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Help Customers Find Lost Items with Bluetooth Trackers

June 15, 2020

For anyone who’s ever yelled “Siri, where are you?” to find their smartphone, the logic of having a Bluetooth tracker on your keys is obvious. Losing your keys, especially if you’re in a hurry and need to get somewhere, is one of the most frustrating everyday occurrences that nearly everyone has experienced. Fortunately, Bluetooth trackers have the ability to cut down on the frustration and increase efficiency for your customers. The Tile Mate Bluetooth Trackers, now available from Issoy, Inc., are 25 percent smaller than other trackers, making it easy to forget they’re on a keychain or attached to an...


Dry Herb Kits

June 12, 2020

Looking for ways to expand your retail market share? Consider stocking dry herb kits. These kits are vaporizing pens that are designed specifically for smoking loose leaf herbs and have several advantages for the user. Loose leaf herbs have a stronger flavor, delivered with vapor instead of smoke. The delivery system is less destructive to the herbs than combustion methods like a cigarette; these vaporizers preserve more of the herb’s components. They’re made to be used with loose leaf tobacco or other dried, loose leaf herbs. These dry herb kits can also be used with wax cartridges filled with an...


Huawei Ban in U.S. Extended to May 2021

June 10, 2020

As we’ve reported previously, the U.S. has imposed sanctions against Huawei and other Chinese technology companies, citing national security concerns. The initial ban, passed by the Trump administration, has been extended several times. It prohibits U.S. cell phone manufacturers from partnering with cited companies like Huawei and ZTE for cell phone components. In May 2020, the ban was extended again, this time until May 2021.  Despite the ban, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a 90-day temporary extension that allows Huawei to continue to provides updates to its existing U.S. consumers. The extension comes on the heels of a survey...


How to Sell Phones in the 2020 Smartphone Market

June 07, 2020

Although overall the smartphone market has dropped in 2020 and projections aren’t looking great for the immediate future, not all sales were down. As consumers reprioritized spending, the most expensive smartphones fell behind, while mid-priced smartphone sales swelled. The mid-range Samsung Galaxy A51 topped sales across the globe from March to May, according to data from Strategy Analytics.  The trend is looking similar for iPhone fans: the new iPhone SE 2020, a more affordably-priced model than some of the higher end versions with more bells and whistles, is likely to be the company’s biggest winner in the face of the...


Foldable Phone = Tablet + Smartphone?

June 05, 2020

Is there a chance that foldable phones will replace tablets and smartphones? As the world deals with the shock and recession resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, consumers are looking for the most cost-efficient ways to accomplish tasks. This includes ways to work productively at home and be able to transition easily from home to office when they’re able to return to work. In addition, businesses are looking for ways to keep costs down and reduce overhead amidst the uncertainty of the future. At this point, it’s unclear whether there will be a resurgence of cases, or when a vaccine or...


When a Smartphone Sounds Too Good to Be True

June 03, 2020

As consumers try to come to terms with the new normal, many are looking for ways to save money. Although many parts of the U.S. and the world are reopening, the future is still uncertain, and likely to be until a vaccine is found and the number of worldwide cases of Covid-19 begins to fall.  With the uncertainty comes the need for many consumers to reduce spending and be creative in getting the things you need. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when people can be taken in by false advertisements and products that are too good to be true. One...


New Huawei Smartphone Takes Your Temperature

June 01, 2020

As economies across the globe prepare to reopen, trying to figure out how to keep people safe and healthy has become a global conundrum that everyone wants to solve. Technology has already helped pave the way for safely returning to work and reopening stores with a number of innovations, including apps that show when users have been near people who tested positive, and several at-home test options that are still in the works. Widespread testing has been one of the many hurdles that countries are solving in various ways to try to keep the spread of Covid-19 under control. Huawei,...


The New Landscape for Retail

May 19, 2020

The retail market is currently in turmoil. Many states are relaxing their stay-at-home orders, but many are not. Some states have laid out plans that slowly open up their economies again, while including a caveat that quarantine may be enforced again if there’s a spike in positive Covid-19 tests among residents. In these uncertain times, it can be difficult to know how to move forward with your business, especially if you made drastic change to your business model to try to continue to stay open even when brick and mortar establishments shut down. Here are some suggestions to help you...


10 New Ways to Use A Smartphone Camera

May 14, 2020

When customers come into your store, they very likely know what they’re looking for. They’ve heard about a lot of the pre-loaded apps and bells and whistles smartphones possess: a camera, email, texting, etc. But they may not know about the many other apps that are available – apps that can help them at work, or with their favorite hobbies. Here are some apps you can tell them about that work with their camera. Scan and Print MyScan lets users scan, crop and print documents. It also has a file and folder organizer built in so those scans are easier...


An Open Source Sustainable Cell Phone

May 12, 2020

The e Foundation and Fairphone have paired up to make a sustainable, open-source smartphone. It’s a non-Google phone loaded with the /e/ OS, which uses the Android OS but leverages open sourced apps and /e/ cloud services instead of G suite and its many apps.  The phone is called the Fairphone 3; it was originally released in September of 2019. The companies say their goal was to produce a phone that was privacy conscious and sustainable. In line with those goals, the phone is repairable, environmentally friendly, and allocates more of the costs of creating the phone to the companies...


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