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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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Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: surprisingly well balanced

Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone hands-on: surprisingly well balanced

If you've ever used a "rugged" smartphone or tablet before, you'll be surprised to hear that the newest of these rare unicorns is not slow and stunted like those of the past have been - instead the CAT B15 is a rather well balanced device. We've had a peek at the B15 from CAT (or Caterpillar, however you like), and found it to be both obviously able to withstand a beating and appearing to run as quick in its Android implementation as we'd expect a 2013 device to be.

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Algiz XRW rugged notebook launches

Algiz XRW rugged notebook launches

The Algiz XRW ultra rugged notebook computer has debuted and is available through Handheld Europe. The machine is designed to be incredibly rugged and is aimed at people who work outdoors in harsh environments such as the lumber or oil industries. The machine is also appropriate for anyone who works in an industry where they need notebook that can survive the harsh outdoors or drops.

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Drift HD Ghost adds WiFi and clever two-way remote to action-cam

Drift HD Ghost adds WiFi and clever two-way remote to action-cam

Drift has launched a new wearable sports camera, the Drift HD Ghost, aiming to film every last detail of your awesome extreme adventures. The new model adds integrated WiFi for streaming directly to - and being controlled by - a smartphone, as well as a five minute video buffer which automatically caches the most recent view from the camera whenever it's powered on, and allows you to retroactively save it should you realize something dramatically exciting has happened.

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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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