By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’re switching things up a little bit and posting on Friday instead of Monday. Let us know what you think of the new day! From a new way to insulate homes to the unlocked cell phones in Canada, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

pexels-photo-144308A New Way To Insulate Your House: Chicken Feathers | Ben Schiller: The movement to keep things green (or, well, kind of white in this case?) is headed to the world of insulation. A new startup is exploring using chicken feathers-or rather, the keratin that the feathers are made of- as a base for building insulation. The world already eats a lot of chicken, so there are a lot of chicken feathers otherwise going to waste. This new form of insulation could be a win-win-win situation: homes are kept warmer, waste is reduced, and the insulation would be more biodegradable.

Two paint brands announce their 2018 Colors of the Year | HBSDealer Staff: It’s only June, but paint brands are already announcing their picks for Color of the Year 2018! Glidden and PPG Paints have both picked out their colors, and they are going dark. Both paint brands chose black paints, highlighting the color as a sophisticated neutral. So you’ve heard it here first, black really is the new black!

5 reasons you should buy an HDR TV, even if you have no idea what that means | Lee Neikirk: Navigating the world of TVs can occasionally feel like steering through alphabet soup. There is one acronym that you should feel confident in recommending though: HDR television. With changes to how consumers are finding and watching content (especially through streaming services) having a television that will enhance the experience is definitely a selling point.

smart phone sitting on woodCanada rules that all new cellphones must be unlocked | Steve Dent: Score one for Canadian consumers! The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled that smartphones must be sold “unlocked”- meaning that buying a phone from a service provider doesn’t “lock”  them in to only using that provider. Additionally, consumers will no longer have to pay extra fees to unlock a previously purchased phone if they’re changing service providers.

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