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Small cars slammed in tougher crash testing

Small cars slammed in tougher crash testing

Tougher crash testing has exposed the worrying deficiencies in some of the most popular small cars on the market, with safety regulators warning that the shortcomings could lead to head and leg injuries. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put twelve small cars currently available in the US through the small overlap front crash test, which examines how a vehicle holds up to an offset impact such as when hitting a tree or utility pole, and as you can see in the video after the cut, the results aren't good.

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Ford drops BlackBerry for iPhone

Ford drops BlackBerry for iPhone

A Ford spokesperson spoke today on the next big internal transition for the company: one of phone switching. Ford’s Sara Tatchio suggested that by the end of this year, 3,300 Ford workers will no longer carry BlackBerry smartphones. Instead, they’ll be switching to Apple’s iPhone.

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Toyota Mirai name tipped for fuel-cell car launch

Toyota Mirai name tipped for fuel-cell car launch

Toyota's fuel-cell car will launch as the Toyota Mirai, insiders claim, naming the hydrogen-powered vehicle after the Japanese word for "future". The car, expected to go on sale sometime before April 2015, has so far only been known as the Toyota FCV (or "Fuel-Cell Vehicle"), polarizing trade show visitors with its distinctive looks.

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Elon Musk to guest star in The Simpsons

Elon Musk to guest star in The Simpsons

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk may have got an electric car company and - quite literally - rockets off the ground, but his biggest achievement is still in store: a guest appearance on The Simpsons. The billionaire inventor will be appearing as himself (in cartoon form, anyway) in one episode in upcoming Season 26 of the hit show, in which he'll pit his vast fortune against that of Mr Burns.

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