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Honeywell Scanning & Mobility releases versatile Bay Trail-powered 12.1" Thor VM3 vehicle mount computer
Honeywell Scanning & Mobility has introduced the Thor VM3 vehicle mount computer. Designed for use in the toughest distribution center environments, manufacturing facilities and freight operations, the fully rugged Thor VM3 can run various versions of Windows, comes with resistive or capacitive touch, and offers numerous productivity-enhancing accessories and peripherals. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Honeywell Thor VM3] -- Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015

AMREL releases rugged 5.3-inch multi-purpose Android handheld
AMREL introduced the APEX AH53, a handheld that represents a meld between a modern big-screen Android smartphone and a tough, durable mobile computer with industrial-grade features and components. IP67 sealing, a wide operating temperature range, a 5-foot drop spec, NFC, 3.75G WWAN, and the availability of a dedicated 1D/2D barcode reader mean that the AH53 can be used for any number of field data collection, communication and computing assignments even under the most trying conditions. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the AMREL APEX AH53] -- Posted Saturday, March 28, 2015

Transcend releases industrial-grade wide temperature SDHC/microSDHC memory cards
Ideal for use in rugged mobile devices designed to operate in very wide temperature ranges: Transcend announced the launch of Class 10 wide temperature SDHC and microSDHC memory cards with built-in Error Correction Code (ECC) to its industrial memory card product line. The cards can operate effectively between -40°F and 185°F (-40°C to 85°C) and are ideal for use in devices with demanding performance and capacity requirements. [See lineup of Transcend industrial memory cards] -- Posted Friday, March 27, 2015

Compass Intelligence issues report on US carrier metrics
According to a new report on US carrier metrics by Compass Intelligence, at the end of 2014, the percentage breakdown of all US subscribers (tablets, smartphones, wearables) was Verizon 35.1%, AT&T 30.4%, T-Mobile 15.3&, Sprint 15.0%, US Cellular 1.5% and others 2.8%. Total smartphones reached over 231 million at the end of 4Q 2014. Compass Intelligence also announced that the Go Mobile 2015 conference will be held again in Dallas TX at the Highland Dallas from November 11-13, 2015. [See media release] -- Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015

Getac sees Windows 10 release to fuel rugged PC replacement sales
Focus Taiwan quotes Getac Chairman James Hwang as saying that the Cortana voice-recognition virtual assistant in the upcoming Windows 10 will fuel replacement sales in the rugged PC market. Hwang said Cortana will make it easier to complete work more easily without hand controls in extreme environments. [See article] -- Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Advantech ARK-1123 IoT gateway platform
The Internet of Things may well be the next big advance in worldwide intelligent systems technology, and it requires small, reliable gateway computers that can be deployed anywhere. RuggedPCReview examined Advantech's ARK-1123 IoT gateway platform with a footprint no larger than that of an iPhone 6 Plus. The platform uses a quad-core Bay Trail processor, can use SSDs or full 2.5-inch hard disks, and starts at just US$555. [See full review of the Advantech ARK-1123 IoT gateway] -- Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Value Technology introduces new Rity RISC series of Android-baased POS terminals
Avalue Technology announced it is launching their new new Rity RISC series of Android-based POS terminals to meet the rising demand for new POS and retail application solutions. TheFreescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9-powered Rity RISC series is available as 8, 10, 12, and 15-inch anti-scratch touch panel models with either 5-wire resistive or procap multi-touch with IP65 front panel sealing. [See Avalue Rity terminals product page] -- Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ADLINK debuts ultra-compact fanless quad-core embedded system with IoT gateway functionality
ADLINK announced the release of its MXE-200/200i Series ultra-compact fanless embedded platform with aluminum housing, based on Intel Atom E3845/E3826 CPUs. The MXE-200i adds pre-verified Internet of Things (IoT) functionality to embedded control capabilities, with full Intel IoT Gateway support.​​ [See news release and product info] -- Posted Monday, March 23, 2015

RAM shows new forklift solutions at ProMat 2015
RAM Mounts reports it will show multiple new products and innovations at the ProMat 2015 industry trade show in Chicago, March 23-26 (booth #3970). RAM will show its revolutionary Global Docking System (GDS) for popular handhelds and tablets, GDS Technology for forklifts, as well as new multi-angle, precisely adjustable articulating mounts. [See RAM on ProMat exhibitor floor plan] -- Posted Friday, March 20, 2015

ADLINK launches widescreen rugged Panel PC for hazardous environments
ADLINK announced it has launched its new industrial panel computer, the STC-15W04, designed especially for hazardous industrial areas. The STC-15W04 is a 15.6” wide screen (16:9) industrial panel computer with fanless design and highly efficient heat dissipation for reliable operation.​ The panel PC is also compliant with UL Class 1 Division 2, ATEX Zone 2, and IECEx hazardous locations standards, eliminating it as a possible cause of explosions of gases, vapors and any present liquids and making it suitable for use in food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical environments. [See product page] -- Posted Friday, March 20, 2015

Spartan acquires
Sparton Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sparton of Canada, Ltd. completed the acquisition of Inc., on March 16, 2015 in an all-cash transaction. Founded in 1990,, located in Woodbridge, Ontario, is a build-to-order, specialty configurator of high performance ruggedized industrial grade computers systems and peripherals that include mini PCs, rackmount server PCs, portable PCs, and LCD touch screen displays. [See news release] -- Posted Friday, March 20, 2015

Full review: Winmate M101H rugged tablet PC
RuggedPCReview conducted a full examination of the thin-and-light Winmate M101H 10.1-inch rugged tablet. We found a compelling combination of a bright, super-high resolution capacitive multitouch display, very good performance thanks to an Intel 4th gen "Haswell" Core processor, attractive design, and full-shift battery life, all in a light but sufficiently hardened package for numerous applications that require Windows in the field, but don't need the extra protection (and weight and cost) of a fully rugged device. [See full review of the Winmate M101H rugged tablet] -- Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Absolute Software expands partnership with Getac
Absolute Software, which provides persistent endpoint security and management solutions, announced an expanded partnership with Getac. Under the agreement, Getac customers will have access to superior security and management features as Getac will be able to distribute Absolute’s Persistence technology on a global basis, with an initial focus on Getac’s North America customers. [See news release] -- Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Video: Trail Systems' ISOC Snow X with RAM Mount X Grip
A new blog post and video on RAM Mount's site demonstrates the gripping power of the RAM MOUNT X-Grip quick release cradle, which securely holds smartphones and handheld devices for easy viewing even on the roughest and bumpiest trails. A video shot by Pro rider Kurt Bauerly shows the RAM MOUNT X-Grip quick release cradle used in Trail Systems' SmartHolder kits for snowmobiles. Trail Systems is a RAM MOUNT authorized distributor that develops mounting kits and smartphone and small tablet navigation trail map apps for the power sports industry. [See ISOC Snow X durability demo] -- Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015

JLT Mobile Computers starts shipment of industry’s highest performance 10-inch vehicle-mount PC
JLT Mobile Computers, a Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers for demanding environments with a US subsidiary in Tempe, AZ, announced that it is now shipping its VERSO+ 10 panel computer with an Intel "Haswell" Core processor option. It extends the performance of the VERSO rugged computers already shipping by providing even more computing power in a compact, robust form factor. [See JLT Mobile news release] -- Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ada County Sheriff’s Office mobilizes new law enforcement capabilities with Motion tablets
Motion Computing announced that the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho has armed its more than 155 deputies with Motion F5 tablets, in-vehicle docks and desktop mounts to allow for more frequent and successful use of e-citations and other emerging criminal justice applications. Intended to replace older, end-of-life mobile computers, Motion’s technology provides both easy, out-of-vehicle use as well as increased data processing speed for faster situational analysis capabilities during incident response. [see Motion press release] -- Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015

F4 Tech announces trade-in program
F4 Tech announced a trade-in program where until April 30th, customers can trade in a used F4 device and receive a $200 credit towards a new F4 Forge 912. New customers can trade in a used rugged handheld device from any other manufacturer and receive a $150 credit towards a new F4 Forge. [See media release] -- Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015

AAEON sets sight on the small and slim display market
AAEON, a developer of industrial computing solutions, has released the IP65-rated ACD-110D industrial multi-touch display monitor. As the debut entry for the small and slim display market, the ACD-110D monitor features a scratch-proof 10.1" procap multi-touch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio. [See AAEON ACD-110D product page] -- Posted Monday, March 16, 2015

The PGA saving up to $3 Million with mobile solution from Intermec by Honeywell
The PGA, one of the world’s most prestigious golf associations with nearly 40 million viewers per tournament, recently upgraded from a costly third-party scoring system to a new solution by Florida-based Scan Read Technologies which specializes in barcode and RFID technology. The solution uses the Intermec by Honeywell CN50 and CK71 rugged mobile computers and could save upwards of $3 million over the course of four years. [See case study] -- Posted Friday, March 13, 2015

Logic Instrument announces IP68-sealed 6-inch Fieldbook F1
Logic Instrument announced the Fieldbook F1, an ultra rugged, IP68-sealed dual-SIM phablet. The elegant Android 4.4-based device has up to 16GB of storage plus up to 2TB via user accessible SD card, there are two cameras (2mp front and 13mp rear), 4G LTE, 802.11 WiFi, as well as RFID NFC. Weighing just 9.5 ounces and measuring 6.9 x 3.5 x 0.5 inches, the Fieldbook F1 has a full HD 1920 x 1080 6-inch multi-touch display, a 14 to 131F temperature range, and over 10 hours of battery life. -- Posted Thursday, March 12, 2015

VDC Research: Wearables primed for deep impact on enterprise
VDC Research reports that although the hype around wearable devices is relatively new, commercial adoption of wearable solutions dates back years, if not decades. Today, commercial use of wearable devices has the highest levels of penetration in manual-oriented business applications, particularly in warehousing and distribution center applications. Critical trends are discussed in VDC Research's new report, The Global Market for Wearable Devices. [Download Executive Brief] -- Posted Thursday, March 12, 2015

German faytech to offer OEM and bare bones versions of their panels in response to exchange rate issues
Currency exchange rates have been a problem for numerous industries in Europe. In response, faytech reports that the company will offer OEM and barebone versions of its standard touch screen systems and panel PCs. These may be displays only without the PC functionality, or be delivered without SSD or RAM, providing flexibility and potential cost savings for many clients. -- Posted Thursday, March 12, 2015

Xplore announces closing of public offering of 2,300,000 shares of common stock
Xplore announced the closing of an underwritten public offering of 2,300,000 shares of common stock, including full exercise of the underwriter’s over-allotment option, at an offering price of $6.00 per share. Xplore received gross proceeds, before deducting the underwriting discount and offering expenses, of $13.8 million. Roth Capital Partners acted as the sole manager for this offering. [See news release] -- Posted Wednesday, March 11, 2015

RAM Mount blog and newsletter
RAM Mounts has a new blog where they present and discuss all of their new products (check RAM Mount blog). Anyone interested in RAM's wide assortment of mounting hardware can also sign up for RAM's newsletter (sign up here). -- Posted Sunday, March 8, 2015

Full review: Cedar Tree Technologies CT7 rugged Android tablet
Cedar Tree Technologies' business model is to make available user-friendly, durable, and affordable field computing solutions, and that includes sourcing the best possible ruggedized Android technology at value prices. An example is the attractive 7-inch IP67-sealed Cedar CT7 tablet, going for just $899. performed a detailed review and found an attractive value proposition. [See full review of the Cedar Tree Technologies CT7] -- Posted Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMREL releases super-thin, fully-rugged 15.6-inch laptop
The pressure for ever-thinner consumer tablets and smartphones has an impact even on rugged devices. Case in point: AMREL just released their new 15-inch fully rugged ROCKY RV11 laptop and it's just an inch and a quarter thick! And that's including the unit's protective corner bumpers. Powered by an ultra-low voltage "Ivy Bridge" Intel Core i7 processor, the IP65-sealed RV11's full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) optically bonded anti-glare 15.6-inch display is large enough for serious work in the field. AMREL performs extensive MIL-STD-810G testing and military-grade options are available. [See AMREL ROCKY RV11 product page] -- Posted Saturday, March 7, 2015

Full review: Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme
There are only a few fully rugged convertible laptops, and the Dell Latitude 12 RuggedExtreme is one of them. Equipped with a unique flip-hinge, the device can be turned from conventional laptop to tablet in a couple of seconds. The Dell convertible is based on ultra-low voltage Intel Haswell processors, has a bright 11.6-inch resistive multi-touch display that works with gloves and in the rain, and offers excellent outdoor view ability. There's ample onboard connectivity, and the machine is tough enough to be used just about anywhere. [See full review of the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme] -- Posted Friday, March 6, 2015

Next-gen Intel Atom chips will come in 3/5/7 varieties
Intel announced that starting with the next generation of Atom processors, chip branding will employ the same good/better/best 3/5/7 naming system as has been used in Intel's high-end Core processors for several years. There will be entry-level X3 (codenamed "SoFIA") 28nm chips that support both Windows and Android, and "Cherry Trail" 14nm Atom X5 and X7 processors on the higher end. The latter with include somewhat wing-clipped versions of the powerful Broadwell-class graphics. All are SoCs (Systems on Chip), and just as Core processors, the upcoming Atom X chips will come with various levels and degrees of a very large variety of technologies and Intel features. No word on whether this will be the end of using the Celeron and Pentium brand names, as is the case under the current Bay Trail series. [See Introducing Brand Levels for the Intel Atom Processor] -- Posted Monday, March 2, 2015

Wacom unveils the Cintiq 13HD tablet
Tablets are everywhere and some also have pens, but when maximum precision matters, a dedicated graphics tablet may be the answer. For that, Wacom announced the US$799 Cintiq 13HD touch, a 13-inch tablet that can display 16.7 million colors, has a perfect viewing angle, full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, senses 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt recognition. Wacom's goal with this new Cintiq tablet is to provide a digital workflow that emulates drawing or painting on paper or canvas. [See Wacom Cintiq 13HD]
-- Posted Monday, March 2, 2015

noax industrial PCs are now easier to use thanks to NSetup
noax Technologies announced its NSetup tool that allows administrators to configure noax industrial PCs to meet the needs of their company. Setup parameters include UPS, power functions, PCIe configuration, touch and backlight, deactivation of front USB port, and function key programming. If a company operates several noax industrial PCs with the identical configuration, only one IPC has to be configured. The setup file can be used to transfer this configuration easily to the other devices. -- Posted Friday, February 27, 2015

MCL-Technologies certifies Datalogic as device manufacturer
MCL-Technologies, a provider of high productivity software solutions that boost the development, deployment and management of enterprise mobile applications and devices has certified Datalogic as a device manufacturer. Datalogic’s Memor X3, Skorpio X3 and Lynx mobile devices are now certified to run MCL v4 and the MCL Mobility Platform, after undergoing a thorough testing process. This certification enables channel partners to develop solutions for Datalogic mobile devices using MCL’s rapid application development environment. -- Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015

Xplore to present at the 27th Annual Roth Conference
Xplore Technologies announced its Chairman and CEO Philip S. Sassower will present at the 27th Annual ROTH Growth Stock Conference, March 8-11, 2015 at The Ritz Carlton, in Dana Point, California. Mr. Sassower will be accompanied by Mark Holleran, president and COO, and Michael J. Rapisand, CFO. -- Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015

Panasonic showcases countertop POS cradle for its rugged Toughpad FZ-G1
At EUROCIS 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Panasonic showcased its POS systems, including a new countertop POS cradle for its 10-inch Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet (see our review of the Toughpad FZ-G1). The cradle can be color and logo customized for retailers, enables the tablet to be directly integrated existing POS systems via powered USB and serial ports. The cradle also has LAN, VGA and HDMI connectivity and a security lock feature. [See Panasonic news release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Janam and T-Mobile distributor One Shop Wireless offer complete mobility solution in a box
Janam Technologies announced a partnership with T-Mobile distributor One Shop Wireless to provide a complete mobility solution in a box. The "Simply Connected" solution consists of a WWAN-enabled Janam XT1 mini-tablet (see our review of the Janam XT1) with a T-Mobile SIM card already installed. [See Janam media release] -- Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Illustrated report: Getac V110 used at Cirque du Soleil Kurios
It's always nice to see rugged mobile technology in action. A particularly impressive application is the use of a Getac V110 convertible notebook computer at the Cirque du Soleil Kurios touring production. The V110 runs the show's automation software, all of their inspection systems, operational and safety documentation, virtual sign-off processing, document management for all the schematics of all systems and every single connection and datapoint in the system. [See RuggedPCReview's detailed illustrated coverage of Getac V110 at Cirque du Soleil Kurios] -- Posted Friday, February 20, 2015

AAEON discusses the modern casino game machine
In its latest application story, AAEON Technology discusses casino gaming machines and how they have changed from almost entirely mechanical devices to complex electronic terminals. AAEON then presents hardware solutions in the form of industrial-grade ATX CPU boards that help casino operators upgrade existing hardware without incurring additional costs. [See AEON Technology Casino Game Machine] -- Posted Friday, February 20, 2015

Full review: Handheld Group Nautiz X8 rugged mobile computer
RuggedPCReview completed a full examination of the Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 rugged mobile computer, which features a large, bright 4.7-inch capacitive multi-touch display, IP67 sealing, a very wide operating temperature range, 12 hour battery life, and an extension cap expansion system. The Nautiz X8 is available both in Windows Embedded Handheld and Android 4.2.2 versions. It addresses evolving customer demands and new market trends but retains the company's strong product DNA, commitment to full ruggedness, and dedication to legacy and enterprise support. [See full review of the Handheld Group Nautiz X8] -- Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Microsoft announces first Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones
On their blog, Microsoft announced that the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones is available now for Windows Insiders. Microsoft says the preview is still very much under development and those installing it will see some rough edges. Fo now, the build is limited to a number of Lumina phones (630, 635, 636, 638, 730 and 830). [See Microsoft blog] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

ADLINK's February newsletter
ADLINK's February 2015 newsletter showcases their new ultra-compact fanless quad-core embedded platform for IoT, their workstation-grade PICMG 1.3 SHB with multiple native PCIe Gen3 slots, their new IMB-M42H ATX industrial motherboard for combined motion and vision applications, as well as a variety of application success stories. [See ADLINK February newsletter] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

Xplore reports record revenue and net income for fiscal 2015 Q3
For Q4 of 2014 (which is actually Q3 of its fiscal year 2015), Xplore Technologies reported record revenue of US$16.44 million, compared to US$13.98 million for the same quarter a year ago. For the nine months ended December 31, 2014, revenue was US$32.23 million, compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2013 revenue of $27.24 million, an increase of 18%. Xplore reported net income for the quarter of $2,401,000 compared to net income of $890,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2013, and a net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2014 of $683,000 compared to net loss of $360,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2013. The company's new broader tablet product line featuring the ultra-rugged iX104C6 and fully-rugged RangerX Pro and Bobcat resulted in an increase in units sales of approximately 23 percent and 37 percent for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2014, respectively, compared to the same periods in the previous year. [See Xplore financials] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

Panasonic releases Toughbook 54, a lighter, thinner and state-of-the-art semi-rugged laptop computer
Panasonic introduced the Toughbook 54, a semi-rugged notebook that emphasizes light weight and a slim profile while providing high performance with a 5th generation Intel Core i5 processors as well as very good battery life (up to 18 hours with two batteries,). The new Toughbook is designed to a highly portable tool for mobile professionals who need durability, power and feature sets beyond what a standard consumer laptop can offer. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook 54] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

Winmate scores major Latin American contract for rugged 7-inch Android tablet
Winmate announced that the company has secured a $7 million contract from a major telecommunications company in Latin America to deploy its M700DM4 rugged mobile tablet with 4G/LTE in the public safety sector. This will set a new precedence for public safety in the region, as the M700DM4 will become the first mobile tablet with 4G/LTE to be used in the country’s Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. The contract includes a multi-year provision of the 7-inch, rugged Android tablet. [See Winmate press release] -- Posted Friday, February 13, 2015

AAEON scores six wins at the 23rd Taiwan Excellence Awards
AAEON Electronics, a designer of industrial and embedded computing platforms, announced that six of its products, ranging from rugged mobile tablets to rackmount network appliances, were recognized and awarded at this year's Taiwan Excellence Awards. This award is contested by more than 1,155 participating products from 215 companies. [See AAEON media release] -- Posted Thursday, February 12, 2015

iKey introduces snap-in-place rugged keyboard for Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
iKey, a manufacturer of rugged keyboards and computer accessories, introduced its newest addition to the Jumpseat line, the FZ-M1 Jumpseat keyboard. Custom designed to snap onto the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1, a rugged, 7-inch Windows tablet built for enterprise users, the Jumpseat serves as a fully rugged on-the-go keyboard, provides screen protection, and USB 3.0 connectivity and additional functionality to enhance productivity in the field. There are three different versions of the Jumpseat. The first is a basic model, second includes backlighting, and the third includes backlighting and a fingerprint reader for additional security. [See iKey keyboard for Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1] -- Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AMREL announces new rugged night vision computing solutions
AMREL reports it now offers a full line of turn-key night vision solutions, fully compliant with MIL-STD 3009 and CECOM (CSLP) standards. The widespread use of night vision goggles has necessitated the adoption of light restricting filters for mobile computers. AMREL’s Night Vision Computing Solutions virtually eliminate all infrared emissions completely, which is important, since night vision goggles usually work in that part of the spectrum. AMREL Night Vision Computing Solutions are available for their ROCKY RS11 13.3-inch laptop, ROCKY DK10 12.1inch tablet, as well as their ROCKY DB6 handheld. [See AMREL media release and Night Vision page]. -- Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Interview with Peter M. Poulin, CEO of Motion Computing
On February 5th RuggedPCReview had a chance to speak with Peter Poulin, who was appointed Motion Computing's CEO on December 11, 2014. An industry veteran with more than 25 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in the public and private sectors, the company's press release said Poulin's goal will be to capitalize on the company’s deep mobility expertise and aggressive investments in the design and development of ruggedized tablet platforms and integrated mobility solutions to expand its reach within target vertical markets. [read interview] -- Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Five years faytech Tech
faytech Tech. Co. — which specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of rugged industrial touchscreen monitors and touchscreen PCs — reported that over the past five years, the company morphed from just being a German importer of touchscreen monitors to an ISO 9001:2008 certified China-based manufacturer of touch devices with over 70 employees, offering Germany based engineering, service and sales support. -- Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Corning plans to add sapphire-like scratch resistance to Gorilla Glass concept
At the annual investor meeting of Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning, Corning Glass Technologies president James P. Clappin noted that the cover glass market is expected to grow, in part due to more and growing smartphones, and increasing business in emerging markets. Clappin also said “we have developed a new product that will provide sapphire-like scratch resistance while maintaining the legendary toughness and break resistance of Gorilla Glass.” The new glass is supposed to become available later in 2015.[ See Corning press release] -- Posted Monday, February 9, 2015

Datalogic signs multi-year agreement with NCR on its Jade X7 retail scanning technology
NCR stands for National Cash Register, and though retail checkout technologies have changed dramatically, NCR remains the global leader in consumer transaction technologies. Datalogic now announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with NCR to supply NCR with its Jade X7 automated scanner as a component of NCR's ScanPortal checkout system. The Jade 7 uses advanced imaging systems that read the barcode and identify of items at much higher speed than traditional checkout systems. [See Datalogic press release] -- Posted Thursday, February 5, 2015

Handheld announces major upgrade to Algiz 10X rugged tablet
Handheld Group announced a major upgrade to its Windows 8.1 Pro-based Algiz 10X rugged tablet computer. Processing power now comes from a 1.83 GHz Intel quad-core N2930 CPU with 2.16 GHz boost, more than doubling performance of the prior Atom N2800-based model. Wireless communication support has been upgraded to include dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and LTE WWAN. [See Handheld press release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Motion releases Broadwell-based C5m and F5m rugged tablets
Motion Computing unveiled the next generation of its popular F5 and C5 rugged tablets. Both get a substantial performance increase with a switch to Intel "Broadwell" 5th generation Core processors (i3, i5, and i7 versions available), ultra-fast Gobi 4G XLTE WWAN, 802.11ac WiFi, m.2 instead of mSATA solid state disks, twice the base and maximum RAM, a higher resolution user-facing camera, and optional self-encrypting drives. The big news is the two generation processor leap, from Ivy Bridge to Broadwell, bringing higher processor performance, much more powerful graphics, and a 40% increase in battery life. [See Motion press release] and Motion CEO Poulin's blog] -- Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2015

iPhone 6 Plus isn't so big after all
Blast-from-the-past department: while Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is considered huge, it is actually dwarfed by Apple's Newton MessagePad 2000, which was introduced in 1997. Equipped with two full-size PC Cards and four AA batteries, the MP2000, which was considered small and handy at the time, weighs 1.48 pounds, almost four times as much as the sleek iPhone 6 Plus. Also of note: last used in 1998, the MP2000 came right up upon inserting four new AAs, all data intact. Will the 6 Plus do that in the year 2032? -- Posted Tuesday, February 3, 2015

HarvestMaster opens new office in Wels, Austria
HarvestMaster, which is a brand of Juniper Systems, announced the opening of a new office location in Wels, Austria. The new office will provide sales, marketing, and service support to HarvestMaster’s European partners and customers. In total, this makes HarvestMaster’s third location, with offices also located in Logan, Utah and Kansas City, Missouri. The new office will HarvestMaster better serve its European partners and customers with faster response times, more immediate communication, and ultimately, more excellent service to its international customers. [See press release and HarvestMaster European location] -- Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

ARBOR releases ARTS-1450 intelligent in-vehicle PC for surveillance and fleet management
ARBOR Technology announced its new fanless ARTS-1450, a compact Intel quad-core E3845-powered in-vehicle computer for in-vehicle surveillance and fleet management applications in police cars, buses, ambulances and trucks. The ARTS-1450 offers dual SIMs and dual WWAN modules to allow seamless switching between different carriers. There are 3 mini-PCIe sockets for extra expansions, optional embedded CAN BUS2.0B, 4-channel CCTV, as well as an ultra-wide operating temperature range and MIL-STD-810G compliance for drop and vibration. [See ARBOR press release] -- Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

Handheld Group strengthens product management
The Handheld Group announced it has strengthened its product management department with two new appointments: Johan He'd (left) is the company’s new Director Product Management and joins Handheld’s management team, while Johan Sätterman (right) is appointed Handheld’s new Product Manager. The new appointments are part of Handheld’s increased focus on product development and product management. [See Handheld press release] -- Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

Print-style PDFs of Motion CL920 and Motion R12 rugged tablet reviews now available
In addition to publishing our detailed reviews online, we also generate "print-style" PDFs of select full reviews in PDF format. These can be used by sponsors, resellers, etc., as promotional materials, handouts, at trade shows, for client presentations, etc. We just completed PDF versions of our recent reviews of the Motion CL920 and Motion R12 tablets. [See Motion CL920 PDF and Motion R12 PDF] -- Posted Monday, February 2, 2015

Panasonic Toughbook CF31 now with Intel Broadwell power
Panasonic has not seen a need to physically redesign its long-running Toughbook CF31 in many years. The company, however, has kept its flagship rugged notebook computer meticulously current with periodic technology updates. The latest upgrade brings an Intel 5th generation ("Broadwell") Core i5-5300U (see here) processor that also includes Intel HD5500 graphics. The latest CF31 also supports high-speed 802.11ac WiFi and Panasonic states improved battery life of up to 18 hours on the main battery alone. Pricing starts at US$3,699. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Thursday, January 29, 2015

They had wireless handhelds back in '94? They did.
Dusting off stuff in the RuggedPCReview archives we came across a bunch of old product review pics for our old Pen Computing print magazine from the dawn of mobile computing. The two little handhelds in the picture are the Motorola Marco and the Motorola Envoy back in 1994. One ran Apple's Newton Intelligence OS, the other General Magic's Magic Cap. Both communicated wirelessly. See our Facebook page for more handheld and tablet pics from 1994 (and like us while you're there!). -- Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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