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Panasonic Lumix FT7: Rugged in orange, blue, and black

Panasonic Lumix FT7: Rugged in orange, blue, and black

Panasonic has announced the Lumix FT7, a new compact camera aimed at the more adventurous among us. This is a rugged camera, meant to be used outdoors and perhaps in turbulent situations. At the same time, Panasonic doesn't want its rugged nature to mean that it has to compromise on resolution, granting the FT7 4K capabilities.

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Post-it Extreme notes made to be rugged

Post-it Extreme notes made to be rugged

Post-it Extreme notes were announced this week as the most hardcore Post-it notes ever made. While we are inching in on April Fools Day, these Post-it Notes are not a joke. They're serious business - and in the business of leaving serious notes. They've been announced by the Post-it Brand from 3M, straight out of St. Paul, Minnesota, where the most extreme of notes need to be left in the most hardcore variety of weather conditions and odd locations.

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Land Rover Explore Outdoor Phone is as rugged as an SUV

Land Rover Explore Outdoor Phone is as rugged as an SUV

There is no shortage of car makers who lend their names and their aesthetics to smartphones. Many of those, however, are not only expensive but are sometimes just as fragile. In that regard, the Land Rover Explore is a class apart. Made by the Bullitt Group together with Land Rover, the Land Rover Explore phone is built for the great outdoors and has both the design and the features to match your off-road SUV. Preferably a Land Rover, of course.

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Cat S61 Android packs heat-vision, lasers, & MIL-SPEC toughness

Cat S61 Android packs heat-vision, lasers, & MIL-SPEC toughness

An Android that can see in the dark and has a built-in laser sounds like something from a Terminator movie, but it's actually Caterpillar's new Cat S61 smartphone. Upgraded the trade-friendly Android handset with a higher-performance thermal camera and better internal specs, the new Cat S61 also promises to oust some hardware from your toolbox.

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BlackBerry Motion durability test has a happy, icky ending

BlackBerry Motion durability test has a happy, icky ending

BlackBerry’s return to the stage has not been without its share of drama. The Canadian company practically handed over the smartphone-making to licensees like TCL, preferring to say in the software arena instead. The TCL-made phones had mixed reception, somewhat befitting their inconsistent styles and build qualities. And from the BlackBerry PRIV to the KEYone, these newer ‘Berries fared imperfectly under JerryRigEverything’s durability test. Fortunately, the latest and so far last BlackBerry, the Motion, has a somewhat different story to tell.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 Mark 2 comes with a second battery

Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 Mark 2 comes with a second battery

Durable and long-lasting. Those might be the two traits that many users probably wished their laptops had. Sadly, those two seem to also be antithetical to the trend of laptop design. Not unless your laptop is the new Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 Mark 2. Sounding like something straight off a sci-fi world, the company’s latest rugged mobile computer steps up from its predecessor in more ways than one, including whopping 17-hour battery life laptop users would kill to have. Not literally, of course.

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Galaxy S8 Active has a plastic screen protector on top of Gorilla Glass

Galaxy S8 Active has a plastic screen protector on top of Gorilla Glass

Rugged or “active” variants of smartphones don’t often make headlines. They’re already expected to be tough anyway. The Moto Z2 Force, however, did make quite a splash when it was chastised for having a scratch-prone plastic layer on its screen. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active apparently has something similar, practically a plastic polyurethane screen protector. While that may be damning or not, depending on your take, the situation might not be as simple as it sounds and may even have an advantage for users.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP130 adds Bluetooth to a rugged compact camera

Fujifilm FinePix XP130 adds Bluetooth to a rugged compact camera

There are still a lot of things going for dedicated digital cameras, even the simpler point-and-shoot ones. The one argument against them, however, is their lack of a dedicated Internet connection. Even worse for those compact cameras that can’t even connect to your phone. That’s why, a year after it launched the FinePix XP120, Fujifilm has come out with, what else, the FinePix XP130. It’s almost a dead ringer for the older model except for one important new feature: Bluetooth connectivity.

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Cat S31 rugged phone packs a big battery and small screen

Cat S31 rugged phone packs a big battery and small screen

Cat has announced an update to its S30 rugged smartphone: the S31. This model tweaks the popular ultra-durable handset, building upon elements that are important to consumers including battery capabilities. The phone targets adventurers are much as its does construction workers and others who work in dangerous environments. The phone is designed to withstand a variety of abuses, including drops, water, dust exposure, and more.

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AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

The folks at myCharge make a battery called AdventureUltra that outputs to USB and AC adapter. This monster has a battery capacity up to 13400mAh, and it's made for camping. Of course you can use it anywhere, as over the last few weeks I've tested and confirmed. It's a lifesaver when I'm working on a bus or making a trip across the country in a car with no outlet.

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Galaxy S8 Active for T-Mobile Band 71 coming soon

Galaxy S8 Active for T-Mobile Band 71 coming soon

Carrier exclusivity no longer seems to be like what it was used to be. Never mind the fact that you can sometimes buy an unlocked model from the OEM itself, sometimes carrier exclusives are exclusive only for a limited time. That does seem to be the case for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, whose lineage used to be exclusive to AT&T. An FCC document, however, shows that the rugged flagship might be coming to T-Mobile and will even support its new boasted LTE band.

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Here are all the Galaxy Tab Active 2 details, pictures you’ll need

Here are all the Galaxy Tab Active 2 details, pictures you’ll need

Once a dime a dozen, Android tablets have all but vanished from the market, save for the few cheap, lesser known brands. That is why, in some way, the Galaxy Tab Active 2, which has yet to be even acknowledge, is a tad interesting. It doesn’t hurt that the tablet does have a mixed bag of features, stuffed inside a mid-range slate. If there were still any confusion about what the rugged tablet brings to the table, this latest leak dump probably answers them all.

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