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 the key trends in kitchen and bath to the engineering expertise inside smart speakers, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

5 Color and Style Trends for Kitchens and Baths in 2019 | Erin Carlyle: From rich, moody colors to more personalized fixture and appliance options to farmhouse style continuing its takeover, Houzz is highlighting some of the top trends that they noticed at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.

Retailers Banking On Recurring Revenue Streams | Alan Wolf: One way to get consumers to spend more at a retail store? Hook them on subscription-based services. Buying groups like National Marketing Group are creating opportunities for their members to create subscription plans with partner companies, adding new revenue streams for themselves and value for their customers.

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car | Alex Davies: As voice assistants become more common, it’s easy to forget the feats of engineering that go into making them useful. For example, inside an auto (arguably one of the best use-cases for voice commands) is an extremely challenging soundscape- check out how smart speakers are being trained to do their job well in difficult conditions.

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