Ypulse Essentials: New Nook Tablet And Playstation Vita Debut, Staying Positive Online, 'Hunger Games' Cast Goes On A Mall Tour

Playstation VitaBarnes & Noble is going head to head (in a tablet war. Barnes & Noble is cutting the memory of its Nook Tablet to 8GB and the price to $199 to match the Kindle Fire in cost and capacity. Meanwhile, Amazon seems to have its sights set on Apple with rumors swirling that the online retailer plans to introduce a 10-inch tablet which would be more in line with the iPad. And Apple is reportedly testing a mini version of its iPad that would be competitive with Barnes & Noble and Amazon’s smaller-sized tablets. In other tech news, Sony’s Playstation Vita went on sale today and the portable gaming system — which offers gamers better controls and a more sophisticated gaming experience than smartphones — is already selling well, according to Sony) (CNET) (eBookNewser) (CBSNews) (Time)

- The Internet has its share of trolls, but some websites prefer to focus on the positive (instead of the negative, such as Positively Positive. The site provides a daily dose of good news for users. Similarly, HelloGiggles was founded by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer, and Sophia Rossi as an “entertaining and supportive community” for people to interact online in a troll-free space. It even has a “no gossip” policy. With Millennials facing such tough times, they can use all of the positive online inspiration they can get!) (Mashable)

- The cast of ‘The Hunger Games’ is coming to a city near you! (Get ready for malls from Seattle to Miami to be overrun with screaming fans, a la Twilight. At each stop, fans will get a chance to ask questions of the film’s stars in a Q&A session, and they can enter to win give aways from the tour’s sponsors, including Microsoft and China Glaze. Speaking of “Hunger Games,” here’s your friendly reminder that tickets go on sale today for the March 23rd opening) (Deadline…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “The most important part of prom is the honor of being asked by an upperclassmen.”—Male, 15, NY

What does Clearasil know about teens? According to them, nothing. The teen-focused anti-acne brand is fessing up to being mystified by their target market in a series of comical ads with the tagline "We know your acne. We just don't know you." Expressing how their employees, or “the lame old people,” are “pathetically out of touch with youth culture,” a voiceover asks teens if they like pizza, skateboarding, cool cars, ripped jeans etc. The campaign was inspired when the brand posted memes that only made them look “out-of-touch.” They hope the ads will be “refreshing” to the generation that is “tired of brands pretending to know them.” (Adweek

We’ve noted that VR has the potential to impact many industries beyond gaming, and now eBay used the tech to launch the world’s first virtual reality department store. In partnership with Australian retailer Myer, they’ve created a virtual store app that allows users to browse and buy Myer products in a virtual space. Shoppers can hold their gaze at an item to choose it for their cart, while an algorithm tracks activity to adapt and display items that might be of interest to users. (Mashable

Millennials are embracing wines more than ever, and they aren’t “drinking their parent’s wine.” Twenty and thirtysomethings accounted for 42% of wine consumed in the U.S. last year. This new generation of drinkers is looking for “authenticity,” and to “discover new wines.” They use apps to learn more about their options, and are reportedly sharing their wine interest online: 50% of Millennials who drink wine talk about it on Facebook, and 30% share on other platforms. They’re not picky about their wine preferences, and are open to drinking red or white, and lately rosé, the market for which is rising 13% a year. (Forbes

Wattpad is proving that Millennials and teens “still crave longform content.” The story-sharing site reports that 45 million 13-34-year-olds spend 15 billion minutes on their platform reading and writing stories. According to the Wattpad, Millennials will read longform stories, as long as it’s mobile, interactive, and relatable. They experience 300,000 uploads daily and claim that users spend about 30 minutes on the site on average. Brands like Coca-Cola, GE, and Target have taken notice, creating sponsored reading lists, paying Wattpad’s top writers for content, and hosting writing contests. AT&T’s Hello Lab has YouTube influencer Grace Helbig co-writing a novel with her fans on the site. (Digiday

Long gone are the days of Game Boys. A recent study revealed that portable game consoles have fallen in popularity as kids get smartphones at a much younger ages than the generations before them. Today, the average age to get a first smartphone is 10.3 years old, and more than six out of ten kids also have access to the internet via laptop or tablet. The smartphone effect has pushed consoles to fourth place In popularity, behind tablets, phones, and DVDs. Nintendo has taken notice and made the smart move to join the mobile gaming space. (UbergizmoGamasutra

Quote of the Day: “A prom trend I’ve noticed is lots of cheesy cute ways of asking. Often involving food or a game/sport.”—Female, 16, WY

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