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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 offers a replaceable battery

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 offers a replaceable battery

Panasonic has just announced the newest member of its line of rugged mobile devices, the Toughpad FZ-B2 tablet. Like many of its kin, this Android-powered tablet boasts of a number of features that make it the ideal device to bring to the field or industrial settings. For this iteration, Panasonic has also focused on power, both within and without, by giving the tablet a battery that not only lasts longer than most, but also one that can be replaced when needed.

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CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

CAT brings super rugged B15Q, S50 smartphones to the US

Remember CAT? No, not our feline overlords but the makers of rugged manufacturing equipment and machines. Unless you haven't been tracking our smartphone coverage, you will probably be aware that it also makes equally rugged smartphones to match the extreme working environment they put their products through. Now the company is bringing its latest model, the 4-inch B15Q and the larger 4.7-inch S50, to the US though the price tags on these might be a bit discouraging for everyday consumers. But then again, these aren't your everyday smartphones anyway.

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Hydrophobic shirt confirmed: hands-on with Threadsmiths first tee

Hydrophobic shirt confirmed: hands-on with Threadsmiths first tee

There’s nothing quite like a t-shirt that can’t get wet. The folks at Threadsmiths, an Australian company that’s got their hands on a technology that works surprisingly well: it repels liquid. You can literally pour a glass of water on a Threadsmiths t-shirt and it’ll come splashing off. Drop drips of water on Threadsmiths’ material on a flat surface and that water will bead up. At first it seems like magic - but it's very real. And really quite awesome, as well.

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Ricoh WG-30W digital camera: all around rugged

Ricoh WG-30W digital camera: all around rugged

Ricoh unveiled a rugged action camera last month, bringing with it a sporty design, portable size, and a tiny screen. Those looking for something similar, only larger and with more features, now have an alternative Ricoh option: the WG-30W, a rugged digital camera designed to handle all sorts of potential abuse: crushing, water exposure, extreme temperatures, drops, and other hazards that could happen in adventure settings. The camera will be arriving in time for the holiday season, though an exact launch date hasn't been provided yet.

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Contour ROAM3 Action camera: waterproof to 30ft and more

Contour ROAM3 Action camera: waterproof to 30ft and more

Contour has introduced another small camcorder targeted at outdoorsy folks: the ROAM3 action camera. With the ROAM3 comes the features you'd expect in an action camera, including rugged construction and the ability to be easily used in multiple POVs.

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Ricoh WG-M1: a rugged camera built for adventure

Ricoh WG-M1: a rugged camera built for adventure

Many digital cameras of late have touted high-end, and some mid-range, features, but almost all of them, though designed for performance, are more or less delicate pieces of machinery. But what if needed one that could not only perform well enough but also survive extreme conditions? Then you might want to feast your eyes on the WG-M1, Ricoh's latest Extreme model built to be as rugged as you might be.

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Dell unveils new Latitude series notebooks, rugged laptop

Dell unveils new Latitude series notebooks, rugged laptop

Dell has introduced quite a few products this week, not the least of which is a slew of new Latitude business laptops, with several models being set to arrive spanning a roster of different features and specs. Included among them is the new Latitude 14 Rugged, a durable laptop expanding the company's rugged portfolio.

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CAT S50 rugged flagship totes 4G LTE, Android KitKat

CAT S50 rugged flagship totes 4G LTE, Android KitKat

CAT has rolled out a new flagship smartphone targeting the outdoorsy, adventurous, I-drop-my-phone-too-often Android users among us: the CAT S50. With this phones comes the same rugged design we've seen with the company's other handsets, as well as 4G connectivity and some other handy features.

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Pixavi Impact X rugged handset can take anything you blast it with

Pixavi Impact X rugged handset can take anything you blast it with

Rugged smartphones able to take varying levels of abuse are nothing new, but few of them are designed to survive as much as the new Impact X from Pixavi. The Impact X can, among other things, withstand explosions, making it nearly indestructible.

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Verizon Kyocera Briagdier marches with Sapphire Shield

Verizon Kyocera Briagdier marches with Sapphire Shield

Kyocera and Verizon has just beaten Apple to the punch, whether or not the latter actually reveals a sapphire glass-toting iPhone 6 in September. Kyocera's Brigadier smartphone comes with a decent set of mid-tier specs, a near indestructible Sapphire Shield display, and a price tag that may sound too good to be true.

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Kyocera teases durable yet affordable Sapphire Shield display

Kyocera teases durable yet affordable Sapphire Shield display

Many iPhone fans are waiting with bated breath to see if Apple's next smartphone will indeed sport that much desired sapphire glass display. It seems, however, that whether or not the iPhone 6 boasts this material is no longer relevant to Kyocera's business plans. The Japanese electronics manufacturer has just put up a video teaser, claiming that it has more street creds to make sapphire displays not just a reality but also a financially feasible option.

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Xplore Bobcat rugged tablet takes on Panasonic’s Toughpad

Xplore Bobcat rugged tablet takes on Panasonic’s Toughpad

Xplore has introduced a new tablet that goes toe-to-toe with Panasonic's Toughpad. The Xplore Bobcat is a rugged tablet running Windows 8.1 Pro (Windows 7 is also an option). With the slate comes a body designed to handle a fair amount of abuse, and a design that matches its inherent ruggedness.

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