Ypulse Essentials: 'Hunger Games' Guys, Toys 'R' Us Carries Kindle, High Speed Wifi Coming To A Campus Near You

Hunger Games GuysWe may have drooled over this photo (of the guys of “The Hunger Games.” What do you think of Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson as Gale and Peeta? And why do we have to wait so long for this movie?? Speaking of books we’re interested in seeing adapted to film, we hear “Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll” is in the works with assistance from Elton John) (EW) (Deadline Hollywood)

- Toys ‘R’ Us stores are beginning to look more like electronics stores (as the chain adds the Kindle to its shelves just months after it started carrying iPads. Is this a sign of things to come?) (Kidscreen)

- Students won’t be the only beneficiaries (as universities add high speed wifi — as in, fast enough to download a high def movie in under a minute — to attract high-tech startups to campus areas. As far as streaming goes, Fox seems to want to slow things down. The network is planning to put shows behind a pay wall for eight days after airing for non-paying subscribers to sites like Hulu) (NY Times, reg required) (Ars Technica)

- Check out this viral video from the launch of Mattel’s (Fijit Friends this week. The toys are designed for girls ages six and up and come with interactive technology so the characters can react to signals programmed in mobile apps, webisodes, and even TV commercials. Oh yeah, and they can dance! Speaking of cool dance videos, check out the latest from Ok Go, which viewers can customize with their own message) (YouTube) (Billboard)

- Hearst is debuting its first (tablet-only publication, “Cosmo For Guys” — scroll down a bit for the story… While guys may not want to admit to reading Cosmo, many do to get the female perspective. The magazine app will provide just that, with the anonymity of reading on a tablet instead of having to buy a Cosmo-branded magazine at a…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “When I want relationship advice I usually check out good relationship blogs or online articles.” –Female, 32, TN

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular with teens, and one reason could be that it’s “ridiculously easy” for teens to get them. A new study asked minors to order e-cigarettes online from 98 different vendors, and 75 of those orders were successful. Of the 23 orders that failed, only five were due to age-verification issues, and in many cases if a website did not accept a minor’s age, teens were able to use their parents’ identities. Kids who have smoked e-cigs are reportedly twice as likely to say they intend to try regular cigarettes, so this ease of access could lead to a larger issue. (The Verge

Millennials are seeing food as the new status symbol and expecting everything on demand. Now a slew of startups areredefining food delivery to cater to their tastes. Gourmet food delivery service Munchery is a player in this trend, and has just expanded from San Francisco to New York City. Unlike services that deliver dishes from high-end eateries, Munchery provides a selection of over 300 pre-cooked meals prepared by Michelin-starred chefs, which are delivered cold and ready to be heated. There is a social good angle as well, as Munchery matches the cost of each order with a donation to City Harvest. (Forbes)

Young consumers have helped to make Scotch and whiskey cool again, and old-school brown spirits have become increasingly popular over the last decade. While the industry might have initially been ”perplexed” by the attention, it has seized the opportunity by targeting Millennial drinkers in new ways. The brand Balvenie is appealing to this new generation of Scotch drinkers by tapping Anthony Bourdain to host Raw Craft, a video series traveling around the country to showcase American craftsmanship. The Balvenie’s parent company has also released new brands, like Monkey Shoulder, that specifically target 20-somethings with lower prices and unpretentious branding. (Fast Company)

YouTube celebrities like PewDiePie’s Felix Kjellberg, Zoella, Alfie Deyes, and Jamal Edwards all made the list of the 500 most influential people in the country, and digital marketers could learn a few lessons from Generation YouTube. “Flawed is the new flawless,” thanks to digital celebs’ realness and transparency, and brands should embrace the authenticity of the medium. It’s also important to note that the stereotype of kids watching YouTube alone in their bedrooms is far from the truth: 90% of users are over 18-years-old, and 39% watch YouTube with their partner. (Marketing

Sonic is planning to play up their retro style drive-ins to appeal to young consumers' nostalgia, while also giving those drive-ins a technological makeover. Soon the fast food spots will feature touch-screen menus, which offer suggestions and internet access, along with the carhop service that has helped to set it apart from its competitors. The brand was slow to launch a digital and social presence, but is ramping up their efforts, including a series of digital only clips that show a significant departure from their traditional TV marketing. The opportunity for Sonic to attract younger consumers could be big, considering their customizable menu and unique experience-driven locations. (Digiday)

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