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  • Interesting Facts About Technology

    The world has become so immersed in technology that we so often overlook the history and even the weird facts behind it. At Aluratek, we love technology, and as tech-lovers I have collected some interesting facts from other tech sources that I want to share with you and the world! Some are random and funny while some are shocking!

    1. There is an average of $680 worth of transactions each second on eBay.

    2. Hewlett Packard was started at a garage in Palo Alto in 1939.

    3. One of every 8 married couples in the United States last year met online.

    4. A Twitterer with a million or more followers is called a “Twillionaire”.

    5. 60 billion emails are sent daily. 97% of those emails are spam.

    6. Amazon, originally a printed book seller company, sells more eBooks than printed books today.

    7. Cabir. A, the first known cell phone virus, appeared in 2004.

    8. Email existed before the World Wide Web.

    9. There were a total of approximately 17 billion devices connected to the internet at the end of 2012.

    10. 70% of virus writers work under a contract for an organization. What!

    11. Bill Gate’s house was designed using a… Macintosh Computer!

    12. 10 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

    13. The term “World Wide Web” was coined by Tim Berners-Lee  in 1990.

    14. In January 1997, Bill Clinton’s inauguration was the first to be webcasted.

    15. It took 38 years to reach an audience of 50 million for radio broadcasters and 13 years for television. It only took 4 years for the internet. In other words, the internet is the fastest-growing communication tool.

    16. 1/3 of the world population has never made a telephone call.

    17. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute, less than half the normal rate of 20.

    Sources used: Interesting Facts about Web and Technology, 20 Facts about Technology, 30 Facts about Engineering, Science, and Technology

    Which fact was the most interesting to you? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • The World Cup Is Taking Over the Social Media World!

    Are you watching the 2014 World Cup? If history is any indication, we know that it will be one of the biggest sporting events of the year. The competition is fierce not only on the field, but in the social media universe and big companies. Soccer fans can cheer for their country (Go USA!) or respective teams, and the World Cup will also be the provider for companies to advertise, advertise, and did I mention advertise?

    This year’s World Cup has surpassed the Super Bowl and Olympics in popularity. That is quite impressive! Soccer might not be as popular in the U.S. compared to our American football or basketball, but everywhere else, soccer is IMPORTANT. The World Cup has officially kicked off last Thursday, and it has already blown up the social media world. Social media wasn’t that big 4 years ago in World Cup South Africa compared to what it is today. This year’s World Cup has been mentioned on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter with millions of viral video views, and hash tags of popular players! It’s hard to envision a time when the competition wasn’t bombarded with Tweets and shameless selfies! Ha!

    As for big name brands, Nike, Coca Cola and Adidas have created huge campaigns for the World Cup that includes series of videos and short movies. According to Offerpop, over 5 billion dollars will be spent on sponsorships and commercials.

    Check out this really cool infographic that shows the marketing statistics for the 2014 Brazil World Cup!

    Offerpop’s World Cup Infographic:

    World Cup Infographic

    Fans and players of soccer are passionate about this sport, and I personally think it’s exhilarating that they are able to share their excitement with the entire world through social media!

    Are you tweeting and hash tagging the 2014 Brazil World Cup? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Looking To Connect To An Ethernet Network?

    Aluratek is happy to announce the arrival of our 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Gigabit Ethernet Adapter. Looking to browse the internet, but don't have an Ethernet port or WiFi capabilities on your ultrabook, netbook, laptop or desktop? Our Ethernet Adapter is a cost-effective tool designed to quickly connect to a Ethernet network through your computer's USB port. The adapter's compliance with USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ensures true Ethernet network speed without any compromise. Furthermore, the adapter can easily tuck into your pocket or notebook bag for easy storage and transport.

    In addition to Ethernet accessibility, the adapter comes with three USB 3.0 ports. With the ever-increasing number of USB devices such as MP3 players, printers, scanners, and external hard drives, you always need more USB ports for your computer. With Superspeed USB 3.0, you will able to make backups of all your digital files and access your content faster at transfer rate of up to 5Gbps. That's 10X faster than USB 2.0!

    AUEH0303F is plug-and-play, ready to go right out of the box. The adapter is bus powered from your USB port, with no external power adapter needed and fully backward-compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices. The attached USB cable design is perfect for mobile professionals.

    How would you use our new Gigabit Ethernet Adapter? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • What Dads Really Want

    T-minus 4 days until Father's Day! Let's not forget about all the hardworking fathers out there! Father’s Day provides children and mothers a chance to express love and respect for their fathers, but sadly Father’s Day does not get the attention it deserves compared to other holidays (Ex: Mother’s Day)! According to National Retail Federation, Father's Day is the “smallest of the gift giving holiday.” Most people will gift their dads with a greeting card and apparel such as neckties and sweaters. Not that those aren't great gifts, but have we ever asked ourselves what our fathers REALLY want for Father’s Day?

    Although Father’s Day is fast approaching and probably too late to order a gift online to arrive by Sunday, it’s the thought that counts right? So if you still haven’t purchased a gift for your pops or hubs, swing on over to Aluratek’s website and browse through all of our products. We carry everything from Smartphone and Tablet accessories to Bluetooth audio accessories! We guarantee that you will find something awesome to gift your father or husband (what man doesn't love tech gadgets?!), and even though it might arrive a day or two after Father’s Day, he’ll easily get over it after he sees the thoughtful gift!

    But let's be real...we all know what father's REALLY want, but would never dare to say it out loud! Watch the video to find out!

    If you haven't purchased a present yet, what are you planning to gift your dad for Father's Day? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • The iStream Will Change The Way You Stream Music

    Our new iStream (AIS11F) is now available from the Aluratek On-Line store. Just what is an iStream? The iStream is an Universal Bluetooth Audio Receiver. It's the perfect solution to stream music wirelessly from your digital device to any device with an RCA or auxiliary IN port. Bluetooth enable any speaker or receiver with crystal clear results!

    The iStream is very easy to use. Simply pair your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet to the iStream and you will be able to transmit music up to 33 feet away to the iStream and through you audio device's speakers.

    istream connectivity solutions

    Perfect for use with a speaker dock , car stereo and stereo.

    You can even connect the iStream to your car auxiliary port and stream Pandora, iTunes or your favorite audio books wirelessly through your car speakers with amazing clarity. Or, connect a RCA cable (not included) with the iStream to connect to your home stereo receiver and stream audio to your home theater system.

    Free your phone from its dock while enjoying the benefits of wireless Bluetooth audio streaming with the iStream Universal Bluetooth Audio Receiver. No doubt, this little device will change the way you think about streaming music.

    How would you use your iStream? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • June

    We have officially approached the month of June and big things are happening, folks! Where do I even begin? June is just a great month! First off, school is out! Students are celebrating their freedom as they plan their summer getaways, or just plan to hang out at home for the next 3 months! Sounds good! June is also a month full of graduations from Kindergarten to High School. Then after graduation, there are parties with good food, company, and awesome music.

    Let’s not forget about wedding season! Did you know June is the most popular month for weddings? Oh, and if that’s the case then there must be a fair share of anniversaries too! Yep, love is definitely in the air!

    Hmm…what else can we celebrate in the month of June? How about celebrating all the fathers out there? That’s right! June 15 is Father’s Day! Let’s not forget about how hard dads work! Father's Day doesn't get nearly the same recognition as Mother's Day, but we definitely appreciate everything they do just as much!

    Aluratek carries many different “techie” products that you can gift to someone you are celebrating in the month of June! Digital photo frames, Bluetooth audio accessories, smartphone and tablet accessories are just a few to name! Whether it’s a graduating student, bride and groom (kitchen appliances are so overrated!), or your father on Father’s Day, we have everything you need to give your loved one something they can enjoy for years to come! So head on over to Alurtek’s website and find that perfect gift for the summer!

    What "techie" products would you gift to celebrate someone? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • 70 Years Of Perspective

    Having problems posting your photos to Instagram or Facebook from your smartphone? Can be pretty frustrating right? Those error messages seem to come at the worst time right when you need to let the whole world know what you're eating for dinner or when you need to upload the perfect selfie. Ugghhh, sigh, this is horrible!

    How about the problems of an American photographer in 1944? You could be Robert Capa, carrying three cameras and dropped 100 yards from the beach assigned to cover the Allied invasion of Normandy for LIFE magazine. Talk about putting things in perspective! This Friday will mark the 70th anniversary of one of the most infamous days in history. I am talking about D-DAY (day of days), the largest seaborne invasion (Operation Overlord) in history conducted by the Allies during WWII. This invasion changed the course of the war which ultimately led to the Allied victory in Europe...which led to your inconsequential problems uploading selfie's from your smartphone.

    Watch the video that shows how the famed photojournalist's negatives were almost lost, narrated by LIFE editor, John G. Morris.

    Read the article published by Time, titled: Robert Capa’s Iconic D-Day Photo of a Soldier in the Surf for more of the story that accompanies this video. Find out who that man in Capa's infamous picture was. Keep scrolling as there are many great articles about the invasion. Find out more by visiting the National D-Day Memorial website.

    What does D-DAY put in perspective for you? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Walking Through Memory Lane

    I was looking through some old photo albums recently, and I found myself filled with so many different emotions as I walked through memory lane. It felt weird to hold a bulky book that contained some of my most fondest memories. Pretty old school. Then just this morning, I was swiping through images on my iPhone, and felt the exact same way I felt looking through my old albums! There are so many captured moments in photographs that can never be repeated again. Whether it's a spontaneous moment with friends, a loved one who passed away, or even your old, dorky high school photos...we all have our way of storing our most cherished memories.

    In decades past, there were photo albums, big and small made from leather cloth, decorated with gold, and bound down with porcelain hinges. Then scanners were introduced to the world with a great concept of being able to digitally transfer your printed photo to your computer. From there, you are able to burn them onto a CD or DVD. Then came memory cards, USB, and external hard drives. You can still do all of the above, but it seems that today's photo album is the internet. You can shoot images on your smartphone, post it up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other social media application. It's a great tool, and your photos will always be there (as long as nothing crashes of course!). Photographers are provided with a resourceful photo storage and backup system that will offer security to those moments we cherish in our digital photo collection. Online photo storage allows you to save your memories for ages, so that you can continue to capture more memories and take more photographs. I find it really amazing how much has changed from the days of adding hundreds of photos to a tangible photo album, to now where we can store the same amount of photos into a small electronic device.

    So my question to you is: Where do you store your favorite memories?

    Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Global Selfie Update

    Global Selfie

    On Earth Day this past April, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a “selfie” and share it with the world through social media. Aluratek participated in this event by taking a photo out front of our office in Irvine, CA. Check out our blog post titled, "What The Heck Is A #GlobalSelfie?" Last week, NASA released the new view of our home planet created entirely from those photos. The project was designed to encourage environmental awareness and recognize the agency’s ongoing work to protect our home planet.

    The “Global Selfie” mosaic was built using over 36,000 individual photographs drawn from the more than 50,000 images tagged #GlobalSelfie and posted on or around Earth Day. The mosaic is a zoomable 3.2-gigapixel image that people can scan and explore to take a closer look at the variety of pictures. The mosaic is hosted on the Web by GigaPan. See if you can find yours. Better yet, see if you can find ours! I have looked but have yet to find it.

    Can you find your selfie? How about ours? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • The Sound of Music

    Today is “Buy-A-Musical Instrument” Day! How random is that? If you are a musician in need of a new instrument, today is the day to get one! Or if you are interested in learning an instrument, today is your day!  It’s never too late to learn an instrument. People pick up music all the time as a hobby! However, who has the time to actually sit down and learn guitar tabs or piano chords? It definitely takes a lot of commitment and effort to learn!  We busy people would much rather relax and listen to music, right? And there’s nothing wrong with that! I actually play a few instruments, and I personally think enjoying some good tunes can bring a similar thrilling or peaceful feeling just as if you’re playing an instrument.  So it works out in the end for everyone! Yay!

    Aluratek is promoting a big Memorial Day sale for all the music lovers out there! We have carefully selected some of our very best audio products that will send melodious bliss to your ears. Many of them are Bluetooth compatible speakers where you can stream your songs straight from your phone or other Bluetooth enabled devices. These portable speakers are perfect for traveling. It’s so easy to use and super convenient! You do not want to miss out on this sale because it ends on May 31!

    And I'll leave you with a awesome video of 2 classical cello players jamming to a popular AC/DC song!

    Have a splendid Memorial Day weekend! Till next time!

    How would you participate with "Buy-A-Musical Instrument" Day? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

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