Newly Redesigned Pop Century Rooms Officially Unveiled

first_imgShare This!Today, in a tweet that was provided by @WDWToday is seemingly getting buried by the news that a chunk of the monorail appears to have flown off and the monorail is being evacuated, we were able to see officially what the new redesign of the Pop Century rooms are looking like.Groovy! The resort rooms at Disney’s #PopCentury Resort are starting to pop with updates in color and comfort! pic.twitter.com/3aEsZbISWF— WDW Today (@WDWToday) June 16, 2017 As you can see, the entirety of the room has been upgraded. While there are still two beds, one of the beds easily converts to a table, much like they do at Disney’s Art of Animation’s family suites. Also gone is the carpet, instead opting for what appears to be some sort of wood flooring.The new rooms still include a refrigerator, but they also have a one cup coffee maker now! Also, there appears to be a lot of plugs and USB ports.The color palette of the room is also a bit warmer. I particularly like the whites and reds. Oh and I love the Mickey Mouse artwork. And how cute is the artwork of Pluto sleeping in the fold down bed? Overall, the rooms have a very clean aesthetic.The TV is now mounted on the wall and there appears to be a bit more storage, both in the bedroom, as well as the bathroom. Speaking of the bathroom, there is a newly updated and modern sink. They have also added a makeup mirror and I will certainly appreciate the brighter bathroom when I’m getting ready.It also appears that the bathroom proper has been brightened up. The bathroom appears to have a tub with actual glass shower doors now.I can’t wait to experience these new Disney’s Pop Century Resort rooms myself! While the work is currently being done at the resort, there’s no guarantee that you will end up with a newly remodeled room. If it’s important to you to have a newly refurbished room, my suggestion would be to ask at check-in. Again, it won’t be guaranteed, but you might be able to experience one of these new rooms!SaveSavelast_img read more

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Shopping at D23: Mickey’s of Glendale

first_imgShare This!There’s plenty to see and do at the D23 Fan Convention, but for many fans, shopping is near the top of their list. There’s such a variety of high-end, collectible, and just plain unique merchandise available that it is easy to break the bank at them. Here’s some of what you can find at the Mickey’s of Glendale booth at D23, including Avengers Campus merchandise, the latest in the new Epcot look, Disco Mickey and Minnie shirts, and more. Spot any must-haves that you’d want to buy? Let us know in the comments.last_img

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Program on the rise: Stratford girls basketball looks to turn a good start into a great finish

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — The Stratford girls basketball team’s 7-2 start to the season may be surprising to some but not to the Tigers.Stratford started the season 6-0 before suffering conference home losses to Auburndale and Wisconsin Rapids Assumption during the last two weeks.Second-year coach Tammie Christopherson has high hopes for the Tigers this season but knows there is still plenty of work to do.The Tigers cleared one hurdle toward becoming a top-tier team in the Marawood Conference South by beating Wausau Newman Catholic on the road on Dec. 10, but a 10-point loss to Auburndale and a turnover-plagued 57-30 defeat to Assumption on Monday have showed they are not quite there.“We’re a program that’s been building and rising,” Christopherson said. “I tell the girls we’re a good program. We want to be a great program. In order to be a great program, we have to beat these teams at the top of the Marawood. We’re sick and tired of being fourth or fifth, we want to climb out of that.“We’re heading in the right direction, but we’re not there yet. It’s a long season. I have all the confidence that we can figure this out and we can come back stronger the next time. The beauty of the Marawood is we get see these teams all over again.”Stratford has a roster filled with juniors and sophomores. The only senior is 5-foot-11 center Marissa Cepress.Juniors Macie Frueh and Tianna Hughes are each averaging 10 points a game, and Cepress, Savannah Schillinger, and Casey Kolbeck—the other three starters in the Tigers’ lineup—have also scored in double figures in at least one game this season.“We’re a small team, and that does hurt us sometimes,” Christopherson said. “We do get scoring from a lot of different places, and I think that is probably our biggest strength right now. We have to develop an inside game. We can’t rely solely on living and dying by the 3-point line. Slowly but surely we’re creeping into the inside game a little more.”The Tigers, 2-2 in the Marawood South, have games against Pittsville and Marathon coming up before beginning their second time through the conference slate. Christopherson said the team needs to continue to work hard and improve, especially in the mental part of the game.“We’re still young. My goal is that we keep getting better,” Christopherson said. “My first three people off the bench are sophomores. I see growth in them too. We have to keep building. This conference is absolutely insane. There’s no off night in the Marawood, but I guess I wouldn’t have it any other way.”Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at [email protected]last_img read more

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Exclusive: First Look at Clever Tools Groupware Suite

first_imgClever Tools is a new online project management and extranet application suite that is aiming for a Q1 2008 launch (and a beta of at least a few of the apps in the suite in October of this year). The full Clever Tools suite will include a project management application (that includes message boards, task management, and file sharing), an invoicing app, timesheets, a CRM application, bug tracking, and a whiteboard.For now, the Clever Tools team has only completed significant work on the project management tool, which I am told is mostly done, and the timesheet tool. Clever Tools founder Jason Jennings told me that he is aiming to have the PM and timesheet tools in “beta condition” by October. I was given a demo of those two tools and a sneak peak at some of the things on the docket for the suite yesterday.Project ManagementThe project management application is in the most complete state and consists of three main parts: discussions, files, and tasks/milestones. Clever Tools won’t be able to avoid comparisons with Basecamp, which as I said in my 10 Must Have Online Office Apps post is the “top dog” among hosted groupware tools. It’s probably important to note that I looked at Clever Tools through mostly Basecamp colored glasses (as it is the tool I use most). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Unlike its competitors, which generally use a blog-style call and response layout for discussions — most likely in emulation of Basecamp, Clever Tools uses a more traditional inline, flat forum style for laying out messages and posts. As someone who is a big fan of traditional forums (I’ve been a moderator on a 3 million post vBulletin forum for a few years and have grown very comfortable with that style), the layout employed by Clever Tools is a welcome change.File management is one of Clever Tools’ strongest points. Files can be uploaded 20 at a time from the upload page (5 at a time from any other page). Once files are uploaded, users are prompted to categorize and describe them before they’re added to the files section. Files can also be attached to milestones and tasks. All files, no matter where they were uploaded, or where they are attached, will appear on the project’s file management page. Tasks in Clever Tools are smaller to-do items, while Milestones are larger undertakings. Tasks can be set as a subset of specific Milestones, such that all Tasks must be complete before the Milestone can be marked as done. Tasks and Milestones are given a name, description, due date, tags, category, and can be assigned to a single person or group of people. All of a user’s Tasks are added to their calendar with visual indicators of which are most urgently due.TimesheetThe timesheet application, while not quite fully functional, is completely mocked up, so I was able to get a feel for what Clever Tools has planned in this area. With the timesheet app, users can track time in two ways: by manually entering timesheets into the system, or by using a real-time clock that can keep track of time users spend on projects. Each project can be given a budget that is mapped to an hourly rate so that users can make sure they aren’t going over budget (or will be alerted when they are in danger of overrunning monetary constraints). Jennings and the Clever Tools team have plans for an invoicing app (alluded to above in the hooks with the timesheet app), a bug tracker, and a group whiteboard. And though there was little information available on these applications, Jennings told me it is likely that Clever Tools will launch winter 2008 without the whiteboard app, which will be developed last.ConclusionSo far, Clever Tools is pretty bare. It is only in a very early stage of development, but what I saw was promising. It is certainly rough around the edges and has a ways to go, but they do things differently enough from Basecamp, GoPlan, ActiveCollab, and the rest that I think there is a legitimate chance for Clever Tools to make a splash in the market and find its own niche.There are some things that Clever Tools gets very right from the start, too. For example, 37Signals is only just starting to unify their applications under a single sign on. Clever Tools, on the other hand, will bake that in from the beginning, so that anyone who has projects at multiple companies (which freelancers often do), will only have to sign in once. Clever Tools will also support OpenID. Jennings tells me that he also plans a developer API for Clever Tools, that would let a outside companies like Blinksale or Freshbooks create tie-in apps so that people could use a third party service instead of the built-in Clever Tools applications if they so desired.It certainly remains to be seen whether Clever Tools will tear me — or anyone else — away from Basecamp. What I saw so far is a promising start, however. josh catone 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting One of the big selling points of Clever Tools is the integration of the apps, which will all play well with each other. “To further illustrate the integration of the different tools, Clever Tools will pull tasks assigned to a user in the project manager tool to allow them to track time against that task,” Jennings told me. The timesheet app will also tie into the invoicing tool, allowing users to generate an invoice based on the time tracked in the timesheet tool, and it will integrate with PayPal and 2Checkout.The RestClever Tools also has big plans for their leads management app, which Jennings tells me has morphed into more of a CRM tool. The tool will, however, still do some lead management. For example, one thing it will do is provide an AJAX widget that affiliates can embed on websites that will collect user information and send it directly to the CRM tool along with where the user’s information was captured. “With Clever Tool‚Äôs CRM, you can create meetings complete with Google maps integration, add tasks, manage to-dos, attach documents, convert into an active project, export Outlook VCF cards, add notes, and upload a picture for every contact,” said Jennings, rattling off a list of features to me. Related Posts last_img read more

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Radar’s Photo Sharing App Comes to the iPhone

first_imgTags:#Photo Sharing Services#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Radar is a small but rapidly growing photo sharing site with a strong focus on mobile sharing. Radar has already developed applications for the Blackberry and T-Mobile Sidekick, as well as numerous other phones. Today, Radar also released its iPhone application (iTunes link), which is one of the better photo sharing and social networking apps we have seen for Apple’s phone so far.Community and Mobile SharingRadar, at its core, is a photo sharing community that is not unlike Yahoo’s Flickr, though Radar puts a stronger focus on the community aspects of the service than on the pictures themselves, which makes sense, given that most of the content on the site was taken with camera phones. Because of this, Radar’s web service and iPhone app emphasize communication between users. You can, of course, leave public comments on every picture, but you can also send private messages to other users. Radar features a good set of privacy controls, which allow you to set your pictures to be private, or to make them visible to all of Radar’s users and the rest of the Internet. Radar also provides you with a widget that lets you display your images on your own website.It Just WorksWhat makes Radar’s iPhone application special is that it provides you with an amazing amount of features (including some basic editing functions for your pictures), without overwhelming the interface. Every picture, for example, comes with statistics about how often it has been seen, liked, and commented on. Using the application is a lot of fun because everything pretty much works the way you would expect it to. When you email pictures, for example, Radar’s app nicely integrates with your iPhone contacts. Double-click on a picture and you get the full-screen version. As you would expect from a mobile photo sharing application, you can easily upload your pictures to Radar’s web service and see the latest updates from your friends.One feature we do miss on Radar’s site, however, is RSS feeds. While Radar can send out a message to your Twitter and Facebook accounts, you can’t import a feed with your pictures to FriendFeed or other social media services. Radar, however, says that it is planning to integrate its service with more platforms in the near future. VerdictWe got a chance to test Radar’s iPhone app over the last few weeks and really enjoyed the experience. The Radar community is still small, but also very lively and encouraging. Radar, of course, is entering a very crowded market, but they may just have found the right niche to thrive in. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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