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— Marine

AlumaSki is designed to go where Jet Skis fear to tread

Jet Skis are certainly able to squeeze into narrow waterways, although you probably wouldn't feel comfortable scraping one's hull against a rocky riverbed. Steel-hulled jet boats are considerably tougher than Jet Skis, but they're not nearly as nimble. Alaska-based Mackinnon Marine Technologies' AlumaSki, however, attempts to combine the best of both worlds. It has the form factor of a personal watercraft, along with a one-piece quarter-inch-thick aluminum hull. Read More
— Computers

UNICEF updating Uganda's Digital Kiosk computing platform

For the past couple of years, UNICEF Uganda and partners have been designing, developing, prototyping and rolling out youth-focused community computers that can operate on mains power where available, or solar-power in remote rural areas. Work has just finished on the design of the second generation Digital Kiosk, and the UK's fanless computer specialist Aleutia is now working on a new open source, low power computer system to squeeze into the table-topped repurposed oil drum that will become the Digital Drum. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Five of the best: Rugged smartphone cases

Over the years the smartphone has proved to be a fantastic and versatile tool, with uses ranging from music production to gaming. But one thing it’s rarely good at is looking after itself. If you’re regularly out and about, then you’ll likely want a case for your device that can offer it some serious protection. Read on as we highlight five great options for keeping your precious handset out of harm’s way. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Incoming Toughpad tablets are smaller and tougher than the rest

Panasonic has added two new additions to its range of rugged Toughpad tablets designed for workers on the move. Both ready-for-anything 5-inch slates can shrug off being dropped on concrete, dive under water, and even include a built-in heater to help keep things moving in sub-zero temperatures. They promise a long battery life, include a nifty rain-sensing feature that prevents accidental activation of the HD touch panel by falling rain, and and are available with voice and data connectivity. The only marked difference between the two is the operating system running the show, the FZ-E1 coming with Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and the FZ-X1 home to Android 4.2.2. Read More
— Science

Copper nanowire coating could lead to shatterproof smartphone screens

Chances are that the touchscreen on your smartphone or tablet incorporates a coating of indium tin oxide, also known as ITO or tin-doped indium oxide. Although it's electrically conductive and optically transparent, it's also brittle and thus easily-shattered. Scientists at Ohio's University of Akron, however, are developing something that could ultimately replace the material. They've created an electrode coating that's not only as transparent and more conductive than ITO, but is also far tougher. Read More
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