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Panasonic Toughbook Windows 8 upgrade continues push for rugged supremacy

Panasonic Toughbook Windows 8 upgrade continues push for rugged supremacy

There's no lack of high-powered ruggedness in the Panasonic Toughbook range, and when it comes to keeping up with the rest of the notebook power world, the company is making sure of Windows 8-era excellence this week. There's the Toughbook CF-31, CF-19 and CF-H2 from Panasonic's "ultra durable Fully-rugged" range and the Semi-rugged CF-53 that are getting said upgrade, it'll finally be time to really, truly be done with Windows XP.

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Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE hits Verizon for heavy-duty battle

Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE hits Verizon for heavy-duty battle

Several years have passed since the original hardcore phone from Casio hit the public, also on Verizon. Here we're seeing the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE, a machine made for getting beat up in the field while it remains powerful enough for the standard Android-loving phone user, complete with a bit of the ol' 2013 specifications collection to back it all up. It's got what the company calls a "multi-sensor tool" as well.

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Verizon DROID Combat: Herald of a Hardcore Phone

Verizon DROID Combat: Herald of a Hardcore Phone

This week the group behind Verizon's DROID brand have released a trailer for a game that's already been out on the market in BETA form: D:COM. This game is suggested to be coming in as a Verizon-exclusive title in the near future: augmented reality robot combat and all. What's not as clear is the idea that this release might be a sign of an upcoming (and relatively unexpected) smartphone.

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Google’s Larry Page hints at upcoming rugged Motorola devices

Google’s Larry Page hints at upcoming rugged Motorola devices

Google announced their latest quarterly earnings yesterday, and the company had another good three months in the black, earning a revenue of $14 billion, with $3.35 billion of that as cold, hard income. However, Google's recently-acquired Motorola Mobility is struggling, losing $271 million, but Google CEO Larry Page seems to have big plans for the subsidiary, and teased some of the features we may see on upcoming devices.

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Pelican ProGear Vault unleashed: iPhone 5 gains ultra-rugged protection

Pelican ProGear Vault unleashed: iPhone 5 gains ultra-rugged protection

When you grab a Pelican case for your electronics, you know good and well that you're trusting your most precious bits of metal, plastic, and glass to the best. What you've got available to you today is a couple of iPhone 5 cases that'll keep you from essentially any kind of damage - toss it down a flight of stairs into a bucket of water if you want! One of these two cases is pretty darn amazing, the other is undeniably top-of-the-line.

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Fujifilm XP200 revealed with ultra-compact hardcore capabilities

Fujifilm XP200 revealed with ultra-compact hardcore capabilities

With the Fuji XP200 you'll be blasting forth with so much ruggedness in a camera so compact that you'll want immediately to jump out of your front door into a puddle full of rocks to test it out. This camera works with a 16 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor able to run up to ISO 6400 and has wifi connectivity so you're all ready for instant uploads galore. And yes, you can toss it down a flight of stairs, too.

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Kyocera Torque Review

Kyocera Torque Review

Rugged smartphones meant for the trailblazer and the survivalist in all of us certainly aren’t rare, but it’s not very often that we get to review one. Kyocera recently announced the Torque, a mid-range smartphone that’s encased in a thick hard plastic shell that can absorb energy when dropped. It’s also water resistant and impervious to dust, and while the average hiker could easily take advantage of the device, the company also targets it towards construction workers and even parents who have small kids that can be more than a little rough with toys. Oh, and did we mention it’s Bear Grylls-approved?

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