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While consumers may have mixed opinions about the features offered by Windows 8, computer and tablet makers were pushing a ton of devices with the OS at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. Panasonic was no exception, backing-up its 20-inch monster tablet with a new 10.1-inch Toughpad running Windows 8. Read More
With rugged, mount-equipped iPhone cases such as the Optrix XD, it’s now possible to use your phone as an actioncam. Most of these cases, however, aren’t designed to be mounted on the user’s chest – a viewpoint that often offers some of the best point-of-view shots. That’s where the Hitcase and its ChestR Mount come into the picture. Read More
You just never know when you might find yourself in a situation where your computer needs to be doused in water or run over by a pickup truck. The original waterproof Stealth WPC-500F had you covered for the water situation, but the latest model adds the strength to withstand the weight of a pickup truck running it over. Read More
When you’re shooting first-person video of activities such as surfing, cycling or kayaking, it always helps spice up the finished product if you include footage from more than one perspective. Usually, the only way that can be accomplished is to use multiple cameras, or to stop and reposition the one camera. Oregon Scientific, however, is taking a different approach with its new ATC Chameleon actioncam. It records two perspectives at once, which it merges into a split-screen display. Read More
Christmas must be coming. No sooner do GoPro and Contour release new actioncams, than we now see an updated camera from Drift Innovation. Called the Drift HD Ghost, it’s a feature-laden alternative to the company's existing Drift HD – which is already a pretty nice sports video camera. Read More
Not to be confused with the pricier Contour +2 actioncam released last month, Contour has now unveiled a new model, the ROAM2. It’s an updated version of the company’s existing ROAM camera, and has been designed with simplicity in mind. Read More
There are already a few cases available for people who want to turn their fragile li’l iPhone into a wide-lensed rugged actioncam, the Optrix XD Sport and the mophie OUTRIDE being two examples. The new Miveu-X is a similar product, although it includes a chest-mount system. Read More
For many mobile workers, tablets are a good choice. When faced with the dust and grit of a construction site, however, or there's a good chance of being subjected to a soaking on a regular basis, many tablet users run for cover ... quite literally. If protecting your existing device with a toughened-up outer case (such as the rather tasty Lifeproof nüüd) doesn't sound like your cup of tea and you'd rather invest in a dedicated rugged tablet, the Algiz 10X from Sweden's Handheld Group might be worth a look. Read More
Children today are growing up on mobile devices. Concepts like pinch-to-zoom and slide to unlock – foreign to adults before the iPhone launched in 2007 – are as natural as breathing to today's kids. You love your children, but it can be unsettling to see your rambunctious four-year-old hoisting your $500 iPad. There are several ways around this: invest in AppleCare or other insurance, buy a Kindle Fire or similar budget tablet, or invest in a tablet dedicated for kids. Ematic is hoping you choose the latter, and buy little Susie her own FunTab Pro. Read More
Pelican has added four lightweight sporty backpacks to its expanding ProGear range, which already includes the Urban Backpacks and Smart Wallet announced recently. The new models feature light rip-stop nylon and either a crushproof, watertight hard case or a rigid compartment to protect treasured electronics while you concentrate on being daring and intrepid. Read More
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