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 spying robot vacuums to ascendant smart televisions, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

bottles-1868175_1920Einstein’s Little-Known Passion Project? A Refrigerator | Sam Kean: Einstein gave us a lot when it came to understanding how our universe works, but did you also know he was instrumental in keeping refrigerators from killing us? Along with fellow scientist Leo Szilard, Einstein developed new systems for keeping food cool without the use of toxic gasses. While many of his patents weren’t cost effective for consumer refrigerators, they were a huge boon for future scientific research.

Roombas have been busy mapping our homes, and now that data could be up for sale | Dani Deahl: So apparently Roomba vacuum bots have a lot of data about the houses they clean, and that data could be sold off. While there are ways to opt out of having that data shared, it still goes to show just how much information our gadgets are collecting on us every day.

Amazon is getting into car parts, repairs, and maybe one day, auto sales | Patrick Kulp: Is there any category that Amazon isn’t wading into? Between the announced acquisition of Whole Foods and the recent team-up with Sears, I didn’t think Amazon could surprise me anymore this month. However, I was wrong! Amazon is expanding its reach into the automotive category with more car parts and repair sales- who knows, maybe my next car will be from Amazon, too!

Smart TVs Nudging Roku, Chromecast Aside | TWICE Staff: Smart TVs are hot stuff right now, and analysts are predicting that they’ll only continue to grow. As our TVs better enable us to get our binge on, it is beginning to  cut into the revenue of streaming boxes, like Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast.

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