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Earphones and Hearables

December 17, 2019

Like it or not, consumers and retailers alike are going to have to come to terms with the newest technology trend: hearables. Although this term can incorporate all types of earphones and speakers, the newest trend among smartphone manufacturers is to remove the phone jack completely from phones to push users toward wireless Bluetooth listening devices. Even when phone jacks are still available, the cost and availability of wireless headphones is making these relatively new innovations into the industry standard.  Wireless headphones vary widely, from headset-like models that go over the top of the head to completely separate earbuds that...


The Future for Wearable Devices

December 15, 2019

Wearables are becoming more and more popular. Based on the new tech coming down the pipeline, the industry has only just scratched the surface of what’s possible and how it can help improve health and quality of life.  Here are a couple of the newest innovations that are likely leading the future of wearables that your business should consider stocking for retail sale.  Bike Computer and Heart Rate Monitor Made by Polar, a leading brand in medical wearables and other athletic tracking devices, the V650 model is a combination cycling computer with a built-in GPS monitor that integrates seamlessly with...


The Best Phone Cases to Stock

December 13, 2019

Looking for the best phone cases to stock for 2020? Here are some winners from some of our best brands. UAG Samsung Galaxy S9+ Monarch Series Case One of the best cases available for the Samsung Galaxy S9+, this super durable case from UAG features five layers of protection, incorporating top grain leather and metal hardware. It’s light as a feather, with a soft impact-resistant core and traction grip. It also meets military-grade drop test standards and is also compatible with Samsung Pay and Wireless Charging.  Speck Presidio Case for iPhone 6/6s/7 This stylish case for iPhones from Speck is...


The Future of IoT

December 11, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the landscape in homes and businesses alike. Through this new and growing technology, consumers can do everything from check whether they need to stop at the store for milk on the way home to speak to the UPS guy leaving a package on their porch while they’re still at work. However, it doesn’t end there: businesses are using smart devices to track logistics, log analytics in real time, and increase efficiency and productivity across the board.  How will IoT continue to change and mold in the future? Here are some pieces to think...


Best Smartphones for 2020

December 09, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, retailers and businesses are likely looking ahead to see which smartphones will sell the best in 2020. Considering the wide variety of models and various manufacturers, finding the best-selling cell phones for 2020 can be a chore. To help out our customers, we’ve listed some of the top cell phones to watch for and considering purchasing for your business.  Essential Project Gem A relatively unheard-of option, Project Gem will be the newest model from Essential, which released its first smartphone in 2018. The Project Gem is a long, narrow cell phone. This unique cell...


Lenovo Smart Display

December 06, 2019

This smart display with built-in Google assistant is a great addition to any retailer’s shelves. Featuring two dual-array microphones and a voice-activated 8-inch WXGA touchscreen, this revolutionary device from Lenovo replaces a screen-less smart speaker with a much more advanced solution to home navigation. Users can do everything from watch videos of how to make their favorite recipes, to check the weather with graphics and imaging, to video calls. The screen includes a front-facing 5-megapixel camera and a Qualcomm Home Hub Platform with Snapdragon 624 for better-looking images and enhanced performance. The Smart Display has both landscape and portrait orientations...


Portable Smart Speakers

December 04, 2019

Thanks to new technology, Bluetooth speakers can do much more than just play music. Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri have all made it possible for users to give commands to their speakers. Smart speaker owners can do everything from change a radio station, to dim the lights in a room, set an alarm clock, buy a product or set reminders.  Although the specific capabilities of a smart speaker depend on the brand and its connected assistant, overall these speakers are gaining ground for making life easier for users with busy days and a lot of tasks to handle.  For retailers,...


Elgato Avea Bulb 426019539315

December 02, 2019

Looking for a surefire seller for 2020? Smart bulbs have been gaining in popularity as the Internet of Things (IoT) and other smart devices become an everyday part of our lives. Consumers are seeking the next best way to make their homes more enjoyable and more customizable with just the push of a button.  The Elgato Avea Bulb is a top seller in the smart bulb market. It connects directly with Apple devices to enhance and customize lighting with a smartphone, iPad or Apple Watch.  Here are some selling points for these smart bulbs that will make them a popular...


Apple Glasses: The New Smartphone?

November 29, 2019

Apple is thinking about putting its own iPhones out of business with new Apple Glasses. The tech superpower estimates that new virtual reality glasses will likely replace smartphones within a decade, a pretty fast turnaround considering the new Apple glasses are not supposed to hit the market until 2022. Apple Glasses are rumored to have advanced artificial intelligence and virtual reality capabilities, plus all the bells and whistles that smartphones currently give their users. The new AR capabilities are centered around a new 3D sensor system that Apple has been developing for the past several years. This system includes a...


A Universal Second Screen for Smartphones

November 24, 2019

Second smartphone screens may become an affordable stocking stuffer in the near future. Thanks to an innovative new IndieGoGo campaign, users may be able to add a second screen to their smartphones for less than $200. As smartphones continue to gain popularity and use as everyday computers in a smaller package, the demand for dual or split screen phones continues to grow. However, not everyone is willing or able to ditch their current smartphone for one of the dual screen versions. The new universal option being offered by an independent startup shows that there may be a new trend on...


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