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OtterBox Rugged Laptop Case Video Review

OtterBox Rugged Laptop Case Video Review

Buying a laptop is one of the biggest investments that you’re likely to make, and the last thing you want happening to that $2,000 portable is some sort of damage. When you spend so much on one product, even a little scratch tends to bother you, let alone a full on crash with the ground. Unfortunately, this is exactly what often happens, but at least offers a product to help prevent that from happening. Otterbox, a company known for its line of protective cases for all types of products, has released a specialized case for laptops. Available in three customizable sizes, the rugged case provides water, dust and impact protection – though, as we found out, under no circumstances will it survive being run over by a vehicle (see video below). The smallest case, the Otterbox 7020, accommodates laptops with screens smaller than 14”. The Otterbox 7030 accommodates screens 14”-15”, and the Otterbox 7040 accommodates screens larger than 15”.

I recently had an opportunity to put this rugged laptop carrying case to the test; by test I mean to the extreme. I discovered quickly that if protection is the utmost importance, then is the right product for you. However, if lugging around a laptop is already too much work, then steer clear of the Otterbox; this 8-pound case will add a nice bit of weight to your 6 or 7+ pound laptop. On the plus side, hauling around 14+ pounds every day makes for one hell of a workout. I’d misunderstood from our Otterbox representative [informed me that the final production unit would be slightly lighter; this is a huge sigh of relief!] that the production unit would be lighter; this isn’t case. The reference to lighter material is for use in future products. So for now, we’ll just have to deal with the slightly heavier case which isn’t too bad at all.

Sony Xperia Z4v coming to America

Sony Xperia Z4v coming to America

Sony announces Xperia Z4v, a device destined in the United States for Verizon alone. This device is the next in line for Xperia devices after the Xpeira Z3 released in 2014. This device is the direct descendant of the Xperia Z3v, the uniquely Verizon-carried edition of the Z3 in the United States. This device has a 5.2-inch Full WQHD "Triluminos" display - that's LED with Sony's "X-Reality" technology, technology they suggest provides a "wider palette of rich, natural colors and enhanced color depth and gradation without risk of over saturation."

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Ottobox smart plug aims to chop your electricity usage

Ottobox smart plug aims to chop your electricity usage

We’ve seen smart appliances that aim to cut down on the electricity bill, and the latest among them is something called the Ottobox, not to be confused with the Otterbox. The Ottobox is a small smart device that plugs into the wall, and that has a plug of its own for an appliance to be plugged in; there are also a pair of USB ports. The device then connects to the home (or office, etc.) network and communicates with a mobile device loaded with the related mobile app.

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MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

You might take a lot of pics with your phone, but do you take really good ones? Sometimes, things like a sunset or fast-moving clouds require a bit more patience than we’d like, should we want a really good time-lapse. Even if we just want to capture a moment in time, a shaky wrist can ruin the shot. The MOS Kick wants to solve those issues for you, but is the crowdfunded stand the real deal, or another ho-hum Kickstarter project?

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Bent iPhone 6? You brought this on yourself

Bent iPhone 6? You brought this on yourself

When the world uses an iPhone for a few days, bad things start to pop up. As much research as Apple puts behind a product, there is still no accounting for real world problems (you can make your jokes about real world problems and Apple products in the comments section below, thanks). With the iPhone 6, a bit of compromise in the metal seems to be the culprit here, even attracting a few hashtags.

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Gear Essentials For Your Holiday Weekend

Gear Essentials For Your Holiday Weekend

The height of summer is upon us, and with it comes our favorite activity: vacation. Whether you're taking a long weekend this Independence Day or prepping for a two-week getaway along the California coast, making sure you have the right gear will go a long way towards ensuring your trip goes smoothly.

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iPhone 5c 3D printable cases incoming with bigger bubbles [UPDATE]

iPhone 5c 3D printable cases incoming with bigger bubbles [UPDATE]

Supposing you saw the iPhone 5c and didn't find Apple's own official cases to be appealing as you'd wished, this week you may be in luck. Industrial Designer and 3D illustrator Martin Hajek has created a set of NURBS models for customization of this basic case, allowing users to get creative as they please. The first thing Hajek did was to open up the center column of holes along the backside of the iPhone 5c case to reveal the iPhone logo.

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Moto X official: Touchless Google Now and 10MP Clear Pixel camera

Moto X official: Touchless Google Now and 10MP Clear Pixel camera

The Moto X is official, relaunching Motorola and bringing Google Now to the forefront of the Android experience. The year-long handiwork of Google's new management, the Moto X trades spec-bingo for usability and customization options, like sixteen casing colors to choose between, and instant all-voice access to Google Now. Inside the 4.7-inch 720p HD smartphone there's a new Motorola X8 architecture and a custom-stacked battery for balancing power and runtime when it lands on all five networks this August.

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AT&T to launch PMA-wireless charging capable smartphones by 2014

AT&T to launch PMA-wireless charging capable smartphones by 2014

The Power Matters Alliance has just received a huge increase in support from several, major businesses. HTC, LG, and Samsung, 3 of the most biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world, have joined the PAM, and will be integrating its wireless charging technology in their future devices. With these new additions, AT&T plans on launching smartphones with PMA-wireless charging technology integrated into them by 2014.

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Kyocera Torque Review

Kyocera Torque Review

Rugged smartphones meant for the trailblazer and the survivalist in all of us certainly aren’t rare, but it’s not very often that we get to review one. Kyocera recently announced the Torque, a mid-range smartphone that’s encased in a thick hard plastic shell that can absorb energy when dropped. It’s also water resistant and impervious to dust, and while the average hiker could easily take advantage of the device, the company also targets it towards construction workers and even parents who have small kids that can be more than a little rough with toys. Oh, and did we mention it’s Bear Grylls-approved?

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