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  • NRF Reports Increased August Retail Sales, Warns of Tariff Risks

    Sep 13, 2019

    NRF Reports Increased August Retail Sales, Warns of Tariff Risks According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), retail sales —including auto dealers, gas stations, and restaurants — increased by 4.6% in August when compared to the same month last year. Sales also increased by 0.4% from July (seasonally adjusted). The NRF didn’t provide specific data for toy stores, but the largest category of growth overall […]

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  • Hasbro Reveals First Title in Cubby Hill Publishing Program

    Sep 13, 2019

    Hasbro Reveals First Title in Cubby Hill Publishing Program Hasbro partnered with Abrams Children’s Books to publish The Welcome Wagon: A Cubby Hill Tale, the first book in Hasbro’s Cubby Hill Publishing program. The Cubby Hill brand has been in development at Hasbro for several years. It features a community of bears, bunnies, hedgehogs, and other creatures that celebrates the values of inclusivity, imagination, and acceptance. […]

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  • Spin Master Secures International Broadcast Deals, Launches Toys for Super Dinosaur

    Sep 13, 2019

    Spin Master Secures International Broadcast Deals, Launches Toys for Super Dinosaur The new adventure series will hit Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 6.

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  • Kids India Prepares to Launch with Diverse Exhibitor Portfolio

    Sep 13, 2019

    Kids India Prepares to Launch with Diverse Exhibitor Portfolio Kids India will open its doors for the seventh time later this month, taking place from Sept. 26-28 at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center in Mumbai. The fair will showcase approximately 160 Indian and international exhibitors, including more than 40% first-time exhibitors for the event. New exhibitors include Emotix, Playshifu, Skillmatics, and Smartivity. “India is […]

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  • Nintendo Switch, Madden NFL Sales Soar Despite Overall Gaming Decline

    Sep 13, 2019

    Nintendo Switch, Madden NFL Sales Soar Despite Overall Gaming Decline It’s Madden season, but beyond the annual update to the long-running NFL title, the video game industry is in a slump as we approach the end of the current console cycle. The bright spots, according to the NPD Group’s August video game sales report, are largely led by Nintendo, with Switch sales and software soaring despite the […]

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  • Camping While Vegan? Yes, It Can Be Done (Deliciously)

    Camping While Vegan? Yes, It Can Be Done (Deliciously)

    Although camping is often associated with summertime, the reality is that camping is possible -- and enjoyable -- at almost any time of year. So if you're planning ahead for an autumnal camping trip, you might already have given some thought to your travel plans and the equipment you'll need. But if you have certain dietary restrictions or you'll be braving the wilderness with vegan companions, you might need to do some extra preparation. Since studies show that people who replace meat Read More
  • Six Flags Great America, Hurricane Harbor to Debut World's Tallest, Fastest Water Coaster

    Six Flags Great America, Hurricane Harbor to Debut World's Tallest, Fastest Water Coaster

    There's a big update coming to Six Flags Great America's Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee, Illinois next year. Tsunami Surge will be the tallest water coaster in the world, towering over the park's Riptide Bay area at over 86-feet tall. Water-blasting jet propulsion technology will power riders through more than 950 feet of enclosed tunnels and open air slides at speeds above 28 mph. The 25th attraction within Hurricane Harbor, Tsunami Surge will be the first ride at any Six Flags park to Read More
  • Prickly Pear Plastics: Researchers Reveal Cactus May Offer Sustainable Solution

    Prickly Pear Plastics: Researchers Reveal Cactus May Offer Sustainable Solution

    We rely on plastics for nearly everything. From the decor in our homes to the machines we use at work (many of which might be made using the reaction injection molding process of combining two liquid components in a mold), this material is ubiquitous in our world. But unfortunately, it's also doing a lot of damage to the planet we call home. As a result, there's a need for more sustainable alternatives -- particularly biodegradable ones, as plastics can sit in Read More
  • Sturgill Simpson Debuts

    Sturgill Simpson Debuts "Sing Along" from his New Album and Netflix Anime Film, "Sound & Fury"

    On Sept. 27, GRAMMY winner Sturgill Simpson will release Sound & Fury — a Netflix Original Anime Film — alongside a companion album. Set for release via Elektra Records, the new album features 10 new tracks, the first of which, "Sing Along," was released today. Check out the music video by Japanese anime legend Jumpei Mizusaki below... The Sound & Fury album was primarily recorded at the McGuire Motor Inn in Waterford, Michigan. Produced by Simpson, the album was recorded with bandmates Bobby Read More
  • End Of Summer Tips For Saving Energy at Home

    End Of Summer Tips For Saving Energy at Home

    As summer starts turning into fall, now is the perfect time to adjust your home's energy usage for the cooler season. Energy expenses are one of the largest drains on your finances as a homeowner, and keeping up with the changing seasons for your home's energy use can help you save a shocking amount of money. If you want to save money on your utility bills just in time for back to school, use some of these hot tips to Read More
  • What Is The Relationship Between Fiber Optic Cables And 5G Networks?

    What Is The Relationship Between Fiber Optic Cables And 5G Networks?

    Technology is advancing at an incredible rate. Already, Americans can see the power of 5G networks on the horizon; considering the fact that wireless and mobile traffic is predicted to account for more than 63% of total IP traffic by the year 2021, the switch to the revolutionary speeds of 5G networks will be a boon to both businesses and their consumers. That being said, 5G can't operate alone; these remarkable download speeds (which are estimated to top out at Read More
  • Catch a Flight on a B-17 Bomber in Waukegan, Illinois...

    Catch a Flight on a B-17 Bomber in Waukegan, Illinois...

    If you've ever dreamed of flying high in a craft made famous during the daring missions of World War II, you now have a chance to do it. The B-17 Aluminum Overcast Tour kicks off on Aug. 16 in Waukegan, Illinois. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will bring a fully-functional B-17G to Waukegan National Airport for ground-based walk-around tours, and hourly mission flights through Aug. 18.  The Aluminum Overcast is a beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress that's been a staple Read More
  • Adding an In-Law Suite: What to Keep in Mind When Creating Extra Living Space

    Adding an In-Law Suite: What to Keep in Mind When Creating Extra Living Space

    Considering that the senior population continues to grow, it's no surprise that families are flexing their creative muscles in order for older folks to remain at home. In 2014, roughly 19% of Americans (or 60.6 million people) lived with multiple generations under the same roof. And one way to ensure that your aging relatives can live comfortably while maintaining their privacy and independence is to create an in-law suite in your home. But before you begin, you'll want to know Read More
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