Weekly Round-Up: Top 5 News Stories of the Week

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0 Brooke Stevens
It’s been a busy week. From Netflix enabling downloading, to New Zealand's Secret Santa. Here are 5 news stories that you just can’t miss.

Have you ever dreamed of flying battle drones on your own? Or imagined yourself listening to Nickelback as a police punishment? Sounds like fiction, but it’s not.

New Zealand Runs a National Twitter-Based Secret Santa

This year, New Zealanders have decided to fill each other’s Christmas stockings using… stocking!
The country’s postal service is sponsoring a national “Secret Santa” game, based on matching gifting-partners via their respective Twitter accounts. Each participant is expected to choose a proper gift for their gift-recipient. Knowing what to gift a stranger will be done by relying on the stranger’s past Tweets, thus get to know their heart’s desire. This heartwarming initiative meets great enthusiasm among the people of New Zealand, many of which actively participate in the game. This is what we call technology put to good use.

Secret Santa

Netflix Now Allows Its Users to Watch Content Offline

Netflix has officially launched its no-extra-charge downloading feature. The special feature allows users across the globe to download both movies and series and watch them while offline. The online streaming website claims to have made this much-anticipated improvement in user-experience as a result of growing awareness to users’ frustration. According to the company’s press release, not all of Netflix’s content is available for download at the moment, but a significant portion of it already is. The company intends to broaden the amount of downloadable content in the future. The more the merrier!


Netflix is a leading on-demand Internet streaming website. It began offering subscription-based service in 1999, and has up to date surpassed 10 million subscribers. Currently offering its services in over 40 countries, Netflix trades on the NASDAQ, and is a component of the S&P 500.


Propel Launches Its Star Wars Battle Drones

Leading gadget manufacturer, Propel, launches its limited-edition Star Wars-battle drones. If you accidentally thought this to be a regular keep-in-a-box collectors’ item – think again. Allowing a selection of 3 different designs, the new Disney-inspired drone enables impressively sophisticated flight maneuvers for its users. The new toy, tailor-made for Star Wars fans or for anyone who simply looks for a super-awesome Christmas presents to give or receive, is available in stores starting today. This adds to Disney’s already wonderful year, as it has managed to brake box office records.



Founded in 1923 as a cartoon studio, today Disney is one of the world’s leading mass media corporations. It operates in a variety of fields, including studio entertainment, parks and resorts, consumer products, media networks, and interactive media.


Canadian Police Punishes Drunk Drivers with Nickelback Soundtrack

Canadian police found a new way to use music for its own personal goals. A Facebook status posted by the Kensington Police Service on Saturday, has announced a new way to make drunk drivers suffer for their misdoings: As of now, people arrested for drunk-driving will have to listen to Nickelback while riding to jail. Hilarious as it may sound, it appears that someone in the Kensington police really dislikes the rock band. But we must not forget: Music is, after all, a matter of taste. Let’s hope Canadian drivers share their musical taste with local police officers – or else, this creative punishment might prove to be an unintended treat.

Canadian Police

Saudi Prince is Pro Female Driving

More in the driving department: Saudi Arabian prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, suggested in a blog post posted earlier this week, that women in his country should be permitted to drive. You’d think this revolutionary suggestion has something to do with Women’s rights, and it might, to an extent. But the main drive behind the prince’s new driving suggestion, is in fact an economic one: according to bin Talal, over a million employed Saudi women are a major economic problem, as they are in need of other means of transportation to get to work in the morning. These include personal drivers, taxis, or just miserable Saudi husbands – costing the Saudi economy a large amount of money. If the Arabic country will be up for this sort of change, it could do great things, both for its economy and for its women.