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GoPro Hero 5 release details: simply better

GoPro Hero 5 release details: simply better

This week the folks at GoPro have revealed the GoPro Hero 5 (or Hero5), the most advanced in a line of action cameras that've all but dominated the market for the past several years. This newest version of the GoPro works with voice commands, too. Just in case GoPro users wanted to yell at their devices. This newest in the top-level line of action cameras comes around a year and a half after its predecessor - an eternity in tech device refresh time.

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iPhone 7 release details Apple’s secret weapon

iPhone 7 release details Apple’s secret weapon

With the iPhone 7 release event less than a day away, one leak appears to stop all others. Not just a pair of camera sensors, as on the iPhone 7 Plus, but a bit of rubbery material around the insides of the iPhone 7 proper. These gaskets appear to be providing exactly what was reported in part last year. The iPhone 6s began to provide some level of waterproofing with rubbery gaskets around the edges of many components inside the smartphone. Now the phone could be more waterproof than ever before.

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Kyocera DuraForce PRO enters the fray with HD action camera

Kyocera DuraForce PRO enters the fray with HD action camera

Kyocera has announced the next entry in its lineup of rugged smartphones, introducing the world to the DuraForce PRO today. Like most Kyocera smartphones, this will come with all the standard rugged features you've been accustomed to - dustproofing, waterproofing, and a general build quality capable of taking some hits - but one of the main draws of this device might end up being the DuraForce PRO's "Super Wide View HD Action Camera."

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Getac S410 laptop gets semi-hardcore with hot-swap battery

Getac S410 laptop gets semi-hardcore with hot-swap battery

The Getac S410 is a laptop classified as "semi-rugged" - not because it's not ready to take on an unhealthy bashing, but because it's also made for performance. This is the sort of laptop hikers bring with on an adventure. This is a notebook made for getting dirty and wet. Getac makes the sort of notebooks that look exactly like they act - able to withstand damage and made to perform.

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Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

It is utterly ironic that the Galaxy S7 Active, a smartphone that is advertised to be the utmost in survivability, isn't as immune to water as Samsung would have us believe. And yet that is what some tests have tried to prove, which, naturally, Samsung has claimed not to be the case. That said, now it seems that the manufacturer is admitting some of it, albeit indirectly. The company reached out to Consumer Reports, who first broke the news of the Galaxy S7 Active's less than stellar underwater performance, that the manufacturing problem that caused that issue has now been addressed.

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Microsoft Band 2 tipped to have tougher variants in some lots

Microsoft Band 2 tipped to have tougher variants in some lots

When you put out a wearable device that also targets health buffs, athletes, and people with active lifestyles, you better make sure the band is strong enough to withstand the punishment of the weather as well as wear and tear. It seems, however, that Microsoft didn't take that rule into account with its second gen Band 2. Consumers were apparently swapping torn bands left and right, prompting Microsoft to silently put out a sturdier band. Silently because no one has come forward willingly to confirm that bands with lot numbers starting with "16" are indeed sturdier or thicker, at least long enough to be used without going in for a replacement.

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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 gets a substantial refresh

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 gets a substantial refresh

It's been nearly two years since Panasonic announced the rugged 7.0-inch Toughpad FZ-B2 tablet. Usually, that is a signal for manufacturers to retire the model and prepare for a new one. Rather uncharacteristically, Panasonic is sticking to its FZ-B2 guns and is instead giving it what is has described a "stunning makeover". That might be a bit of a misnomer though, as the new FZ-B2 looks almost exactly the same as the old FZ-B2. Inside, however, Panasonic has indeed let loose some big changes that would perhaps warrant calling this an FZ-B3.

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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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