Commuter and Defender rugged iPad cases by OtterBox coming this summer

The rugged Otterbox Defender case for the Apple iPad

Two tough cases were revealed today for the Apple iPad. They are from none other than OtterBox, the well known rugged case designer. OtterBox has given us two options, the Communter and Defender, depending on your daily mission.

The Commuter series case is a bit more “light” in respects to armor protection. It’s still got ruggedness to it, just a slimmer version. Being able to slide your iPad in and out of the case will be easy, access to ports are protected with silicone plugs.

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Intel convertible classmate PC stays rugged for young ones

Rugged Convertible Intel Classmate PC

Kids can be pretty rough with their belongings. That’s why so many gadgets and toys designed for children are outfitted with soft rubber padding and that kind of thing. Computers are no exception. That’s why the Intel classmate PC line has always been pretty rugged, and now it’s been upgraded one more time.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an Intel classmate PC – not by a long shot – but it seems that Intel is intent on keeping this line alive. The latest announcement shows off an Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design. This is supposed to be the most flexible and durable design to date. To me, it looks like much the same thing.

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Dell expands Latitude E-Family laptops, includes the semi-rugged E6410 ATG

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Dell continues to be one of the biggest computer companies on the planet, so you know that they have to trudge ahead with new units from time to time. Continuing with this, Dell has expanded its Latitude line with at least three new E-series notebooks.

Well, that’s not completely true. They’re not completely new, per se. Instead, the Dell Latitude E-Family got “refreshed” with some “enterprise-class control, design, and collaboration for mobile computing needs.”

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Logic Instrument’s rugged FieldBook is ready for extreme work

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Logic Instrument has just launched their rugged FieldBook. The Windows handheld device sports a 7-inch “sunlight readable” WVGA display with a resistive glovetouch screen, that means no sausage wieners necessary. You can drop it from 4′, bring it to extreme climates of -20C to +50C, rain won’t stop it, nor dust-storms. It’s not exactly the handheld you would buy for watching movies and surfing the web, unless you were out roaming the Adirondacks in December. It would be more in line with maintenance and communication crews such as military, logistics and emergency services.

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Get tougher with BlueAnt T1 rugged Bluetooth headset

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We’ve seen more than our fair share of rugged cell phones. We’ve also seen all sorts of rugged notebooks, PDAs, and other handheld electronics. What if you want to keep your hands free when you’re using these rough and tough gadgets? BlueAnt has the ticket, it seems, because they’re issuing a rugged Bluetooth headset.

What you see here is the new BlueAnt T1. It may look like any number of other Bluetooth headsets with its earloop and plain black appearance, but this is supposed to be one of the toughest headsets on the market today. Solid Snake would approve.

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HP EliteBook tablets with magnesium alloy, impact resistant glass, ship April

Both the 2740p and 2540p are engineered to meet the tough MIL-STD 810G military-standard tests for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures. They also are EPEAT registered in the United States and offer ENERGY STAR qualifying configurations.

With the tablet PC category in portable computing growing quickly, HP today announced that their latest line of EliteBook convertible tablets will begin shipping next month.

The duo are named the EliteBook 2740p and 2540p, powered by a choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, ranging from 2-4GB RAM (Upgradeable to 8 GB), encased in a beautiful stainless steel finish and magnesium alloy case for durability. Prices will start from $1099 to $1599 depending upon your configured options.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev uses Tandberg Tactical MXP

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From what I remember, US President Barack Obama uses a MacBook Pro. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper uses a ThinkPad or some other sort of regular Windows-based PC for his computing needs. What about Russia? It seems that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev takes his security a lot more seriously, he’s hauling around one behemoth of a laptop.

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Survive anything with Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field tablet

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It’s clear that Steve Jobs and the rest of the team in Cupertino have opened up an incredible floodgate with the announcement of the Apple iPad. We’re going to see a lot of new entries in the tablet/e-reader department in the months to come, but very few will be able to be quite as rugged as the new Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field. It ain’t slim, it ain’t sleek, but it’s tough as nails.

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