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Samsung gets back into the rugged business with Xcover 3

Samsung gets back into the rugged business with Xcover 3

After more than two years, Samsung is finally giving its Xcover line a chance in the market again. Now at its third generation, the line whose name is evokes images of toughness and protection, the smartphone gets up to date with the latest in industrial-friendly features. But if you expect the formidable sounding Xcover 3 would be Samsung's premiere rugged smartphone, you'd be greatly mistaken. This is no Galaxy S6 Active and, for all intents and purposes, is an incremental upgrade to 2013's Xcover 2.

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Apple patent suggests next device lineup might be waterproof

Apple patent suggests next device lineup might be waterproof

There are lots of things that can go wrong with your phone. Drop it, and the screen might crack. Load too many apps, or too much media, and it might be sluggish. Both those scenarios often leave a phone usable, but dropping it in water typically sidelines the phone. With so many iPhones in the wild — and the clumsiness we as humans seem prone to — it seems reasonable that waterproofing them is a really good idea. A new Apple patent suggests that’s exactly what’s going to happen, too.

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Fujitsu Stylistic V535 business tablet is ready for tough love

Fujitsu Stylistic V535 business tablet is ready for tough love

While most enterprise tablets and laptops require power and flexibility more than anything else, there are a range of use cases where survivability is just as important. For the amalgamation of these two concerns, Fujitsu is coming out with a handy business tablet that also exudes an air of ruggedness. The Stylistic V535 Mini Tablet has all the trappings of a powerful mobile device yet it has also been built to weather the elements and survive most accidental falls and bumps when working in the field.

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Cook said to confirm Apple Watch is showerproof, lasts a day

Cook said to confirm Apple Watch is showerproof, lasts a day

We're just two months away from the Apple Watch launch and things still seem not to be set in stone. Some new features or misfeatures about Apple's first wearable foray are still coming in. For this round, the source is supposedly none other than CEO Tim Cook himself. Speaking to a crowd of Apple employees at a flagship store in Berlin, Cook was said to have given some good news for worried would be Apple Watch owners: the smartwatch is resistant enough to use in the shower.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 focuses on rugged selfies

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 focuses on rugged selfies

Olympus has a taste for rugged little action cameras, and the Stylus Tough TG-860 looks set to continue that legacy, focusing particularly on selfie-obsessed explorers. Wrapping a 16-megapixel sensor with 5x optical zoom and ultra wide-angle 21mm lens in a metal body that's waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof, and dustproof, it can also be squeezed inside an underwater case to take down to depths of up to 147 feet.

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Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 continue to pile up, but the latest ones seem to be sending mixed messages to both fans and onlookers. The latest word on the rumor mill is that the next Samsung flagship won't be flaunting a high waterproof rating, unlike the Galaxy S5 before it. Instead, that feature will be bequeathed on what would be the Galaxy S6 Active, which will be seeing a return to the lineup this year and adding to the number of rumored Galaxy S6 variants.

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This metal is so water-resistant that it bounces them off

This metal is so water-resistant that it bounces them off

If you think IPX8 grade waterproofing is already astounding, prepare to pick up your jaw after seeing this new metal etching technique. Researchers at the University of Rochester were able to come up with a laser-etching method that creates what is probably the most super hydrophobic sheet of metal in the world. It's so hydrophobic that water doesn't simply roll off to one side when tilted at an angle. Water drops actually bounce off repeatedly until they either fall off the edge.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80 lets you shoot anytime, rain or shine

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 lets you shoot anytime, rain or shine

With the growing use of smartphone cameras, people are becoming more accustomed to shooting pics and recording videos anytime, anywhere. But not all smartphone cameras are designed to be used in all situations, especially those that involve the elements. For those, you'd either need a super rugged smartphone or, better yet, aim for an even more rugged and dedicated camera. The XP80, Fujifilm's latest entry to the FinePix line, is one such camera that has been designed with both quality and extreme activity in mind.

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Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

If you're marketing extremely waterproof devices, what would be the best way to get that point across? Well, why not put a store underwater! As if taking a page from Apple's glass retail store in New York, Sony put its concept store four meters under the sea in Dubai. Of course, you won't be getting there on your own and you'll to undergo diving lessons before you are accompanied by trained drivers to the store.

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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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