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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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iShower2 puts a conference call in your bathroom

iShower2 puts a conference call in your bathroom

Ever find yourself in the shower wishing you could catch up on the latest conference call or listen to Spotify? Niche, perhaps, but since the smart home won't be satisfied until the place you scrub yourself with a flannel is fully connected, iDevices hopes you'll consider putting its new iShower2 alongside your medicated shampoo and that novelty soap your parents brought you back from their last vacation. A wireless, waterproof speaker, it hooks up via Bluetooth to a phone or tablet up to 200 feet away.

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Hydrophobic shirt confirmed: hands-on with Threadsmiths first tee

Hydrophobic shirt confirmed: hands-on with Threadsmiths first tee

There’s nothing quite like a t-shirt that can’t get wet. The folks at Threadsmiths, an Australian company that’s got their hands on a technology that works surprisingly well: it repels liquid. You can literally pour a glass of water on a Threadsmiths t-shirt and it’ll come splashing off. Drop drips of water on Threadsmiths’ material on a flat surface and that water will bead up. At first it seems like magic - but it's very real. And really quite awesome, as well.

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Contour ROAM3 Action camera: waterproof to 30ft and more

Contour ROAM3 Action camera: waterproof to 30ft and more

Contour has introduced another small camcorder targeted at outdoorsy folks: the ROAM3 action camera. With the ROAM3 comes the features you'd expect in an action camera, including rugged construction and the ability to be easily used in multiple POVs.

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Ricoh WG-M1: a rugged camera built for adventure

Ricoh WG-M1: a rugged camera built for adventure

Many digital cameras of late have touted high-end, and some mid-range, features, but almost all of them, though designed for performance, are more or less delicate pieces of machinery. But what if needed one that could not only perform well enough but also survive extreme conditions? Then you might want to feast your eyes on the WG-M1, Ricoh's latest Extreme model built to be as rugged as you might be.

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Kobo Aura H2O ereader makes your digital books waterproof

Kobo Aura H2O ereader makes your digital books waterproof

Kobo has taken the wraps off its newest traditional ereader, the Aura H2O. As its name suggests, the newest e-ink device from the company is waterproof, setting it apart from some of its similarly-designed brethren. The device is supposed to be the first of its kind, and unshackles readers so they can enjoy their digital books poolside or in the tub.

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Sony launches Underwater Apps to hawk waterproof phones

Sony launches Underwater Apps to hawk waterproof phones

Sony has launched six apps specifically designed for underwater use, a move that aims to increase consumers' awareness of waterproof phones (such as its Xperia Z) and perhaps give incentive to pick one up. The apps are available now on the Google Play Store, and include things like a big-eyed gold fish.

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