Ypulse Essentials: Facebook Phone & Kindle Fire Models, Spotify Loses Labels, Toy Of The Year

Facebook PhoneCodenamed ‘Buffy,’ the fabled Facebook phone (is going to be a reality in a year or so, and like its vampire-slayer namesake, it’s out to slay the smartphone competition. The phone will be manufactured by HTC and reportedly will run an Android platform. But will anyone care to have a Facebook phone over a phone with a Facebook app? Some of us still remember how things went when another media company — ahem, ESPN — tried to enter the cell phone market. In other news of tech to come, Amazon will debut new models of the Kindle Fire with larger screens in 2012. Amazon clearly wants to take a bite out of the mainstream tablet market, taking on Samsung and perhaps even Apple) (AllThingsD) (ShelfAwareness)

- Spotify is losing labels (because the music industry isn’t happy with the money it’s making from the service and fears that streaming is cannibalizing sales. But, now that listeners have had a taste of streaming just about any artist they want, we don’t think they’re going to run right back to the record store — digital or brick-and-mortar — to get the music they want; they’ll continue to find it online, one way or another) (AV Club)

- The Toy Industry Association has announced the finalists (for Toy Of The Year. The lists for best boy toy, girl toy, educational toy, and game are packed with cool items — and great gift ideas, obviously — but there’s one item that’s missing. The iPad. Say what you will, that’s one “toy” kids can’t keep their hands off of) (Kidscreen)

- Netflix is making its ‘Just For Kids’ section (available from the Wii console with just one click. We think it’s a smart move since the Wii is particularly popular with young families) (SacBee)

- With all the Black Friday ads clogging the airwaves lately, it’s hard to break through the clutter, but Macy’s ad with…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “I want to buy a home in the future so I can live in a place I earned for myself.” –Male, 25, PA

Millennials know how to score a deal online. New research has found that 18-34-year-olds are more than willing to bend the truth and use some hacks to get discounts and “game e-commerce”: 26% have intentionally given a fake birth date to get a coupon, versus 17% of all adults, and 47% will leave items in their online shopping bags on purpose in hopes the retailer will contact them with a discount later. (Adweek)

The creator of Vine has a new app that’s all about creativity and getting weird. Byte is inspired by vintage internet tools like Dreamweaver and Mario Paint, and gives users a slew of ”wild” features like drawing, music creation, and photo-editing that includes memes and GIFs. Where Vine limits users to 6-second loops to display artistry, Byte “destroy[s] the notion of constraints and see what emerges from the chaos.” (The Verge)

We often tell brands that young consumers are so massively influential because they are eager to share their opinions: if they like you, they’ll tell 200 of their friends, if they don’t like you, they’ll tell 2000, all with a simple click. Right now, they’re telling Urban Outfitters what they think of their pricing and products with the trending hashtag #UrbanOutfittersBeLike. Critics are using the tag to share images of simple everyday items like plastic bags and pencils along with fancy descriptions and ridiculous high price tags. (Digiday)

Young working moms today are “getting more love than ever,” and are more supported than those in previous generations. Recent research found that only 22% of 12th graders believe that kids suffer if their mom works, compared to 34% in the ‘90s, and 59% in the ‘70s. In 2012, 72% of adults agreed that “a working mother can establish just as warm and secure a relationship with her children as a mother who does not work,” versus less than half of adults in 1977. (Time)

Major toy makers have banded together to promote the power of playing. The new marketing campaign “The Genius of Play” is an effort from brands and retailers like Mattel, Hasbro, and Toys ‘R’ Us to encourage “open ended” playtime. Ten animated videos show parents and kids how toys and games can help emotional development, creativity, and other healthy skills. Parents are being asked to sign a “Play Pledge” to devote hours of their kids’ time to free-play. (StreamDaily

Our Q2 2015 Ypulse Quarterly report comes out today! Four times a year, we dig deep into three major trends we see changing the way that young consumers view the world, impacting how they behave, and shifting what they expect from brands. This report covers the trends Fame Redefined, Fit Gone Glam, and Home Sweet Home. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside! (Ypulse)

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