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

Returning to the golden age of travel

Returning to the golden age of travel

For many people, spending time at an airport is something they would avoid as much as possible. With the right lounge access, though, what might normally be a miserable wait can actually be anything but. In fact, since I added the American Express Platinum Card to my wallet, I've found there are times I actively want to get to the airport sooner.

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Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Last year, I beat Audi's autonomous race car on the track. Robots might not have feelings, but that didn't stop Audi's engineers calling me back for a re-match with the latest, greatest version of the self-driving RS7s. AJ, Bobby, Jack, and now Robby all have two things in common: first, they’re named after famous race car drivers, and second, they've successfully driven autonomously on racetracks, on the autobahn, and on a cross country trip.

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Why an American Express Platinum is a road-warrior’s must-have

Why an American Express Platinum is a road-warrior’s must-have

When you travel a lot, like I do, spending half your time every month on the road, you quickly figure out what's your go-to kit. For me, as well as my laptop, camera, smartphone, and a bag full of cables and adapters, the American Express Platinum has now graduated to travel must-have.

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The iPad Pro is here: Now its trial-by-fire begins

The iPad Pro is here: Now its trial-by-fire begins

You already know it's big, and that it's powerful, but does the iPad Pro have what it takes to survive on the road as a true notebook replacement? Apple's 12.9-inch tablet is the biggest outing for iOS to-date, and just as we realized back when it was first announced, it's not only a huge deal for the Cupertino firm but a huge device period.

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2016 Kia Optima First Drive

2016 Kia Optima First Drive

Fourteen years ago, Kia was last on J.D. Power's quality survey; today, it's second behind Porsche. That's a big deal, but what does it have to do with the new 2016 Optima? Turns out, pretty much everything, inside and out. It's Kia's best-selling vehicle for the past three consecutive years, not to mention its first model to top the 150,000 yearly sales mark, with demand up 480-percent versus 2010.

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Nissan’s IDS Concept mixes autonomous EV with Google Now-style AI

Nissan’s IDS Concept mixes autonomous EV with Google Now-style AI

The newly-unveiled Nissan IDS concept car here at the Tokyo Motor Show isn’t just a self driving car that happens to be electric, but a transformer too. Adjusting to meet each driver's own personal requirements - or simply taking the wheel itself - there's a manual drive mode for those who wish to go the traditional route, or alternatively the option to simply sit back, relax, and let the IDS chauffeur you around.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt first drive

2016 Chevrolet Volt first drive

Not all electric cars are created equal and, as Chevrolet proved with the first-generation Volt, there's more than one way to wean drivers off gasoline. Fans of electric vehicles can debate pure-EV, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and any other combination all they like; at the end of the day I'm a pragmatist, and so for me it's the Volt's ability to boost fuel-efficiency without introducing range anxiety - and without being too pious in the process - that makes the second-gen 2016 car so appealing.

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

If you listen to the cynics, the "s" in Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus stands for "same-old". The tick-tock upgrade cycle of the best-selling smartphone has led many to expect revolution one year and then mere evolution the next. Turns out, though, Darwin himself would be impressed by what Apple has achieved with its flagship iPhones in 2015.

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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE hands-on: Android Wear gets 4G

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE hands-on: Android Wear gets 4G

LG put style to the fore with the original Watch Urbane, but for the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE it's connectivity that's most important. The new Android Wear smartwatch is the first running Google's OS to pack an integrated LTE radio, complete with its own nanoSIM so that it can get online when your phone - or the nearest WiFi network - is out of range.

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LG V10 hands-on: Oddball selfie and display doubling hide manual 4K core

LG V10 hands-on: Oddball selfie and display doubling hide manual 4K core

Are you a city adventurer? That's what LG wants to know with the launch of the new LG V10 smartphone, arriving today alongside the LTE-connected LG Watch Urbane 2 smartwatch. It also appears to be the result of LG taking an adventure walk through its parts bin, with unusual features like dual front-facing cameras.

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2017 Audi A4 first drive: A8 for the everyman

2017 Audi A4 first drive: A8 for the everyman

Hardly had the lights flashed on the new 2017 Audi S4 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, when a handful of journalists were whisked off to Venice, Italy to test drive the next generation A4. Set to go on sale in Q1 of next year as a 2017 model, the new A4 is still some months out, but thanks to this early preview I got a chance to see just what’s going on with the subtle yet appreciable - not to mention critical - changes to both the exterior and interior design over the outgoing car. With 12 million A4 sold worldwide, there’s a lot riding on this ninth-generation (“B9”) model, especially as it faces down the likes of Cadillac's ATS, BMW;s 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz's C-Class.

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2016 smart ForTwo first-drive: Better, not bigger

2016 smart ForTwo first-drive: Better, not bigger

The ForTwo is unmistakably a smart car and unique in many ways, but it's still a car that isn't for everyone. You either love it - and are willing to shell out the not-inconsiderable amount of money to buy one - or you hate it. The middle ground for the ForTwo is nonexistent, as far as I can tell. That being said, for owners of the original, the ForTwo is in my opinion a worthy upgrade. A refined chassis: check. More horsepower, performance and handling: check. A newly redesigned interior offering a more luxuriously grown up look and feel: check.

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