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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 23, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 23, 2012

Some of us are still recovering from our food comas, but luckily the weekend is here so most of us can use that time for recouping (or chowing down on leftovers). Let's recap the news from the day, shall we? Of course, today is Black Friday, with Apple kicking off a Black Friday sale of its own and the NPD saying that sales today could be what pushes tablet shipments above notebook shipments. We also heard from various companies that people were reaching for their phones and tablets on Thanksgiving to net some great deals, apparently not willing to wait until the Black Friday "festivities" kicked off.

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Toyota reveals 9 acres of talking road as smarter cars get safer

Toyota reveals 9 acres of talking road as smarter cars get safer

Toyota has revealed its latest plans to get the cars of tomorrow talking to the road, each other, and smoothing out driver-error for safer transportation, with the launch of the Intelligent Transport System test site. A near nine acres of replica roadways in Japan, the ITS Proving Ground is equipped with a road-to-vehicle communications system that alerts compatible cars to nearby pedestrians, other cars, traffic signals, and more. As well as increasing safety, the wireless tech could also be used to maximize fuel efficiency.

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Toyota recalls Scion iQ over airbag failure

Toyota recalls Scion iQ over airbag failure

Toyota's tiny Scion iQ is facing a recall over a potentially big problem, with the dinky four-seater being called back after a fault potentially preventing the airbag from safely deploying was identified. The issue centers on cabling for safety sensors under the front passenger seat, which - if damaged by foreign objects near the seat rails - might stop the airbag from firing in a crash, or the seat belt pre-tensioner from working properly.

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Toyota planning Prius evolution with big redesign for 2014

Toyota planning Prius evolution with big redesign for 2014

Toyota could give its best-selling Prius hybrid a significant design revamp for the next-gen car expected to arrive in early 2014, the company says, with a new look that would "really evolve" the distinctive wedge of today. Designers and engineers are still working with clay mock-ups for the final car, strategic planning VP for Toyota US, Chris Hostetter, told Bloomberg, but the possibility of a more sweeping change has been prompted by "an undercurrent among most people that they're ready for a new Prius look" the exec admits. However, changing the Prius isn't as straightforward as you might expect.

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Toyota installs massive 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator at its Torrance HQ

Toyota installs massive 1.1-megawatt hydrogen fuel cell generator at its Torrance HQ

Toyota Motor Sales USA has announced that it has installed and activated a new and very large hydrogen fuel-cell generator on the campus at its Torrance, California headquarters. The new fuel cell was activated yesterday and can produce 1.1-megawatts of electricity using hydrogen as the fuel. The gigantic fuel cell will be able to produce approximately half the electricity for six headquarters buildings during peak demand.

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Xbox Kinect skateboard concept demos hand-gesture control

Xbox Kinect skateboard concept demos hand-gesture control

Thanks to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect motion-sensing device, hand gesturing is becoming more and more popular, and a lot of innovative companies are trying out the device themselves to come up with new ways to control things through hand gestures. Toyota has made a skateboard concept using a Kinect camera and a Windows 8 tablet to demonstrate some of the technology that the auto manufacturer may possibly implement into their vehicles in the future.

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7.43 million Toyota recalls over flaming switch fears

7.43 million Toyota recalls over flaming switch fears

Toyota has been forced to recall a whopping 7.43m cars worldwide over fears that a dodgy power window switch could pose a fire risk, the latest in a series of embarrassing safety stumbles for the Japanese firm. The problem, which affects a span of Toyota vehicles from the cheapest through to some of the company's most expensive models, is down to unevenly applied grease to the driver's side electric window control which, the car company warns, could lead to excess heat, melting or smoking of components, and even an impromptu armrest fire.

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