Smartwatch shipments grew 55% as overall wearables device shipments increased 31% in the fourth quarter of 2018, IDC reports. Lower prices and a continued focus on health-related features would help the smartwatch market grow even more, Dan Gallagher writes.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is using extracted metal from used cellphones and other electronics to make Olympic medals. The program began in 2017 and uses electronics donated at post offices and in NTT Docomo stores throughout Japan.
French company Remade is selling refurbished iPhones in custom colors. Remade, which replaces broken parts in nonfunctioning phones and installs new batteries and repainted rear cases, hopes to make the devices available in the US this year.
"To fold or not to fold?" is the fundamental question now facing the global smartphone industry, desperate for a turnaround after five quarters of declining sales. Samsung and Huawei revealed the first folding-screen phones last month in Barcelona, but consumer adoption may be limited at first due to high prices, untested tech and questions regarding the durability of foldable devices.
Forty-nine percent of mobile ad investment in the second half of 2018 was made by retailers, up from 35% during the first six months of last year, per Smaato. Digital retailers including Walmart and Amazon accounted for 28% of mobile ad investment.
The big, headline-making social networks aren't the only places businesses can make their presence felt online. Kiely Kuligowski reviews some of the smaller networks that have much to offer and may ideally serve various niches.
Interest paid on credit cards can be deducted, but only if the cards were used to pay for business expenses, Ben Luthi writes. "While credit card interest accrued on business expenses is deductible, that deduction does not apply to personal expenses, even if they're on the same account," he writes.
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