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PlayStation Vue snags 18 Disney-owned channels

PlayStation Vue snags 18 Disney-owned channels

Sony's Internet TV racehorse is about to mighty serious. Although still unofficial and unannounced, PlayStation Vue is set to add more than a dozen new channels to its roster, all of them owned by Disney. This means that its selection, which now stands over 90 channels in some territories, will soon be hitting and even surpassing the 100 channel milestone, thanks to Disney's multiple properties, which include Disney Channel, ESPN, as well as the local ABC channel. This practically puts PlayStation Vue at the top of its class.

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The Force Awakens Japanese Star Wars trailer reveals new details

The Force Awakens Japanese Star Wars trailer reveals new details

This week the second full Star Wars trailer was revealed - in Japan. It would appear that either Japan is simply getting their trailers first (very possible) or JJ Abrams is messing with the lot of us. Either way, here's what you're about to see: more lines from the film, more scenes that you've never seen before, and a really chilling revelation. Like a rudimentary, sparking, red, and evil lightsaber to the neck of your best buddy, heatedly, terrifyingly.

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Circle with Disney keeps any device under parental eyes

Circle with Disney keeps any device under parental eyes

In this digital age, almost every kid wants to have access to the Internet and to modern amenities like mobile devices. The situation often presents a nightmare for parents who want to protect their children from the dangers of the online world. Since not all smartphones and tablets are equipped to safeguard children's welfare, some parents resort to buying specialized devices with parental controls built-in. Now, however, they might not need to spend as much, with Circle with Disney offering that same control for any device in the house and a fraction of the price.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 comes to PC, forgets to bring the toys

Disney Infinity 3.0 comes to PC, forgets to bring the toys

When Skylanders came out a few years back, I was convinced that someone at Activision was a marketing genius. You buy a game, and it comes with toys that you use to interact with the game. Additional toys would give you access to new characters. This leads to people not only buying additional content for the game, but it gives you something physical to collect, as well. So what happens when you take the toys away from the equation? Well, if Disney Infinity is your thing, you can experience that scenario on your PC now.

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Disney-themed bionics include Iron Man and Star Wars prosthetic hands

Disney-themed bionics include Iron Man and Star Wars prosthetic hands

Remember that awesome video back in March where Robert Downey Jr. brought a custom 3D-printed Iron Man prosthetic arm to a 7-year-old boy? Well, it turns out that affordable kid-friendly bionic limbs are much closer to reality than expected. The startup Open Bionics (which, to be clear, was not involved in the prosthetic delivered by Downey Jr.) has teamed up with Disney to make bionic hands designed after characters from Iron Man, Frozen, and Star Wars.

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Disney confirms release of new Marvel, Pixar movies through 2020

Disney confirms release of new Marvel, Pixar movies through 2020

While we've already known that Disney's purchase of the Star Wars franchise is leading to a new movie every year, starting this fall with The Force Awakens, the mega-studio has also just confirmed that it's going to have its other properties, namely Marvel and Pixar, continually pumping out films as well. Disney has announced the scheduling of more than a handful of new titles from the two studios, with release dates stretching out all the way into 2020.

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Disney, EA removes a ton of mobile games from iOS, Android

Disney, EA removes a ton of mobile games from iOS, Android

With Apple's recent gaming push on the new Apple TV, you would think that gaming is the next hottest thing in mobile. And indeed, analysts have pointed out how lucrative that market has become. Sadly, that has also made it all the more crowded and oversaturated, edging out some titles, including big but older ones. That is probably what led Disney and EA, two of the largest game publishers on iOS and Android, to officially pull the plug on dozens of their games, regardless of how popular they may have been.

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Disney creates augmented reality coloring book app

Disney creates augmented reality coloring book app

Disney Research, which recently showed off a soft-skin module for use on robotic toys, has introduced another project it has been working on -- an augmented reality coloring book app that shows characters in 3D as they're being drawn. It's a fun app, one we've seen various versions of from others; there's the 3D augmented reality storybook, for example.

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Disney Research creates soft skin for robots

Disney Research creates soft skin for robots

Disney Research has detailed a new project in which it is developing soft skin for use on robots. The skin module, as it’s called, features an airtight cavity that is used to detect air pressure with a feedback controller. It wouldn’t be used for animatronics, however, instead being developed for use with toy-sized robots. These parts are 3D printed, and safe to have in use around delicate objects.

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Seasons of the Force opens in Disneyland staring Nov. 16

Seasons of the Force opens in Disneyland staring Nov. 16

No, this isn't yet the dream come true Star Wars themed lands. That is going to take a lot more time and won't even begin until next year. But to cash in on all the hype and excitement that the upcoming Star Wars film will generate, Disney will be giving Disneyland visitors a foretaste of what's to come. Starting November 16 in Disneyland Parks in South California and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, visitors will be treated to one of a kind "Seasons of the Force" Star Wars experience with some of the franchise's most iconic characters.

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Star Wars original theatrical cuts tipped for re-release

Star Wars original theatrical cuts tipped for re-release

This evening the re-release of the original Star Wars movies - the theatrical cuts of the movies, that is - has been tipped. Not announced by Lucasfilm or Disney, but tipped, by film director John Landis. Landis is a friend of George Lucas and apparently suggested to him that the original cuts of the first three Star Wars films would be re-released. Not necessarily on any sort of format - DVD, Blu-Ray, or anything specific that we know of - just re-released.

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Disney researchers create LED lights that communicate

Disney researchers create LED lights that communicate

Typically, if you want devices to communicate with each other you use Bluetooth or WiFi networks to do it. The problem is that WiFi networks aren’t always available and Bluetooth drains your battery quickly. Those facts led researchers at Disney to look for new ways to allow objects with LED lights embedded to communicate with each other.

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