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:

Samsung Acquiring Harman for $8B | TWICE Staff: To leapfrog into the connected car game, Samsung has acquired Harman, which manufactures audio and connected car systems. They’ll pay $8 billion to make their entrance to the category.

Electric Corsets, the Original Wearble Devices | Adrienne LaFrance: The more things change, the more they stay the same. You might think wearables are pretty new to the consumer durables game, but that’s not exactly true. The 19th century was full of inventions harnessing electricity to make life better. Smart watch, meet your grandma, the electric corset.

The Next Big Thing: 2017’s top e-commerce trends | Marianne Wilson: The race to maximize e-commerce sales is growing ever fiercer. Absolunet and HBSDealer are predicting hyper-localization, customization, and AI as big trends in the coming year. Are there any trends you’re betting big on?

Your next phone could recharge from 0% to 50% in 15 minutes | Raymond Wong: Fast charging is a lifesaver, y’all. And there’s more of it coming down the line. Qualcomm has announced a new chip that will charge phones even more rapidly than before, and keep phones cooler while doing so. This last bit is especially important because it’s one more safety feature that will help keep phones from catching fire.

Guys, I Think My Fridge Is Smarter Than Me | The Stevenson Company: In the last couple of years, it seems that you can’t turn around without hearing about some new connected device. At the Stevenson Company, we’ve dug into our available data to explore which IoT devices are attractive to consumers, and what the appeal might be.

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