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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 offers a replaceable battery

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 offers a replaceable battery

Panasonic has just announced the newest member of its line of rugged mobile devices, the Toughpad FZ-B2 tablet. Like many of its kin, this Android-powered tablet boasts of a number of features that make it the ideal device to bring to the field or industrial settings. For this iteration, Panasonic has also focused on power, both within and without, by giving the tablet a battery that not only lasts longer than most, but also one that can be replaced when needed.

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CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

Remember CAT? No, not our feline overlords but the makers of rugged manufacturing equipment and machines. Unless you haven't been tracking our smartphone coverage, you will probably be aware that it also makes equally rugged smartphones to match the extreme working environment they put their products through. Now the company is bringing its latest model, the 4-inch B15Q and the larger 4.7-inch S50, to the US though the price tags on these might be a bit discouraging for everyday consumers. But then again, these aren't your everyday smartphones anyway.

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IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

Some would have us believe that the smartphone craze is starting to settle down and that the industry has reached its plateau. That might be true for some markets, especially developed ones, and some vendors. The smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2014 from IDC, however, reveal that there is still lots of room to grow, especially when the market just shipped 327.6 million smartphones, a growth of 25.2 percent from the same third quarter last year and 8.7 percent from the 301.3 million smartphones shipped just last quarter.

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Moto 360 in gold, brown leather strap sighted in Amazon

Moto 360 in gold, brown leather strap sighted in Amazon

Smartwatches are the new smartphones, novel, trendy, and still in flux. Just as smartphones had, and still do, a gold craze, it seems only fitting that smartwatches should as well. None or very few smartwatch makers have signed up for a golden version of their smart timepiece but it seems that Motorola will once again beat others to the punch. A golden Moto 360, both in wide and slim band variants, have appeared on Amazon's shelves ahead of any formal announcement or even clue from Motorola.

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Flipboard, the Third Generation, adds over 30,000 topics

Flipboard, the Third Generation, adds over 30,000 topics

Flipboard has definitely grown a lot. What started out as a fancy way to read news and online content has developed into not just an app but a whole community of article collectors and curators that Flipboard has lovingly dubbed as "MagMakers". But not everyone might have found a home yet in Flipboard, because of the broad strokes and topics that its self-curated collection includes, leaving out those with more niche interests. That is why in the third generation of Flipboard, they are making things more personal.

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Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

There was a time when homes would be serviced by a single modem cable, but now even a simple wireless router setup isn't enough anymore. Houses and buildings do not and cannot easily adapt to the growing number of devices in a given area, leading to weak signals and dead spots. While WiFi extenders do the job of giving your home network a needed boost, they need not be as drab as your router or modem. Enter TAP-EX from Amped Wireless, an extender that adds a bit of flair thanks to a touchscreen of its own.

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Ricoh Theta m15 360-degree camera coming November 14

Ricoh Theta m15 360-degree camera coming November 14

If you think HTC's RE camera has a strange shape, then you might have have not been aware of Ricoh's Theta camera. Granted, it doesn't have that periscope-like form, but it still comes in that handy tubular design. But in the case of the Theta, that has a purpose, and a rather niche one at that. The Ricoh Theta camera has one and only one purpose: to take spherical shots instantly, making it the world's first, if not only, digital camera dedicated solely to 360-degree photography.

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LG Digital Cinema 4K monitor available this week

LG Digital Cinema 4K monitor available this week

4K isn't coming just to TVs in your living room, it will also be coming to computer monitors as well. After all, in order to have 4K content to show on those UHD TV sets, you need to have those produced on computers and machines first. But in order to work on 4K image or video content as faithfully as you can, without scaling or distortion, you will, of course, need a 4K monitor yourself. Enter the 31MU97, LG's latest foray into the 4K display market, but this time targeted squarely at content creators instead of consumers.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition now available

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition now available

Just a heads up, the developer edition of the Galaxy Note 4 is now ready to be claimed from Samsung's online shop. That is, if you're willing to use it under Verizon's network. Interested developers, modders, tinkerers, or even just adventurous users might want to put this on their wishlist, as it gives them access to one of 2014's top smartphones, but with the added bonus of haivng a more developer-friendly setup at your fingertips. All that, of course, comes with a rather hefty price tag.

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OPPO N3 camera turns on its own, R5 vying for thinnest title

OPPO N3 camera turns on its own, R5 vying for thinnest title

OPPO did reveal the the OPPO N3 today, but that wasn't the only thing it had in store. Aside from a new roster of accessories, the Chinese OEM also announced the OPPO R5 to the crowd as well. Both are intriguing smartphones, especially if you're in the Chinese market. The OPPO N3 turned out to be everything we gathered it would be, auto-rotating camera and all. The OPPO R5, on the other hand, has just probably successfully claimed one of the most coveted title of all: the thinnest smartphone in the world.

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