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Review : New Trent IMP120D iCarrier Battery Pack

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Official Site: New Trent

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.

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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Disney to launch NextGen ‘My Disney Experience’ apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

We received a note that WDWMagic.com is reporting…”Disney will be launching a new NextGen mobile app in August 2012 for visitors to the Walt Disney World Resort.” Apparently this launch will be in-line with the much anticipated “NextGen” project that Disney has been working on. It looks like Walt Disney World will be the first to have this functionality and they will expand to 2013.

Currently this seems to be only rumor.

Read more at WDWMagic.com

Disneyland Guests Can Now Purchase Tickets From Their Smart Phones

You can now buy your Disneyland park tickets from your mobile device! Let’s take a quick tour through the process…

Start by going to http://m.disneyland.com on your smart phone. Scroll down a little, and you will see the button to click to buy tickets for Disneyland.

The next page shows you the ticket prices, allows you to choose quantity, and then fill in all the information… including payment. Click Continue at the bottom to confirm your order! If everything looks correct, you can finish the purchase.

It is great to see Disney Parks embracing the mobile technology and methods for purchasing tickets. With the expected crowds at the Disneyland Resort this summer, it will be nice to have another option for people to buy their tickets!

The official announcement on Disney Parks Blog “Disneyland Resort Guests Can Now Purchase Park Tickets Through Their Smart Phones” :

Disneyland Resort guests have a new way to purchase theme park tickets – from their smart phones! Starting today, the Disneyland Resort will begin testing this technology at the Main Entrance during busy times, all in an effort to help guests get their tickets and get into the parks faster to start enjoying their day. This is just one more option for guests, in addition to purchasing tickets at Resort ticket booths or from Disneyland.com.

From your smart phone, go to m.disneyland.com and select “Buy Tickets” from the home page. Right now, only 1-Day 1-Park, and 1-Day Park Hopper tickets are available, but 2-Day tickets will be added to the service later. After entering the number of tickets you want (up to a maximum of 15), and your credit card information, you will receive a confirmation with a barcode that will be scanned as you enter the park for which you’ve purchased your ticket. From there, you will be given a paper park ticket, which is still needed for park hopping or re-entry if you should leave the park and return later.

Disneyland Explorer for iPad

Do you love Disneyland, but not have any future visits planned? Disneyland Explorer may be a way to help quench your thirst for some Disney magic. You can explorer the park and interact with some of the attractions and areas of the parks. The app is free, so check it out!

Download :

Official Description:

Take a spin around The Happiest App on Earth!

Explore the sights and sounds of Disneyland® Resort with this official Disney Parks application, available only for iPad. Discover the Magic as you swipe your way through an incredible photo-fantastic re-creation of Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure® Park, Downtown Disney® District, and all three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. Along the way, enjoy exciting interactive activities based on classic attractions


• Highlights from over 130 attractions, characters, and entertainment across the Resort
• Gorgeous high-res imagery, from photographs and 360 panoramas to live action video and animation
• Exclusive digital postcards you can share with your friends

And don’t miss all the exciting activities based on classic attractions:

• Fire a cannon on the high seas in Pirates of the Caribbean
• Tour the galaxy with Star Tours: the Adventures Continue
• Learn to draw your favorite Disney Characters at the Animation Academy
• Create your own musical water show in World of Color
• And many more!

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Gowalla 4 – What’s the Story?

Back on November 18, 2010, Gowalla made a HUGE announcement about partnering with Disney. Up until this time, I had not really taken the social location check-in phenomena very seriously. I figured this was a great time to jump in and learn what it was all about, and if it was something I might find fun.

Fast-forward 10 months, and I am now a fairly regular user of Foursquare and Gowalla. I always felt like they were fairly similar in nature, but had slightly different angles. In Foursquare you earned points, but in Gowalla you would earn stamps. There was a certain amount of “game” in your progress and efforts to check-in to locations. In Foursquare I typically felt as if I was competing in the game, while Gowalla was more about trying to collect stamps for my own sense of accomplishment.

It would appear that Gowalla felt that there were too many similarities between them and the competition, and have decided to really differentiate their product. According to their blog, “We’re building a social atlas for the world. And we need your help to do it.” So now, they’ve changed Trips to be called “Lists”, and Check-In’s to be “Stories.” The interface and work-flow is entirely different than the old app. In addtion, there are over 60 “Social Guides” to cities. The Social Guides combine peoples highlights, popular locations, and best sites, to provide a mini guide for what to do on your travels. Overall, Gowalla seems to be moving away from your day to day check-ins, and trying to tackle your adventures and travels. They have continued their partnership with Disney, and are providing Social Guides to Disney Parks such as Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Unfortunately, it didn’t take long until the outcries started rolling in, with people experiencing a lot of crashes on the iPhone. Thankfully, they were able to release an update quickly and 4.0.1 is available for download. Users were also very confused by what had happened to many of the things they loved about Gowalla, such as Items and Stamps.

As a previous Gowalla user, the new interface was very unintuitve to me. I had heard whispers that Gowalla 4 was going to be a big change, but hadn’t realized how drastic it was going to actually be. I do think that Gowalla needed to do something like this to differentiate themselves and gain the growth that Foursquare has benefited from. The partnerships with Disney and National Geographic are great signs that they are trying to have high quality content. I suspect it will take a few releases for everyone to be comfortable with Gowalla’s new vision, but I am optimistic that it will be a good thing. If you haven’t done so already, go download Gowalla 4 and try it yourself: If you still have Gowalla 3 installed, it is supposed to continue working for the time being.