Why it matters: For starters, we can all return to our usual programming and stop wondering if Amazon is going to upend the balance of our communities -- that is, unless you live in New York City or Arlington, Va. Those areas will see a massive influx of workers and the associated costs of a tech giant calling your town home, like higher housing costs and traffic congestion.
Why it matters: Raise your hand if you knew that Volvo had a subscription service. You're forgiven if you didn't, since they only kicked off the program back in June...and have already destroyed their year one subscription sales projection. At the right price, this could be a trend with staying power.
Crave an Australian getaway just like Harry and Meghan's, complete with a quick Fiji excursion and a "rainforest to the plate" kangaroo, emu and crocodile feast? Replicate their experience at the Kingfisher Bay resort on Fraser Island at the obsequious hands of the same exact guides they had, without having to worry about being followed by a bunch of photogs -- because the only person who cares about your getaway is you.
The majorly popular Spotify music streaming app is available on virtually every device: smartphones, laptops, smart home devices. Now that it's available on the Apple Watch, an innovation that (we imagine) could make it a lot easier to work out without bringing your phone along to listen to music.
LinkedIn says one in three parents don't know what their adult children do. To set the record straight, the networking service and 50 other companies have decided to invite employees' parents to work. Along with the invite, they encouraged people to share great career advice they got from their parents or what their parents think they do, using the hashtag #BIYP.
We floated this idea around here at SmartBrief, and reactions were mixed. Some of us dreaded the idea of unleashing our unfiltered parents (the ones who missed the "don't talk about money, religion or politics with strangers" memo) on our coworkers.
Yet those same coworkers agreed that their folks knew something about honesty, integrity and quality of work. We're finicky about language here at SmartBrief, so we weren't surprised that one SB family member says that "The job is to find every mistake. Get a 100, not a 97."
Have you ever wondered if someone or something is looking down on you? The Hubble Space Telescope found what may be the closest thing to that -- a makeshift smiley face in space formed by gravitationally distorted light from a far-off galaxy cluster. Let this serve as a friendly reminder that while the world can be a cruel place, the universe does want us to be happy.
HBO confirmed that the upcoming season of "Game of Thrones," launching in April, will also be its last. And while many may expect this season to be defined by who ends up victorious in the fight to rule Westeros, some have predicted that in the end, who ends up winning won't end up mattering. Those people know nothing.
In the latest bad-habit-enabling technology news, mixing a cocktail or pouring a pint may become as easy as sticking a pod in a device. It's backed by Keurig, the same folks that have made it really easy to simultaneously make a cup of coffee and hurt the environment.
While many people will probably buy this for a loved one over the holiday season, we can't help but think that this is just another money-sucking device to stick on the counter and use once. It costs $300 for the device itself, $15 for carbonation canisters and $15 for a six-pack of cocktail pods. Would it ever become cost-efficient to use this over mixing your own drinks at home or going out for a pint at your local watering hole? Tip your bartender, folks.
NEW President and CEO Sarah Alter joined with PepsiCo's Shirin Odar to honor Kathy Russello of Retail Business Services with an award at a recent gala for women in the grocery industry. "Kathy has been a role model for women in retail grocery and has helped countless women attain their career goals," Alter said.