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LaCie RuggedKey packs encrypted data in toughened shell

LaCie RuggedKey packs encrypted data in toughened shell

LaCie has launched a new toughened memory stick, the LaCie RuggedKey, cladding a toughened flash chip in a resilient rubber bumper. The RuggedKey, which will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, connects via USB 3.0 and is capable of withstanding 100m drops, extremes of heat and cold, and IP-54 level dust and water. Perhaps best of all, it looks like a little neon grenade.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 gets rugged Ivy Bridge upgrade

Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 gets rugged Ivy Bridge upgrade

Panasonic's Toughbook CF-19 convertible touchscreen notebook has seen an Ivy Bridge upgrade, bringing the ruggedized swiveling slab up to 3rd-Gen Core i5 speed and stretching battery life to 10hrs. Targeted at the sort of users who would crush a puny iPad between their huge, bear-like hands (or perhaps just want to take it outdoors), the CF-19 has a Core i5-3320 processor, HD 4000 graphics and a fanless chassis, relying solely on passive cooling.

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Sony Xperia go and acro S deliver waterproof Android

Sony Xperia go and acro S deliver waterproof Android

Sony has outed a pair of new Android smartphones, the Xperia go and Xperia acro S, each water resistant and promising dust and bump protection. The Sony Xperia go - which will arrive in the US as the Xperia advance - is the smaller of the pair, with a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display, 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel camera, while the Xperia acro S comes in a little larger, at 4.3-inches (1280 x 720) with a 1.5GHz dual-core and a 12-megapixel camera that Sony claims is ready to shoot in under a second.

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JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart Review

JCB Toughphone Pro-Smart Review

Smashed screens, cracked casings and broken buttons: you can take out endless insurance policies on your smartphone, or you can opt for a tougher handset altogether. JCB knows a little about sturdy hardware, and the Toughphone Pro-Smart TP909 certainly looks the part even when it's in the box. Oversized but still surprisingly affordable, it's the first of JCB's butch line-up to run a smartphone OS, in this case Android. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Sony Handycam GW55VE staves off water and obsolescence

Sony Handycam GW55VE staves off water and obsolescence

Sony has outed a new digital camcorder, the Handycam GW55VE, offering waterproofing for up to 5m submersion along with Full HD video recording for those not entirely wedded to their 1080p-capable smartphones. The GW55VE pairs a 20.4-megapixel capable Exmor R sensor with optical image stabilization and a 10x optical zoom, plus a 3-inch touchscreen and integrated GPS for geotagging your photos and video.

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AT&T Rugby Smart delivers ruggedization for $100

AT&T Rugby Smart delivers ruggedization for $100

AT&T and Samsung have taken the wraps off of their latest Android smartphone, the Rugby Smart, a $99.99 ruggedized handset that can handle 30 minutes of submersion in up to a meter of water. Hitting shelves on March 4, the Samsung Rugby Smart is also dustproof, shockproof and temperature-resilient, meeting US Mil-STD 810F specifications, with a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen and 5-megapixel camera.

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Fujitsu Tegra 3 13.1MP Android phone incoming

Fujitsu Tegra 3 13.1MP Android phone incoming

Fujitsu promised us European smartphone flagships for Mobile World Congress next week, and according to the latest rumors we may well be wowed: there's reportedly a 4.6-inch Tegra 3 monster in store. The new Fujitsu will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on NVIDIA's quadcore processor, UnwiredView reports, as well as a whopping 13.1-megapixel camera that could potentially overshadow whatever high-resolution cellphone snapper Nokia is expected to unveil.

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Samsung outs ruggedized SD and microSD memory

Samsung outs ruggedized SD and microSD memory

Samsung has revealed a new line-up of memory cards, seven microSD or SD chips slotting into the company's High Speed Series and Plus Extreme Speed Series, and promising up to 24MB/sec read rates. The brushed-metal cards are available in capacities from 2GB to 32GB in the High Speed Series, topping out at Class 10, and from 2GB to 8GB in the Plus Extreme Speed Series, all of which are Class 10.

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