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 the smart kitchen revolution to Amazon’s search for new headquarters, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

The smart kitchen revolution is a slow one | Daniel Cooper: Technology has been advancing at a rapid clip in most aspects of our lives. One place it’s been a bit slow to catch hold though? The kitchen. But if Berlin’s IFA is anything to go by, technology is about to change our major appliances in a big way. From an oven that “talks” with the food it’s cooking to a machine that washes, dries, and folds clothing, consumers have a lot to look forward to. None of this is ready for mass market yet, but the ideas are there and we’re excited about them.

Amazon wants a second HQ, and it’s got $5 billion to spend | Ben Fox Rubin: They’re big, they’ve got a lot of money, and they need a second home. I’m not talking about a celebrity couple, I’m talking about Amazon. In order to continue expanding, they’re looking for a second city to build headquarters in. Any city they choose to locate themselves in will see a boost as Amazon spends money to outfit their new headquarters. But Amazon would really like some tax breaks in return- and cities across North America have until October 19 to submit their proposals.

Fitbit’s new partnership will bring diabetes monitoring to the Ionic smartwatch | Brett Williams: Fitbit is giving its smartwatch a new use-case. Smartwatches and fitness trackers already give their users loads of useful information regarding their sleep, heart rate, calorie burn, and the like. Now Fitbit is partnering with Dexcom, which specializes in glucose monitoring. By pairing the new Ionic smartwatch with Dexcom’s glucose monitors, diabetic patients will have their blood glucose levels available at their wrists at all times.

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