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 end of Apple’s wireless charging dreams to smart home ethics, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

RIP AirPower: Apple Kills Its Elusive Wireless Charging Pad | Lauren Goode: After more than a year of delays, Apple is finally pulling the plug on its wireless charging pad. Due to difficulty engineering a product that meets their specific standards, the project is being cancelled for good.

Smart home cameras bring facial recognition ethics to your front door | Molly Price: The proliferation of consumer grade facial recognition raises some ethical questions for potential buyers. While biometric data is largely unregulated at the moment, having cameras that recognize faces brings new questions about who and why consumers’ personal information is being collected.

Sears going back to the future to win shoppers back after bankruptcy | Lauren Zumbach: Having come out the other side of a chapter 11 filing, Sears is ready to shine a spotlight on itself again. A new ad campaign has been designed to remind consumers of Sears’ halcyon days, in an effort to draw them back to their slimmed down stores.

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