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 Thanksgiving shopping to more accessible televisions, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Thanksgiving online retail sales hit nearly $3 billion on the back of strong mobile growth | Jason Del Rey: While I typically ignore all the goings on during Black Friday/Cyber Monday and all that, I will admit that this year I pulled out my phone to make a few purchases on Thanksgiving Day. I wasn’t alone, apparently. This year Americans spent nearly $3 Billion on Thanksgiving, and a growing number (almost 2%) of those purchases came from mobile phones.

The Engineering Challenge That Has Vexed Coffee Snobs For Years | Jared Newman: In the world of “machines that make my coffee for me”, we seem to be missing a valuable option- a smart coffee maker that both grinds beans and brews the coffee. It turns out there’s a reason for this! While quite a few people have tried, it’s a difficult to engineer a solution that works well and is affordable. There are a few non-“smart” options available, but even those have their foibles.

Samsung made an app that adjusts its TVs for color blindness | Rachel England: Samsung has come up with a novel way to make the pictures on their TV screens more accessible. They’ve recently introduced an app that tests a user’s ability to distinguish colors and adjusts the TV’s color settings as necessary- a huge boon for people with color blindness. This can be great even for people who haven’t been diagnosed with any forms of color blindness (Samsung states that a large number of people are never diagnosed), to make watching TV a more lively experience.

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