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Drifter speaker is buoyant, plays music sans smartphone

Drifter speaker is buoyant, plays music sans smartphone

Portable speakers come in many varieties, and if you have average needs you'll probably find a model that meets your requirements, or most of them. If one of your requirements is a speaker that can hold and play your music directly, though, finding an adequate option becomes harder. Add in ruggedness and buoyancy, and the options dwindle to almost nothing. Thusly enters the Drifter, an oddly shaped speaker that you can knock into the water without risk of ruin, and that plays your music without a smartphone.

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More Google Glass EE non-consumer features: foldable, rugged

More Google Glass EE non-consumer features: foldable, rugged

The next Google Glass is truly shaping up to be different from the Google Glass that everyone once knew and criticized. Although it will still be visibly identifiable as Google Glass, with that conspicuous prism glass on only one side of the eyewear, the smart glasses is undergoing rather drastic changes both within and without to make it more viable as a workplace accessory instead of a simple consumer product. And to make that happen, Google is making Glass more resistant to the forces of nature and man, and making it also a bit more portable.

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Dell’s new rugged Windows tablet is tough enough for any conditions

Dell’s new rugged Windows tablet is tough enough for any conditions

Dell has just debuted the first tablet in its Rugged line of computers built to survive drops and dirty environments: the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet. The Windows 8.1-powered device can withstand drops from over 4 feet, spills in water, mud, sand, and dust, as well as temperatures from -20 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. It does all this with a 12-hour battery life, and connections for mobile broadband and GPS. If you're looking for a Surface tablet that's able to harsh conditions outside the home or office, this is it.

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GammaTech Durabook R11 tablet PC is military rugged

GammaTech Durabook R11 tablet PC is military rugged

GammaTech has unveiled its latest ruggedized tablet computer that is aimed at workers in harsh environments. We all know that the typical notebook can’t survive use in harsh environments for very long. The Durabook R11 on the other hand meets multiple military standards for ruggedness including MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD- 461F, and IP65. The maker says that meeting the military standards makes this the ideal tablet PCs for utility workers who are in the harshest environments.

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Samsung accidentally leaks AT&T Galaxy S6 Active specs

Samsung accidentally leaks AT&T Galaxy S6 Active specs

Clerical error or cunning marketing ploy? Whatever your take on Samsung US' latest blooper, the fact remains that it "accidentally" published the support page for a certain SM-G890AZWAATT, a.k.a. the Galaxy S6 Active for AT&T. Although the manufacturer quickly took the page down, the Internet never really forgets. Which means that details of the rugged variant of Samsung's hit 2015 flagship is now available for everyone to see, though, truth be told, there isn't really anything yet to surprise us in this particular smartphone model.

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Sonim XP5 rugged feature phone to land at AT&T

Sonim XP5 rugged feature phone to land at AT&T

AT&T has announced that it will be the first carrier to offer the new Sonim XP5 ruggedized feature phone to customers. The ruggedized device is made to be able to work in harsh environments like construction sites, manufacturing, and transportation industries where normal mobile phones have a hard time surviving. The device will work on the AT&T LTE and WiFi networks.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 is ready for your rough adventure

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 is ready for your rough adventure

We love to take our smartphones everywhere with us, not just for communication, but also for capturing moments. But there are just some situations where taking out your phone to get that once in a lifetime shot is not only impossible, it would also constitute cruelty to the device. Even the most rugged smartphone will not survive long in extreme temperatures or even underwater. Fortunately, Olympus has you covered with its line of Stylus Tough digital cameras, and the latest TG-4, the toughest one yet, has a few more tricks up its sleeves.

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Galaxy S6 edge brutally slammed on the ground thrice, survives

Galaxy S6 edge brutally slammed on the ground thrice, survives

This video is both a testament to Samsung's new build quality as well as to human cruelty. We'd love to be able to say no smartphone was harmed in the making of this video, but we'd be lying to your face. A woman, presumably a Korean considering the origin of this YouTube clip, has subjected the new Galaxy S6 edge not to a drop test but to a slam test. Yes, the more expensive Galaxy S6 edge gets slammed on the ground. Hard. To its credit, it survives unscathed.

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Samsung gets back into the rugged business with Xcover 3

Samsung gets back into the rugged business with Xcover 3

After more than two years, Samsung is finally giving its Xcover line a chance in the market again. Now at its third generation, the line whose name is evokes images of toughness and protection, the smartphone gets up to date with the latest in industrial-friendly features. But if you expect the formidable sounding Xcover 3 would be Samsung's premiere rugged smartphone, you'd be greatly mistaken. This is no Galaxy S6 Active and, for all intents and purposes, is an incremental upgrade to 2013's Xcover 2.

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Fujitsu Stylistic V535 business tablet is ready for tough love

Fujitsu Stylistic V535 business tablet is ready for tough love

While most enterprise tablets and laptops require power and flexibility more than anything else, there are a range of use cases where survivability is just as important. For the amalgamation of these two concerns, Fujitsu is coming out with a handy business tablet that also exudes an air of ruggedness. The Stylistic V535 Mini Tablet has all the trappings of a powerful mobile device yet it has also been built to weather the elements and survive most accidental falls and bumps when working in the field.

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Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Kia Trail’ster takes the road less traveled with electric-AWD

Electric cars may more commonly be found prowling the city streets than out in the wild, but Kia thinks its Trail'ster electric all-wheel-drive concept is just the thing to get millennials muddy. Shown off at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the chunky car takes not one but two powertrains into the wilderness. Dubbed e-AWD by Kia, a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is joined by electric engines at the rear for extra traction in the mud and snow, while inside the materials have gotten more rugged to match the new body kit.

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Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Drones can be used for more than just fun, or military purposes. Yesterday, we came across a very hardy and rugged Hiro Action Sports drone that we theorized can be used for rescue scenarios. Now, we get wind of a drone that has actually been specifically designed for such use cases. Flyability's GimBall might not look like any drone you've seen so far, enclosed inside a geodesic cage. But that odd form is precisely what was needed to make the UAV suitable for even the most dangerous environments.

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