Trends with Benefits: Black Friday madness, kids and drones, Star Wars saturation

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here, and Digital Trends has you covered with all the great deals. We sift through a few of them and ask the all-important question: Are you willing to go out and shop in the madness?

The plummeting price on drones promises to make them one of the most promising toys this year. That’s right; kids are going to be drone owners. What does this mean for the rest of humanity? And why are we so jealous kids these days?

If you’re envisioning your neighborhood’s 11-year-old Hellraiser abusing his new toy, you’ll be glad to know the FAA’s special task force on drones has just announced new set of recommendations on how to create a drone registry. In addition to assigning an actual drone number, they may require education. If the FAA’s current ’80-style educational video is any indicator, future drone owners are in for some laughs.

Disney has teamed up with Google for a massive Star Wars crossover. Pete explains how a deal like this usually works, and who’s likely paying who.

Finally, there was a surprise development on the front of civilian space flight. The surprise was that Elon Musk, Paul Allen and Richard Branson were not involved. Instead it was a fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos of Amazon.  His company Blue Origin successfully landed a reusably rocket and then Bezos sent out his first ever tweet to announce it.

Today’s episode features Marie Pardo-Garber, Pete Jacobs, Nick Mokey, Ryan Waniata and Greg Nibler. Please subscribe and share Trends with Benefits and send in your questions to We also broadcast the show live on Periscope at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time, so tune in next week!