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Rugged Gear Roundup: The Latest Abuse-Proof Headphones, Speakers and iPhone Cases

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The latest crop of rugged, adventure ready gear is out, and there are some great new gadgets and accessories you'll want to take a look at. All of the gear featured here is built tough, with the shared focus of being able to survive extreme stresses and perform well under exceptional circumstances. From waterproof headphones and speakers, to the best new iPhone protective cases, we've got some unique rugged products that are made to live up to the challenge of an active and daring lifestyle. You'll notice as you read on, that many rugged products refer to IP and MIL-STD-810 ratings. For more on those designations and what they mean, you can click HERE to read my article discussing that topic.



You Can Never Have Enough Power, but UNU Comes Close

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I travel a lot, and depend on my iOS devices during those travels. That makes a reliable extra battery pack an extremely important part of my travel gear. Recently I've been using a UNU battery case ($99.95), but that's specifically for my iPhone 5s. It doesn't have a USB port to power my iPad Air, and when the next iPhone comes out, it won't be compatible.



Product Review: STM Aero Small Laptop Backpack

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STM sent me the coolest thing ever to test and review. It's the Aero Small Laptop Backpack ($64.89 on Amazonand it is absolutely loaded with features. As you know, I carry around a ton of gadgets. I always have a laptop, a tablet, multiple battery packs, chargers, cords…the list goes on and on. This bag fits it ALL in one compact bag.



SMS Audio Announces New Biometric Headphones

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Less than three months after announcing their new Sport line of headphones, SMS Audio made another huge announcement last week. They have partnered with Intel to offer their version of the newest fitness meets lifestyle gear–the BioSport in-ear biometric headphones.



Moto 360 Product Page Slips Out at BestBuy.com

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BestBuy may have jumped the gun, but for now at least, their website shows the Moto 360 with pricing ($249.99) and specs, and states "Coming Soon" for availability. The page might come down, so here's a screengrab and the specifications.  The pricing is actually pretty attractive (as is the watch) given that it is voice actived, waterproof, and manages to fit in a 1.5-inch round LCD touch screen.



What Do IP-Ratings and Military Standards for Rugged Mobile Gear Really Mean?

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We hear about them all the time these days, ruggedized products that claim to meet or exceed Military Standards, or that refer to IP levels. But what do these designations really mean, and how can they help us make informed decisions when it comes to buying tech accessories or choosing protective gear for our devices?



Apple News: Healthy Future for HealthKit

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Apple didn't introduce an iWatch or fitness band at their Worldwide Developers Conference, but they introduced technology to make it easier for others to do so.  HealthKit is a framework for developers and gadget makers that can help them integrate fitness and wearable gear with iOS.  And Apple isn't taking a backseat to see what happens.  They are actively recruiting hospitals and healthcare firms to make the next generation of health products.



Boombot REX Brings the Boom

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I love it when plans come together. The other day my kids were planning on camping in the backyard and they asked for a wireless speaker to enjoy their tunes. However, the forecast called for rain.  While my kids can handle getting a little wet, I wasn't thrilled with the idea of ruining my electronics. That same day, the Boombot REX arrived, from Boombotix.



Product Review: WaterField Designs Cycling Ride Pouch

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I'm an avid cyclist. My wife and I ride all over the place and participate in a lot of group riding adventures together. Between the two of us we have accumulated just about every carrying case and piece of bike gear you can imagine over the years (even sassy padded bum pants!) So I've tried carrying my phone with me every which way and I've got to say that after trying out the Cycling Ride Pouch by WaterField Designs and Eleven Vélo  ($69) I have found a pretty cool solution. 



ZAGG Rugged Folio - Sturdy Case Meets a Tough Keyboard!

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The Zagg Rugged Folio ($149.99 iPad Air/$139.99 iPad mini) is a practical yet superbly functional folio that protects your iPad with a hard shell and comes with a backlit keyboard. 



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