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Mattel's iconic View-Master becomes a VR headset

If you've tried Google Cardboard and are over the age of 30, you've probably noticed some parallels to those old View-Master stereoscopes. Now, Mattel is embracing the comparison.

World Tech Update- Smart TV eavesdropping, drone no-fly zone, Google’s new dog robot

On World Tech Update this week, Samsung responds to smart TV privacy concerns, a new database promises a drone no-fly zone around your house and meet Google’s dog-like robot that likes getting kicked.

No keyboard, no problem: This Fujitsu ring lets you write in the air

The prototype Bluetooth ring is mainly designed for workers doing maintenance or repairs so they can work hands-free.

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Fitbit rash complaints start popping up, again

The problem doesn't appear to be as widespread as it was with the Force, but a number of users of the Fibit Charge and Surge are complaining of rashes after wearing the activity trackers.

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Slow Android Wear sales underline the challenges Google's smartwatches face

Hardware constraints, user interface and lack of good reasons to buy one is holding back sales

Fujitsu’s LED light adds an invisible tag to objects

Fujitsu's new technology uses LED lights to attach invisible ID tags that can only be seen with a smartphone.

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For counting steps, smartphone apps do as well as fitness trackers

Researchers found that fitness apps and wearable devices are equally accurate at this task.

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Report: HTC’s wearable to launch without Android Wear, work with iOS and Android

Instead it’s going cross-platform, building an operating system that works with Android and iOS.

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Apple Watch doesn't need to be first, just memorable, Cook says

Apple's approaching the smartwatch market the same way it did MP3 players

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Razer's open-source VR project eyes the future with new partners, free headsets for university labs

Razer's Oculus Rift competitor isn't out yet, but the OSVR initiative already has one eye on the future.

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Sony's crowdfunded MESH kit brings maker movement spirit to the connected home

Sony values user feedback far more than the trivial sums it raises on crowdfunding sites.

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New database promises drone no-fly zone around your house

Requests will be honored by three drone companies but are not legally binding

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Corning aims to go beyond Gorilla Glass with Project Phire

Corning's next-generation glass will better withstand scratches, according to company officials.

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Swatch's smartwatch is coming soon, but don't expect a powerhouse

Swatch plans to have an answer when the Apple Watch arrives this April, though a full-blown wrist computer seems unlikely.

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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Thursday, February 5

Health insurer gets hacked ... Twitter's Costolo says the trolls are out ... Silk Road mastermind is guilty ... and more news

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Sony hack cost $15 million, but earnings unaffected

Demand for image sensors and the PS4 has narrowed Sony's expected net loss for the year.