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Turcom AcoustoShock HR-903 Review (Page 1 of 4)

"Where did you get the cash for that stun gun?" asked Karen, "I thought you were gonna use the surplus to buy bullet proof vests." Davis replied, "I saved a little money by buying bullet resistant vests." "Bullet resistant? Have you ever slept in a water resistant tent? You get plenty wet." This conversation comes from my favorite Canadian show called Corner Gas, in an episode where the two police officers are talking about Davis' curious spending. Unfortunately, Karen's words are mostly true, as products rated as "resistant" are generally not as durable, in comparison to the "-proof" items. If you had the option to choose between a bullet proof vest and a bullet resistant vest, you probably would take the former in an instant. However, there are times where a "resistant" item is good enough, especially when the product is not necessarily going to be fully exposed to the elements. For example, a waterproof four-piece suit might be nice, but you can probably get away with a water resistant one. This is because a suit is not supposed to be worn outside in the rain, besides the special cases like James Bond's suits. Today's review is for the Turcom AcoustoShock HR-903, a water resistant Bluetooth speaker with an IPX5 rating to protect the speaker from water sprays. Full water proofing in this case may actually be detrimental to other features of the speaker, such as sound, as it may muffle the audio output. So I have to ask: Did Turcom strike a balance between water resistance and audio quality? Thankfully this is our job to find out, so let us begin!

Full details revealed: AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 specs and release dates

From PC World: at the PC gaming Show and introduced the Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 graphics cards to the world—the final two members of the 14nm Polaris GPU family. The latter targets “refined, power-efficient” 1080p gaming, while the former was built for superb e-sports performance, she said. But that was it. Since then, there’s been only silence, leaving Radeon enthusiasts rabid for more details.

Today, you get them. Even better: Both cards will hit the streets in the very near future.

​You'll soon be able to ramble through an Oculus VR version of Minecraft

From CNET: A virtual-reality version of Microsoft's megahit game Minecraft will arrive on Facebook's Oculus VR goggles "in the next few weeks," the company said Thursday.

The game, in which players roam around a blocky 3D world building shelters, manufacturing survival equipment and fending off monsters, is well suited to the immersive Oculus experience. There's a virtual world already on hand, and players used to having a stylized Minecraft body aren't likely to be put off by not being able to see their own real-world bodies.

After delays, Lenovo finally ships its first OLED laptop

From InfoWorld: After months of delays, Lenovo's first laptop with an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen is now shipping, but it's unclear whether the PC maker will bring out additional OLED models anytime soon.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga with a 14-inch OLED screen is now shipping for $1,682, which is a premium price compared to the same model with a conventional LED screen, priced at $1,394. Both laptops have Intel Core i5 Skylake processors.

Playstation VR launching in Asia same day as US

From CNET: Last month we learned that Sony's Playstation VR platform would come to the US, UK and Australia on October 13. On Thursday, the company revealed that those in Asia will be able to join the party at exactly the same time.

Playstation VR will launch on October 13 in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. In Singapore, it'll retail for SG$599 -- that converts to around $445, about 10 percent more than the $399 Americans will pay.

Smartphone market inches back to growth with Samsung holding the lead

From PC World: The smartphone market is showing signs of growth again, but barely, with shipments up nearly 1 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.

The research firm, which had reported a 3 percent drop in the market in the last quarter, said Wednesday that there are indications that the market had bottomed out in the first half of this year. Multiple new product launches from vendors including Samsung Electronics and Apple could see an improving growth outlook for the second half of the year.

Uber and Didi get the legal green light in China

From CNET: After launching in Shanghai three years ago, Uber is now legal in China.

Up until now ride-sharing apps like Uber had been operating in a legal grey area in China. The new law, which takes effect on 1 November, ends that uncertainty with a set of rules for apps that connect passengers to drivers using their own cars to offer rides.

Pokemon no go: Nintendo suffers quarterly net loss of $234 million

From CNET: Pokemon Go is a bona fide hit, but Nintendo is still in the red. The Kyoto-based company on Wednesday released an earnings report for the first quarter of the financial year, revealing a net loss of 24.5 billion yen -- roughly $234 million.

Xiaomi's first laptop is the Mi Notebook Air, a $750 MacBook rival

From PC World: China’s Xiaomi has entered the laptop market with new, lightweight notebooks that run Microsoft’s Windows 10.

The company, which has been getting into new markets including air-purifiers and drones, introduced on Wednesday its Mi Notebook Air, at prices ranging from RMB 3499, or around $524, for the 12.5-inch model with the larger, flagship model at RMB 4,999, or about $749.

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