By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! It’s the first installment of the year! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your day. From what homeowners are going to want for their next reno project to voice-activated bathrooms, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Interior Design Trends Expected to Take Hold in 2018 | Mitchell Parker: The final holiday parties have been had, and homeowners can start looking at home improvement projects for the new year- make sure you’ve got everything that trendy homeowners will be looking for with this guide to what’s going to be popular in 2018.

Without net neutrality, there’s one way to buy a phone | Damon Beres: The end of net neutrality could have a major impact on how consumers purchase smart phones in the future. In order to jump around to carriers and internet providers with the best services for the best prices, buying a phone through a carrier may lose its appeal. Instead, buying “unlocked” phones directly may become a more popular option and allow consumers to hop from plan to plan as needed.

This smart mirror can control a new line of voice-activated gadgets from Kohler | Natt Garun: These days, it seems everything is “smart” or connected in some way. Kohler is working to bring more internet smarts into both the kitchen and bathroom, complete with an Alexa enabled mirror to help control everything. While not everything from the line (ranging from a connected kitchen faucet to a self-filling bathtub) is available yet, I have to admit that there is some charm in being able to ask my mirror to please flush the toilet for me.

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