By Corinne Clements

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

Austin’s Mandatory Smart Thermostats Allow The Power Company To Turn Down Your AC | Charlie Sorrel: Austin, TX recently decided that all new apartments and houses must have connected thermostats. This should give homeowners and apartment dwellers alike some extra savings. And, if people sign up for it, this will add some extra relief to the energy companies too. Customers have the option to let the energy companies adjust temperatures by a few degrees in connected homes to help lighten the load during peak demand. Sounds like a win-win situation for the citizens and companies in Austin!

Review: Hisense RF20N6ASE Refrigerator | Matthew Zahnzinger: If you’re familiar with Hisense’s name at all, it’s probably for their budget-friendly TVs. If not, get ready to hear it more often. The Chinese brand has just introduced it’s first counter-depth refrigerator in the US market. Their hipster-esque slogan, “The biggest brand you’ve never heard of”, may be true for now, but we’ll see how they fare in the coming quarters!

Look at Microsoft’s Fancy Surface Studio All-in-One PC | Tim Moynihan: Microsoft would really, really like to usurp Apple’s position as the favored tech of artists and designers. To that end, they’ve introduced an all-in-one PC that challenges the notion of what a PC should be. It’s hinged design allows you to use it as almost a drafting desk, and the hockey-puck shaped Surface Dial gives apps or palettes based on the program you’re in. All in all, it’s a slick looking machine. At $3,000 for a starting price though, it’ll be awhile before yours truly has an opportunity to try one…

Is Your House Haunted or Just Drafty? | Daniel DiClerico: Just in time for Halloween! Is your old house creaky, spooky and possibly haunted? Before you call a priest for that exorcism or start burning sage, make sure it’s not faulty wiring or odd drafts making your lights flicker and doors slam. Consumer Reports takes the bite out of a few phenomena to reassure you. But hey, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once wrote, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever is left, however improbable, must be the truth.” So, I’m not saying it’s ghosts, but it could be ghosts.

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