Áine Cain, provided by Published 6:05 am PST, Monday, February 11, 2019 Richard Drew/AP Images Toys R Us is back in action. The newly-founded company Tru Kids Inc. has announced its intention of resurrecting the brand this year. The toy retailer closed all of its US locations in the summer of 2018. Toys R Us isn't ready to get banished to the island of misfit toys. Months after the toy chain's demise, Tru Kids Inc. — also known as Tru Kids BrandsTM — has gobbled up brands like Toys R Us, Babies R Us, and company mascot Geoffrey. A statement from Tru Kids Inc. cited the former toy retailer's "brand power" and "loyalty," noting that its Toys R Us and Babies R Us lines "generated over $3 billion in global retail sales in 2018 through more than 900 stores and e-commerce businesses." Tru Kids Inc. was founded in 2019 to salvage the retailer's still-valuable brands. Richard Barry serves as the company's CEO and president. Barry previously worked at Toys R Us … [Read more...] about Toys R Us is rising from the dead
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Sony’s dishing out the treats this Halloween with an announcement trailer for a PlayStation cult classic. The spooky hack-and-slash MediEvil will be rising from the grave with a new 4K remastered version that’s coming in 2019. While the development team has kept the old bones of the franchise intact, the game looks to be getting a serious overhaul in terms of gameplay and graphics with new animations, responsive controls and a significantly higher pixel count. The original MediEvil came out in 1998 in the US and Europe and was developed by Guerilla Cambridge, at the time known as SCEE Cambridge. The basic premise: Sir Daniel Fortesque, a knight who died fighting the evil sorcerer Zarok is brought back to life 100 years later when Zarok returns with an army of the dead. If Sir Dan ever wants to get back to his eternal slumber – and save his home kingdom of Gallowmere in the process – he'll need to defeat Zarok once and for all.While the basic action … [Read more...] about Sony resurrects the MediEvil franchise with a 4K remaster
Advertisement Editor’s Picks How I Built an AI to Sort 2 Tons of Lego Pieces Making Radio Chips for Hell Why We Must Fight for the Right to Repair Our Electronics Don’t get me wrong—I love printed circuit boards. PCBs are, of course, essential in mass-produced products. Even for hobbyists, a small run assures almost perfectly repeatable circuits. And PCBs with a good ground plane are essential for high-frequency circuits operating at more than a few megahertz. A ground plane is a large area of copper that’s used as a low-inductance electrical return path from components to a circuit’s power supply. It prevents parasitic capacitance from smearing high-frequency signals into noise, and the absence of a ground plane is why you can’t build a high-frequency circuit using a breadboard and expect it to work well, or at all. But rapid prototyping with PCBs has drawbacks compared with the speed and ease of building a circuit on a … [Read more...] about With the “Dead Bug” Method, Hobbyists Can Break Through the High-Frequency Barrier
WOOLLY mammoths could be about to make a comeback as part of a major new £4.5 million cloning facility aiming to raise the long-gone species from the dead. Incredible plans for the new Jurassic Park-style “world class paleo-genetic scientific centre” in the world coldest city Yakutsk will be unveiled next month when Vladimir Putin hosts a major investment forum. The cloning laboratories - some sunk deep in the permafrost soil - aim to extend research by Russian scientists who are already working closely with South Korean specialists hoping to restore extinct species. Yakutsk is capital of diamond-rich Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, where 80 per cent of finds of samples of Pleistocene and Holocene animals with preserved soft tissues have been made. The scheme of the new centre will be unveiled at the 4th Eastern Economic Forum hosted by Putin opening on 11 September in Vladivostok. It will “aim to study extinct animals from living cells - and … [Read more...] about Woolly mammoths may rise from the dead as Russia plans to clone them at Jurassic Park-style centre using Ice Age DNA
Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Humans have always looked for tangible ways to remember departed loved ones. We save letters and emails they wrote us. We look fondly at photos of them. We watch and rewatch old videos just to see their faces and hear them talk. But the rise of digital technologies may soon give us even more compelling ways to remember lost friends and family. These include apps that let us text with digital representations of the dead — we’d type a message and then get some sort of comforting reply — and maybe even systems that let us speak with and possibly touch realistic avatars of the ones we miss most. Maybe that sounds creepy, but some experts believe we’ll find comfort in continuing our interactions with people whose biological existences have come to an end. “Many people visit the headstone of a loved one to help come to terms with their passing, and have a one-sided conversation where they think about the memory of … [Read more...] about Will ‘digital resurrections’ let us bring back the dead?