Ypulse Essentials: Amazon's Kindle Fire, Music's Hottest Acts Under 21, Dove's DJs Target Young Women

Kindle FireAmazon’s new Kindle Fire looks sleek and cool (and at a mere $199 complete with Amazon’s Cloud storage (!), it bests Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color in cost and competes on functionality. We agree that it’s no iPad killer, however, because of its mere 8GB of memory and lack of 3G. But we wonder how long it will take Android hackers to jailbreak the device of it’s native software to turn it into a fully customizable Android tablet, as has happened with the Nook Color. The Fire wasn’t the only new Kindle revealed today. The standard Kindle has been redesigned and got a new low price tag of $79, and two new touchscreen Kindles hit the market for $99 and $149, with and without 3G, respectively) (Cnet) (Ars Technica) (Amazon)

- Billboard’s annual list of music’s hottest minors, aka top acts under age 21 (includes many of the usual suspects, topped off by Justin Bieber — no surprise there. Five of the acts on the list are Disney stars, from Miley Cyrus to Selena Gomez, and many of the others got their break on reality shows like “American Idol” — we’re looking at you, Scotty McCreery. We were excited to see Mindless Behavior on the list after they won our hearts performing at this year’s Youth Mega Mashup!)

- We dig Dove’s new ‘Fresh Spin’ campaign (featuring three hip young women DJs to grab the attention of women aged 18-34. Dove hooked up with MTV for the campaign, promoting it at the recent MTV Video Music Music Awards and adding fun video content to dove.mtv.com. Deodorant never seemed so cool) (NYTimes)

- With the current state of employment in America, many Gen Yers (are freelancing, working independently, and starting their own businesses. And for those who don’t enjoy working from home, there’s a variety of share office space options to get the collegial spirit of a regular…

 
 

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“I move around every few years so it would be a huge hassle to have to buy and sell property so frequently.”—Female, 28, IN

Gen Z will spend the most on rent of any generation, but Millennials aren’t far behind. HotPads estimates that 2-20-year-olds will spend $226,000 on rent before they buy a home and 24-38-year-olds will ring in at $202,000. Despite the difference, Gen Z will own their first home one year earlier than Millennials because they’ll have “a stronger job market than [M]illennials”—but, despite the myths, they are buying homes in greater numbers. PS: Los Angeles tops the list of where young demos will spend the most on rent. (Business Insider)

What’s behind board games' popularity today? The NPD Group found that board games grew 8% compared to the toy industry’s overall growth of 8% in the past year and has “no signs of slowing down.” Digital detoxing plays a part, as more Millennial parents worry about their kids’ screen time and seek toys that foster face-to-face relationships. But despite the analog appeal, games are also getting high-tech and the word-of-mouth media they receive propels social media-friendly games like Pie Face to the top of toy charts. (Kidscreen)

Parents still have the most influence over kids today, but online celebrities are also top role models. Mintel research found that 86% of 6-17-year-olds say their parents are among their top role models, 62% say teachers, and 41% say siblings. But the top kind of celebrity that gets added to the category are social media celebrities at 35%, followed closely by musicians and athletes. Only 22% said actors were among their top role models and just 16% said the President. (MediaPost)

Disney has a new beverage to fill your Instagram feed: The Purple Wall Slushie. The Millennial & Gen Z-loved company has had no problem coming up with social media-friendly items, from Baby Groot bread to a viral Beauty and the Beast-inspired tumbler, and now they’ve rolled out a boba and taro beverage at Disney World. The Purple Wall is a famous destination to snap a pic for social media in the Magic Kingdom, and this slushy is made specifically to match up with the wall (and monetize on it). (POPSUGARInsider)

Speaking of Instagrammability, the Space Needle’s new, clear benches are sure to make for a thrilling photo op. The iconic viewing deck for the Seattle skyline has been in the midst of a makeover to create a better (and decidedly more social media-worthy) viewing experience. A metal base and caging has been replaced with a high glass wall from floor to sky, and so-called “skyrisers” will let visitors sit right on the edge of it all—and snap a selfie. (Curbed)

“People have been planning outfits since the start of the year [for prom].”—Male, 15, NC

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