Disney’s Tapulous released its newest entry in the popular TapTap series, ‘Glee’ for the iPhone today and it’s already receiving warm reviews from fans of the game and series alike. The perfect symbiotic relationship, the free app allows players to experience the game while listening to some of their favorite tracks from ‘Glee,’ which includes the show’s standout cover of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin” and other occasionally promoted songs. Additional songs can be purchased as 2-pack bundles for $.99 in-app or with Tapulous credits.
In addition to the game, the app features a ‘yearbook’ which profiles the show’s characters and provides a photo gallery for each, videos related to the series and social elements such as a live ‘Glee’ Twitter feed and the ability to align yourself with either the Gleeks or the Jocks on Facebook. It also dishes up ‘Glee’ news from time to time.
You can download the ‘Glee’ iPhone app by Tapulous for free here.
At E3, Disney Mobile has announced they will be releasing a new side-scrolling racing game for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch titled ‘Cars 2: Agents of C.H.R.O.M.E.’ later this month in honor of the Disney/Pixar film, Cars 2, opening in theaters nationwide on June 24.
The app will sell for $.99 although Disney Mobile will also be releasing a free app for Cars 2 which features a lite version of the game in addition to movie and video game content such as trailers, images, web links and other fun content.
Game features include:
- FOUR PLAYABLE CHARACTERS: Play as your favorite characters from Cars 2: Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell as you race and progress through the game.
- RACE AROUND THE WORLD: Race through three spy-worthy environments inspired by the film including the mysterious Oil Rig, the streets of Tokyo and the bridges of London.
- PIXAR POWER-UPS: Increase your score by collecting gas cans, nitrous boosts and gems.
- DEVIOUS HAZARDS: Keep a sharp eye out; the course is littered with obstacles to slow you down.
- SPECTACULAR GRAPHICS: Pixar-quality graphics culled from ‘Cars 2: The Video Game.’
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The iconic PC classic game of logic is back, this time exclusively for the iPad. At E3, Disney Mobile announced it’s bringing ‘The Incredible Machine’ to the iPad this month. Originally released for the PC in 1993 and named one of the Top 150 games by Computer Gaming World magazine, ‘The Incredible Machine’ challenges players to solve puzzles by building comically-engineered contraptions to accomplish simple objectives. With straightforward touch controls, Retina Display graphics, original music, and great sound effects, ‘The Incredible Machine’ inspires the imagination with mind-bending invention, physics and hours of fun.
- INCREDIBLE FUN: Developed by the original designer of the PC game, ‘The Incredible Machine’ features 60 puzzling levels to test your skills.Packs include Newton’s Playground, Pipeworks, The Cast and more, with new puzzles that will be available to download shortly after launch!
- INCREDIBLE ITEMS: Pipes, balls, belts, ropes, rockets, lasers and more —more than 90 creative items to build with!
- INCREDIBLE COMPETITION: Connect to Game Center and compete with your friends and other players for the most stars earned.
Below are a few screenshots from ‘The Incredible Machine’ provided to us by Disney Mobile
‘The Incredible Machine’ retails for $2.99 and is now available on iTunes.
The Pirate Discovery App, the official mobile app for Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall, is now available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers. Available on select Verizon Wireless smartphones and tablets, the Pirate Discovery App immerses fans in a world of Pirates content before, during and after the movie is available in theaters on May 20th.
The Pirate Discovery App has exclusive content from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, including character stills, character bios and movie artwork. When the movie is available in theaters, the Pirate Discovery App will let customers browse local show times, find nearby theater locations and purchase tickets directly through the app. Moviegoers can also share their Pirate experiences by creating Facebook® and Twitter™ posts from within the app.
On May 7, Verizon Wireless customers who download the app to their smartphone or tablet will see a live stream from the world premiere, a pre-film event taking place at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. PST, app users will get a sneak peek of this once in a lifetime experience delivered right to their device. Also, from May 17 to June 14, Verizon Wireless customers will have exclusive access to Disney’s mobile game for Android™ phones, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas,” allowing them to create virtual pirates, customize ships, embark on quests and engage in simulated battles.
The Pirate Discovery App will also introduce a built-in rewards program that enables fans to unlock exclusive film-related content and merchandise by exploring and sharing information and content from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This rewards program will allow customers to access new video discovery and search technology from VideoSurf by simply pointing their mobile devices at a TV or computer screen to identify Verizon television and designated Web videos from the film to earn rewards that can be redeemed through the app.
“We’re all eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” said Suzy Deering, executive director of media and sponsorships at Verizon Wireless. “The Pirate Discovery App connects fans to the movie franchise in new ways and lets them go deep into Captain Jack Sparrow’s world.”
“With Captain Jack Sparrow returning for a new adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, we wanted to find ways to connect with the franchise’s incredibly dedicated fan base, as well as bring the world of Pirates to new platforms,” said Don Gross, vice president, global promotions, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing. “The team at Verizon has developed this amazing new app that allows us to do just that.”
The Pirate Discovery App is free to download for Verizon Wireless customers with select 3G and 4G Android mobile devices by texting “AHOY” to 52011 or by accessing it directly from Android Market™. A full list of devices that support the Pirate Discovery App, as well as additional access to an immersive, digital experience of the film, are available at Verizon Wireless’ official Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides website, www.climbaboard.com.
The Royal wedding is less than 48 hours away, and the Disney Princesses are celebrating with updates to their popular Disney Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book app!
Just as the wedding day of Kate and William promises to be, the app is a dream world captivating little girls the world over. There’s a royal wedding and a magic carpet ride.
Is your little one entranced by the thought of England’s new princess and what dress she will wear? Then she will marvel at the fully interactive dress up features of the app, including the ability to change outfits, and accessories, add tiaras, and send the royal portrait to friends, family, and fellow princesses!
The enchantment continues as they take their own photo and become part of the story!
Share in the excitement of the wedding of the century with your little princess with the Disney Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book app! It is sure to be a dazzling time.
Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book App Highlights & Updates include:
- Delightful story illustrations, professional narration, and enchanting Disney Princesses music.
- Sticker dress-up with beloved princesses including Cinderella, Ariel, Beauty, Snow White, Jasmine and Belle.
- Parents can take a photo or upload one to see their child become part of the magical story.
- Parents can also save and share their child’s sticker creations with family and friends.
- The visual Index allows children to jump to their favorite princess.
- NEW! Tiana joins the dress-up fun!
- NEW! 7 new Stories: Now there’s a story for every princess!
- NEW! 25 new Outfits and Accessories: More ways to mix and match, including SHOES!
The updated Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book App is available for $3.99 from the App Store. You may use your Apple device to scan the QR code to the right to pull the app up directly on it.
ABC News today launched the ABC Video Bookstore App for iPad, available free on the App Store. The free app will turn the page on a new generation of storytelling, creating an interactive experience for users that enables them to delve deeper into the most compelling stories of our time.
The ABC Video Bookstore debuts with two titles, A MODERN FAIRY TALE: William, Kate and Three Generations of Royal Love by Jane Green and THE AMANDA KNOX STORY: A Murder in Perugia by ABC News. Both will be available for $7.99 through the app and wherever eBooks are sold, or as a $5.99 text and photo-based version for e-readers that don’t support video. Additional titles will be released throughout the year.
Each title in the ABC Video Bookstore App will draw on ABC News’ vast video archive and digital expertise to create an entirely new user experience, with stories updated in-depth as they continue to develop and interactive maps and timelines. Sister-company Hyperion will engage its distinguished list of best-selling authors to help create this new generation of stories. The eBook market has grown dramatically in the last year, with publishers expecting digital sales to jump 50% or more in 2011.
“The ABC Video Bookstore App enables ABC News to extend storytelling and our content in a whole new way,” said ABC News President Ben Sherwood. “Working with our colleagues at Hyperion, we are uniquely positioned to give readers access to history in a vibrant eBook form – from political campaigns and human drama to the triumphs and tragedies that grip the world.”
“With the combined resources of Disney/ABC Television properties, we are able to create innovative and entertaining eBooks that combines vivid writing and exciting video in a compelling package for consumers. Rare video and photography bring extraordinary dimension to the words on each page. This venture with ABC News is a tremendous opportunity to take the most valuable assets at our company to build a product that truly offers a new way to experience historic events like the Royal Wedding,” said Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion.
The titles in the ABC Video Bookstore are being powered by the technology and functionality of Vook, a leading publisher of enhanced eBooks. Vook has been on the cutting edge of efforts to mesh text, video and interactivity to create a unique user experience.
Available just prior to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, A MODERN FAIRY TALE: William, Kate, and Three Generations of Royal Love is enhanced with 20 top-quality videos and 50 photographs of the young couple and from past Royal Weddings from the ABC News Archives and an original video foreword by Barbara Walters. In addition, it will be updated with moments from Prince William’s and Kate’s wedding day. The text and archival video and photography work together to create a unique 360-degree storytelling experience.
THE AMANDA KNOX STORY: A Murder in Perugia takes readers inside the fascinating case of an American student accused of killing her roommate in Italy. The video book is packed with rarely seen video, photos and documents, including Amanda’s hand-written prison diary, and a video foreword from Elizabeth Vargas. The Amanda Knox case is currently on appeal, and this eBook will be updated with new information as the case moves forward.
The launch of enhanced eBooks is the latest example of innovation from the Disney/ABC Television Group. DATG was the first to bring full episode video to the iTunes store. Last April, in conjunction with the debut of Apple’s iPad, DATG delivered ad-supported video to iPad via the acclaimed ABC Player App. The app has proven to be a tremendous success, with over 1.9 million downloads and more than 26 million episodes. Last year DATG created an ABC News App for iPad that has been downloaded more than 840,000 times to date. In the first two months of 2011, DATG continues to bring new innovative offerings to consumers with the launch of the Grey’s Anatomy Media Sync App for iPad, and most recently the critically-acclaimed Oscar Backstage Pass App, which offered a “second-screen” companion viewing experience for fans while they watched the 83rd Academy Awards on ABC.
ESPN announced today its flagship network ESPN as well as ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com are now available to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers via the new ‘WatchESPN’ App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, now available on the App Store.
In time for the early rounds of the Masters, the NBA Playoffs and the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive the linear networks as part of their video subscription can now watch the channels from the convenience of their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
“Innovation continues to drive ESPN,” said George Bodenheimer, president, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports. “When we launched in 1979, nobody envisioned a day when people would carry ESPN in their pockets. But here we are. And we’ve reached this watershed moment for the industry through tremendous collaboration with forward-thinking partners.”
The free WatchESPN App includes a simple user interface that takes the current online viewing experience to the high-resolution, Multi-Touch displays of iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Once a user downloads WatchESPN from the App Store, they will receive instructions to enter their cable subscriber credentials and access their favorite ESPN content on their device. A version of the application optimized for the Apple iPad will be available free to download in May.
Added Sean Bratches, executive vice president, sales and marketing for ESPN, “This represents the culmination of our efforts over the last five years. We strive to serve the sports fan wherever they consume sports, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than making our networks available to fans whenever and wherever they might be.”
The company first launched an online-accessible authenticated version of ESPN in October, 2010. Authenticated versions of ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line launched in January, 2011. Consumers can access the channels through a centralized website, ESPNnetworks.com.
The WatchESPN App is available for free from the iTunes App Store.
The App will be available on other smartphones and tablets in the near future.
ESPN Radio iPhone App Adds Host of New Enhancements Including Personalization and Geolocation Support
ESPN today unveiled ESPN Radio 3.0, its newest and most personalized iPhone app to date. The new version of the app, sponsored by 1-800-Flowers.com, continues to provide millions of ESPN Radio listeners access to live, crystal clear radio streams from more than 20 ESPN Radio stations – including fan favorite ESPN Radio network shows Mike & Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and more – the latest SportsCenter updates every 20 minutes; popular podcasts like the B.S. Report with Bill Simmons; select play-by-play broadcasts, including the college football Bowl Championship Series; and live scores, newsfeeds and text messaging directly to ESPN Radio and ESPN affiliate stations. ESPN Radio 3.0 is available now to current users via a free upgrade and to new users for download on iTunes for $2.99.
“The ESPN Radio app has been one of the most successful apps since its launch in September 2009, spending the better part of the last 16 months as the most downloaded paid sports app in the marketplace,” said Marc Horine, vice president of digital media for ESPN. “Our latest version takes app personalization to new heights, providing millions of ESPN listeners a custom, world-class audio experience to specific teams, shows, podcasts, and stations.”
New features and enhancements focused on personalization include:
- myESPN: Customized audio of favorite teams automatically pulled into the app (set up directly in the app or through ESPN.com);
- My Favorites: Collection of favorite stations, shows and podcasts from both local and national content;
- Searchable Audio: Search tens of thousands of audio clips by topic (player, team, sport, league, etc.);
- Audio On-Demand: Pause, rewind and fast forward on-demand audio;
- Geo-location-based Functionality: Enables a ready list of the closest ESPN affiliate stations;
- Podcasts: More than 40 ESPN Radio podcasts available, including the Award-Winning B.S. Report with Bill Simmons and Fantasy Focus, as well as Pardon The Interruption, Around The Horn and Football Today;
- SportsCenter Updates: Local and national 24/7 ESPN Radio SportsCenter updates every 20 minutes;
- ESPN Local: News and daily SportsCenter video updates from ESPN’s local sites: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York;
- Play-by-Play Broadcasts: Listen in real-time to select play-by-play for events like college basketball and the college football Bowl Championship Series;
- Social Media Integrations: Share what users are listening to via Facebook and Twitter;
- ESPN Bottomline: The latest news and scores in the world of sports.
The launch of ESPN Radio 3.0 marks the 10th anniversary of ESPNRadio.com, which in 2010 remained the most listened to live stream of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world – reaching more than three million unique users per month (source: Omniture) and one million unique listeners per month, more than double the previous year (source: Ando Media). ESPNRadio.com also was the largest, most listened to talk format stream, both terrestrially and via Internet-only streaming, generating nearly 10 million total sessions per month, up 33% in 2010. In addition, ESPN Podcasts recorded a year-to-year increase of more than 23%, reaching 156 million downloads through ESPN PodCenter and iTunes). This includes The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, which logged more than 42 million downloads in 2010.
To download the newly enhanced version of ESPN Radio, click here.
Disney Mobile announced today its new TRON: Legacy mobile game for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the App Store. Available for 99 cents, the new app brings the world of TRON to life in a series of competitions through 24 rounds with visually stunning graphics developed to maximize the Retina Display on iPhone 4 and iPod touch as well as the large high-resolution display of iPad. The launch coincides with the Disney motion picture release of TRON: Legacy on December 17.
The game also features a TRON Mobile GRID Championship which will debut on Dec. 25 allowing players to compete for prizes, including the 3D HDTV Entertainment System, TRON Audio Dock from Monster and TRON: Evolution—The Video Game.
“Since launching the free TRON app at Comic-Con back in July, we have been building up to this week and keeping fans engaged with all things TRON, every step of the way,” said Stephen Saiz, director of marketing, Disney Mobile. “We’re extremely proud of the new, premium app, TRON: Legacy, and think it builds on all of the excitement around the film as it hits theaters.”
In the TRON: Legacy mobile game, players race the latest generation of 3D Light Cycles and fire cannons from the cockpit of massive Recognizers as they earn points and qualify for new contests and unlock new arenas. With a choice of 16 different courses, players have the option to compete in standard races or timed trials as well as the ability to compete head-to-head in high velocity 3D Light Cycle races. Inspired by the film, game controls allow racers to steer, block opponents, fire cannons from the cockpit of massive Recognizers and deploy power ups like Shield Breaker, Arc and Cloak—all in the quest to become the ultimate Grid Game Champion.
Also timed with the release of Walt Disney Pictures’ film TRON: Legacy on December 17, Disney Mobile has updated its free TRON app with an Apple iPod/iPhone Visualizer and Alarm Clock application that works exclusively with Disney Consumer Product’s new TRON Audio Dock from Monster. The app is a totally immersive iPod/iPhone music player with Visualizer Graphics effects that engages the alarm clock with the dock’s “Identity Disc” lighting rings for an attractive “wake-up” effect.
Tapulous, a part of Disney Mobile, also features music from the film in its most popular game, Tap Tap Revenge 3, where users can download for free and tap along to Daft Punk’s single, “Derezzed.”
Disney Publishing Worldwide Debuts Illustrated Books From Tron, Toy Story, Cars and More on Apple’s iBookstore
Disney Publishing Worldwide announced today the debut of beautifully illustrated books from Tron, Toy Story, Cars and other favorites on Apple’s iBookstore. iBooks 1.2 app, Apple’s popular free reading app whose new version was released today and includes the iBookstore, features new visual enhancements for brilliant, full-color, two-page spreads of illustrated books on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Disney titles include:
- Beauty & the Beast: Enchanted Christmas
- Donald’s Christmas Gift
- Mater Saves Christmas
- Phineas & Ferb: Oh Christmas Tree!
- Prep and Landing
- Rapunzel’s Amazing Hair
- Thumbs Up! Phineas & Ferb
- Toy Story 3 Storybook
- Tron: The Movie Storybook
- World of Cars
“Extending our books into new digital formats is a priority for us,” said Russell Hampton, President, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “iBooks 1.2 brings the rich illustrations in our picture books to life – it’s another great way for Disney to provide families with new reading experiences with their favorite characters – Buzz and Woody, Donald Duck, and much more.”
iBooks 1.2 correlates art and relational text in the way that the artists and storytellers intended while allowing readers to enjoy the technical benefits of eReading including:
- Ability to read the story horizontally or vertically on an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
- Brilliant, full-color illustrations
- High resolution as the reader zooms
The picture books are priced from $2.99 – $9.99 at the iBookstore and are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.