By Corinne Clements

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

See CNET’s city pad transform into a smart apartment | Andrew Gebhart: As an apartment-dweller, I have lusted over smart home technology that I know my landlord will never let me install. CNET’s new ‘smart apartment’ project has come at just the right time to let those of us who don’t own our homes see how we can leverage the Internet of Things and still get back our security deposits.

Appliance Industry Filtering Out Counterfeit Water Filters | Alan Wolf: Clean, safe drinking water is incredibly important. Many families have refrigerator water dispensers that help filter out toxins and impurities, but it’s vital to make sure the filters within them can get the job done. AHAM and refrigerator manufacturers are stepping up their game to ensure consumers get the correct filter, and not a knock-off that may not filter what it says it does, or fit the machine correctly.

The Clever Pen on a Mission To Finally Kill The Tape Measure | Liz Stinson: Move over antiquated, analogue tape measure. Your days of watching me botch DIY projects are numbered. The InstruMMent 01 is both a pen and a digital tape measure that uses a roller to determine distance. Measuring things (especially curved things) is meant to be a breeze, and the measurements are uploaded to an app, so there’s no fumbling around trying to remember was it 15 inches? Or 15.5?

Survey: Amazon is the most relevant brand among U.S. millennials | Taylor Soper: It has been noted often that millennials in the US favor convenience, and what is more telling of that fact than the fact that Amazon is the most relevant brand to American millennials? From books and music to shampoo and groceries, millennials don’t have to wander outside of Amazon’s ecosystem to get basic needs and entertainment.

12 Great Fridge Features You Didn’t Know Existed | Daniel Wroclawski: Guys. Guys, fridges can be, dare I say it? Sexy. From herb storage for your favorite foodie, to self-filling water pitchers, to custom finishes, fridges can be so much more than utilitarian. They can be an extension of your personality in the home. 

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