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ECOXGEAR EcoLantern charges phones, plays music, uses Siri and Google Assistant

ECOXGEAR EcoLantern charges phones, plays music, uses Siri and Google Assistant

The folks at ECOXGEAR have created a lantern that's extremely bright, charges smartphones, and has a bottle opener at its base. This device is the ECOXGEAR EcoLantern, and it's also able to connect to your smartphone and speak to you using the iPhone's Siri or Androids' OK Google (Google Assistant). Speakers and waterproofing and lighting and etcetera in tow, this lantern is aimed directly at the "I need one device to do ALL of this stuff whenever I need it" market.

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Galaxy S8 Active leak shows a lot of compromises

Galaxy S8 Active leak shows a lot of compromises

Finally we get to see the Galaxy S8 Active from its front and if you were worried about thick bezels, now you can breathe in relief. There are still bezels, mind you, but they’re still considerably less than your standard rugged smartphone. It is going to look like the Galaxy S8 in some aspects and even behave like it. That, however, also means it inherits some of the biggest complaints about Samsung’s flagship, specifically its stubborn Bixby button.

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BLU Tank Xtreme Pro takes ruggedness a step higher

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro takes ruggedness a step higher

When LG went back to the drawing board, it discovered that users valued reliability and survivability as much as they valued features. Not everyone, however can afford LG's brand of reliability. Some are willing to skimp on the flashy features and specs for an affordable phone that can take them through the day and through life's unexpected and unwanted mishaps. For these consumers, BLU's latest armored phone, the Tank Xtreme Pro, might just fit the bill.

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Galaxy S8 Active hits FCC with massive bumpers, AT&T mark

Galaxy S8 Active hits FCC with massive bumpers, AT&T mark

The Galaxy S8 Active's existence is really no longer in doubt.Even Samsung pretty much confirmed it before yanking out its only "official" leak. But now that the smartphone, with a model number of SM-G892A, has appeared at the FCC, that not only means that it exists, it might also be coming soon. And though we don't exactly have more details to work with, the filing does at least show what the rugged Galaxy S8 variant will look like, at least from the back.

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Galaxy S8 Active might be close, pops up at Geekbench

Galaxy S8 Active might be close, pops up at Geekbench

While rumors claim that the Galaxy Note 8 might just be two months away, a different somewhat flagship smartphone might actually be closer. While Samsung has thankfully stopped making half a dozen "spinoffs" of its flagship brand, it still hasn't thrown in the towel when it comes to its "Active" line of smartphones. Yes, there will apparently also be a Galaxy S8 Active, at least based on this entry in Geekbench, revealing practically the same specs as the original.

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Watch a Nintendo Switch fall from a height of 1,000 feet

Watch a Nintendo Switch fall from a height of 1,000 feet

Dozens if not hundreds of smartphones sacrificed on the altar of entertainment and "science", scratch, bent, and dropped from all heights. But how about gaming consoles? Sure, we've seen an NVIDIA SHIELD dropped from a cargo plane, but that marketing stunt was designed so that the SHIELD would land safely. How about a stunt that isn't as safe? That's exactly what the poor Nintendo Switch experienced at the hands of a drone which, controlled by cruel humans, was forced to drop its fellow machine from a thousand feet up in the air.

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Nikon COOLPIX W300 will weather any condition in beautiful 4K

Nikon COOLPIX W300 will weather any condition in beautiful 4K

Adventurers and active people rejoice! Gone are the days when having rugged equipment meant compromising on quality and capability. These days, even rugged devices are almost as capable as their more premium and more fragile counterparts. Case in point is the new COOLPIX W300 from Nikon. Durable and compact, the digital camera can go anywhere you go, while recording every moment in hi-res 4K UHD.

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Kyocera DuraForce PRO brings toughness to T-Mobile’s lineup

Kyocera DuraForce PRO brings toughness to T-Mobile’s lineup

Once upon a time, users who needed a very rugged smartphone had to compromise on performance. Fortunately, that's a thing of the past these days. Sure, the Kyocera DuraForce PRO isn't exactly the highest, nor the latest, but it isn't a pushover either. Now the company whose name has become synonymous with extra rugged smartphones, is bringing exactly that to T-Mobile customers, completing the circle, or square rather, of the US' four major wireless carriers.

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Panasonic Toughbook 33 rugged 2-in-1 flaunts 3:2 display

Panasonic Toughbook 33 rugged 2-in-1 flaunts 3:2 display

Panasonic's line of rugged Toughbook computers isn't exactly new. It isn't the first time it put out a 2-in-1 detachable laptop form factor either. But Panasonic still has some things to be proud of in its latest Toughbook 33. For one, it sports the latest 7th gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. For another, Panasonic boasts that this is the first 2-in-1 Toughbook to use a 3:2 aspect ratio screen, which it bills to be an even better fit for its industry customers.

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Olympus Tough! TG-5 puts you at ease while capturing memories

Olympus Tough! TG-5 puts you at ease while capturing memories

When you are trying to shoot or record once in a lifetime moments, the last thing you need to be worrying about is whether your camera will survive a tumble here or a splash there. While more professional, and more expensive, cameras do offer higher quality images and videos, they usually don't come with a guarantee of survivability.The newest Tough! TG-5 from Olympus, however, tries to meet you half way, offering decent photography quality and toughness all in one, accessible package.

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Venture Coolers are like the camping version of OtterBox phone cases

Venture Coolers are like the camping version of OtterBox phone cases

If you're going camping this summer, there's a decent chance your phone will be protected inside an OtterBox case. The same may be true for your lunch, as it turns out. OtterBox has taken the wraps off its new Venture Coolers, a lineup of rugged boxes designed for holding food and ice rather than gadgets. The coolers are being offered in three different sizes and include things like an integrated cutting board, organization slots, and various durable accessories, among other things.

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Getac ZX70 Android tablet is water-resistant and ultra rugged

Getac ZX70 Android tablet is water-resistant and ultra rugged

Getac has launched a new rugged tablet called the ZX70. This model runs Android 6.0 and brings with it a design and construction quality designed to withstand harsh environments. The tablet is MIL-SPEC 810G certified and boasts things like water-resistance, the ability to handle extreme temperatures, use in wet environments, and more. The tablet is suitable for use in construction zones, while camping, and similar.

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