Miley Cyrus performs a grown-up cover of her Disney hit, 'See You Again'

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A lot’s happened since Miley Cyrus released her 2007 bubblegum pop single “See You Again” off the album tied to her Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana.

And though the last 10 years have included a series of highs (“Party in the U.S.A.”, a true banger) and lows (shameless cultural appropriation, a true disappointment), Cyrus seems to be settling back into her country roots as of late. Her BBC Live Lounge cover of “See You Again” shows just that — a decidedly grown-up, country-tinged spin on one of the songs that put her on the map in the first place. 

The verdict: We’re into it. Read more…

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Lawsuit accuses Disney apps of spying on kids

The Walt Disney Company has been hit with a lawsuit that claims more than 40 of its smartphone apps have been spying on children. The suit, which has requested Class Action status, states that Disney is violating an online law designed to protect children’s privacy online. Disney’s smartphone apps are very popular; one particular title, “Where’s My Water? 2,” has been downloaded between 100 million and 500 million times.

According to the lawsuits, Disney apps have trackers installed inside that allow data such as geographical information, browsing history and other third party information …

Lenovo and Disney teaming up for immersive Star Wars VR experience

At a company event, Disney unveiled a VR system it has been developing with Lenovo to create an immersive Star Wars experience. For example, you can be playing HoloChess with movie characters, or engaging in lightsaber battles using a dedicated controller peripheral – that kind of cool stuff!

The Star Wars Jedi Challenges system comprises a special VR headset, a lightsaber controller, and apps ran on your smartphone. The headset is of the type where your smartphone is mounted in the front, so nothing too revolutionary here. But then again, this would help for a manageable price …

'Tron' Lightcycle ride is coming to Walt Disney World

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Greetings programs! We are sorry to report that Disney’s D23 Expo has come and gone without any update on the status of Tron 3.

(Boooooooooooooooo!)

Yes, indeed, it is disappointing. But do not de-rez! We have good news, too: Disney is bringing Shanghai Disneyland’s popular Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride to the U.S.!

(Wild cheering!)

The addition of Tron Lightcycle Power Run was announced Friday by Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek at D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, home of Disneyland — where for now there won’t be one, as it’s only planned for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Read more…

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The Avengers will join the Guardians of the Galaxy at Disney California Adventure for… something

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Avengers: Infinity War might not be the only place you’ll see the Guardians rubbing shoulders with the Avengers in the near future.

Following the massive success of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! ride at Disney California Adventure, Disney’s hinted that it’s just “the beginning of an even larger superhero presence” at the park.

However, they’re not explaining exactly what that means… yet.

All they’d say at D23 was that the Guardians would soon be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what, Disney Parks & Resorts’ Bob Chapek teased, “will become a completely immersive superhero universe at Disney California Adventure.”  Read more…

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A 'Star Wars' resort is coming to Orlando because Disney doesn't have enough of our money already

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No, you can’t actually visit that galaxy far, far away, on account of it being fictional and all. But Disney being Disney, they’ve cooked up the next best thing.

At D23 today, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, announced a “100% immersive” Star Wars-themed resort to come to Walt Disney World.

Plans for the resort were first reported in April, but today’s D23 panel brought our first official announcement.

Described as Disney’s “most experiential concept ever,” the luxury hotel promises to be a “100% immersive” experience in “an authentic Star Wars environment.”  Read more…

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That 'Star Wars' Disney attraction that's going to take all your money has an official name now

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Well, we can stop calling it “Star Wars Land” now. Disney has finally announced the official name for the Star Wars-themed zone that’s coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”

Yeah, I’m probably still gonna refer to it as “Star Wars Land.”

In addition, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, served up a host of new details about what parkgoers can expect from Star Wars Land Star Wars: Galaxy’s EdgeNot that we needed convincing – but hey, we’re not about to complain.  Read more…

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Despite comments from Verizon CEO McAdam, analysts don't see Big Red buying Disney or CBS

Ready to play a new game? It’s called “Who is going to merge with Verizon?” Here’s how you play. Take the following sentence, “Verizon is going to merge with _____________. Fill in the blank with the name of a well known company. Use your common sense and stick to wireless content providers and distributors, large media firms and communications companies. Be smart. Verizon isn’t going to buy Dairy Queen. Some of the names that Wall Street has bandied about recently include Disney, Comcast, Charter and CBS.

Last week, Verizon announced that it lost 289,000 postpaid phone subscribers …

Apple to merge with Disney? One analyst's pipe dream still sparks thoughts of "what if?"

RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani told clients in a note on Thursday that it would make perfect sense for Apple to use some of its large cash holdings to purchase Disney. While such a deal is highly unlikely, the analyst said that the president’s proposed plan to have a tax repatriation holiday, during which overseas profits could be brought into the U.S. for a lower tax rate, could generate more than $200 billion for Apple to use in a transaction.

The analyst also pointed out that Apple has been unable to recreate the success it has had in music with iTunes. A deal with Disney …

Real-time motion capture system from Disney Research uses as few sensors as possible


runningman Serious motion capture setups often involve dozens of optical markers, inertial sensors or both, making them a pain to set up and tear down, and producing a ton of data. This Disney Research project produces high-quality results from just a handful of sensors by making some smart assumptions about how the body works. Read More

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