Review : New Trent IMP120D iCarrier Battery Pack

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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When touring the Disney Parks, I am constantly tweeting pictures and videos of things I see and experience. Needless to say, my phone battery would drain quickly as it struggles to get the 3G connection to actually allow the media to get posted. There are often times it takes several retries to get a successful post or connection. I had a tendency to try to make sure to pace my usage so I wouldn’t run out of power before my next opportunity to plug-in and charge.

I started meeting more and more people who had battery packs that they would carry around in the parks, which allowed them to use their devices as much as they wanted! I met 5 different people using the same brand of battery pack, and it was New Trent. Everyone had great things to say about their experiences with the device, and highly recommended that I get one. It seemed obvious that I needed to give this a try.

I purchased the New Trent iCarrier battery pack, which at least two of my new friends owned. The pack has 2 USB ports, comprising of one at 1A and the other at 2A. The 2A port is what you will need for the typical tablet device. Either port will work great with the typical smartphone. Both ports can be used at the same time, so that you can keep the devices full of power. The 12000mAh capacity is described as having the ability to

  • Charge a “new iPad” (iPad3) : to 80%
  • Charge an iPad2 : 1.2-times
  • Charge an iPhone5 : 6-times
  • Charge an Android Galaxy S2 : 6-times

I now carry this battery pack with me whenever I am traveling, whether I am in the Parks or on a plane. I just use my phones and Kindle Fire as much as I want, knowing I can charge-up and keep having fun.

Review : Wreck-It Ralph for iPhone and iPad

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Price: $0.99
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This weekend, Disney released their new animated feature “Wreck-It Ralph”. This film has been highly anticipated, and so far has had great reviews and reception from the general public. They are already talking about the possibility of a sequel! Since the film is based on the video-game world, it is only logical that they have released real-world video games to go along with it!

The new iPhone and iPad app, has tried to capture the feel of the games seen in the film. Launching the app for the first time, you have to add a name for it to reference in the game play and scoreboards.

You will find there are three different games : Fix-It Felix Jr., Sweet Climber, and Hero’s duty. There seems to be a “TurboTime” game “coming soon”, but that might be unlocked if you beat all the games. Time will tell!

Starting with Fix-It Felix Jr., you’ll find it has the feel of a classic 8-bit game. The blue button on the bottom left is your joystick, directing which way Fix-It Felix Jr is supposed to go, and the right button is the fix-it hammer. Your goal is to try to fix all the windows with the hammer, while avoiding the bricks Ralph is dropping from above. All of this will be expected and make sense if you have seen the movie. I personally found the “joystick” button to be a little tricky to get used to, but finally figured it out.

If you are successful in fixing the windows, you will eventually beat Ralph. As in the movie, Ralph will be thrown over the top of the building and you will progress to the next level.

Of course, if you use up the 3 lives of Felix Jr, the game is over and you will see the scoreboard. The red button on the bottom right will allow you to try again. The blue button on the bottom left will take you back to the game central station to try a different game.

Moving onto the next game called “Sugar Rush – Sweet Climber”. You’ll immediately notice a much more modern feel to the graphics.

Here Ralph is jumping on the candy branches, collecting candies. Ralph automatically is bouncing, and you need to tilt the phone side-to-side to help him reach a higher branch. You also have a soda boost that you can use, but don’t use it too soon!

The third game is “Hero’s Duty”. Once again, this is a much different game-play, and requires some getting used-to.

The goal here is to try to kill all the bugs, before they get you! Moving and shooting at the same time was difficult, when I was used to having a little more tactile controller for this type of game. You may burn a few lives, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it.

There is a fourth game which is “coming soon”. What do you think it will be?

Overall, it is a great value for the app. You are essentially getting 3 games for the price of one. I think you’ll have a huge appreciation for the games, once you’ve seen the movie. I’m curious to see what the fourth game will be, but I am expecting it to be something of a go-kart type of experience. I am highly recommending that you give this app a try!

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WELCOME TO GAME CENTRAL STATION!

Hit the arcade and game-hop between 3 CHALLENGING arcade games based on the movie!

Fix-it Felix Jr. –
– Ralph wrecked it, now you get a chance to fix it!
– Awesome 8-bit graphics that pay homage to the classic arcade era.
– Climb, dodge and magic hammer your way to a high score!

Hero’s Duty –
– Suit up and play as Sergeant Calhoun and teach those cy-bugs a lesson they’ll never forget!
– Blast cy-bugs in level after level of bug clearing action.
– Grab different weapons and make your momma proud!

Sweet Climber –
– It’s Ralph’s time to shine in an endless climbing game!
– Use tilt controls and fizzy jet packs to climb as high as possible.
– Jump from candy stalk to candy stalk, but watch out for weak branches!

Also compete against your friends – and the world – for high scores in each game! Get to Game Central Station and start playing today!

Also, don’t forget to check out Wreck-It Ralph in a theater near you – check your local listings for showtimes!

New Phone Cases Coming to Disney Parks this Fall

The Disney Parks Blog has announced new phone cases for iPhones and Androids, are coming this fall.

It appears that they will be focusing on iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III cases. They seem to be using on-demand printing to do these, which is why they are “limited edition.” I suspect that this allows them to quickly adapt to different themes and styles that are coming out, while not having to make a huge commitment to a specific phone model. We all know that phone styles, shapes, and models change quickly and can certainly create an issue for such a niche market.

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Wreck-It Ralph Now Available for iOS Devices, Coming Soon to Select Android Devices

Price: $0.99
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Wreck-It ralph is now out in the theaters, so Disney has released the iPhone and iPad app celebrating the characters and games shown in the film. Having seen an early preview of the film, I am excited to give this app a try and see how it relates to the mobile experience.

If you are an Android user, you’ll have to wait a little bit to join in the fun.

Official Press Release :

Wreck-It Ralph Now Available for iOS Devices, Coming Soon to Select Android Devices

Disney Mobile Games today debuted Wreck-It Ralph and his arcade universe for iOS devices on the App Store at $0.99. Wreck-It Ralph showcases classic arcade culture with graphics, gameplay and animation made for modern mobile devices.

Wreck-It Ralph players get to experience the adventures of the big screen for themselves. Fans of the film venture forth from Game Central Station through the 8-bit graphic world of Fix-It Felix, Jr., the cy-bug blasting action of Hero’s Duty, and the sugarcoated heights of Sweet Climber.

The achievements system in Wreck-It Ralph offers players worldwide the ability to share their scores on Facebook. Players can also watch their Wreck-It Ralph universe grow with all-new mini-game updates such as the upcoming classic car racing game Turbo Time.

The world of Wreck-It Ralph represents a whole new mobile experience for both nostalgic players and audiences discovering arcade games for the first time. The game demonstrates Disney Mobile Games hopes to not only create its own unique characters and IP, but also build on projects from other parts of Disney.

Wreck-It Ralph is now available for 99 cents on the App Store at :

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Iger Says Disney Will Focus Star Wars Brand On Mobile And Social (Not Console)

Twitter and Facebook were buzzing today about Disney acquiring Lucasfilm! I was surprised, but it also makes a lot of sense as George Lucas has been looking to retire. Is there a better company than Disney to take over the control? I hadn’t seen anything in the printed press release, but TechCrunch had a mobile angle on the acquisition…

…”CEO Bob Iger responded that the company is “likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console.” However, he added that Disney will look at console games “opportunistically,” using licensing deals to allow other companies to create Star Wars games for cosnoles.”

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Disney Announces Cars 2 Will Be Free for a Limited Time in the iTunes App Store

Price: Free (for a limited time!)
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We just received word that Disney is offering their Cars 2 app for free on iTunes! No risk to give it and have some fun with your favorite Cars characters!

Official Announcement :

Beginning today, Disney Mobile Games will be making Cars 2, the platform racing title for iOS devices, free for a limited time! Players race as Mater, Lightning McQueen, rookie agent Holley Shiftwell, master spy Finn McMissile, and Europe’s mostfamous racecar, Francesco Bernoulli!

Race through three locations inspired by the film, including the mysterious Oil Rig, the streets of Tokyo, and the bridges of London. Tap to jump over obstacles, while using checkpoints, ramps, and hooks to gain an advantage and win the race.

It is available on the App Store for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad with iOS 3 or later at :

Disney’s “Where’s My Water?” Launches Web Video Series

Awhile back we mentioned the announcement of Swampy getting his own web series. The wait for the “Disney Where’s My Water? Presents: Swampy’s Underground Adventures” is over, as it has finally launched! The first episode can be found here :

Review : Disney FilmPulse

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Price: Free
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I recently changed jobs and was assigned a Android phone! I’ll be able to provide some more perspective from an Android perspective, going forward.

One of the first things I did was to start searching for Disney apps in the Google Play Store. One of the first apps to catch my eye was the Disney FilmPulse app. This app is also available on the iPhone, but hey I want to play with the Android. After installing, you have to hop through a few screens, and eventually shows us the current film that Disney has released : Frankenweenie.

The unfortunate reality is that the app is only useful if you are going to see a film at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The idea is that if you check-in at the theater, you will be able to access games, exclusive content, and likely be awarded a free drink or popcorn at the concession stand. It would seem that they are currently testing it at El Capitan, but are at least considering having it expand to some movie theater chains as well.

Overall, I like the idea of providing added content for a theater going experience. I would hope that a person would use this while they are waiting for a movie to start, but be polite enough to not use it during the actual movie performance. Maybe they could have it somehow detect the audio of the film to disable the app?

Here are some of the official screenshots of the iPhone version, with what the app would have looked like during the Brave viewing.

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Official Description :

Enhance your in-theater experience with Disney FilmPulse, an all-new app for your iPhone. Just “check-in” to the theater and showtime for the Disney movie you’re about to see, and begin the FilmPulse experience. Unlock surprises and enjoy interactive games and bonus content before the movie, then take advantage of special offers after the credits roll.

The FilmPulse app is currently only available for use at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA. There may be films that run at the El Capitan that are not supported with a FilmPulse experience. You will only be able to check-in at the El Capitan when watching a supported movie.

Swampy meets Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

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Having been pre-occupied with other life events, I haven’t been spending as much time playing Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas. I logged in today, and was presented with some ads for 10 Levels of Frankenweenie inspired levels of Where’s My Water?.

It took me a few minutes to realize it was NOT in the paid version, but ONLY in the Free version!

Once you load the video, it gives a short intro video that we are used to seeing before each chapter of the game.

To fit the theme of the upcoming movie, the coloring is shifted to mostly black and white. I think the overall look is really sharp and well done.

I really think they did a good job of “synergy” on this, in promoting the movie with the game! I do think it is a little odd that it is only showing-up in the free version, as you would think the paid version should get it too. I would think they could even get away with having a paid in-game upgrade for additional levels. Do you have any issue with the cross-promotional efforts like this?

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Disney.com Gets a Fresh AND Mobile Revamp

On Monday (Oct 1st), Disney.com revealed a fresh new look on their site. Quite a few people were posting and commenting on social media sites, mostly giving favorable remarks to the changes. What seemed overlooked, was that Disney.com now has a refreshed mobile feel as well. The new mobile version of Disney.com is friendly to iPhone/iOS and Android devices alike. I notice that it has a very similar feel to the beta “video.disney.com” site that has been in Beta since earlier this year. It is encouraging to see the direction that they are going with their web strategy. Will “go.com” disappear?

What do YOU think of the new changes?

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