By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From making smart homes mainstream to shifting trade strategies with China, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Retailers Are Sold On Smart Home; The Trick Is Convincing Their Customers | Alan Wolf: TWICE magazine’s annual roundtable at CES provided a lot of insight into how retailers are preparing for the smart home to become mainstream. The definition of a smart home has grown to encompass a variety of things, and retailers are working to evangelize the advantages of a connected home to more consumers.

Trump readying ‘all of the above’ fusillade on Chinese tech | Danny Crichton: The current administration is laying out legislation that will make it much harder for Chinese companies to sell in the United States. Between tariffs, changes in immigration policy, and limits on investments, the president is hoping that the limitations being put in place will make American companies more competitive.

The Nest Product Lineup Finally Feels Like A System | Harry McCracken: Nest isn’t exactly new to the smart home scene. However, it’s their latest product launch that is helping the Nest brand feel like a cohesive smart home system. As they’ve been re-integrated into Google’s main brand, they’re in a position to rival systems like those that Amazon’s Alexa has put into place.

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