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Terminator Genisys: first trailer goes live

Terminator Genisys: first trailer goes live

The first long trailer for the upcoming Terminator Genisys movie has gone live, and in it we get an extensive look at the cast and more than a few moments of action. This certainly isn't a teaser look at the film, running a bit over two and a half minutes in length -- and some might find it reveals a bit too much, depending on how unspoiled you prefer to see your films. If you're not worried about any potential spoilers, we've got the trailer for you after the jump.

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Toyota Tacoma revamp to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

Toyota Tacoma revamp to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

The Toyota Tacoma is in for a reboot, according to Bloomberg, which reports the auto maker will be introducing an "all-new version" of its mid-sized pickup truck in 2015. According to Toyota's Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter, the company will be officially debuting the upcoming model at the International Auto Show in Detroit in January. This will position the company to compete with Chevy's 2015 Colorado and other mid-sized trucks competing for consumer favor.

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DefenDoor keeps a connected eye on your home

DefenDoor keeps a connected eye on your home

DefenDoor is a modern-looking home security system that, as its name suggests, aims to help keep your home safe by being a connected eye for the times you're away. The makers bid the DefenDoor as a mash-up of many things: a butler, a security guard, and an organizer -- at least as far as the functionality it offers goes. It works in conjunction with one's mobile, allowing users to see who is at the door or opening the window wherever they're located.

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Nintendo 3DS Easter egg lets gamers play Breakout

Nintendo 3DS Easter egg lets gamers play Breakout

A somewhat obscure Easter egg has been discovered in the new Nintendo 3DS. Apparently first spotted by Vine user "ギロ@スマブる", the Easter egg allows owners to turn their recent browser history into pixelated blocks in a rehashed Breakout game where they destroy it bounce by bounce. This only works for the latest version of the Nintendo 3DS, however, so those with the previous version won't be able to replicate it.

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Justice Department eyeing cyber attack prevention with new unit

Justice Department eyeing cyber attack prevention with new unit

Following the massive attack against Sony Pictures and a recent warning from the FBI regarding malicious software, the Department of Justice has revealed plans to create a new unit in its criminal division that will, among other things, aid the private sector in preventing these kinds of cyber attacks in the future. The news was announced by a Justice Department official today, and aims to also ease public distrust of government surveillance efforts that has resulted following the Snowden revelations.

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NASA image shows bizarre circular mound on Mars

NASA image shows bizarre circular mound on Mars

We've seen quite a few pictures snapped beyond our own world -- there's the recent Europa image, for example -- and the newest shot from Mars is no different. What is unique is the natural structure it shows: a circular mound in an otherwise smooth landscape. NASA posted the image yesterday with a statement pondering what the feature might be, and it is leaning toward volcanism as being the cause. As always, we've the rest of the details available after the jump.

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Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear has announced plans to start testing its self-inflating tire technology on trucking fleets in the US and Canada, something that is set to take place "in the next few months". The testing is being done under an ongoing research project that has, among other things, support from the Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology. The tire tech itself has been in development and testing since 2011, and this latest arm of the process will last for 18 months.

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TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

TV viewership dropped last quarter, online streaming skyrocketed

The latest report from Nielsen shows the growing change in how consumers are watching their favorite shows. Last quarter, the number of people watching traditional television dipped by 4-percent, but those watching shows through online streaming services skyrocketed by 60-percent. This is in comparison to the same quarter (Q3) last year, and it is anticipated the increase in streaming video adoption will impact traditional TV. This news comes shortly after Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings predicted that traditional TV will be effectively dead by 2030.

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Researchers create 100 billion fps 2D camera

Researchers create 100 billion fps 2D camera

Researchers have created a camera capable of imaging pulses of light. Using a technology called Compressed Ultrafast Photography, Washington University in St. Louis researchers have created a 2D receive-only camera capable of taking images at up to 100 billion frames-per-second -- something that far eclipses the 10 million or so frames-per-second presently available receive-only cameras are capable of. The researchers hope the camera will lead to new scientific discoveries, with the study's leader Lihong Wang saying, "For the first time, humans can see light pulses on the fly."

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Microsoft CEO promises improved company diversity

Microsoft CEO promises improved company diversity

Several tech companies have revealed their workplace diversity numbers this year, and all of them largely show the same picture: a relative lack of diversity. The various companies have made their own various promises to work toward a solution to this, not the least of which is Microsoft. The company's CEO Satya Nadella recently commented on the reality, promising that his company will continue to improve the diversity of its workplace. The topic came up at Microsoft's annual shareholder's meeting.

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