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

Kia Soul Review (2012)

Kia Soul Review (2012)

The segment of Small Cars With Unusual Looks is definitely niche in its numbers, but that hasn't stopped Kia's Soul from becoming one of the company's best-sellers. Eye-catching styling and a price that starts not only under $20,000 but in fact from $13,900 - despite offering five seats and lashings of kit - have added up to a no-brainer purchase for many, and now with the 2012 model year Kia hopes to get even more onboard its Soul train. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2012)

MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2012)

Apple's MacBook Air may have fallen into the shadow of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display at their WWDC 2012 launch this past week, but the updated ultraportable has plenty going for it. A proven design favorite, and undoubtedly the inspiration for a legion of Windows-powered ultrabooks, the MacBook Air now gets a fresh batch of processors in the shape of Intel's latest Ivy Bridge chips, along with a general refresh to the spec sheet. Is that enough to keep the MacBook Air at the top of the ultraportable tree? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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MacBook Pro with Retina Display review (mid-2012)

MacBook Pro with Retina Display review (mid-2012)

Faced with one of the most news-packed WWDC keynotes so far, it takes a very special product to stand out but the MacBook Pro with Retina Display managed it. Apple's collective interpretation of what a "next generation" pro-level notebook should be, the new model introduces the first design change in several iterations and marks the debut of Retina screen technology on a Mac. There's no questioning the specifications, but with prices starting from $2,199 - a $400 premium over the regular MacBook Pro, which stays on sale alongside - is the MacBook Pro with Retina Display too rich for the market? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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MacBook Pro 2012 15-inch with Retina Display Hands-on

MacBook Pro 2012 15-inch with Retina Display Hands-on

Apple may have had a jam-packed WWDC 2012 keynote, but the star of the show was undoubtedly the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Kept behind glass in its first public showing, that didn't stop us digging up a review unit of our own for some playtime. We've been waiting a long time for a significant reworking of the Pro range, and this new model is more than just a pixel-packed screen.

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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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