Ypulse Essentials: 'Hunger Games' Posters, Redbox Pulling A Netflix?, Kids And TV Consumption

Every time ‘Hunger Games’ content hits the Web, the Internet goes into a frenzy (which happened overnight when promo posters of the film’s stars were released. Fans may have been critical of the movie’s casting originally, but we doubt they still feel this way, especially after seeing these actors totally transform into their favorite characters. Seriously, can it please be March already? In the meantime, Twilight fans will be even more excited for “Breaking Dawn Part 1” after seeing the latest clip. Luckily they only have to wait a few more weeks until the movie’s release!) (BuzzFeed) (Just Jared Jr)

- Redbox makes a bold move by increasing the price of its DVD rentals (effective next month. The cost of renting a DVD will only increase by 20 cents to $1.20 a day, but it’s the principle that’s bound to annoy consumers, especially after all the chaos lately with renting and streaming services — cough cough Netflix cough cough. Speaking of which, Redbox also plans to launch a streaming service by the end of the year but we wonder just how many streaming services consumers need…) (Yahoo) (Deadline)

- Millennials may be cutting the cord (but young kids sure aren’t with their parents providing cable TV. Almost half of five to eight-year-olds have TVs in their rooms, but even more surprising is that a third of infants between 6 months and 2 years have a TV in their bedroom! However, we’ve found college-aged Millennials are less reliant on cable and more in favor of streaming on their own schedules) (WSJ)

- DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Puss in Boots’ hits theaters this weekend (and we expect it will be the coolest cat at the box office, raking in the top ticket sales. But that’s not all for the “Shrek” spin-off; there’s also the “Puss in Boots” iStoryTime book app, which includes activities,…


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Quote of the Day: “My financial priority is getting a job and getting out of my parents’ house.” –Male, 20, WA

Virtual reality is poised to become an entertainment game-changer—could it revolutionize education as well? Google is pioneering Expeditions, a new “virtual field trip” program that reaches out to schools with lessons that integrate virtual reality viewers. Expensive VR headsets are not necessary since Google Cardboard is used, allowing a very new technology to be brought into classrooms at an early stage. (NYTimes)

Millennials are bringing their financial preferences to wedding planning. A survey from The Knot and PayPal found that 44% of couples wish they could make all their vendor payments via smartphone, and 42% were surprised their vendors did not accept electronic payments. They also want the “I do” day to be money-hassle-free: 70% think automated payments for remaining balances on the wedding day would be helpful. (MarketWatch)

Smartphones present a whole new set of social problems for Millennials—especially when they’re using them while drinking. New app Drunk Mode, targeting college kids, is designed to make phones safe to use while under the influence: select contacts are hidden for 12 hours to prevent dangerous drunk dialing, the “Find My Drunk” feature uses GPS to help users find drunk friends, and there are also tools for hailing safe rides and retracing intoxicated footsteps. (Springwise)

After years of magical, mystical creatures and dystopian horror stories ruling YA shelves, a new wave of novels are making more relatable narratives popular again. According to Scholastic, “realism is on the rise,” and books that feature the problems of real-world teens are the next big thing. Recent examples include 21 PromsHomeroom Diaries, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which was also turned into a feature film. (Scholastic)

In 2014, designer Rebecca Minkoff opened her stores of the future, featuring digital fitting rooms with large, mirrored touch screen walls that allow visitors to browse the latest collections, runway shows, photos, and other brand content . Almost a year later, those tech dressing rooms are being credited with tripling expected clothing sales. Minkoff says, “Trying something on signifies intent, and the customer may not have been thinking about buying a dress, but they see it suggested on the screen and know to ask for it.” (Digiday)

Quote of the Day: “My biggest financial goal is Financial independence from my parents.” –Female, 22, MA

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