By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! From Amazon Prime subscriptions to $1K iPhones, here are some of our favorite articles from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

Amazon has at least 66 million Prime members but subscriber growth may be slowing | Jason Del Ray: Prime membership is one of Amazon’s key tools in taking over the e-commerce world, and its membership has been growing quickly since it was introduced in 2005. However, some analysts are speculating that its growth is beginning to slow down. At this most recent earnings release though, Amazon chose not to reveal its growth rate. Despite this, analysts still believe the total number of Amazon Prime subscribers is approximately 66 million, possibly more.

Faster and stronger lithium-ion batteries might be in our future | Brett Williams: Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are both a blessing and a curse. They power our gadgets that keep us constantly connected. They also don’t stay charged as long as we might like, keeping us dependent on charging cables and available outlets. MIT is working on developing a new kind of lithium-ion battery that would be able to hold more power and stay charged longer. Even better, since these batteries would be entirely solid (instead of containing liquid or gel as they currently do) they would also be more stable!

Here’s why Apple’s 10th Anniversary iPhone will likely cost more than $1000 | Mark Sullivan: It has officially been 10 years since the first iPhone was introduced. The rumor mill is churning with speculations about what the 10th Anniversary phone will look like- and how much it will cost. Possible features such as OLED screens, all glass backing, and new modem chips could push the cost of the newest iPhone to north of $1000!

Refrigerator Water Dispensers Pour on the Innovation | Daniel DiClerico: When water dispensers in refrigerators were first introduced, they were perhaps not the best thing ever. In the thirty-plus years they’ve been available, they have come a long, long way. Innovations available today include everything from hot water dispensers (invaluable for making tea or instant ramen!) to sparkling water.

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