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 appliances for social good to the return of traveling salesmen, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Free Laundry Machines Could Be A Key To Boosting School Attendance | Eillie Anzilotti: As the school year is kicking off, let’s take some time to appreciate the positive impact that companies like Whirlpool are making on the community. Whirlpool has been donating washers and dryers, and repair services to go with them, to schools where clean clothes can make all the difference to the student population.

People Stopped Going to Best Buy So Now Best Buy Will Come to You | Adam Clark Estes: If you thought the days of traveling salesmen were long over, think again. In order to increase sales, Best Buy wants to send experts to people’s homes to recommend the best products for the space (purchased, of course, from Best Buy).

We tried an oven that cooks by ‘listening’ to your food–and it’s amazing | Keith Barry: What if, in the future, ovens and the food inside talked to one another? It might not be as sci-fi as it sounds! Miele is introducing a high end oven that ‘listens’ to the food as it cooks to ensure that everything comes out perfectly. Right now the ovens are only being marketed in Europe, but one day we could see these ovens stateside!

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