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 falling smart home prices to Google hardware coming into its own, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

The smart home is getting cheaper | Micah Singleton: For the most part, smart home technology has been the domain of early adopters and the wealthy. More gadgets are starting to trickle down into more affordable price ranges, so while it’s not cheap to outfit a smart home, it’s more doable than in the earlier days of smart home technology. As prices on individual components like smart lights, thermostats, and locks come down, more consumers will be tempted to test out automating their homes.

night-television-tvRoku’s new TV sets blend streaming TV with real TV, for free | Peter Kafka: With so much emphasis on streaming television, it’s easy to forget that tv sets can also pick up free television stations, without the need for a cable subscription. Roku wants to take advantage of that by building TVs that integrate with its streaming service and is also capable of showing consumers what’s on free television broadcasts- if the consumers also have a TV antenna.

Google Hardware Is No Longer A Hobby | Dieter Bohn: Google announced a lot of new hardware to complement its Android and Chrome software this week. This push into making hardware is both a way to show off all the things that Google’s software can do, but also sets it up as a serious competitor to companies like Samsung and Apple. They’ve tinkered with making hardware in the past, with products like the Chromebook Pixel, but now they’re ready to start playing in the big league.

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