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Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker action cam crams 4K, sensors inside

Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker action cam crams 4K, sensors inside

The day has come and Olympus has indeed unleashed a new Tough "TG" action camera, barely six months after it announced the TG-870 back in January. The new Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker, however, is quite different from the brood, aside from not having a number in its name. For one, it boasts of the ability capture 4K video and has as much as seven, yes seven, sensors. But perhaps most unique of all, the TG-Tracker eschews the usual horizontal or square designs of most action cams and embraces a vertical form more reminiscent of handy cams.

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Galaxy S7 Active at GFXBench is happily a premium rugged device

Galaxy S7 Active at GFXBench is happily a premium rugged device

Rugged smartphones that could probably (or not) survive an attack by Kryptonians aren't exactly new. Most of the time, however, OEMs have made consumers choose between a compromise. Either their smartphone is so premium that their heart skips a beat whenever it slips from their hand, or their smartphone is built like a tank but also as slow as one. Samsung's "Active" models of its flagship smartphone has been a mix in recent years. Fortunately, it seems that the Galaxy S7 Active will actually combine the best of both worlds.

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Kyocera DuraForce XD become’s T-Mobile’s first rugged device

Kyocera DuraForce XD become’s T-Mobile’s first rugged device

As fancy and sophisticated as flagship smartphones are today, very few of them can brag about surviving traumatic experiences, as many bend and stress tests love to prove. Even Samsung's Galaxy S7, with its high IP68 dust and water proof rating, isn't as touch when it comes to strong forces. That is one market that Kyocera pretty much has in its pocket. It has been churning out super rugged smartphones like crazy and its DuraForce XD is just one of the latest to make its way into the market, this time into T-Mobile's roster of smartphones.

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Samsung Xcover 3 variant comes with Android 6.0 out of the box

Samsung Xcover 3 variant comes with Android 6.0 out of the box

Remember Samsung's Xcover smartphone? No? We can't blame you. The Xcover was originally conceived as a special line that boasted of rugged properties but that has mostly been supplanted by "active" variants of Samsung's flagships and even by the flagships themselves, as in the case of the Galaxy S5 and now the Galaxy S7. Still, there's something to be said for affordable, rugged smartphones, which is probably why Samsung is going with an Xcover 3 Value Edition, which adds nothing new except Android 6.0 Marshmallow right off the bat.

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Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ tablets are practically phones

Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ tablets are practically phones

Those familiar with Panasonic's mobile devices might be aware of the existence of its Toughpad line of rugged tablets. Strangely enough, not all of those tablets are actually tablets, at least as far as size and functionality are concerned. Take for example the new Toughpad FZ-F1 and FZ-N1. These two "tablets", running Windows 10 Mobile and Android 5.1.1, respectively, actually come in 4.7-inch sizes, some even with voice capabilities. In short, these tablets are pretty much tough and rugged smartphones built for industrial use cases.

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Cat S60 rugged smartphone has integrated thermal camera

Cat S60 rugged smartphone has integrated thermal camera

At MWC Cat will be showing off a new smartphone that is rugged like all of its devices are. A rugged design isn't all the smartphone will offer, it will also be packing a Flir thermal imaging camera. Cat also claims that the S60 will have the first waterproof rating in the industry certifying the phone to last at depths up to 5 meters for up to an hour.

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Panasonic Toughbook 20 is world’s first rugged, detachable 2-in-1

Panasonic Toughbook 20 is world’s first rugged, detachable 2-in-1

There are Windows 2-in-1 PCs that morph between tablet and laptop for configurability and there are Windows tablets or laptops that can stand the test of time, the elements, and work hazards. Wouldn't be nice if you could have the best of both worlds at work? Good thing Panasonic thinks so, too. That's why one of world's leaders in rugged computing devices has produced the Toughbook 20, touted to be the world's first detachable 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid that also happens to be tough as nails.

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Panasonic Toughpad 4K FZ-Y1 breaks rugged conventions

Panasonic Toughpad 4K FZ-Y1 breaks rugged conventions

Rugged devices are traditional tough on the outside but more often than not weak on the inside, with specs that are usually standard for the past year or two. Many of Panasonic's own Toughpad devices, both tablets and phones, fall under that stereotype. The new FZ-Y1 Windows 10 tablet, or table-let practically, is a rare exception. It boasts of rather high end specs, including a 20-inch 4K screen, but at the same manages to be tough enough to survive the field and an occasional, accidental drop.

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Kyocera DuraForce XD joins AT&T’s rugged army

Kyocera DuraForce XD joins AT&T’s rugged army

Kyocera might not be up there with the big three in the smartphone market, even in the Android segment, but its name resonates when it comes to devices that can withstand the test of the elements. The latest of that breed is the Kyocera DuraForce XD which will soon be available from AT&T's portfolio. More a phablet actually than simply a rugged smartphone, the DuraForce XD is your stereotypical mix of mid-range hardware specs wrapped inside a shell that would survive your YouTube drop test or bendgate.

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Jabra Steel to bring wireless calls to tradespeople

Jabra Steel to bring wireless calls to tradespeople

A Bluetooth headset by the name of Jabra Steel has been introduced this week to bring ruggedness to the market. This headset fits in your ear and is aimed at staying there. This device is made to survive dust, shock, and water, conforming to US military standards in all three key areas of hardcore device survival. This Jabra Steel device works with a 5-year warrantee as well, so even if you do happen to find a way to accidentally bust it, you're covered.

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Manfrotto brings Nilox action cams to USA to battle GoPro

Manfrotto brings Nilox action cams to USA to battle GoPro

Camera brand Manfrotto is appointed distributor of Nilox action cameras inside the United States for the foreseeable future. Nilox was originally founded all the way back in 2005 and already has a wide variety of action cameras available internationally - the brand currently represents Marc Marquez, MotoGP World Champion - as you'll see below. This move will make Nilox cameras available inside the United States for the first time, including everything from their MINI camera to their F60 line. All action cameras shall be mounted.

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Cole Haan, Mountain Hardwear team up on ZerøGrand urban wear

Cole Haan, Mountain Hardwear team up on ZerøGrand urban wear

Just because you live in the city doesn't mean you won't need the same type of protection that mountain climbers use to shield themselves from harm, especially from the elements. That is the line of thinking that has brought together lifestyle footwear and accessories maker Cole Haan and performance apparel brand Mountain Hardwear. The two have come up with the ZerøGrand Outwear collection that applies proven mountaineering materials and technologies to fashionable yet also extremely rugged apparel and accessories for the modern day urban explorer.

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