Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! To ease you into your Monday, we’ve gathered some of our favorite articles from across the web:

Who is best positioned to build a smart home assistant? | Jan Dawson: The race is on to build an all-encompassing smart home assistant. Amazon’s Echo has gotten a good head start, but Apple and Google are both working on smart home hubs as well. Microsoft’s Cortana is also spreading to more devices. This article takes a look at what any single smart home assistant will need to bring to the table to control an entire house.

3 Ways To Connect With Centennial Shoppers | Theresa O’Neil: When it comes to marketing, it’s not just about Millennials and Boomers. Generation Z, also known as “Centennials”, is on the cusp of becoming the next big wave of buyers. Appealing to this wave of digital native shoppers is going to be an important part of marketing strategies for years to come.

Still pining for the 3.5mm headphone jack? Intel is here to comfort you | Stan Schroeder: If you’re already mourning the loss of the 3.5mm headphone jack, it’s gonna be okay. At least, that’s Intel’s message. With all the new strides in digital audio, sound quality won’t be the issue that it was in the early days of Bluetooth and wireless speakers and headphones.

Best Affordable Robot Vacuums | Jonathan Chan: We don’t have the robot maids of the future that The Jetsons promised us. While I’m a bit bummed about that, we do  have robot vacuums and that’s pretty much the next best thing. Even better, there are some options available that won’t blow your budget out of the water and still help keep your house clean.

Jabra’s headphones can be prescribed by a doctor to monitor fitness | Billy Steele: It’s about to get a lot harder to fudge the details of your workouts next time your doctor asks about it. Jabra has introduced headphones with stringent enough security and monitoring capabilities that doctors can prescribe them to patients to help track their fitness.

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