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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“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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