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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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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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