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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

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    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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  • 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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  • Politics & Technology

    40 years ago today, Rick Monday saves the American flag. In 1976, the Chicago Cubs played a normal baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Dodger Stadium. Bottom of the fourth inning, out of nowhere, a man and his 11-year old son raced towards outfield, kneeled on the grass, spread out an American flag and was ready to ignite it on fire in front of the entire stadium. In the meantime, Cubs center fielder Rick Monday, former U.S. Marine, saw the situation unraveling and bolted towards the 2 protesters. As he put his glove into his left hand, Rick Monday approached the flag and snatched it up with his other hand and continued to run toward the Dodger's dugout. In that moment, the entire stadium united not as baseball fans, but as proud Americans as they cheered and thanked Rick Monday for his heroic act making it the best non-baseball play ever. Rick Monday saved the American flag that day and for that Rick Monday's heroic act became one of the most memorable events in the sport's history, making a unification between patriotism and America's pastime.

    If something like this happened today, imagine watching that clip being replayed over and over and over again on ESPN Sportscenter, FOX, CNN, etc. It's definitely a great thing! A patriotic act happened at Dodger Stadium 40 years ago and went "viral" without the use of internet, smartphones, social media. So again, imagine how much more "viral" it be if it happened today!

    The influence of technology on sports, politics, celeb plays a huge role today. The staggering distribution numbers through platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, podcasts, indicate that technology has pretty much consumed our daily lives. As we all should know, the elections are among us and technology could be a ultimate deciding factor in the 2016 Presidential elections. Look how many clips of Republican/Democratic debates, rallies, speeches have already gone viral in 2016 alone! Have you scrolled through Donald Trump's Twitter page?! Candidates are influencing Americans with a simple tweet. Technology and social media have taken over this country, this world.

    Just a random thought I had this morning.

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  • 5 New Year's Tech Resolutions

    Every year we write a list of things we want to accomplish for the next year to come. This may involve eating healthier, losing weight, quit smoking and the list goes on and on. A resolution's purpose is to better yourself especially with habits that aren't quite so good for you. As the years go by, technology is getting more advanced and so easy to access with the touch of a smartphone or tablet. How often are our eyes glued to the screen? How often do we spend time outside of the digital world and appreciate and take in all the great things life has to offer other than technology?

    If you know that you are a addicted to your gadgets here are 5 solutions you can jot down for your New Year's resolution!

    1. Organize your bookmark links on your web browsers!

    This may seem tedious, but believe me it helps! Time is everything so if you can save some at all, organizing your bookmarks into folders and naming them accordingly will make your searches a lot faster instead of tirelessly scrolling through all of them.

    2. Social media addiction?

    Addicted to Twitter? Find most of your time scrolling through your Instagram page? What a big time waster if that's all you do! Rearrange your most used social media apps from your home screen to the second page of your phone. The little extra effort to get to the 2nd page makes a huge difference.

    3. Push the notifications away!

    The purpose of push notifications is to interrupt you. I hate them so much! Unless you get in trouble from your spouse, family members, friends or even getting terminated at work for missing the notifications, I encourage you to turn all of them off. Oh and also since we're already on the topic, if you're busy at work, school or just preoccupied with other things and do not want to be bothered with phone calls or text messages, there is a Do Not Disturb tab on the iPhone that holds off all calls and text messages when you activate it.

    4. Get a real alarm clock!

    Stay away from the alarm clock system on your smartphone or tablet. Waking up in the morning is already hard enough so would you want to add more stress being woken up with work emails and other internet nuisances? Get an alarm clock. Remember those? They're not that expensive and you can even find ones with creative and funny features such as the Defuse-A-Bomb alarm clock.

    Here at Aluratek we also offer a nifty WiFi Internet Radio alarm clock that we know you will love!

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    5. Disconnect before bedtime

    Sleep does a body good and is VERY important so turn off devices and wind down peacefully without the disturbance and distraction of your smartphone or tablet. This one is probably the most difficult as I like to fall asleep to a movie or TV show on Netflix, but let's be honest...it's the reason why I don't get enough sleep!

    I encourage and challenge everyone including myself to add at least one of these tech resolutions to your list this year! Good luck and happy new year!

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  • Random Acts of Kindness

    It's the start of the week. Mondays. Oh boy. Back to grind! It sure can be a drag when you had such a fun time over the weekend, and then you have to return back to the routine life, right? I think many people share the same pain (#thestruggleisreal). However, what if we can do something to spark it up a little? Maybe something selfless to enlighten someone else for a change? We live in a generation where WE want to make money, WE need to succeed, and nothing is wrong with that, but it would be nice to step out of our normal schedule and our comfort zone and attempt something new.

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    Did you know that today is the start of International Random Acts of Kindness week? Such a random idea (no pun intended). If you've never heard of "R.A.K.", it's when you choose someone to uplift and be kind to. Sounds odd, but it's actually a very sweet gesture. You may know someone who is going through a rough patch, or someone who just wants to be noticed. It can also be your sister who is pregnant, or just someone you know that you want to encourage...just because! Basically, anyone! This is the time to go out of your way to make let that person know that he/she is loved.

    Here are a few ideas to R.A.K. someone DIGITALLY (of course): 

    1. A simple text or e-mail can go a long way. Why not send a short and sweet message of encouragement to someone who has been on your mind? I promise that it will bring a smile to their face!

    2. Dedicate a Instagram post to them! A great one is Throwback Thursdays! Surprise them by posting up a picture of you two that you took in the past with a nice caption saying how much you miss them, or telling them to have a great day! Make sure to hashtag #tbt and their names so they get notified!

    3. Snapchat them a fun video selfie message, or snap a picture of something that reminds you of them so they know you are thinking of them!

    4. Download the Kindr app and send out compliments, hugs, messages and even cute animals!

    5. Words are powerful but so are thoughtful gifts. R.A.K. them with some of our very affordable products that are SURE to make them exuberant and grateful to have you as a friend / sister/ brother/ mother/ father...etc you know what I mean ;) Aluratek is currently holding a Valentine's Day promotion. Just because your gift isn't going towards a significant other doesn't necessarily mean you can't purchase anything from this promotion! It's a holiday representing LOVE and there are so many different types of love!

    The International Random Acts of Kindness week ends February 15, but just because that's the last day doesn't mean you can't continue to show kind gestures to people. It should be something we want to do on a daily basis, so no matter what don't let February 15th stop you from displaying love to others! Happy R.A.K. Week!

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  • Social Media Costume Ideas For Halloween

    Halloween is approaching fast and you need time to get your costumes ready to go! I've seen very creative DIY costumes that look amazing, and I was thinking...why not make your own costume that is trending the tech world today?!

    When I think about today's technology I think of smartphones, and then I start to think about social media. The social media world has certainly taken over, and everyone's face is glued to their smartphone screen as they're updating their lives with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media app news feeds, or posting up their own content for the world to view. I started researching whether people have actually created costumes relating to social media and BOY, was I surprised AND impressed!

    Check these awesome and creative social media costumes people have made by themselves! Maybe this will give you an idea for this year's Halloween costume because it will definitely be a head-turner!

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    PINTEREST

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    GOOGLE MAPS! (AWWW!)

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    SNAPCHAT (last one is too funny!)

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