Aluratek Blog

  • The History Of Movie Technology

    Have you ever watched a movie, and have only paid attention to the things that has nothing to do with the actual story line of the film? For example, whenever I'm watching a movie I'm always wondering how the film crew got that shot, or how they made the blue mutant transform into someone else! Yup, I'm one of THOSE people. Well, believe it or not, technology is responsible for all of those things you hear and see! From sound effects to mind-blowing 3-D computer graphics, it is all created through the art of technology.

    Have you ever been curious about how it all started? Scroll down to view a timeline I've created that shows how technology has evolved throughout the years of film making!

    MOVIE-TIMELINE

    Pretty cool facts, right? And to think that the quality of film making will only get better from here is absolutely mind-boggling!

    Which movie do you think has the best visual effects / 3-D animation? Visit our Facebook page to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Gadget Hazards to Avoid This Summer

    With so many great gadgets available these days, it’s no surprise that people want their favorite electronic devices with them everywhere they go – even places where gadgets might be at risk. An afternoon by the pool is a great place to use your Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones and our Bump Bluetooth Portable Mini Speakers are a great addition to any party, but these fun summer activities also pose risks for your electronics - some you might not have even considered before!

    Here are 5 summer elements that could be putting your electronics at risk:

    Water
    If your electronics do end up getting wet, it is important to turn them off immediately and avoid turning them back on for up to 24 hours. It is also important to get gadgets dry asap, but avoid using blow-dryers, which will push water further into your device!

    Dirt & Sand
    Dirt and sand can get into the small crevices in your devices causing problems. Avoid getting sand in sensitive electronics by sealing them in plastic bags during trips to the beach and taking them out only when they’re in use.

    Sun
    Though the warmth of the sun feels great during a pleasant summer day, it can also damage your electronics which aren’t designed to get that hot. Your phone may even shut down. Keep your smartphone safe by keeping them out of direct sunlight.

    Sunscreen
    Sunscreen is an important part of keeping your skin safe while outside, however this substance can discolor your electronics and create unsightly streaks on your touch screen. Avoid this by wiping your hands with baby wipes before using your gadgets.

    Bug Spray
    An essential must-have for any camping trip, hikes in the wilderness, and buggy summer evenings, but the DEET contained in insect repellent can actually corrode your electronics! Spray on the bug spray with your device hidden from harms way.

    What strategies have you implemented to help keep your gadgets safe during the summer? Visit our Facebook page to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Recharge Your Summer!

    Summer is here and you know what that means! Vacation time! Many of us are most likely going to hit the road for family trips or go on a spontaneous escapade with friends. We all need to update our friends and family on social media, so posting pictures and updating statuses is a MUST, right? Well what happens when you’re in the middle of taking a once-in- a lifetime picture with the 4 U.S. presidents at Mount Rushmore, and all of a sudden…your phone battery dies?! Charging your phone is not an option because there’s not a single outlet in sight! Ladies and gents, the struggle is real.

    Aluratek wants to let you know that everything will be okay. We have a huge variety of all sorts of portable battery chargers for you to choose from. It’s a great solution when you’re out and about and when you’re in an emergency.

    Here are just a few of our portable battery chargers that you will find VERY useful in times of desperation!

    Check out the rest of our collection of portable battery chargers! Don't be left stranded with a dead cellphone this summer!

    Has your phone battery ever died at the most inconvenient time? Share your stories with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • Outlet Store Features New Product and Reduced Pricing

    Were you aware that Aluratek has an Outlet Store? We sure do! What you may ask is in our Outlet Store? Well, Aluratek sells refurbished products on our Outlet Store. What is a refurbished product? A refurbished product (also referred to as "factory-reconditioned", "recertified" or "repackaged") can be anything from an unopened item the customer had second thoughts about, to an item that was opened and returned, or was missing an accessory and was sent back to the manufacturer where they replaced the missing part, and the unit was tested and repackaged. Each Aluratek Certified Refurbished Product is fully tested, upgraded to latest firmware and refurbished with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing.

    In our Outlet Store you can find a variety of products at unbelievable prices. We have just added dozens of more refurbished products and reduced pricing on many of the items. Go ahead, look around. We are pretty sure you will find something you will enjoy at a price you will love. For example:

    18.5" Digital Photo Frame w/ 4GB Built-in Memory - only $129.99 (reg. $219.99)
    Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones - only $29.99 (reg. $69.99)
    Universal Folio Travel Case for 7 inch Tablets - only $9.99 (reg. $29.99)

    Which refurb item looks good to you? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

  • 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!

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