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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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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