By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We know you’re ready for the weekend, so we’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your day. From home renovation trends to Amazon selling Kenmore appliances, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

nintendo-switch-2154437_1920Millennials have a Netflix account. Gen Z is playing video games. | Rani Molla: Want to get a glimpse of where consumer technology is headed? Take a look at the kinds of devices that Millennials and Gen Z prefer. Smartphones may be the most common device now, but Gen Z seems to really like their tablets, so we’ll see how their preferences shape the CE products of the future.

Houzz Stat: Homowners’ favorite rooms to renovate | Erin Carlyle: When it comes to remodeling, which rooms are getting the most love? Houzz’s annual survey revealed which rooms are most frequently the target of a remodel or addition, especially those of first time home-buyers.

Amazon in deal with unlikely retail partner | Deena M. Amato-McCoy: Sears made a big splash this week by announcing that Kenmore brand major appliances will be available for sale on Amazon.com. Not only that, but Kenmore smart appliances will be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, adding voice integration. It will be interesting to see how this affects both Kenmore’s and Amazon’s sales.

IMG_20170614_163144GE’s $99 ‘Talking Laundry’ box was built for the blind | Timothy J. Seppala: Modern washers and dryers just took a step towards being more accessible for the visually impaired! GE’s FirstBuild microfactory has introduced the ‘Talking Laundry’ box, which is exactly what it says on the tin. It simplifies washer and dryer controls and adds voiced updates to give visually impaired people more freedom to get laundry done.

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