Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! Here’s some of our favorite posts from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

We Love You, Absurd Gadgets That Rocket Us Into the Future | Brian Barrett: There are always really weird, fringe gadgets being displayed at tech shows. They’re usually prototypes that will never see the light of market. This year, Berlin’s IFA spotlighted several delightfully weird pieces of tech that are actually slated to hit the market, such as Lenovo’s Yoga Book. We could be seeing a new wave in technology, where designers get to stretch their creative wings, rather than making incremental changes.

There’s an App for that: Color Muse | HBSDealer Staff: Is there anything worse than standing in the paint aisle saying, “Wait, are we sure this paint is going to match the couch? Or is this shade closer?” A company called Variable, Inc. wants to take the pain out of color matching when you redecorate. They’ve introduced a handheld scanner, paired with an app, called Color Muse. With the scanner and app, designers and others can scan and curate products to fit specific color schemes, get design inspiration, and generally skip out on the drudgery of trying to match colors by hand.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus announced with water resistance, dual cameras, and no headphone jack | Dan Seifert: In case you missed it, apparently Apple released a new phone or something? I kid, but it is nice to see a round up of all the features they’ve added. Yes, they got rid of the headphone jack. But they also invented a new form of Bluetooth. The phone is also waterproof, which is music to the ears of klutzes like me everywhere. The dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus are also a nice feature. I can’t wait to see how the public reacts to the newest member of the iPhone family

Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 is its first tablet with Alexa | Jon Fingas: Does anyone else talk to inanimate objects? Or is that just me? Luckily, Amazon is releasing tablets that have Alexa integrated into them. This means that talking to the tablet will be a lot more effective than when I talk to my car. Additionally, the specs are going up and the price is going down on the tablets, so it’s a bit of a win-win if you need a tablet that will actually do things when you talk to it.

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