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 super fast future computers to new team-ups in the e-commerce sphere, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

close up on a computer chip- consumer electronics market shareYour next computer will be nearly twice as fast as existing PCs | Raymond Wong: I know, I know, computers aren’t the most exciting thing in consumer electronics these days, what with powerful smartphones, wearables, and nascent voice technology, but hear me out! New computer chips that will be hitting the market are going to make computers crazy fast. With all that extra power behind them, who knows what new technology we’ll be able to dream up on desktops and laptops!

Google and Walmart are partnering on voice shopping in a challenge to Amazon’s Alexa | Jason Del Rey: Walmart found a new ally in the e-commerce game. In order to compete with Amazon’s edge in the home-speaker shopping sphere, Walmart will team up with Google, allowing people to shop from Google Home speakers. Google’s huge amounts of data could help give Walmart an extra edge in this new shopping arena.

3 of the Most Innovative Matching Washer & Dryer Pairs From CR’s Laundry Lab | Kimberly Janeway: I don’t know about you guys, but when I think about “exciting” and “innovative”, my thoughts don’t typically jump to the laundry room. But these washer/dryer pairs prove that there are ways to delight and surprise consumers anywhere! There are some unique and thoughtful designs coming to laundry day, and it will be interesting to see how these new designs are expanded upon.

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