By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! From hackable furniture to “webrooming”, here are some of our favorite articles from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

ikea-1376853_1920Ikea’s hackable ‘open platform’ furniture will go on sale early next year | James Vincent: Are you familiar with “Ikea Hacks“? A little creative thinking and some Ikea furniture can go a long way to personalizing furniture. Ikea has taken notice and wants to encourage its shoppers to hack away. To that, they’re developing “hackable” furniture, and we should start seeing it in the US in 2018.

Figure out if you left the stove on with this smart stove knob | Chaim Gartenberg: I’ll be completely honest. I am a very forgetful person. Luckily, between obsessively checking the stove and a very vigilant roommate, I have not yet burnt down my apartment by leaving the stove on. So this “smart stove knob” is definitely the kind of IoT I can get behind. “Smart” appliances that answer a consumer pain point are always awesome in my book.

How to buy a TV in 2017 | David Katzmaier: There are so many specs listed on TVs these days. Shopping for a good TV is almost as overwhelming as shopping for a good laptop! Luckily CNET has put together a primer to help you cut to the chase and determine which specs you need to pay attention to, and which are just fluff.pexels-photo-88737

So Much For Showrooming- New Study Suggets The Opposite | Alan Wolf: Remember when “showrooming” was the big fear for retailers? Consumers were thought to be spending time in stores to check out items before purchasing them online. As it turns out, the exact opposite is happening- especially among Millennials and Gen Z shoppers. This points even more towards the necessity of having a strong omni-channel presence to stay competitive.

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