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

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Review

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Review

Samsung either has an addiction or a compulsion: whatever the reason, the company can't help pumping out Galaxy S 4 variants, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active. A waterproof, dust-proof version of the flagship Android smartphone, the Active model toughens up with a butch new casing and a few tweaked features. Still, though, at its core it's the S 4 we know and love, but is it the best version so far? Read on for our full review.

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OS X Mavericks Preview

OS X Mavericks Preview

Apple promised us a software-rich WWDC this year, and the company delivered. While iOS 7 looks set to be the biggest change in the company's mobile offering since the original iPhone, OS X Mavericks teased the latest refinements to Apple's desktop platform. Not so flashy as iOS 7, perhaps, or as sweeping in its changes, but no less important as Apple continues to join together the dots between its platforms. Mavericks is still a work-in-progress, but Apple provided us with a recent build of the new OS X to get to grips with the highlights - and pick out the key changes - ahead of its full release this fall. Already, there are signs that Mavericks will be another must-have OS X upgrade; read on as we get to grips with the new heart of Mac.

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MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2013)

MacBook Air 13-inch Review (mid-2013)

Apple's value-proposition for the 2013 MacBook Air is simple: the same sleek ultraportable notebook as before, but lasting much longer. A switch to Intel's latest Haswell processor architecture and a slightly larger battery takes runtime up to twelve hours versus the seven hour estimate of its predecessor, while a new type of flash storage promises even quicker boot times, resume, and file access. Is this the MacBook to own? Read on for our full review.

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iOS 7 and the rebirth of iPhone

iOS 7 and the rebirth of iPhone

WWDC didn't give us a new iPhone, or a Retina iPad mini, but it gave us something far more important: a glimpse of the future of iOS. Opinions on iOS 7 are wildly divided, some iPhone users already converts to the lighter, flatter interface; others shocked by the changes; Android and Windows Phone fans quick to pick apart the elements they see as "borrowed" from their platform of choice. It's still early days - not to mention Apple still has a few months to refine things before the full release - but already I'm confident that iOS 7 will bring me back over from Android, not to mention open the door to some hardware surprises later in the year.

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New Mac Pro 2013 eyes-on

New Mac Pro 2013 eyes-on

Apple's new Mac Pro 2013 isn't due to hit shelves until later this year, but that hasn't stopped the desktop from getting a preview at WWDC 2013. Long overdue an update, the new Mac Pro hasn't held back, a significant departure from the aluminum tower of the current model, not to mention ramping up the specifications until this is the most powerful Mac to-date.

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2014 Lexus IS Prototype Test Drive

2014 Lexus IS Prototype Test Drive

Lexus has come a long way since the days of the buffed-up Toyota luxo-barge, and the 2014 Lexus IS is arguably the best illustration of that. True, the new 3-Series rival may not have the same wealth of outlandish madness as the LFA sportscar (though it does borrow some of the $375k limited-edition's cabin features) or the brutish luxury of the LS, but the striking design and eager pricing make for a freshly competitive car. Lexus brought us out to the Rockingham Speedway to see how the 2014 IS ticks.

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Sergey Brin talks Glass: Camera stabilizer incoming

Sergey Brin talks Glass: Camera stabilizer incoming

Walk the floors at Google I/O and if you're lucky you'll run into Sergey Brin, who spent some time telling us about the development process behind Google Glass as well as a teaser for the update roadmap. Surrounded by fans and sporting his own Glass, Brin explained some of the decisions around the use of a monocular eyepiece, and of its placement out of the line-of-sight rather than directly in front of the wearer, as you might expect from a true augmented-reality device. However, he also revealed that a future software upgrade will address one of our own issues with Glass: keeping video steady when you're filming it from a wearable.

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Google Glass in action: the wearable camera

Google Glass in action: the wearable camera

Google Glass isn't solely about photography, but that's inevitably the first thing you try out - and the first thing you demonstrate to people when they inevitably ask you questions. Right now there seem to be two approaches to wearables like Glass, either aiming to make the headset blend in, and not cause waves by avoiding being noticed in the first place, or by facing the privacy and photography concerns people have face-on, and opening up a dialog about how bodyworn tech is going to change things. Maybe the fact I picked Google's tangerine-finish Glass Explorer Edition is an indicator, but I'm all for challenging the status-quo rather than hoping it will merely blend in.

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Fitbit Flex Review

Fitbit Flex Review

If headsets like Glass are pushing the wearable computing boundaries, then fitness monitors like the new Fitbit Flex are entry-level cyborg tech for the mass market. Announced back at CES 2013, and taking on Nike's stylish Fuelband and Jawbone's twice-refined UP, the Flex promises to track your performance whether you're awake or asleep, along with real-time data transfer to your smartphone without a big hit on battery life. That's even though the Flex is cheaper than UP, falling just under that all-important $100 boundary. Is this the health tracker we've been waiting for? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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