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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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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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5 classic horror movies that’ll give you the creeps this Halloween

Most things are scarier in black and white. Photo: Prana Film

Most things are scarier in black and white. Photo: Prana Film

In case the giant bags of candy on prominent display at every store that sells food didn’t tip you off, Halloween is coming up. Some people celebrate by dressing up and going to parties or scoring free sweets from their neighbors, but I prefer to spend my Spooky Night with some tiny bags of sour gummis and a selection of horror movies.

If that sounds like a solid evening to you, this will be a treat. Cult of Mac is recommending 25 movies this week, and we’ve arranged them into themed categories. Today, we’re building up your historical base with some classics.

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MixBag has all the pockets you’ll need (but you pay for every one)

The MixBag is versatile, but it won't necessarily make you look super-cool. Photo: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

The MixBag is versatile, but it won’t necessarily make you look super-cool. Photo: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

I was pretty sure I would never need to look any further than my trusty Chrome bag when it came time to be out and about with my electronics. It was a simple system, really: Just chuck everything into the bag’s cavernous pocket, buckle it in and go. It was quick, and it worked — until I needed to actually get anything out of there.

See, for all its style and the novelty of its seat-belt strap, Chromes are really only meant to transport one or two larger packages. Because they’re messenger bags. You know, for messengers.

The MixBag takes a different approach: It’s smaller, but it has a pocket for everything you might possibly need to carry around.

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UpWord Notes update makes the built-in Notes app even more redundant

UpWord Notes 2

I was pretty pumped about UpWord Notes when it came out back in February, and it’s still the first place I go when I need to jot something down. Meanwhile, my iPhone’s onboard Notes app just languishes in a folder marked “Trash” because I can’t delete it.

Developer Lau Brothers is dropping Version 2.0 of UpWord Notes on us today, and it includes several new features that make the app even more fun and useful.

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