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Dwayne Johnson’s Big Problem with Modern Sports Cars

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Dwayne Johnson’s Big Problem with Modern Sports Cars
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Besides being known as one of the most celebrated action movie stars at the box office — in addition to being a highly decorated former wrestler — Dwayne Johnson is known for his love of cars. This is especially true when it comes to sports cars and supercars, particularly many of the ones that can be seen in his former HBO network show “Ballers” and in the “Fast and the Furious” film franchise that he stars in. Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, has shown a love for cars in interviews and via social media. In fact, the man has a pretty impressive collection of rides of his own (via 21 Motoring).

However, just like many lovers of fast cars with exotic designs, he has some valid complaints. Johnson doesn’t think they’re as fast or heavy as they should be. It’s more about how large these modern sports cars are. Sure, they’re impressive, but when you have as large of a frame as someone like The Rock, it’s a bit difficult to squeeze into the small cabins found on many of these supercars, as noted by Cars OID. He has unlimited access to these amazing rides but not all of them can accommodate him. In fact, he jokes about being able to only take photos with them, rather than go for a spin. This isn’t the only problem.

Customizing your sports car

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Luckily there are numerous tuning companies out there that can help with this problem (via Extend My Seat). They can modify the car’s layout to fit taller or wider-framed individuals. This resource is used frequently by NBA players so it’s a great solution for anyone who has the means.

The criticism some may have about this solution is the fact that tall people who want sports cars have to go out and buy one, then also spend extra cash to have it customized to fit them. This is unfair. There are reasons that sports cars are designed with low ground clearance and a short height. This is to allow for more control at higher speeds. These cars are also designed for average-height drivers, as most of their customers fall into that category. Pagani can design a sports car that fits Dwayne Johnson but it cannot expect to sell many of them, which could impact its profit margin. Maybe one day an automaker will design fast sports cars for people of larger statures.

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As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

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New Pixel Watch leak reveals watch faces, strap styles and more

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The Google Pixel Watch is incoming
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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

Just got my hands on a bunch of #Google #PixelWatch promo material showing all color options and Watch Bands for the first time. Some details revealed as well…@Slashleaks 👉🏻 https://t.co/HzbWeGGSKP pic.twitter.com/N0uiKaKXo0October 1, 2022

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you’ll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.

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