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Toy Company Mattel Acquires Fuhu, Maker Of The Kid-Focused Nabi Tablet Series

If you've heard of Fuhu, you're either a parent, a tech news junkie, or both. The Los Angeles-based company makes the Nabi line of tablets, some of the first Android-powered devices to be made and marketed directly for children, and the forerunner of more widespread "kid" tablet variants from Samsung and Amazon. Android Police has reviewed several of its tablet designs. Fuhu announced that the company is being acquired by Mattel, famous makers of Barbie, Hot Wheels, and all manner of other children's toys and games.

Concurrently, Fuhu is also filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. That's alarming, but according to the lengthy post on the official Nabi Facebook page, it's more of a procedural method than an actual decommission of the company as it currently stands.

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[Deal Alert] The Mattel View-Master VR, Which Also Works As A Google Cardboard Headset, Is On Sale For $20 At Amazon And Wal-Mart

I don't think anyone realized just how widespread Google's Cardboard "virtual reality" standard would become when it was first announced. And as neat as some of the games and apps that use Cardboard are, it's hard to escape the fact that the headsets are, well, made of cardboard. If you'd like something more sturdy (without having to buy a new LG phone), you can grab one of Mattel's revitalized View-Master VR toys. The original price was a bit steep at thirty bucks, but today Amazon and Wal-Mart are selling them for $19.97, a little closer to impulse buy range and pretty decent stocking-stuffers to boot.

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Mattel Releases Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots To The Android Market, Adds A New Dimension To The Original Button Masher

Looking to rekindle some childhood nostalgia (and make a buck doing so), Mattel has release Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots to the Android Market. Rock 'Em Sock 'Em brings all the fun of the classic children's game to the palm of your hand, and adds a few twists. Unfortunately the game doesn't support true multiplayer just yet.

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Adding some enhancements to the original button mashing game you know and love, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em includes a gym training feature (your robot can train and level up between fights), defense maneuvers, and health/energy meters, meaning you can't furiously tap the controls for very long before your robot gets tuckered out.

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