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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.

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Facebook introduces Legacy Contacts to manage your account when you die

A “legacy contact” gives users a little more control over their social networking afterlives, while keeping full account access on lockdown.

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Shhh! Your smart TV is eavesdropping on you

Samsung’s Smart TV privacy policy is raising new concerns about eavesdropping, though it’s not the first example of unnerving behavior from our televisions.

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Amber enlists websites to help banish broken links

Like a decentralized Wayback Machine, a new tool called Amber is letting individual websites join the fight against link rot.

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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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Amazon Kindle Convert turns paper books into e-books, if you're patient

Got books to digitize and plenty of patience? Amazon's Kindle Convert software will let you scan them at home.

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Nest can pay for itself within two years, says Nest

Several studies show upwards of 10 percent average energy savings when using Nest, though actual savings depends on many factors.

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Buying a Pebble watch? Beware of obsolescence as new software platform looms

Pebble is more popular than ever with 1 million units sold, but may change directions with new hardware and software.

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How to watch the 2015 Super Bowl on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

As in previous years, Super Bowl XLIX will be streaming live and for free. But watching the big game from the device of your choosing can get tricky.

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Jawbone opens a Marketplace to show that it's more than step counter

The new online store offers smart scales, home automation devices, and even a pet tracker with hooks into Jawbone's own fitness bands.

FCC warns against Wi-Fi hotspot blocking and hints at further crackdowns

After shutting down Marriott's attempt to block personal hotspot use, the FCC says it's looking into more violations elsewhere.

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T-Mobile brings back the subsidy (sort of) with Score discount program

For an extra $5 per month, subscribers can lock in discounts on future phones--while locking themselves in to a contract of sorts.

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Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's how non-HomeKit devices could work

Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.

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Facebook at Work wants to get all up in your business

A version of Facebook for inter-office communication holds promise, but it's still in testing and there's no business model yet.

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AllCast brings easy Chromecast photo beaming to iOS

The free app does a fine job of sending photos to your TV, but there are better options for video.