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Samsung rugged memory cards are water, shock & magnet proof

Samsung rugged memory cards are water, shock & magnet proof

It seems somewhat perverse - or at least flippant - to want to buy an SDHC card simply because it looks so swanky, but Samsung's new consumer memory card range is cutting quite the dash with its champagne finish.  Still, once the 8GB SDHC is slotted into whatever gadget you've bought it for you can't see the aesthetics, so happily Samsung have given it some other strengths too.  For a start, the company reckons you'll never lose data from them.

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LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy official on Verizon

LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy official on Verizon

As well as their headline smartphone announcements this morning, Verizon have also officially confirmed a couple of featurephones that have each been rattling around the rumor mill for a while.  The LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Convoy - a touchscreen candybar and rugged flip, respectively - don't have the Android magic or hardware QWERTY of the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC or the BlackBerry Curve 8530.

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Stealth LPC-395F fanless rugged mini-PC crying out for in-car installation

Stealth LPC-395F fanless rugged mini-PC crying out for in-car installation

While we often can be found heaping scorn onto the me-too Atom N270 netbook ranges that pass our viewing window, Intel's low-power chip does occasionally find its way into an interesting machine.  Stealth Computer have slotted the 1.6GHz chip into their latest "Little PC", the Stealth LPC-395F, a fanless nettop with a ruggedized chassis and front-loading 2.5-inch hard-drive bay.

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Getac V100 Tablet PC gets glove-friendly multitouch display

Getac V100 Tablet PC gets glove-friendly multitouch display

Ruggedized PC manufacturer Getac have announced a multitouch upgrade to their suitably-sturdy V100 Tablet PC; however, while they may not be the first to throw multi-finger control into the mixture, their Windows 7 compatible display uses resistive rather than capacitive technology.  While capacitive touchscreens - such as found on the iPhone - are fashionable right now, resistive touchscreens have the benefit of working with gloved fingers.

BrickHouse Global Watchman rugged remote CCTV camera

BrickHouse Global Watchman rugged remote CCTV camera

We've seen cellularly-enabled CCTV cameras before - capable of shooting images across the mobile networks and directly to your cellphone - but never have they been so droid-like in their design.  BrickHouse Security's motion-activated Global Watchman is a ruggedized 1.3-megapixel camera with onboard battery and IR flash for discretely illuminating nighttime scenes.

Video demo after the cut

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Handheld launches ultra rugged Nautiz PDA

Handheld launches ultra rugged Nautiz PDA

It has been a long time since I wrote about a new PDA; it feels like a throwback to 2002. A company called Handheld has unveiled its latest ultra-rugged PDA packed with features for workers on the go. The PDA promises to be the most robust on the market.

DIY ruggedization for laptops, cellphones & cameras tested

DIY ruggedization for laptops, cellphones & cameras tested

There are quite a few companies out there who will sell you a ruggedized laptop, cellphone or digital camera, but they'll also help themselves to a healthy amount from your wallet in return.  The gang at Popular Mechanics decided to see if - with only the sort of typical supplies you could find at Home Depot and Staples - they could make their own versions for a whole lot less money.  That, of course, provided the ideal opportunity to give one of Dell's Inspiron 1545 notebooks a good kicking.

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Stealth NW-2000 rugged convertible touchscreen notebook

Stealth NW-2000 rugged convertible touchscreen notebook

Stealth Computer have unveiled their latest notebook, the NW-2000, a ruggedized hybrid laptop/tablet based around Intel's 1.06GHz Core 2 Duo, a 13.3-inch sunlight viewable resistive touchscreen and MIL-STD-810F, shock & vibration compliance.  The sturdy convertible has 2GB of RAM (4GB maximum), a 160GB shock-mounted hard-drive (or optional SSD) and spill-resistant keyboard, and can cope with being dropped 91cm onto a wood-covered concrete surface 26 times in succession without impairing functionality.

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