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  • Avoid Black Friday Crowds And Shop Online!

    Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this week? I feel like we JUST celebrated Halloween! Time sure flies, but I'm glad it does because Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! It's a great way to share a meal with your close friends and family and list out the things you are thankful for - and then there's Black Friday.

    I find Black Friday sort of hilarious because it's literally the day after Thanksgiving - a day where we express our gratitude of all the things we have...and then the next day we go out among the chaotic and aggressive crowds fighting over the last flat screen TV....even though you already have 2 of them at home...but hey! THIS ONE is only $300 so you HAVE to claim it even if that means throwing a couple elbows and shoves :)

    Black Friday is definitely a cash cow for retailers but it's a very stressful day for consumers and even non consumers! There's extra traffic, long lines and a demolished store! At this point, it may be best to just stay home to avoid the Black Friday craziness!

    FORTUNATELY, you can do all your Black Friday shopping on the internet today. I mean...how awesome is that? Say sayonara to waiting hours and hours in a line on a cold, bone chilling night and getting pushed around once those doors have opened!

    Here are a few reasons why shopping online for Black Friday is a smarter move -

    1. Stores offer the same deals on their website

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    2.  Black Friday shopping is potentially dangerous!

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    Yes, the odds of something bad happening to you are slim but there's still a slim chance that it could happen to you! Google "Black Friday Fights" and you'll see A LOT of different footage of people getting trampled and beaten over a deal!

    3. There ARE other sales besides Black Friday!

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    Many retail and online stores have started early and are giving out deals already. You can start shopping now and find some great discounts - while avoiding the crowd! There's also Cyber Monday which takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving!

    4. Aluratek is having an early sale on exclusive items, Black Friday AND Cyber Monday sale! Yep, that's a GREAT reason to stay home in your jammies and shop on our website! If you are not subscribed to our eNewsletter, go to our website, scroll down to the bottom and sign up! You will receive our emails that contain our holiday deals!

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    What ever you decide to do this Black Friday, I hope everyone stays warm and safe out there!

    Here are some fun Black Friday memes to conclude with :)

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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING YA'LL!!!!!!

  • Tech-Giving Smorgasbord Giveaway

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    In the spirit of thanksgiving, Aluratek would like to invite you to our Tech-Giving Smorgasbord Giveaway! Starting tomorrow through November 18, you can feast on our daily activities and also enter our raffle to win a grand prize!

    Check out our Twitter feed to see our tweets on this promotion. Simply RETWEET any promotional tweet that contains the #TechGivingSmorgasbord hashtag and FOLLOW @Aluratek to be entered into the grand prize raffle. The grand prize raffle will be held on the afternoon of November 18th where the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

    The winner of each day's activity can choose one item from our 10 for $10 (10 Year Anniversary Specials) items.

    Again, don't forget to RETWEET these daily games for an additional chance to win the #TechGivingSmorgasbord grand prize. The more you RETWEET - the better your chance you have to win!

    Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

    -Aluratek

  • Early Thanksgiving Preparations!

    Hello! Happy Monday and Happy Halloween!! I hope everyone will enjoy this spooky day with fun costumes and LOTS of treats!

    Kind of crazy how we spend so much time preparing and getting ready for this holiday for it to be over...in one day. That can be said with every holiday especially Christmas! Well now that Halloween will be over in less than 24 hours, we now have to start prepping for the next big holiday that is THANKSGIVING. Okay. I love Thanksgiving. It's just so much fun grubbing your heart out with all your close friends and family.

    It's been nearly four hundred years since Plymouth colonists and some friendly Native Americans shared a warm and open feast of thanks. Things have certainly changed since the first meal. 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.

    Here are 5 ways to use technology on Thanksgiving Day:

    Cooking Digitally :

    In the past, the pages in cookbooks would be bookmarked or torn out, and recipe cards would be selected for this special day. Today, we can say rest in peace to cookbooks and recipe boxes because recipes are easier to find on the internet! I don’t even remember the last time I opened up a cookbook! My favorite part about doing this online is if you want to substitute a certain ingredient, OR if you don’t have that ingredient the internet helps you find alternative solutions that works very well. Get started early this year and bookmark all your meals and side dishes!

    Thanksgiving Football :

    Two things are guaranteed on Thanksgiving: Turkey and Football. 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! We have Sling TV so we can stream the games on our phones, Chromecast it to our TV or just watch it on our laptops!

    If you like to watch the games on the big screen but don't have cable TV or even a good digital antennae, just stream the game on your laptop and have it hooked up to your TV with Aluratek's 6 Foot HDMI to HDMI Cable!

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    The cable provides the easiest way to connect your digital video sources to your HD/LCD display as it enables only one cable to deliver both high-definition video and multi-channel, digital audio. It enables intelligent, two-way communication between digital sources.

    Video "Cameraing" 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! You can FaceTime them as well!

    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 your way to feeling that you got at least some exercise in! Or if you REALLY feel the need to work out...(what?!), just grab a pair of Bluetooth earbuds and head over to a gym (if they're even open!) or go out for a jog outside!

    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! Make sure to also transfer those Facebook and Twitter photos into your WiFi Digital Photo Frame to share your fun times with everyone who comes to visit your home! Oh, you're asking what if you don't have one?! Well we sell them! ;)

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    Yes, it's not even November yet and YES it's still almost a month until Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean its TOO early to start preparing for one of the most delicious holidays of the year! (I'm already planning Thanksgiving with my friends...) hehe.

    Happy Halloween, folks! STAY SAFE OUT THERE!!!

  • 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:

    Siri

    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.

    How are you going to involve technology this Thanksgiving Day? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Thanksgiving, A Time for Mis-giving

    Thanksgiving is a week from today. So in looking to find a topic to write today I decided to just throw a bunch of stuff out there - just like a Thanksgiving meal. I am always one for historical facts so I looked up some facts you may know, or not know, or be shocked to know about Thanksgiving so you can impress your dinner guests when there's nothing to talk about.

    • In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving by 26 TONS! They sliced up the meat and repackaged with some trimmings on the side and voilà, the first TV dinner was born!

    • Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers according to Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest plumbing service

    • There are four places in the U.S. named Turkey. Louisiana's Turkey Creek is the most populous, with a whopping 440 residents. There's also Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona

    • Only male turkeys are called toms. Females are called hens and they do not gobble

    • If Ben Franklin had is way the turkey would be our national bird. In a letter he wrote he described the eagle as having "bad moral character" and that a turkey was a "much more respectable bird"

    • Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving as well on the second Monday in October.

    • Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving but probably Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish . They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn't eat mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce, but they probably ate cranberries

    • President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941

    • The turkey is the only North American bird ever domesticated

    • Farmers in the 1800s engaged in “turkey drives:” herding domestic turkeys along country roads to bring them to market, similar in ways to herding cattle

    • The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 42.2 million Americans travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend

    • Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a planned production total of 46.5 million in 2011

    • Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his sixth appearance in the 2006 parade

    • Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947

    • The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944) since 1934

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  • Thanksgiving Shmorgishborg with Tech on the Side

    Thanksgiving is next week - no need to remind anyone here. So in looking to find a topic to write today I decided to just throw a bunch of stuff out there - just like a Thanksgiving meal. I am always one for historical facts so I looked up some facts you may not know about Thanksgiving:

    - There is no evidence that the Pilgrims ate turkey at the first Thanksgiving in 1621

    - President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941

    - The modern custom of having a turkey at Thanksgiving came from a marketing campaign to sell farmed turkeys

    - The turkey is the only North American bird ever domesticated

    - In 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter complaining that the bald eagle was a poor choice for a national symbol. He argued that the turkey, with its habit of fiercely defending its territory, would have made a better choice

    - Farmers in the 1800s engaged in “turkey drives:” herding domestic turkeys along country roads to bring them to market, similar in ways to herding cattle

    - The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2010

    - Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a planned production total of 46.5 million in 2011

    - Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his sixth appearance in the 2006 parade

    - The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944) since 1934

    So what role has Technology played in the evolution of Thanksgiving of the years? Here are some ways technology has influenced Thanksgiving:

    Football on TiVo and HDTVs - Football on Thanskgiving? No way, really?
    Skyping Friends and Family - Because it's almost impossible to get the entire family together every year
    Tech Support - You'd be surprised how many people spend half their holiday providing tech support to a loved one (me next Thursday)
    Buying Gadgets - Retail outfits and online stores will do their part: opening early Black Friday and offering insane deals
    Cooking Digitally - Everything from recipes on the web to digital thermometers

    How are you spending Thanksgiving with technology? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!

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