Fatter crash-test dummies are All About That Bass (no traffic)

Fatter crash-test dummies are All About That Bass (no traffic)

Crash-test dummies may have it tough, but they'll at least get to ignore their diet for a while, with fatter Americans leading safety kit specialists to boost the size of the fake drivers and passengers used for collision testing. Dummy maker Humanetics is adding more than 100 pounds to its adult model, taking it to 270 pounds in total and a body mass index of 35, making them morbidly obese. The decision comes after research found that not only is the average American getting bigger, but that obese people run more of risk of injury in the case of a crash.

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Google Wallet update brings fresh design, new features

Google Wallet update brings fresh design, new features

Today is Wednesday, and aside from some hit-and-miss Nexus 6 orders, Google is updating their apps and services. This time they’re paying strict attention to Google Wallet, and giving it a facelift. As you might have guessed, it’s getting Material Design. Lots of it. The entire app has been rebooted to reflect Google’s pretty new design elements, as well as some actually useful new tweaks. You can now add money automatically via your bank account, and get balance alerts.

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HTC Desire 820 Camera Testing Hands-on

HTC Desire 820 Camera Testing Hands-on

We've had our first afternoon's outing with the HTC Desire 820 and we've come away impressed. While we did have some hands-on time earlier this year with this mid-range hero, we've been itching to get some camera time. That time is now, and the selfies are here. This is the device you'll remember as the first to roll out with a 64-bit octa-core processor under the hood and an eventual update to Android 5.0 Lollipop - but for now, it's all about the camera.

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Don’t worry, Kim Kardashian, BlackBerry is coming for you

Don’t worry, Kim Kardashian, BlackBerry is coming for you

BlackBerry boss John Chen has promised an old-school handset for QWERTY lovers, penning an open-letter to fans of the form-factor in which he expresses his hopes that the BlackBerry Classic will fit the bill. The letter, published on the official BlackBerry blog, addresses stalwart users by conceding that "if it ain’t broke don’t fix it," just as many BlackBerry Bold users - including, somewhat bizarrely, reality TV star Kim Kardashian-West as we found out this week - have been shouting at the struggling Canadian firm for some time.

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GT COO details “oppressive” Apple deal

GT COO details “oppressive” Apple deal

Now that GT Advanced is in bankruptcy proceedings, and free of their contract with Apple, they can start fresh. Though they still must pay Apple back about $430 million from the loans they received in advance of the Sapphire facility opening, GT can move on. Or, they can openly discuss just how “oppressive” their deal with Apple was. Their COO is doing just that, and in a sworn affidavit, he outlines in detail how their agreement with Apple could have helped them go belly-up any time.

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3D printing DRM could open new age of consumerism

3D printing DRM could open new age of consumerism

The ominous warnings of easy counterfeiting and cloned products confusing consumers issued back in the early days of 3D printing may not have panned out quite yet, but a new breed of 3D content DRM demonstrates brands are taking no chances. The technology, which will replace local files - that could in theory be copied and distributed, with content owners only paid once - with a streamed version, is lurking behind some familiar smiling faces, with MakerBot using the system for the first time with Sesame Street characters.

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Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Watching movies or TV via Google Play just got a bit prettier, and lot more useful. An update, rolling out today, brings Google’s Material Design to the app, and adds a bit of second-screen functionality. Streaming movies to your Nexus Player or Chromecast might just give you some info about what you’re watching, like which actors are involved or what that song playing is. If you’re the kind of person who’s mind wanders a bit during a movie, this update will bring you back into focus a bit.

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Want a Fire TV Stick? Tough luck: Wait until 2015

Want a Fire TV Stick? Tough luck: Wait until 2015

Amazon's Fire TV Stick seems to have struck a chord, with pre-order demand for the streaming media dongle already so fierce that new orders won't ship until 2015 at the earliest. Announced earlier this week, the Chromecast-rivaling stick proved ambitious not just for undercutting Amazon's existing Fire TV, but by the degree with which it did. Although the sticker price was $39, the retailer offered the adapter for a mere $19 to those with Prime accounts.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kick Apple phone shares up in first days of sale

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kick Apple phone shares up in first days of sale

The folks at Kantar have released their monthly consumer smartphone sales data for the three month period ending in September of 2014. This is the third quarter of the year, mind you, and the quarter in which Apple released both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus both inside the United States and abroad. One of the more interesting bits here is in Great Britain where the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus only just started to be on sale - just 10 days of sales on record.

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Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

When we first heard about Project Ara (or Phonebloks, if you prefer) here at SlashGear, our eyes lit up. The idea that we could switch-up the spec sheet on our phone was — and is — beyond exciting. Making your phone much more personal via hardware is a brand new take on what smartphones should be, but it’s coming slowly. Luckily, Google has been great to share details of their project as it happens, and have released a new video showing another big step toward true customization.

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