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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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Unbreakable New Panasonic Toughpads will break wallets instead

Unbreakable New Panasonic Toughpads will break wallets instead

Panasonic may not be as active in the smartphone rat race anymore, but it isn't completely out of the rugged mobile device ring yet. It has just revealed the availability and pricing of two of its newest devices, the Windows Embedded-powered Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Android-powered Toughpad FZ-X1, both very rugged 5-inch tablets.

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Gibbs Quadski XL four-wheel jetski adds a second seat

Gibbs Quadski XL four-wheel jetski adds a second seat

Gibbs is at it again. Almost two years after unveiling its rather unique four-wheel-slash-jetski Quadski ATV, it is now showing off the Quadski XL. This ATV, however, isn't just extra large for no reason, as the extra space that it has gained makes room for something the original Quadski lacked: a second passenger.

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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet can handle 5-feet drop

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet can handle 5-feet drop

Panasonic's rugged and equally pricey Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet arrives this month, and brings with it a somewhat small 7-inch display alongside hardware that lets it take whatever abuse you throw at it. For the MIL-STD-810G rated specifications, you'll be shelling out at least $1,299 USD.

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LaCie Rugged drive gets Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 update

LaCie Rugged drive gets Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 update

LaCie has given its Rugged hard-drive a polish, with the tough orange external drive offering both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity, as well as resistance to shock, dust, and water. Intended for use with PCs and Macs, the rubber-clad drive now has an integrated interface cable, as well as offering a choice of traditional, spinning-platter HDD, or alternatively an SSD inside.

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CAT B15Q smartphone combines KitKat and ruggedness

CAT B15Q smartphone combines KitKat and ruggedness

Caterpillar has expanded upon its B15 rugged smartphone (check out our hands-on) with the updated B15Q. With the newest rugged offering comes KitKat, something said to make it the first globally-available rugged smartphone that offers the latest version of Android.

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Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

At first glance you don’t notice the Ford F-150, not when there’s a vast Liebherr T282B dump truck towering above. Looks can be deceiving, though: this is no ordinary Ford truck, but in fact an experimental prototype of Ford’s new 2015 F-150, potentially worth more than the 2,700HP monster that looms over it. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. First of all I’m wearing steel-toed boots and standing in a gold mine in the middle of Nevada.

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Galaxy S5 Active leaked, detailed for real ruggedness

Galaxy S5 Active leaked, detailed for real ruggedness

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has been leaked and just about confirmed as it’ll get before AT&T or Samsung spills all the beans later this year. What we’re seeing today is the device up close and personal - not just a render - in its AT&T form, rugged exterior included.

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Olympus Tough TG-3 waterproof camera hands-on

Olympus Tough TG-3 waterproof camera hands-on

This month we’ve gotten the opportunity to take a closer look at the Olympus Tough TG-3 rugged and waterproof camera out in the field. This camera is waterproof to 50 feet, crush-proof up to a whopping 220 pounds, dust-proof, shock-proof up to 7 feet, and freeze-proof down to 14-degrees Fahrenheit. Needless to say, once we discovered it could also shoot high-quality videos and photos, we had to get a better peek.

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Recon Instruments gets Motorola Solutions cash for wearables

Recon Instruments gets Motorola Solutions cash for wearables

Consumers wearables like Google Glass may still be trying to find their feet, but industrial head-mounted displays look to be gaining momentum with word that "the other Motorola" has splashed its cash on Recon Instruments. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, sees Motorola Solutions help fund future head-up displays, durable headsets, and other hands-free tech that could find an obvious niche in the workplace.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 gets rugged and Wi-fi-equipped

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 gets rugged and Wi-fi-equipped

In addition to pushing some new next-level standard cameras this week, Olympus is revealing their Stylus Tough TG-3. This machine is rugged, able to take water, crushing, and shock to heart. The Olympus TG-3 also works with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor to get you in with the large final images.

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Panasonic Toughpad 5 hands-on: no smartphone more rugged

Panasonic Toughpad 5 hands-on: no smartphone more rugged

Whilst checking out the slimmest and sleekest smartphones in the world this week at Mobile World Congress 2014, Panasonic dropped a beast on us. The Panasonic Toughpad 5 is a device that Panasonic is hesitant to classify as a phone. Like the rest of their range of devices with the brand name Toughpad, this machine is resistant to the wandering eyes of top-tier smartphone lovers as it is the elements.

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