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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.



Create Your Own Custom Cases and Gadgets With These Retailers

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As soon as smartphones came out, case retailers quickly learned that smartphone owners were eager to customize their cases by uploading their own images and logos to display proudly. The technology has only improved as the years have gone on, and some retailers are even offering customizable portable chargers and Bluetooth speakers. 



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.



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: More iPhone 6 Spy Shots

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As we get closer to September 9th, the rumored launch date for the next iPhone, more parts and photos are leaking out.  The latest, from Sonny Dickson, shows a scratched up back casing.  There's a lot to learn from these photos, assuming they're real, of course.  But they do jibe with previous leaks and Sonny has a good record.



Waterproof Battery Case: Review of the iBattz Refuel Aqua

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Yes, it's true.

You can now have the convenience of a waterproof and battery case at the same time. 



Piel Frama's FramaSlim Lives Up to Its Name

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Piel Frama makes nice, quality leather cases for iPhones and other gadgets. But I didn't think they could make a case as slim as the FramaSlim. There has to be a trick, and indeed there is. Instead of a plastic insert or more leather to enclose the iPhone, they use a micro-suction material to attach the iPhone to the stiff leather case. There is a flap that covers the screen, but still, the case is remarkably thin. That flap closes shut thanks to built-in magnets, which is a nice touch.



Adventure-Proof Your iPhone with the Heavy-Duty Voyager for the iPhone 5/5s

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Pelican has long been considered a pioneer in the design and manufacture of high quality, rugged gear that's designed to last and withstand significant abuse. Their new ruggedized iPhone 5/5s cases continue in this great tradition. With its minimalistic yet highly protective design, the Pelican Voyager ($50) is the latest heavy-duty iPhone case offering from one of the leaders in reliably protective cases. This well-designed case not only meets the demanding Military Standards of device defense, it actually outshines the competition in one critical area.



Apple News: Putting the Apple Logo to Work

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MacBook owners have (usually) appreciated the glowing Apple logo on the back of their MacBooks. It's a neat touch that shows Apple's attention to detail. Now iPhone owners might see something similar when they turn their phone around. The previously etched-in Apple logo on other metal iPhones may now be replaced by a plastic opening, according to the latest spy shots from Uswitch.com.



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