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Briefly: Catalyst's waterproof sleeves, Ooloo live voice assistant

08/05, 5:49pm

Catalyst releases new line of waterproof sleeve for tablets, laptops

Rugged tech accessories producer, Catalyst, has introduced a new line of protective waterproof sleeves for use with tablets, laptops and even documents. Suitable for commuters and students, the Catalyst Waterproof Sleeve aims to offer a minimalist design with an IP66 waterproof rating. The sleeves feature a double-lock watertight closure that is capable of completely sealing out rain, snow, dirt, spills and brief submersions underwater. Its strap system can be adjusted for use as a backpack, a single-shoulder sling bag, or the sleeve can be used simply as a protective case layer.

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Briefly: StubHub's music app, Ibattz's waterproof battery iPhone case

06/02, 4:11pm

StubHub announces music-focused app for iOS

StubHub has launched StubHub Music (formerly ShowDrift), an iOS app focused on recommending live, local music events based on the user's existing tastes and preferences. Connecting fans with artists, StubHub Music adds personalization and social interaction to the mobile event discovery and ticket purchasing. Currently available for only the San Francisco area, users can receive notifications for when their favorite artists are in the vicinity, and receive recommendations based on their music library.

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Briefly: Ematic's 10-inch tablet, Pyle's waterproof MP3 player

11/01, 2:00pm

Ematic releases Genesis Prime XL tablet, runs Android

A producer of "value" tablets, Ematic, has launched the Genesis Prime XL, an Android-powered 10-inch tablet. Utilizing the Google Play store, users can access Android apps, books, movies, music and more. The Genesis Prime XL has built-in Wi-Fi, supports 1080p HD videos and features 4GB of internal storage along with 5GB of cloud storage. Available for $130, the Genesis Prime XL can be purchased at various online retailers, such as Amazon.

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Briefly: OtterBox's Preserver Series, PDFpen for iOS updated

10/15, 9:28pm

OtterBox Preserver Series offers full submergibility up to 6.6 feet

Protective accessories manufacturer OtterBox has announced the release of its latest rugged smartphone case line, the Preserver Series. The Preserver Series is promoted as being fully waterproof -- withstanding submersion in water up to 6.6 feet for 30 minutes -- as well as dust and drop proof. The cases fit the iPhone 5, and will be coming soon for iPhone 5s, 5c and Samsung Galaxy S4 as well.

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Briefly: RHA premium headphones, Pyle Audio debut waterproof case

08/09, 1:45pm

Latest RHA products use unique airflow design

British headphone specialist RHA announced earlier this week the upcoming launch of two premium in-ear headphones. The MA750i and the MA600i have a three-button remote and microphone, compatible with Apple devices. RHA describes their headphones as having a 'aerophonic design', meaning that it is designed to allow air flowing from the driver to be less obstructed than traditional headphones shapes, to encourage a smoother sound. The MA750i has a handmade 560.1 driver, and contains 303F-grade stainless steel in its construction. Aircraft grade aluminum is used for MA600i, with a 320.1 driver. Complete with a carrying case and ear tip selection as well as a three-year warranty, the MA750i and MA600i are to be available in the US market August 28, and will be priced at $130 and $90 respectively.

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Briefly: New iPhone cases released from Snow Leopard, idAmerica

07/17, 12:45pm

SLXtreme accessories now available for iPhone 5 and iPad

Snow Leopard has expanded their collection of heavy-duty cases, offering waterproof protection as well as battery charge supplementing to a users' iPhone 5 and iPad. The SLXtreme case for iPhone, the SLXtreme 5, has an integrated 2250mAh battery, powered by a solar panel, doubling the battery capacity of the phone. The case is designed to be waterproof down to six feet while maintaining full functionality. SLXtreme for iPad protects the iPad 2 or later, and offers waterproof protection for underwater and splash-prone environments. Optionally available is a built-in 1150mAh battery, complete with a USB out that enables users to charge other mobile devices while on the go. Both available in Fall 2013, the SLXtreme 5 will be priced at $130, and SLXtreme iPad for $150 with battery and $100 without.

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Samsung outs ambidextrous, waterproof camcorders in US

05/16, 11:10am

Samsung QF20 and W300 reaches US stores

Samsung has put two camcorders up for sale in the US. The QF20, which we tried at CES, can sense if it has been flipped over and changes both filming and menu orientations automatically, and the W300 is claimed to be water-, shock-, and dust-proof.

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Fujifilm makes a splash with waterproof FinePix XP170

05/10, 8:14am

Fujifilm XP170 is waterproof, dust, drop and temperature proof

Fuji has taken the wraps off its new waterproof FinePix XP170 with wireless image transfer capabilities. The new point and shoot camera is waterproof to 10 meters, is built to support drops of up to 2 meters and can also operate in temperatures down to -10 degrees Celcius. It can also share photos wirelessly to iOS and Android devices using the free Fujifilm Photo Receiver companion app.

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MIT shows off self-cleaning, hydrophobic, highly clear glass

04/27, 12:20pm

MIT research shows glass that bounces water off

MIT researchers have worked out a way to make glass without all the drawbacks in the medium. The 34 page research paper explains a method for making self-cleaning, hydrophobic and extremely clear glass.

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Panasonic announces pricing for 2012 camcorder lineup

02/29, 3:00am

All nine new models will arrive next month

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, Panasonic showed off its new lineup of camcorders for 2012. With the arrival of the new models imminent, the company has announced pricing for its range of consumer and prosumer HD camcorders, ranging from $1,200 down to $250. The top of the line is represented by the 3MOS sensor-using HC-X900M, while other models offer full HD, 3D and even a waterproof design.

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First Look: HzO internal waterproofing for gadgets

01/11, 4:30am

Tech eliminates the need for bulky cases

When Motorola introduced the Droid Razr, the handset's internal water-resistant coating appeared to be a unique feature in the smartphone market. Electronista spoke with a separate company, HzO, that has taken the technology much further, enabling smartphones to be completely submerged underwater without the need for an external case.

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Toshiba to unveil waterproof tablet, 55" glasses-free 3D TV

01/05, 11:35pm

New tech to be displayed at CES

Toshiba has announced that it will show off several upcoming products next week at CES, including a waterproof tablet and a large glasses-free 3D TV. Aside from the waterproof tablet, which also offers wireless charging, the company will show off a different model that integrates an OLED display.

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Swann intros wearable, waterproof 1080p video camera

11/07, 4:40pm

Case tested to 65-foot submersion

Swann has introduced the the Freestyle HD, the company's first wearable video camera that shoots in HD resolution. The camera allows users to capture eight-megapixel still photos or 1080p video at 30fps, with options for stereo audio, digital zoom and single or continuous shooting in still mode. Content can be previewed on an integrated 1.5-inch LCD on the backside.

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ioSafe debuts Solo waterproof, fireproof storage

01/13, 3:00pm

ioSafe Solo

ioSafe has debuted the Solo, an external hard drive that offers up to 1.5TB of storage and features protection against fire or water damage. The company claims that the housing can withstand fire temperatures up to 1550 degrees Fahrenheit and flood protection down to a 10 foot depth for three days. Along with the drive, customers will also receive up to $1000 toward third-party forensic drive data recovery services that can be used if the devices sustain enough damage to prevent direct access to information by standard means.

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SentrySafe offers fire-, water-proof 250GB hard drive

07/02, 10:30am

SentrySafe 250GB HD

SentrySafe has announced a 250GB version of its Fire-Safe Waterproof Hard Drive series. It is encased in a SentrySafe Fire-Safe Waterproof enclosure which protects data from fire and water. The drive is third-party ETL-verified for fire protection for 30 minutes up to 1550 degrees Fahrenheit and ETL-verified waterproof (fully submersible in water for up to 24 hours). The USB 2.0 drive is available now for $400 and works with Mac OS X 10.4.7 and higher.

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Aquapac: Waterproof cases for iPhone 3G

06/19, 4:15am

Aquapac cases for iPhone

Aquapac this week announced that its established line of 100% waterproof durable polyurethane cases for first generation iPhones, are also an ideal match for the iPhone 3G. Promising full protection of the iPhone in any season or weather condition, the company says the cases enable full use of the iPhone's multi-touch display, as well as enable sound to pass through from the speaker (or to the microphone). Three sizes of Aquapac case suitable for the iPhone are currently shipping: the action-sport ready Small Armband Case with velcro strap ($35), Mini Phone/GPS Case ($25) and Small PDA Case ($25).

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Sealife DC800 takes photos, video 200ft deep

04/29, 11:30pm

DC800 camera goes 200ft

SeaLife on Tuesday introduced its new sleek, modern DC800 8-megapixel camera, which it says is water-proof to 200ft (60m) underwater. The SD/SDHC-based camera offers an ergonomic design, large shutter button and well-spaced buttons to help use the device underwater. In addition, the DC800 can also be removed from its rubber armored waterproof housing for use under more standard conditions and includes a wide-angle optical lens with 4x optical/5x digital zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD, auto focus up to 2 inches (5cm) and a video mode to capture high-resolution digital video (640x480) along with sound. The DC800 has virtually no shutter lag, the company claims, thanks to a fast shutter response time and also offers a quick-start for fast action photography.

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Aquapac: waterproof cases for iPhone

02/15, 5:25pm

Waterproof iPhone cases

Aquapac has announced that three of its 100 percent waterproof cases work to protect Apple's iPhone in any condition or season. The cases provide for using the iPhone normally while inside, but guard against bad weather and accidental spills. Polyurethane construction allows full use of the multi-touch display, and allows sound to pass through to from the speaker as well as to the microphone. Three Aquapac waterproof cases work with Apple's iPhone: the action-sport ready Small Armband Case ($35), Mini Phone/GPS Case ($25), and Small PDA Case ($25).

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Wrappers unveils sleeves for MacBook Air

01/29, 5:20pm

Wrappers sleeves for Air

UK-based Wrappers recently unveiled four new sleeves for the MacBook Air, offered in a number of different patterns and materials. The cases are constructed from various materials, such as linen, canvas, microfibre, and sensory fabric. The Shiny Sleeve has a waterproof, stain-resistant polyurethane shell, and uses a tear-proof lining to protect the MacBook Air. Pricing for the Shiny Sleeve is 35 (~$70); Shiny Sleeve is available from Wrappers' website.

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H2O Audio ships iN3 waterproof Nano case

01/15, 2:55pm

iN3 waterproof Nano case

H2O Audio today began shipping its new iN3 waterproof case for Apple's iPod nano. The iN3 is a sleek case that follows the form of Apple's third-generation iPod nano, offering waterproof protection that allows users to surf and swim with the portable player. When combined with the new H3 waterproof headphones, the iN3 provides an end-to-end music system designed for watersports. The case is waterproof at up to 10-feet, and allows full control of the click-wheel as well as menu commands -- even when fully submerged under water or while wearing gloves. The iN3 waterproof case is priced at $80.

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H2O Audio debuts waterproof case for iPhone

12/11, 4:30pm

iPhone case

H2O Audio has begun shipping its new iFR Sport Combo for Apple iPhones. The new iFR Sport Combo is the latest addition to H2O Audio's Outdoor product line, and uses a water resistant case providing protection against hostile conditions, impact shocks, drops, sweat, marring and scratching. The case utilizes a durable polycarbonate construction for impact and shock protection, has a flip, and a swivel and stow case lid that provides complete access to all iPhone menu functions. The combo pack includes a quick-fit sport armband featuring a unique Dual D-ring design that comfortably fits all arm sizes under or over jackets and coats. The armband provides built-in cord management that eliminates the bother of tangled earbuds.

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