While we’ve been busy roasting chestnuts on an open fire here at B&O, the tech world doesn’t seem to be slowing down for the holiday season! Here’s our roundup of the week’s most fun and festive stories:
- Never fear binge-watchers! While 2015 may have been the year of #NetflixAndChill, the streaming video provider is introducing socks that will pause someone’s program when they fall asleep, thus ending one of life’s greatest problems.
- Just when you thought Santa’s sleigh was the most baffling form of transportation around, Google is rumored to be making moves towards using their self-driving cars for a subscribed service similar to Uber in the distant(ish) future.
- Top VCs and entrepreneurs are the superstars of Silicon Valley—but what if J.Biebs and The Weeknd were actually rolling around San Hill Road? First Round Capital’s parody of 2015’s biggest hits explores this alternate reality.
- Just as it’s inevitable that your aunt is going to get you the same thing for Christmas every year (socks.), Facebook has once again topped Nielson’s list of most popular apps.
- And the greatest gift of all: Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally opened to rave reviews and record-breaking ticket sales thanks to an all-consuming marketing campaign. Fanboys and girls could make their Facebook profile pictures flyer than the Millennium Falcon and rebellious spoiler scum were banned from the Mos Eisley-level lawless land of Reddit.
That’s it for this week! Enjoy the holidays and we will be back in the new year with our weekly Wait! What? posts! See you then!