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:

Haiku Home Haiku Light Review | Ry Crist: Not everyone is a big fan of the minimalist Silicon Valley aesthetic. At last, there are options for people who want a more lux look but still have smart tech. CNET is able to give the ins and outs of some classy looking smart lights.

You no longer have to buy a new car or stereo to use Android Auto | Lauren Goode: Distracted driving is a serious problem, especially with the advent of always-available cell phones and smart phones. A lot of newer cars have features integrated into them to keep driver eyes on the road. For those of us who haven’t got the latest vehicles, aftermarket stereos have been the way to add those features. Now, Google wants anyone to be able to use their Android Auto app to keep distracted driving to a minimum.  Hopefully, similar programs will roll out with other phone operating systems!

Holiday Gifts for When You Have the Urge to Splurge | Consumer Reports: Okay everyone, Black Friday is just around the corner, and deals on consumer goods will abound. If you’re not being throttled by a strict budget, Consumer Reports has the list for you, ranging from consumer electronics to appliances to exercise equipment. These are some of Consumer Reports’ top items that are worth spending a little extra cash on.

Report: Nearly half of retailers falling behind in omnichannel efforts | Deena M. Amato-McCoy: As much as brands recognize that having a strong e-tail presence is necessary in this day and age, many are still struggling to meet these expectations. The challenges are many- from outdated systems to a murky understanding of what will bring big returns on their investments. But with work, more retailers will be able to start hitting the mark.

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