Disney AR Emoji have launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Today marks the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, and with them comes AR Emoji – Samsung’s take on 3D avatars. The feature works by scanning your face using the front-facing camera and then creating a 3D avatar based on your appearance. We have an article on how to use the AR Emoji feature so feel free to check it out for some tips.
But in case you want to try out something different, you can turn yourself into Mickey or Minnie Mouse! Thanks to a long-term deal between Samsung and Disney, you’ll be able to make AR Emoji using some of the most iconic …


Uh-oh, Disney has some explaining to do about these 'Solo' posters…

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We’re already nervous about Solo: A Star Wars Story, and that’s only getting worse now that it looks like Disney may have plagiarized a French artist for the posters.

The super-swaggy character posters for Solo came out in February along with the trailer, giving the Star Wars prequel a quaint pop art vibe. They also happen to be almost identical to a series of album covers designed in 2015 by Hachim Bahous, who shared the similarities on Facebook.

“I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it is still pure and simple forgery,” Bahous wrote (translated from French). “I have not been asked for my permission, I wish to be credited and paid for this work I have done for Sony!” Read more…

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Samsung stuns Apple by partnering with Disney for AR Emoji

Samsung introduced its new AR Emoji feature today, found on its just announced Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+. Besides scanning the user’s face to create a personal emoji that mirrors every movement made by him/her, Samsung has entered into a partnership with Disney that allows for the creation of AR Emoji using the company’s famous characters. That announcement might have upset the suits at Apple, especially because the Steve Jobs estate happens to be one of the largest Disney stockholders. Additionally, Company president Bob Iger sits on Apple’s board. Apple and Disney have worked together …

Disney announces new Star Wars: Rivals action shooter for Android and iOS

Disney continues to capitalize on the Star Wars franchise and what better way to keep fans entertained than another Star Wars mobile game. Lucasfilm and Disney have just announced the upcoming availability of Star Wars: Rivals, the “first real-time Star Wars competitive action shooter for mobile devices.”

The game seems to have been built on the same pay-to-win system that currently plagues Star Wars Battlefront 2 game, but if you haven’t played it yet, here’s how Star Wars: Rivals will work.

So, you can compete in PvP arenas by challenging players …

Would Apple go after Disney before the ink dries on the Fox deal?

Disney is a huge entertainment company that is getting bigger after this week’s agreement to buy 21st Century Fox for almost $53 billion. Disney itself has often been mentioned as being in play. But with a market cap above $168 billion, not too many firms could afford to make a bid. But there is one tech giant who could not only buy the House of Mouse, it also would be a good fit. And in fact, the estate of this tech firm’s co-founder is the largest owner of Disney shares. If you haven’t figured it out yet, we are talking about Apple.

Earlier this year, we passed along the thoughts of RBC …

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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