By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! From vacuuming like a boss to smart cities, here are some of our favorite articles from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

24776672360_1130b9606e_bAdulting 101: How to use all of your vacuum’s attachments | Jonathan Chan: We’re still a bit away from spring, but it’s never too early to get started with spring cleaning! And it turns out that the humble vacuum cleaner is a much more valuable tool than some realize. For first time adults, and for people who need a refresher, this is a great tutorial on how to use those fancy vacuum attachments for more than getting cat toys out from under the couch.

When a smart apartment meets a smart city… | Ashlee Clark Thompson: The TraQline team is proud of its hometown, Louisville, KY. A lot of us are also big fans of technology. So seeing Louisville take steps to becoming more integrated into the Internet of Things we (okay, at least I) get really excited. Residents in Louisville can use IoT enabled lights to get updates on air quality or use their Amazon Echo to get a quick news briefing from the mayor’s office. This is just the beginning of Smart Cities, and we are excited to see how they grow!

How to Soup Up Your Gas Grill for a Super Bowl Party | Kimberly Janeway: The TraQline team also really likes grilling out– it may be winter, but that never stopped a true fan from grilling out for the Super Bowl. Check out how easy it is to trick out a gas grill for maximum opportunities for delicious food!

Cuneiform_Tablet_from_an_Assyrian_Trading_Post_LACMA_M.84.31.6_(2_of_2)The Anti-iPhone Of The Future | Mark Wilson: Smartphones are some of the fanciest, newest technology available. Their form factor though? Not so much. Humanity has been using tablets since ancient days- though we’ve moved from clay to touch screens. As we move forward with new ways to interact with technology (especially voice interaction), designers are dreaming up what the phones of the future will look like.

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