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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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iPhone 6S waterproof? Nearly, and cleverly

iPhone 6S waterproof? Nearly, and cleverly

Today the folks at iFixit have released some teardown images of the iPhone 6S with specific regard given to the device's ability to be waterproof. The device appears to use technology Apple patented back in the year 2014, including strips of adhesive to seal the front glass panel and display to the back panel, and coating surrounding the cable connectors of all logic boards in the smartphone. Super-tiny differences in the mesh used for speakers was also used, this time finer than the previous generation.

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Amazon’s new Fire tablet is just $50 (and there’s a tough Kids Edition too)

Amazon’s new Fire tablet is just $50 (and there’s a tough Kids Edition too)

Amazon doesn't quite know what happens when you make tablets less than fifty bucks, but it's looking forward to finding out. That's some of the thinking behind the new Amazon Fire tablet, a $49.99 alternative to basic, budget slates without some of the more onerous compromises.

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GammaTech DURABOOK R11 tablet makes Windows 10 indestructible

GammaTech DURABOOK R11 tablet makes Windows 10 indestructible

Despite some rough edges, particularly in some security and privacy policies, Windows 10 has been off to a good start, with widespread adoption and a generally positive reception. Updates from Windows 7 and Windows 8 are going fairly well and it isn't just the major OEMs that are pushing the latest Windows out to their customers. Even more niche companies like GammaTech are giving users both old and new a taste of Windows 10, like the DUARABOOK 11 rugged tablet, which now comes with the latest OS.

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UE BOOM 2 speaker boosts volume, range and ruggedness

UE BOOM 2 speaker boosts volume, range and ruggedness

In a world where Bluetooth speakers are practically giveaway items, you have to do something special to command a $200 sticker, and Ultimate Ears believes it has the answer. The new UE BOOM 2 takes the cylindrical BOOM of 2013 and gives it a refresh, cranking up the volume by 25-percent while delivering a promised fifteen hours of wireless battery life.

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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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