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Acer Enduro rugged notebooks and tablets report for work duty

Acer Enduro rugged notebooks and tablets report for work duty

Acer has added a new range of rugged notebooks and tablets to its line-up, with Enduro promising tougher construction for those who can't coddle their computer. Four-strong at launch, the range included two toughened laptops and a pair of tablets, with features long-forgotten from most consumer hardware like easily swappable batteries.

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Forget iPhone SE: this alcohol-proof flip phone is the perfect pandemic mobile

Forget iPhone SE: this alcohol-proof flip phone is the perfect pandemic mobile

Your smartphone is probably dirtier than a toilet seat, and while that's an unpleasant thought at the best of times, during the COVID-19 pandemic it's positively life-threatening. While advice on how to clean a phone varies, even IP-rated waterproofing probably isn't going to hold up to things like alcohol disinfectant. That is, unless you're willing to consider Kyocera's newest handset.

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Ricoh WG-70 camera lets you take macro photos underwater

Ricoh WG-70 camera lets you take macro photos underwater

Today the latest version of their digital compact WR series camera line with the WG-70. This is the camera line that Ricoh makes to command the rugged handheld digital camera market, doing so with claims that rival the vast majority of other hobby cameras. The ruggedness of this camera seems almost more important than the media which it's meant to capture - it's tough!

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Galaxy XCover Pro will bring its removable battery to the US

Galaxy XCover Pro will bring its removable battery to the US

It seems that the Galaxy S20, formerly known as the Galaxy S11, may have a bit of competition from its own ranks even before it hits the market. Granted, the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite aren't exactly flagship material and neither is this Galaxy XCover Pro. But with a rugged body and a removable battery from eons past, it will at least give the premium Galaxy S20 competition in the enterprise market where Samsung will make the new phone available.

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Next Samsung Galaxy phone has removable 4500mAh battery

Next Samsung Galaxy phone has removable 4500mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro is the essential Samsung phone - more so even than the Galaxy S10e ("e" stands for "essential"). The device was introduced this week as a rugged phone made for government agents and first responders, but really, it looks like it'll be the perfect smartphone for someone who wants a perfect blend of "does new stuff" and "it just works." This is probably going to be your baby boomer dad's dream phone.

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Cat S52 is built like a tank but doesn’t look like one

Cat S52 is built like a tank but doesn’t look like one

For those in the industrial sector, the brand Cat is more known for its heavy machinery. In the smartphone sector, it is known for smartphones that are built like tanks and also look the part. Such rugged phones aren't exactly rare these days and they can come from brands like Panasonic or even Samsung. What sets this new Cat S52 apart is that it doesn't immediately strike one as a rugged phone but, instead, calls to mind older, bulkier phone designs.

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Canon IVY REC’s design brilliance is in the clip

Canon IVY REC’s design brilliance is in the clip

The name Canon uses for this camera is the Canon IVY REC Clippable Outdoor Camera, and they say it was "made for adventure." It's got a bunch of features that I wouldn't normally take the time to notice because so many similar cameras flood the market every year. But with this device, Canon did something different. They solidified the industrial design in a way that'll almost certainly make this device's release timeless.

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Casio Pro Trek WSD-F21HR smartwatch adds heart rate monitor

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F21HR smartwatch adds heart rate monitor

The newest smartwatch from Casio carries the same Casio Pro Trek nomenclature of the 2017 device from the same brand. This version of the watch brings updated specifications throughout the hardware, including a new heart rate monitor/optical sensor and new abilities using Google's Wear OS. This device is extremely similar to its predecessor - almost shockingly similar.

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AT&T Galaxy Active leak hints at announcement date

AT&T Galaxy Active leak hints at announcement date

It has been quite a while since Samsung put out a Galaxy Active patterned after its premium flagship. The Galaxy S9 Active, rumored last year, never came to be. With the Galaxy S10 in the market and the Galaxy Note 10 coming soon, it might be time for such a rugged flagship to make its way to the market yet again. For fans of the series, that might just be the case and they might not have to wait long for the the next AT&T Galaxy Active to make its debut.

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Olympus Tough TG-6 boldly goes where no phone even dares

Olympus Tough TG-6 boldly goes where no phone even dares

Smartphones have changed the camera market forever. For one, it put point-and-shoot cameras on notice, forcing camera makers to reevaluate their product lines and businesses. But just as important, it created a new culture and breed of photographers who want to take photos anytime, anywhere, even in places where $800 smartphones would start sweating in fear. Travel photography is the latest trend in the market and the new Olympus Tough TG-6 is ready to tough it out and rise to the challenge.

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Ricoh WG-6 and G900 rugged cameras pack 20MP and LED ring light

Ricoh WG-6 and G900 rugged cameras pack 20MP and LED ring light

Ricoh has a pair of new super-rugged cameras, the WG-6 and G900, focused on those who don't have time or inclination to cosset their hardware. Each gets a 20-megapixel sensor surrounded by an integrated LED ring light, along with onboard GPS and 4K Ultra HD video recording.

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Mobvoi TicWatch E2, S2 launch with TicMotion activity recognition

Mobvoi TicWatch E2, S2 launch with TicMotion activity recognition

There is no shortage of Wear OS smartwatches these days but, not so long ago, Mobvoi made a name for itself by being Google’s entry into the Chinese wearable market. These days, the company is making headlines with Wear OS products that are often half the price of their nearest competition. Announced earlier this month at CES 2019, the TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 are finally available for purchase and its bringing more than just swim monitoring.

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