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Evan Killham Evan Killham lives in Nebraska and isn't interested in football, so he has plenty of time to play and think about video games. He has written for Bitmob and GamesBeat and sometimes, he even goes outside. But not too often because he's heard there are bees out there.

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See how the Jurassic World trailer shamelessly rehashes the original film

Oh, this is the Jurassic movie where things don't go as planned. Photo: Universal

Oh, this is the Jurassic movie where things don’t go as planned. Photo: Universal

We recently got our first look at the Jurassic World trailer, the spot for Universal’s fourth installment in the blockbuster dinosauring-gone-awry franchise. And while I was listening to all of that crappy dialogue and looking at the pretty graphics, something felt weird. Kind of … familiar.

I couldn’t quite figure out where the déjà vu was coming from, but something made me want to watch the trailer for the first movie again.

As it turns out, Universal is recycling a lot of the same imagery from the older ad in hopes of making us excited about the movie in an almost subliminal way. Check it out:

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Dog uses 3-D-printed prosthetic legs to run away with your heart

Derby took to his new legs almost immediately. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Derby took to his new legs almost immediately. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Derby the dog has a birth defect that renders his front legs mostly useless. After his original owners surrendered him, animal-rescue organization Peace and Paws took him in, and that’s where he caught the attention of Tara Anderson.

Anderson is the director of CJP product management for 3D Systems, a company that specializes in 3-D printing and prototyping, and when a cart didn’t work well enough for the dog’s needs, Derby received some custom-made, 3D-printed prosthetics. The team decided that spring-like “running man” limbs would get stuck in the ground, so Derby’s new legs are rounded for maximum mobility and comfort.

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Leather ‘taco’ will stop keys from scratching your iPhone

Is anyone else getting hungry? Photo: Campbell Cole

Is anyone else getting hungry? Photo: Campbell Cole

You probably spent a lot on your iPhone, and you don’t want something like your car and house keys scratching it up when you cram all of them into the same pocket.

Sure, you could slap a case on there. Or you could keep your keys and phone in separate pockets. That’s what I started doing, but that was mainly because I had a hole in the secondary pocket, and the phone was the only thing that wouldn’t fall through it when I walked.

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7 beautiful workplaces that put yours to shame

Audi’s driverless supercar films passengers’ delight and terror

The manufacturer built its Piloted Driving prototype into an RS7 model. Photo: Audi

Audi built its Piloted Driving prototype into an RS 7 model. Photo: Audi

Are you eagerly awaiting the arrival of the self-driving car so it can save you from the stress and possible injury caused by people who swerve around in the streets like maniacs? Or do you hate the idea of a driverless auto because it won’t let you weave around all those slow a-holes who won’t get out of your way?

Regardless of how you feel about vehicles that don’t need your help to manage your commute, they’re coming, and change is often scary. especially if the free-wheeling roadster in question is a superfast Audi RS 7. And if you’re wondering what you look like when you’re sitting in a hunk of metal traveling at over 135 miles per hour with no control over the steering or brakes, Audi has you covered.

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Save the planet in style with these socially responsible Kickstarters

It's always embarrassing when you realize your friend is wearing the exact same no-dye, eco-safe, yak-wool hoodie as you.Photo: Citizen Cashmere

It’s always embarrassing when you realize your friend is wearing the exact same no-dye, eco-safe, yak-wool hoodie as you. Photo: Citizen Cashmere

We all like wearing cool clothes and accessories, and some prudish police officers actually insist that we do. And if you’re conscious of your duds’ impact on the environment or history, you want to make sure that the stuff that makes you look good will also make you feel good about where it came from.

Here are three neat Kickstarter projects from companies with that in mind. This is where I was going to make a joke about “wearing your eco-friendliness on your sleeve,” but one of these projects is for shoes.

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5 international horror films that speak the universal language of fear

These movies don't need to speak your language to freak you out. Photo: Lux Film

These movies don’t need to speak your language to freak you out. Photo: Lux Film

The world is a big, scary place, and you can learn a lot about a culture from what its people use to scare the crap out of each other for entertainment.

Cult of Mac’s weeklong festival of horror movie recommendations wraps up today with a selection of horrifying international films. (We hope you’ve found a new favorite among our classic, monster, anthology and trope-twisting suggestions.)

Now it’s time to see what gives people in other countries the heebie-jeebies. Halloween is just beginning, after all.

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5 terrifying films that turn horror tropes on their heads

See? Even the vampires are yawning. Photo: Belladonna Productions

See? Even the vampires are yawning. Photo: Belladonna Productions

How many ghost movies have you seen? How about werewolf or zombie flicks? With filmmakers churning out copycats constantly, the horror formula can get a little stale.

We’re here to help. This is Cult of Mac’s fourth list of horror movies for your consideration (be sure to check out the classics, monsters, and anthologies from the past few days), and this time we’re tipping you off to movies that take those old standard tropes and put an interesting spin on them. But don’t worry — they’re not so different that they aren’t still horrifying.

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5 anthology horror movies that will have you hiding behind the couch

Stay completely still. Clarence Williams III's vision is based on movement, like a frog's. Photo: Savoy Pictures

Stay completely still. Clarence Williams III’s vision is based on movement, like a frog’s. Photo: Savoy Pictures

Whether you call them anthologies, omnibuses or portmanteaus, the idea is the same: These are films composed of a series of shorter plots with a “frame” connecting them (usually somebody telling the stories to an incredulous audience). This is one of my all-time favorite subgenres for its variety and wealth of content.

This is the third installment in Cult of Mac’s week-long festival of horror movies for Halloween. If you’ve already seen all of those horror classics from Monday, and Tuesday’s monster movies don’t do much for you, check out some of these anthology flicks. They contain a combined total of 28 stories, including the frames, so odds are you’ll find something to get your teeth chattering with fear.

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5 monstrous horror movies that will make your Halloween blow up

Who could forget about this guy? Photo: Toho

Who could forget about this guy? Photo: Toho

Film monsters are physical manifestations of our fears and anxieties. They represent the dangers of progress; terrifying, real-world diseases; and the darkness that lurks deep inside of the human heart. But mostly, they’re just a hell of a lot of fun.

Cult of Mac’s Halloween roundup of excellent horror movies continues with five of the greatest monster movies ever, riveting tales about inhuman beasties that are here to mess with our cities — and our minds.

(Got extra room in your horror queue? Don’t miss yesterday’s roundup of five horror classics.)

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