Ypulse Essentials: Xbox Is The Future Of TV, Google+'s 17%, Sony's Pre-Release Digital Downloads

Xbox Live Microsoft is billing its upgrade of the Xbox Live platform (as the “future of TV.” The new user interface comes with a wealth of content from video partners, including 26 live channels from Verizon Fios, thousands of On Demand options from Comcast, apps for networks like Syfy, an improved Netflix app, and a new YouTube app. Oh, and there’s also cloud storage for a better video experience, as well as to enable users to access their media on any Xbox they sign into. The Xbox is looking less and less like a gaming device, and more like a media server on steroids. The update officially rolls out to users tomorrow. Here’s a walk through showing the interface and improved voice controls. This system is definitely built with Millennials in mind. Of course, Apple is also planning to revolutionize the home screen with iTV. There’s not doubt that Apple wins having iTunes vs. Microsoft’s Zune, but Xbox has an advantage with 56 million Xboxes out there already. Who do you think will win the war?) (VentureBeat) (The Verge) (Advance TV)

- Here’s an infographic about Google+ users (but the most interesting stat by far is that a mere 17% of those with accounts on the site are active users. Time for a new catch phrase: We are the 83%... In other social media news, Facebook has reportedly acquired Gowalla, a social check-in site similar to Foursquare, which means it may have plans to make its Places Deals revolution a reality) (PR Daily) (Telegraph)

- Hailee Steinfeld may not have landed the role of Katniss in ‘Hunger Games’ (but she’s won another coveted role in Hollywood: that of Petra Arkanian in the film adaptation of “Ender’s Game,” the story of future children being groomed to lead Earth’s army in an epic interstellar battle. Elsewhere in movie news, Sony has announced it will be making another…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “I feel as if my parenting is judged sometimes while out to eat. If my child doesn't have all healthy items in his plate it feels like I get stares.” –Female, 25, PA

New app Tiiny is hoping a new twist on photo sharing and disappearing messages will appeal to young users. The app allows friends to share little photos and GIFs which appear in a grid of pictures, and disappear 24 hours after they are shared. The idea is that being able to see what your friends are doing at a single glance is more appealing than scrolling through a feed, and the temporary presence makes the grid a constantly changing space that is “more addictive to check” than other photo sharing apps. (TechCrunch)

When Disney bought YouTube network Maker Studios in March for close to a billion dollars, some were confused about the decision. But the entertainment giant has big plans for their new acquisition, and believes the studio is the Marvel or Lucasfilms of the future. The statement adds weight to the concept that the way young consumers choose to get their much of their content—online in short-form—is going to be adopted by traditional brands as well. (CNETStream Daily)

Is adulthood dead? Today’s “grown ups” are as likely to have toys, live with their parents, and watch cartoons as kids are, and pop culture’s age demographics seem to be disappearing. In fact, almost 1/3 of young adult novels are actually purchased by 30-44-year-olds. This New York Times piece about how “no one knows how to be an adult anymore,” has sparked a debate online about what it really means to be grown up, in a time when Millennials are certainly reimagining the life-stage. (NYTimes)

Dish Networks is working on an app that will allow for personalized streaming content, and they are hoping will “shake up the landscape and target a hard-to-reach generation.” Millennials’ entertainment habits have been flummoxing the entertainment industry for years, and this month Time Warner, Fox, Viacom, and Sony have all made announcements, or hinted at possible changes, that suggest that they are adjusting to the fact that young consumers want to watch content online, and on whatever device they choose. (Quartz)

The swipe right to approve, swipe left to reject functionality of popular dating app Tinder has been borrowed by many startups in its wake, and now one is applying the idea to job hunting. Jobr is a “matchmaking app” for employees and employers that lets users browse prospective companies or staff with a simple swipe. Jobr connects to LinkedIn accounts and surfaces relevant matches, and if recruiters and candidates choose one another they can make contact through the app. (Netted)

What if you could collect all the Millennial insights, data, and news that are most relevant to you in one easily accessed spot? Oh wait, you can! On Ypulse.com, the My Library tab is a personalized hub of Millennial content for our Bronze, Silver, and Gold subscribers. Clicking on the star icons next to any insight article, news feed item, or instant poll stat on the site immediately stores them on My Library, creating a repository of relevant information—curated by you. (Ypulse)

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