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  • Technology and Politics

    John F. Kennedy VS Richard Nixon in the 1960 campaign season was aired on television and was marked as one of the leading technological moments in political history. Technology has shaped and is continuing to mold politics in ways that is changing the course of a lot of future campaigns.

    When George W. Bush was our president in 2004, the internet was around but nothing really made much of an impact - YouTube didn't exist yet, and most of social media platforms we are familiar with today weren't around either. The one platform that speaks loudly is Twitter as we see Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump communicating via Tweets to each other, to the world. Even President Obama is familiar with Twitter as we can see him reading hilarious 'Mean Tweets' on The Jimmy Kimmel Show -

    Yes. Technology has taken over the political world. If you think about it without technology, we would've never heard about the scandal about how Donald Trump talks about women, OR without email, Hillary Clinton's stress level would be a tad lower?

    Social media allows everyone to express their opinions about the election whether they're comments to memes to videos!

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    In my honest opinion, I think technology has allowed us to be more informed about what is going on in today's world and the election. Especially when we are all so busy and in a hurry to live our lives, thank god for our smartphones and social media apps right? Haha. But in all seriousness, technology and social media has allowed us to bring up racial, sexist, immigration issues and etc. It gives us a voice to speak out about even the most sensitive topics.

    What do you think about how technology has influenced the political world?

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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

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    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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    How do you share your music festival memories to your family and friends? Social media? Texting? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to share with us, or leave a comment below!

  • The Power Of NBA Social Media

    Who watched last night's epic battle between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors?! What a game, right?

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    Thousands of fans, non-Cleveland/Golden State fans, and even non-sports fans tuned in to watch Game 7. Whether you were at home watching on your big-screen TV or at a sports bar with your friends it's pretty hard to not catch the game. Even 5 years ago, we didn't have easy access to sports like we do today. 10 years ago, social media platforms were just making its debut (Remember MySpace?) but today social media has literally taken over the world. With the help of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, sport apps, etc - we are automatically updated with every play, home run, touchdown, highlight.

    However, sometimes social media can be used for good and the bad...

    Let's start with the bad - social media isn't just a tool to update us on game highlights, but it can also inform us of what is going on outside of the sports world. A recent story that went viral was a bitter tweet that Golden State Warrior's Stephen Curry's wife, Ayesha Curry, sent out before quickly deleting it soon after. The Warriors lost a game, and there were of course a lot of emotions running through and we all say things without thinking when we are highly emotional, and that's what happened when Ayesha Curry tweeted that the games were rigged.

    Twitter made out to make her look whiny and into a sore loser. After Cleveland's victory last night, Ayesha Curry tweeted out a positive and encouraging tweet celebrating the Warriors' hard work and amazing season they had, but still many Twitter users were mocking her and even claiming that her tweet ruined the great regular season the Warriors had :(

    Let's move on to the good! One of the biggest highlights of sports in 2016 was Kobe Bryant's final game.

    Celebrating his 20 year career, not only did Bryant play an excellent game where he scored 60 incredible points, but 1.13 billion impressions all over social media were posted through popular brands, teams, celebrities, and fans that wanted to honor Kobe. The hashtag #MambaDay generated globally. Even if you didn't watch the game, even if you have absolutely no interest in basketball, even if you have no idea who Kobe Bryant is (what?) - on April 13, social media platforms made sure he was the most important human being on earth.

    Last night, social media reaction focused mainly on LeBron James carrying the team with an incredible comeback to win the title. Celebrities including Dwayne Wade, Rihanna, Kobe Bryant, Mark Cuban and even President Barack Obama himself congratulated LeBron and Co. for their achievements and the end of their title drought. Twitter went crazy throughout the entire game and tweeting about every single significant earth-shattering block, shot, foul that happened. How can you not know what's going on?! 

    Ultimately I think social media has allowed us to feel like we are a part of the team. I follow every Dodgers and 49ers account on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I just love being updated about the latest news and I especially enjoy the behind-the-scenes moments they bring to us fans!

    I just want to conclude saying that social media has become a powerful tool to connect, inform, find, engage with, and develop a close bond and community with sports fans.

    - Aluratek out.

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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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  • The Oscars And The Internet

    What a night! The 88th Academy Awards was an interesting one, for sure. The biggest A-List movie stars were all there hoping for a chance to win an award for their hard work. Lady Gaga gave a powerful performance and Chris Rock hosted the award show despite all the Oscars drama happening. However, a few unexpected wins and several awkward jokes later - the moment EVERYONE and their moms were waiting for was about to happen. As Julianna Moore read off the nominees for Best Actor, we all know the entire world was watching hoping and praying that our beloved Leonardo Dicaprio would win his first Oscar. And he did. I'm not surprised as he is one of the most talented actors of our time that has delivered some of the best performances to the big screen. Imagine if he didn't...the internet would've gone crazy. Probably a riot? Leo has been nominated for an Academy Award countless times but was never given a chance to go up on that glorious stage and give his acceptance speech.

    Social media and the internet EXPLODED. Not only did he win an Oscar but he won the most tweeted moment in Oscar history, beating Ellen DeGeneres's Oscar selfie couple years back. About 255,000 tweets a minute and after Leo's Oscar win? About 440,000 PER MINUTE. Whoo! The Oscars was really about Leonardo Dicaprio thanks to the internet and its awesome trending memes.

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    AFTER LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S FIRST OSCARS WIN: (the internet moves fast)

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    Congrats Leo! Well-deserved.

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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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  • Techgiving Day

    Things have certainly changed since the first meal of the pilgrims and Native Americans. 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. With Thanksgiving Day coming up, you can tech it up with these ideas:

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    Need to know the exact measurement for your pumpkin pie? Don't bother browsing through websites for the answer - just ask Siri! You can use your hands for more important things. I always call on my dear friend Siri for pretty much...anything and I know I will be depending on her while I am prepping up all my Thanksgiving side dishes (the mother-in-law will be making the turkey. I'm not messing with the main course!)

    Cooking / meal planning apps

    In this digital day and age, utilizing technology when you're prepping and cooking for hours sounds like a good idea,  right? Let's face it. We're not our grandmas. I don't know how they did it - laying out platters and platters of food on the table all on her own. If I even attempted to do all that without any tech let's just say there would be no Thanksgiving dinner and most likely a burnt down house. Download a planning list app like Clear+ to menu assistants like Snapguide to help you out on the day of.

    Tech- Cooking Tools :

    It's almost too easy to overcook your turkey if you don't have a close eye on it, and as we all know oven temperatures vary. If you're cooking the turkey this year, all eyes and pressure is on you that the big bird will come out to be juicy and moist a.k.a. perfect. If you purchase yourself a nice wireless meat therometer you can take some pressure off of you and join the family in the living room while your turkey is cooking. Once the turkey is ready and hits the perfect temperature, the wireless therometer will deliver a sound that lets you know that it's ready! 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 excited to watch a good game 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 the night off and burn those calories! Another really fun game is the Ellen Degeneres' free app, Heads Up. It's similar to Taboo and Catch Phrase!

    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 whale, 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! We will be having our own Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale so stay tuned for those as well!

    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.

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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!
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    Emoji Dancing Girls!

    To view more fun costumes, click here.

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  • Independence Day Media

    Hello! Happy Monday! We hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

    Maybe it's just me, but I felt like I was able to share this holiday with EVERYONE and I mean everyone simply through social media. It is so awesome to see friends post pictures of their fun-filled day surrounded friends, family, BBQ and lots of fireworks!!  Being a huge design/typography geek, I am also able to enjoy my favorite designers' posts of their patriotic pride through art and creativity. If you follow any celebrities, you can feel like you're actually with them as they also share their 4th of July day with everyone. Social media is powerful and it allows you to interact and experience their lives with you.

    Here are some Independence Day Instagram posts that caught my eye:

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