By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! From nostalgic phones to energy star friendly thermostats, here are some of our favorite articles from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

Why Nokia’s feature phone nostalgia stole the thunder from this year’s flagships | Brian Heater: Nostalgia is big these days- from Stranger Things to the NES. Hoping to bank on that nostalgia, the newly reintroduced Nokia feature phone has arrived. The fact that it is not a smartphone is helping it to draw eyes away from some of the flagship phones that were announced this past week at Mobile World Conference.

JCPenney Bringing Appliances To 100 More Stores | Alan Wolf: JCPenney has been offering appliances in select stores for a year now! To celebrate, they’re rolling out appliances to more stores, and will also begin to offer installation services.

Walmart is  Testing Technology That Would Let Customers Skip Checkout Lines | Hayley Peterson: Not long ago, Amazon announced it would be testing a cashier-free store. To stay competitive, Walmart has also begun to test checkout free stores. Thanks to this competitive spirit, we may be getting a sneak peak at what retail of the future will look like!

Nest Becomes First Smart Thermostat to Get Energy Star | Mary H.J. Farrell: Smart thermostats are often touted for their ability to help homeowners keep the costs of heating and cooling their houses low. But until just recently, smart thermostats have not been eligible for Energy Star ratings. Nest is officially the first smart thermostat that has earned the Energy Star rating

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