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Stupid, crazy USB peripherals just haven't been all that interesting since the USB Humping Dog hit the scene. That was the exact moment when USB junk just couldn't get more ridiculous. Well, Butta, Crisp, Tato and Ry Ry are here to say that the future of USB peripherals isn't about being ridiculous; it's about cute, clever design.
 
If you took a look at Nerf's 2012 blaster lineup and felt it was a step back from last year's bold new disc-based Vortex guns, I'm right there with you. Hasbro's back to redeem itself before the summer is over with the Vortex Pyragon — a pump-action blaster that's capable of firing 40 discs in succession from its drum. Get ready for disc-ageddon!
 
It's rare that a major amusement park stumbles onto a license to print money, but that just may be the case with the Carbon-Freeze Me promotion recently held by Disney's Hollywood Studios.
 
"The original was banned from the Pentagon because it was a threat to national security," recalls Don Cameron, a senior engineer at Hasbro. Cameron is not talking about a top secret weapon that the U.S. government was developing in 1998; he's talking about the original Furby — an electronic toy robot that was a cross between a hamster and an owl. Originally released 14 years ago with 40 million units sold within its first three years, Furby became one of the biggest toy fads of the late '90s. You know it was a big deal because it was even a Happy Meal toy at McDonald's. Hasbro tried to recapture this wave of Furby fever with an updated model in 2005, but it didn't enjoy the same attention. Well-rested and ready for its revival, Hasbro's 2012 Furby now comes equipped with six sensors that allow it to develop behaviors, a pair of LCD eyes that give the furry little robot toy more personality and a free app that provides added interactivity and replay value. Furby is back!
 
You won't find a dollhouse like "Roominate" at your local toy store. Right now, it's just a Kickstarter project — one that's already funded — but it promises to give young girls with a genuine curiosity for tech a playground to tinker and learn.

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