Author Archives: Vincent Nguyen

Co-founder of R3 Media, Vincent Nguyen is currently Editor-in-Chief of SlashGear and Android Community. You can follow him on Google+, twitter @Nguyen and Facebook

Next-Gen MacBook Pro with Retina eyes-on [Video]

Next-Gen MacBook Pro with Retina eyes-on [Video]

Apple's new next-gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display was the star of WWDC 2012 this morning, and we couldn't want to check out the 2880 x 1800 15.4-inch screen for ourselves. Right now, that's all we can do: Apple has its new MacBook Pro under glass for the moment, meaning we'll have to wait a little while longer before we can go fully hands-on. But one thing's for sure: this is a super-slick notebook. Update: Video after the cut!

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Prometheus Movie Review and Red Carpet Coverage

Prometheus Movie Review and Red Carpet Coverage

Alien was all about dark, ominous spaces and a sense of intense claustrophobia and mounting tension - in part due to Ridley Scott's withholding of the final Xenomorph in all its glory as the film reached its climax (along with hiding its comparably low-tech costume). Prometheus is the CGI-overspilling, determinedly 3D and generally expansive movie Scott could never make back in 1979. It's a fraught process, returning to a story that not only helped make a career but shaped a genre, and Prometheus swings between sensation, horror and a sometimes uncomfortable philosophy.

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A Facebook Phone? No, no, no!

A Facebook Phone? No, no, no!

Sorry, but Chris is wrong, completely wrong: a Facebook phone is an appalling idea. The social network may be struggling to find its feet in mobile, and it may have money to burn, but that desperation doesn't equal stupidity. Scale - being the place that all your friends and family are too - is its primary strength, and throwing that away on a naive grab in a new industry does nothing to capitalize on that.

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Samsung Smart TV Voice, Gesture and Face Recognition Hands-on

Samsung Smart TV Voice, Gesture and Face Recognition Hands-on

When it comes to the greatest in living room entertainment, Smart TV is only half of the battle: actually accessing that smart content presents challenges of its own. Statistics show that a sizable number of Smart TV owners don't actually use the more advanced features their sets are capable of, intimidated or confused by the complexity of the button-encrusted remotes. Samsung has taken its own route to interactivity, replacing overly-complex remote controls with a combination of gesture, voice and face-recognition.

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Leap Motion takes on Kinect: cheaper and more accurate

Leap Motion takes on Kinect: cheaper and more accurate

Leap Motion has revealed a $70 motion-tracking gadget promising 200-times more accuracy than rivals, and giving Microsoft's Kinect PC plans some serious competition in the process. Smaller than a smartphone, the Leap hooks up to your PC via USB and creates a four cubic foot area above your desk where each individual finger movement can be tracked to within 1/100th of a millimeter. The company suggests it's suitable for everything from Windows 8 navigation, through virtually signing documents or sketching, gaming, and interacting with complex 3D graphics.

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Harman Kardon SB 16 Review

Harman Kardon SB 16 Review

Home speaker systems can be a complicated matter. Even with wireless speakers, surround sound setups usually involve bulky hardware spread across your living room. Harman Kardon believes it has the answer, though, with the SB 16: a $599.99 soundbar system pairing a meaty subwoofer with a relatively discrete single speaker unit. Read on for the SlashGear review.

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LG 3D Max first-impressions

LG 3D Max first-impressions

LG has persisted with mobile 3D, and the LG Optimus 3D Max is the company's latest attempt to persuade us that glasses-free 3D is something we want on the move. A 4.3-inch Android smartphone with a dual-camera array, the Optimus 3D Max promises to smooth off some of the rough edges of its Optimus 3D predecessor. Read on for our first impressions.

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HTC One X Review (AT&T)

HTC One X Review (AT&T)

AT&T hasn't wasted any time getting HTC's new flagship, the One X, onto its network, though the US version of the smartphone has seen a few changes along the way. We've already comprehensively reviewed the One X in European, quadcore form, running NVIDIA's Tegra 3, but the AT&T model borrows the dualcore Qualcomm S4 from its smaller One S sibling and pairs it with LTE connectivity. Could this be the best variant of HTC's 2012 line-up so far? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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BIG JAMBOX Review

BIG JAMBOX Review

Jawbone's JAMBOX personal speaker put music and hands-free calls in your backpack, messenger bag, your briefcase and on your nightstand. Now, with the BIG JAMBOX by Jawbone, it's time to take your music out into the backyard, poolside or park and do some sharing. Bigger all round - more power, more battery life and more heft in your bag - the BIG JAMBOX comes at a $100 premium over the $199 original, but is it worth it? Check out the full SlashGear review to find out.

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NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight Review

NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight Review

Bedtime reading with an e-paper based ereader has always been something of a throwback: either you leave the lights on, or you clip on a retro-style book light. The alternative until now has been a tablet, though many find that the same bright backlighting which makes screens look great for games, videos and browsing, doesn't work so well for casual reading. Into the fray steps Barnes & Noble with the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, an updated version of the original Simple Touch ereader that pairs e-paper with a special frontlight system. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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