hideous while some others “tried” to participate (ahem, Dave!). Either way, everyone looks fabulous today! I’m currently typing this as we wait for our potluck to start. So hungry! Aluratek consists of employees from different cultures so our potlucks have all sorts of dishes, and they are all VERY delicious! And last but not least, we will end our day with a traditional White Elephant exchange! I’m soooo ready to steal, steal, steal presents! Whoever gets mine however…. I don’t know what their reaction will be, but I’m excited to see it (or very nervous)!

    Here are some fun photos that I’ve taken throughout the day!

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    image_1 Making Yvette's "christmas sweater" out of wrapping paper!
    image_2 The girls!
    image_3 Our beloved Christmas tree, Dougie.
    image_4 Only half of the food each of us brought for our potluck! Yum!!!
    image_5 Akemi caught red handed stealing food before lunch! Tsk tsk
    image_6 caught red handed again...along with Greg
    image_7 John's ugly christmas sweater that is a tad bit too small on him?
    image_8 Dave's awesome christmas sweater.
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    photo 2 Greg won one of our refurbished products for his white elephant gift! HAHA!! Poor Greggy
    photo 3 John's hilarious white elephant gift!
    photo 4 Best gifts ever??

    T'was a fun and eventful day here at Aluratek. Now we await for the New Year and can't wait to see what's in store for us!

    Aluratek wants to wish you a happy holidays and we all hope you guys share it with all your loved ones!

    Are you excited for Christmas? What is on your Christmas wishlist? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below

  • Keep Your Desk Organized & Productive

    It had been said that cleanliness = productivity. Keeping your desk clean is key to being productive at work. Yet, we’ve all seen it before. The one person in the office who has a zillion sticky notes all over their computer screen, or has cables running all over the place or stacks of paper that seem to have no organization. Well, don’t fall into the same habit. A cluttered desk can lower valuable productivity and cause you to waste time searching for important items.

    Thankfully, Aluratek is here to give you some handy tips for keeping your desk organized.

    Use a filing system – A great habit to start is to file important documents into a system that you’ll be able to easily locate in the future. To begin this process, it’s good to keep blank file folders and a label maker at your desk. This will only take a few minutes to do and could save you hours of playing hide-and-seek in the future.

    Get Rid of Unnecessary Clutter – Do you need all those knickknacks and office accessories laying all over your desk? Unless they serve a purpose, get them off your work surface. You don’t have to go to the extreme of creating a sterile workspace, but if you are not using it, move it off your desk.

    Throw out pens – Ok, well you don’t actually need to trash them, but there’s no need for 20 pens. Remove any uncapped or excess pens; you only need two or three.

    Limit the amount of photo frames – Too many frames can clutter your desk and cause a distraction. A good alternative would be to store all of your photos on one of our Digital Photo Frames. Store thousands of pictures at one time with 512MB  to 4GB of built in memory.

    Don’t eat at your desk – This can be hard at times. We all have busy schedules and finding the time to pause what we’re doing and eat in the break lounge can be nearly impossible. However, eating at your desk makes it easy for breadcrumbs to find their way into your keyboard. Also, it is nice to take a mental break from work. By doing so, you can enjoy a little time away from phone and computer interruptions.

    Eliminate the cords – In this technological society we are living in, many of us have a plethora of electronics on our desk. All of these cables can quickly turn into a tangled mess. Why not clear the clutter with our 10-Port USB 2.0 Hub? Easily connect your printer, scanner, external hard drive, cell phone and more in one device.

    When in Doubt, Throw It Out – You will never need 99% of the papers that you are saving. When in doubt, throw it out. If you truly need a hard copy, make sure you have a filing system in place s o you can locate it later.

    Do you have any tips to share? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Holy Christmas!

    Holy Christmas, Batman! I can’t believe Christmas is NEXT THURSDAY!

    Time is creeping up too fast, and there’s still so much to plan for. Aluratek is making it easy for our customers to unwrap unbelievable savings this holiday season. If you haven’t heard about our liquidation event yet, well let me tell you about it! Aluratek is currently having an Open House Liquidation Event where you can find great deals on all of our certified refurbished products! There is something for everyone and the best part is your wallet won’t suffer! We have a ton of products that are perfect stocking stuffers or stacking up gifts under your Christmas tree. So step into our Open House Liquidation Event and start shopping! Time is ticking! Make sure to place your order so the shipment arrives in time for Christmas!

    Happy Holidays!!

    What products caught your eye on our Outlet Store? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway Update!

    Hello, happy Monday!

    We would like to update you on our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! So far we have received a great number of participants and we are so thrilled to hand out products that we carefully selected for this contest.

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    Thank you to everyone who have participated in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Don't worry! The raffle is not finished yet. There are 6 days left, so if you haven't entered yet, please do! You will have a chance to win fabulous prizes so why not?! We will announce the winner for DAY 7 tomorrow morning, so go on our Facebook page to enter, and you just might be the lucky one!

    Enter our contest today and tell your family and friends to do the same? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Enter the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

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    In the giving spirit of the season, Aluratek would like to invite you to participate in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Starting December 2nd, Aluratek will be raffling off a different product each day for the next 12 days with a WINNER EACH DAY! Each morning a new raffle will begin and the winner will be announced the following morning followed by the next raffle. The product of the day will be kept a secret until a winner is chosen and the prize "unwrapped" for all to see. The value of the gift will increase each day. The grand prize raffle will be held on the morning of December 14th with the winner announced shortly thereafter. For a chance to win simply go to our Facebook Contests page for all the details.
    Good luck and Happy Holidays!

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    Enter our contest today and tell your family and friends to do the same? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Cyber Monday

    Good morning! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend filled with family, friends and FOOD! Now that you’ve had your tummies filled from turkey and pie, and maybe even shoved a few shoppers out of your way, you can finally relax in front of your computer and get ready to make some awesome purchases for Cyber Monday.

    There are great deals all around you, and Aluratek is currently having a liquidation period where you will be able to find awesome products on our refurbished page! We need to clear some space in our warehouse to make room for all the great new products coming in 2015. Check out our low low prices on many of our Certified Refurbished products from our Outlet Store. Unlike most Cyber Monday events where deals last for one day, our Open House Liquidation Event will keep on going and going!

    Here are a couple of products that will go great inside a Christmas stocking that you can find from our Open House Liquidation Event :

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    Happy Shopping!

    Which refurbished product caught your eye? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • 7 Ways To Use Technology On Thanksgiving Day

    It's been nearly four hundred years since Plymouth colonists and some friendly Native Americans shared a warm and open feast of thanks.

    Today, we are still celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. Things have certainly changed since the first meal. When Abraham Lincoln announced Thanksgiving to be national holiday in 1863, the most technology that came into play was photography. However, today we can recognize the important role technology can play in this delicious holiday.

    Here are 7 ways to use technology on Thanksgiving Day:

    Cooking Digitally :

    In the past, the pages in cookbooks would be bookmarked or torn out, and recipe cards would be selected for this special day. Today, we can say rest in peace to cookbooks and recipe boxes because recipes are easier to find on the internet! I don’t even remember the last time I opened up a cookbook! My favorite part about doing this online is if you want to substitute a certain ingredient, OR if you don’t have that ingredient the internet helps you find alternative solutions that works very well.

    Tech- Cooking Tools :

    Bring the digital world right inside your oven this Thanksgiving Day!  Digital thermometers give you perfect meat temperature readings which means no more raw turkey! Another awesome tool that I wish I had in my kitchen is an electric carving knife! It’s like a MINI chain-saw! Mind. Blown. Sorry delicious turkey, but say hello to my little friend. Muhaha!

    Thanksgiving Football :

    Two things are guaranteed on Thanksgiving: Turkey and Football. Okay so if you have been reading my blog posts in the past, it’s pretty obvious that I am a pretty big football fan. I’m so pumped to watch my Niners play this Thursday while I stuff my face with awesome food, but I still would like to watch other football games as well. In fact there's so much football on TV that you probably can't watch all the games at once. What I like to do (ghetto-style) is have the main game on our TV screen, and then have 2 laptops streaming the other games. Hey, it works! Another way to do it is to record the other games if you have DVR. If you have Verizon as your cell phone provider, make sure to download the NFL Mobile app!  They added a new feature where it allows you to live stream football games!

    Skyping With Your Family :

    Thanksgiving is a holiday where you should be able to spend it with your family. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get every single family member and relative to join you on the special day. FORTUNATELY, there’s Skype. Video-conferencing is the best way to interact with your family visually. We recommend you grab a laptop and prop it up on the Thanksgiving table, start Skype and call in your favorite relative!

    Fun Games :

    After pigging out, belt-loosening, and pigging out some more, all you want to do is relax and have fun with the family, right? What about kicking it on the couch and playing some video games? As long as it’s not a gory, nausea-inducing game that's going to cause you to spew your dinner….you’re all good. Some people feel like they need to move around after all the eating so what a better way to just dance around instead? Two words: Dance. Central. Moon-walk and cabbage patch your way to feeling that you got at least some exercise in!

    Share Your Thanksgiving With The World!

    Every Thanksgiving, all of my friends are taking pictures of their dinner table that’s filled with FOOD and posts them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. A part of me feels like they’re trying to say, “My Thanksgiving meal is better than yours!” Ha-ha! But it’s great to see everyone’s posts because I know they’re enjoying the holiday! So why not participate and show off your fabulous dinner table as well? Do it!

    Black Friday Shopping :

    Yup. After feeling like a balloon, you know it’s priority after Thanksgiving to wake up at 2AM, drive over to the nearest Best Buy, wait in a ridiculous long line, and then most likely get trampled over by strangers as they’re all rushing towards the last 50 inch flat screen TV. Sounds like a blast… You can do that…OR, get a few extra more hours of sleep, walk downstairs in your warm, comfy pajamas, relax on the couch, open your laptop, and start surfing on different websites to make your Black Friday purchases!

    At Aluratek, we always want to involve technology in our holidays, however, some prefer Thanksgiving to be the few digital-free holidays of the year. And that’s alright with me. As long as you have friends, family, and pumpkin pie – well, that’s all you really need.

    Speaking of family, I want to share a hilarious video of my favorite family on Youtube as they're about to enjoy Thanksgiving with their loved ones!

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    How are you going to involve technology this Thanksgiving Day? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Thanksgiving, A Time for Mis-giving

    Thanksgiving is a week from today. So in looking to find a topic to write today I decided to just throw a bunch of stuff out there - just like a Thanksgiving meal. I am always one for historical facts so I looked up some facts you may know, or not know, or be shocked to know about Thanksgiving so you can impress your dinner guests when there's nothing to talk about.

    • In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving by 26 TONS! They sliced up the meat and repackaged with some trimmings on the side and voilà, the first TV dinner was born!

    • Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers according to Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest plumbing service

    • There are four places in the U.S. named Turkey. Louisiana's Turkey Creek is the most populous, with a whopping 440 residents. There's also Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona

    • Only male turkeys are called toms. Females are called hens and they do not gobble

    • If Ben Franklin had is way the turkey would be our national bird. In a letter he wrote he described the eagle as having "bad moral character" and that a turkey was a "much more respectable bird"

    • Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving as well on the second Monday in October.

    • Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving but probably Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish . They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn't eat mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce, but they probably ate cranberries

    • President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941

    • The turkey is the only North American bird ever domesticated

    • Farmers in the 1800s engaged in “turkey drives:” herding domestic turkeys along country roads to bring them to market, similar in ways to herding cattle

    • The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 42.2 million Americans travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

    • Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a planned production total of 46.5 million in 2011

    • Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his sixth appearance in the 2006 parade

    • Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947

    • The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944) since 1934

    Which fun facts surprised you? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

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