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Most smartphones are too fragile for job sites. They break when they're dropped, or crap out when submerged in water. The Cat S60 is different. It's designed to take a ton of punishment and continue to operate. It works when it's completely underwater, can be used normally when the screen is wet, and most importantly for our purposes, it's the first phone to include a FLIR thermal imaging camera. Yup, Predator vision.

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The synthetic compounds (PFCs) that help the fabrics used in rain jackets repel moisture have an unfortunate downside: They don't naturally break down and are far from environmentally-friendly. It's kind of the ugly secret of the performance wear world, but Columbia has finally come up with an eco-friendly waterproof alternative.

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Are you one of those people who gets a little rough with their gadgets? Telstra has a fix for you, in the form of a dust and waterproof phone aimed at those who spend a lot of time outdoors. Check out the video as we have a little fun testing the Tough Max.

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Headed to the beach this month? All manner of dedicated speakers, coolers and phone cases are going to be vying for your don't-get-sand-or-water-in-it money. Do you really need to pay money to achieve that? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Let's look at the why and how and save you both cash and broken phones.

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Down is the most effective, commonly available insulator known to man. So long as you keep it dry. But new hydrophobic down coatings promise to retain its warmth when wet. We tested that claim by cutting a hole in a frozen lake and jumping through it.

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Some retailers believe that it's important to make their stores easy to find. They will even pay a premium for space in popular shopping centres or streets with lots of foot traffic. Sony is taking a different approach with its Xperia Aquatech Store, one that definitely does not value convenience and spits on the concept of foot traffic. For one thing, it's underwater. For another, you have to scuba to get there. On top of that, you have to be invited.

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The biggest issue with wearing all-inclusive wireless headphones like Sony's new waterproof WS610 series is that the playback controls usually end up sitting somewhere near your ears, and completely out of sight. So to save users from having to fumble around to find volume and track buttons on their heads, Sony has moved them to a wireless ring remote that can be worn on either hand for easy access.

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If your holiday involves a scuba adventure to some exotic underwater locale, of course you're going to want to take photos to make everyone back home jealous. And since the iPhone has become the go-to pocket camera for most tourists, Thanko's now selling a monstrous, over-engineered case that promises to keep your iPhone bone dry, and functional, to depths of around 100m.