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  • Walk The Halloween Runway

    Yay! Happy October! I love October because it means that the weather is starting to cool down, everyone is slowly embracing the upcoming holiday seasons, pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING, and Halloween costumes!

    Every year I love to research and look up how creative and clever people can get with their costumes - even for their pets! Some are straight up hilarious and others are VERY creative - either way, they're all enjoyable and I would love to share some tech-related Halloween costumes I've found on the good old' internet this morning!

    1. Pokemon!

    If you haven't been living under a rock this year, you will know that Pokemon has taken over the galaxy. With Nintendo's Pokemon Go app installed in almost every smartphone in the world, people are reconnecting with their old or current childhood moments - with costumes!

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    2. Star Wars

    People really go all out for Star Wars! I mean ALL OUT! As in, you can hardly tell the difference between the person in the costume VS. the actual character in the movie. For example, check out Queen Amidala...

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    Pretty good, huh?

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    So cute! Girl version of Han Solo!

    3. Marvel

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    Rogue & Gambit

    How to make a Thor Costume

    THOR!

    How to make a Fantastic Four "Thing" costume

    Fantastic Four's The Thing!

    4. Anything smartphone related

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    Snapchat's Rainbow Barf filter! This definitely made it into one of the best and memorable things that ever happened with social media features so why not become one for Halloween!

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    emojis! So easy to do and you can team up with your buddies to make a combination of your favorite emojis!

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    Google maps LOL

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    All 4 major social medias platforms - Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter

    It's never too early to start brainstorming who or what you want to be this year for Halloween, so maybe some of these will spark an idea?

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  • 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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    SIGH!!!

    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!

  • 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?!

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  • Clever Tech Halloween Costumes

    Halloween is just around the corner! Do you have a costume yet? Every year I see people get more creative with their homemade costumes and it's pretty smart because it's unique AND they save a ton of money making it on their own. Here are some pretty cool tech costumes that may spark up ideas for yourself!

    Google Maps - Cut out a large poster board in the shape of GPS marker, paint a simple road map on a plain T-shirt and you're pretty good to go. How adorable is this couple!?
    Instagram - if you're good with a sewing machine then create your own little Instagram outfit like this girl did! Very creative!
    Facebook! This is very simple. Cut out a large poster board, print out Facebook icons, your name and a few pictures and bam! You got yourself a Facebook costume. Cheap and easy.

     

    Candy crush! Super colorful and very creative!
    Mr. and Mrs. Pacman - Oh brings me back to the 90s!

     

    Lifesize Gameboy?! Yes, please!
    Who remembers Tamagotchi?
    Classic VHS tape.

     

    Emoji Dancing Girls!

    To view more fun costumes, click here.

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  • History Of The Camera

    These days it is so easy to take out your phone and quickly shoot a photo anywhere at any time! There are so many cool different gadgets that can be an addition to taking photos with your phone such as portable mobile lens and selfie-sticks. It is a lot easier and convenient to live with today’s technology versus…even 10 years ago!

    Today is National Camera Day and I thought it would be fun to draw out a timeline of evolution of cameras. So here we gooooo...

    1500

    camera history The very FIRST pinhole camera! I remember when I used to build my own pinhole camera with a empty can and some thumbtacks-haha! Very cool.

     

    1859

    camera history Very first panoramic camera. Look how bulky and huge that is!

     

    1888

    camera history The very first Kodak film camera - oh my.

     

    1900

    history ofcamera This looks more familiar! This is the Raise Camera that were most desired by landscape photographers.

     

    1913

    camera history The first 35 mm film camera. This became standard for future film cameras. Finally something more compact!

     

    1948

    camera timeline The very first polaroid camera. Just like the polaroid cameras we know today, this beauty printed out pictures in 1 minute.

     

    1978

    camera history The mother of point and shoot cameras with auto-focus. Her name is "Jasupin".

     

    1981

    camera history The world's first digital electronic camera that auto-saved all your images into a disk!

     

    1991

    camera history Kodak released the first professional digital camera system! It was a very useful tool for photojournalists.

     

    1996

    camera history The first digital cameras for the consumer-level market that worked with a home computer via a serial cable created by Apple.

     

    2000

    camera history Sharp’s J-SH04 introduced the world’s first camera phone.

     

    2005

    history ofcamera The Canon EOS 5D is launched. More familiar and modernized to our taste.

     

    TODAY

    Carrying around a DSLR everywhere you go might be a hassle but with the advanced technology of smart phones we have today - we are in good hands.

    Go out and take some pictures!

    Reference: http://photodoto.com/camera-history-timeline/

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  • Tech Necessities For Hiking!

    This past weekend my husband and I made a weekly commitment that we will get up before sunrise and go on a morning hike. We both love nature and being active, so what’s a better way to start our Saturday?? Hiking, that’s what! It’s only Spring so we want to get our hikes in as much as possible before it starts to get REALLY, really hot.

    A couple weeks ago, we were in Arizona hiking in Sedona. I was NOT prepared. I was carrying my water bottle in my arm and tucked my phone in my shirt, but at least I was wearing running shoes! Climbing steep walls was not the business while holding onto my water bottle that’s for sure!

    Sedona Beautiful Canyons in Sedona!

    When going on a hike, you need to ALWAYS be prepared. The obvious things: good hiking or running shoes, backpack, a hiking stick, and LOTS of water are the bare necessities for a hike. I usually carry my Camelbak to keep things light, but if I ever need to carry more than my water pack and a couple of snacks, I’m carrying my NorthFace backpack. However, it seems like these days we’re carrying more than just the essentials. Let's not forget that we're in year 2015 and there are many tech-friendly things that can be added along with the rest of your hiking gear that can make it more enjoyable and possibly easier as well:

    - I like to be in my own zone whenever I do any physical activities so I normally pop in my earphones and enter into my own world. Prepare your own playlist on your phone. I wouldn't recommend streaming your music because you'll be in the mountains away from service. Import your mp3 files in your phone so you can listen to them whenever. Aluratek has great earbuds that are specifically designed for physical activity.

    Hmm what shall I listen to? iTunes!

     

    -Carry a power bank in case of emergency! You never know what could happen on your hike so having a portable battery phone charger will be very crucial if your phone is ever dying.

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    - If you like to keep track of how many miles you’re walking and calories you are burning download the Map My Run app. It not only counts distance and calories, but it maps out your path as well. I like to use it everywhere I go even when I’m not hiking!

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    So in conclusion: don't be like me in Arizona! Be prepped and ready to go!

    That's me in Sedona, AZ and my huge water bottle :( Me and my huge water bottle :(

     

    Happy hiking, folks!

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  • Easter Savings To Dye For

    Easter is a happy day! For some it's a day for religious celebration, for others its a time to stuff their faces with chocolates and egg salad / sandwiches that were made from colored dyed eggs! Either way, it's a good and joyous day for everyone! Easter is a great holiday for children. They go crazy for sweets and all things that are brightly colored. So this year in addition to bunny chocolates and colorful dyed eggs, fill your kids basket (or your own), with our collection of tablet cases, power banks and LED candles! While candy is great, it won't last more than a minute! Gift them with items that are sure to last! Our Easter sale will extend through April 5, 2015 so hurry and start saving!

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  • Tech- Halloween Part II

    Memes are huge this year.  So are superheroes, iPhone and social media bodysuits. Ditch the boring bloody fangs this year and create a costume that will turn heads and make others go “aha!”

    Earlier this month, I blogged about social media costumes that were quite impressive! But you can push yourself even further and have your entire night of Halloween be tech themed!

    So here’s part 2 of my Halloween entry =)

    Host a Halloween party!

    - Invitations: Unless it’s for a wedding, I haven’t seen many physical invitations being mailed or hand delivered in a while. Facebook has become the main source of invitations for all sorts of events. Birthdays dinners, Bridal showers, and Halloween parties are a few invitations that I’ve received in the past couple of weeks! It’s the easiest way to reach out and get a fast response from people! It will make sure it gets to all your friends, and it is convenient because it helps you keep track of RSVPs. You can create a fun Halloween themed look of your invitation using imagery as well!

    - Music: I love making a playlist for any event! Creating a playlist for your party is a place where Spotify can be used to its fullest potential. As long as the computer / laptop is connected to the internet, you can search unlimited music on Spotify. Whether it’s Halloween music or the latest hit by Taylor Swift, there's something for everyone.

    - Tricks: Halloween is an occasion where simple tech special effects and a little bit of showmanship can go a long way. If you’ve got wireless speakers or even one where with a cord that’s easy to hide, then you’ve got pretty much everything you need to scare the living nightmare out of your party guests.

    Example: Concealing a speaker under a chair or an unexpected location and queuing it to play screams at random intervals is a perfect way to make your guests jump.

    - Decorations: Just watch this video and be amazed.

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  • Bills, Bills, Bills

    If you live in today’s America, you’ve probably heard the phrase “Time is money”. Time is so precious to us and juggling our professional life AND our personal lives at the same time have become quite a struggle.

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    The one thing we all go through or will eventually be going through is the joy of paying your bills! Yay! (Insert Sarcasm). Balancing all your bills and expenses is not easy. Thankfully, living in this technology-obsessed world, there are apps that can help you manage this. Believe it or not, they do lend a hand and brings comfort knowing that you’re not alone in this crazy thing called “life”.

    So let’s just get on with it. Here are 3 awesome apps:

    Mint: Millions of people use Mint to control their money. The proficient and protected app allows you to automatically track all your checking accounts, saving accounts, and credit cards in a central location, efficiently organizing and displaying the transactions with informative graphs. 

    Google Wallet: Have you ever eaten a fabulous dinner at a restaurant and once it was time to pay, you realize you forgot your wallet at home? Or what about realizing that you don’t have your wallet as you reach the register at your favorite retail store? Well you never have to be in that position again because the day that you could go shopping and leave your tangible wallet behind is finally here. With Google Wallet, you are able to store your credit card, debit card, loyalty card information in one place. Simply use your smartphone to “tap and pay” at stores to make your purchases. You can also use Google Wallet to pay for your online purchases.

    Venmo: I love this app. I’ve been in so many situations where this app came in handy. For example: I go out to dinner with friends quite frequently and when our waiter delivers the bill, it’s always frustrating for everyone when you have to individually split the cost…and I’m sure it’s a lot of work for the waiter to swipe 5 different credit / debit cards.  Venmo allows you to pay anyone instantly using money you have in Venmo or your linked bank account in a matter of seconds. This app has become quite popular because it’s so convenient to use. So one of our friends put the whole bill on her card, and we each used Venmo to transfer money to her account. She instantly “cashed out” and received the money the next day! Awesome!

    And I can't help but feel that this song is appropriate for this blog post ;)

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  • The Evolution Of The Cellphone

    It’s hard to imagine life without a cellphone these days, right? We have Bluetooth connection, wireless internet, apps for days, cameras, and the list goes on and on. Well, it’s hard to believe that we used to only be able to make phone calls with them! No texting. No music streaming. Only phone calls. How on earth did people survive?!

    Well people back then did not know what they didn't have because they...didn't have it! So having the latest cellphone was a luxury, and believe it or not, they were satisfied!

    Let’s take a look back at the evolution of cell phones, starting with the very first cell phone.

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    From the timeline, I was able to point out my first cellphone. What was yours?

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