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

Lenovo Yoga Book Review: The road warrior’s future

Lenovo Yoga Book Review: The road warrior’s future

I’ve been using Lenovo’s new Yoga Book the last couple of days, and it’s hard not to love this ultra-compact, sleek, and versatile tablet with a twist. This isn’t what you’d call a one trick pony, but instead a multi-talented 2-in-1 to help you stay more productive on the go. Trust me, clocking in over 250,000 air miles this year alone, I know a thing or two about staying productive on the move.

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Volkswagen – the tech giant the world had no idea existed

Volkswagen – the tech giant the world had no idea existed

When I think of cutting-edge technology in the automotive world, Audi comes to mind. Performance, it’s Porsche. Bentley, of course, holds the title for luxury and the hypercar trailblazer, without a doubt, is Bugatti. So where does that leave VW? When I think of Volkswagen, I think of reliable cars that are affordable for mass-market consumers.

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2018 Audi Q5 revealed with efficiency and tech upgrade

2018 Audi Q5 revealed with efficiency and tech upgrade

First came the revamped Q7, then the baby Q3 got a makeover, and now the most important member of Audi's SUV tryptic, the 2018 Q5, has broken cover in Paris. Borrowing styling cues from its larger and smaller siblings, as well as a welcome blast of tech from the Ingolstadt automaker's labs, it's a serious upgrade for what's a very serious vehicle for Audi.

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With 2018 Audi S5 and A5, the “Sportback” we desire

With 2018 Audi S5 and A5, the “Sportback” we desire

Audi has been holding out on North America, so far keeping the hatchback charms of the A5 and S5 to itself in Europe, but all that changes with the 2018 model year. Finally headed to US shores in 2017, the 2018 A5 and S5 are each sleeker versions of the A4 and S5, switching the sedan styling for a far more practical - and, to many eyes, more handsome - hatch at the rear.

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder first-drive

2017 Nissan Pathfinder first-drive

The Nissan Pathfinder used to be an adventurous, off-road sport-utility vehicle, then one day Nissan decided to switch gears. For better or worse, depending on who you talk to, it’s no longer the same vehicle as it was before 2013; had Nissan renamed it, in fact, I don’t think it would have had any arguments. What was once a rugged icon in the automotive industry has evolved into an everyday people hauler. That means it’s definitely roomier and more comfortable for the kids in the back, but what is it like for the person actually behind the wheel?

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2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S technical details

2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S technical details

Overview, concept and design - The all-new 2017 Porsche Panamera epitomizes, to me, what a true four-door sports sedan ought to be: bad to its bones. Everything’s new, inside and out; it looks like a Porsche; it drives and performs like a Porsche. The only thing left is for me to actually get behind the wheel myself.

Sadly so far Porsche isn’t quite ready to entrust those outside of the company with the keys, but the automaker did invite me to take a “Taxi Ride” in the new Panamera recently. Don’t let the name mislead you: this is the hottest of hot laps, driven by a pro-driver around a proper racetrack. While I’d obviously prefer to be at the wheel of a car I’ve written about extensively over the past few months, this was definitely the next-best-thing. Launch control? Check. Slicing through hairpin turns? Check. High speed down the straights and then maximum braking? Check. One of the most epic cab rides ever? Oh, definitely check.

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2017 Porsche Macan GTS takes on two peaks in one day

2017 Porsche Macan GTS takes on two peaks in one day

It’s track time and Pikes Peak Hill Climb is no ordinary race track. Taking a corner too wide pretty much anywhere within the 14,114 climb along what’s a 12.42 mile course packed with 156 twists and turns has consequences beyond a couple of dents. Luckily, Porsche’s confidence in the new 2017 Macan GTS is off the chart. This is a super rare opportunity where automotive journalists were given the opportunity to drive up Pikes Peaks and then, on the very same day, keep on going right up Mount Evans.

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Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

In this review, Signia offered me the Pure primax (Receiver in Canal or RIC) and a custom Insio primax “near” invisible-in-canal (IIC) version (more on this later). I’ve worn both extensively over the past months – long enough to be able to share and recommend the right version for you.

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2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

For Porsche, unveiling the new Panamera isn’t just about replacing one of its best-selling models, it also ushers in a whole new era for the automaker. When Porsche launched the Panamera four-door sedan back in 2009, it was a couple of years before I had kids. Though anything is possible, to my mind it was unimaginable that you could make a four-door version of the 928, the car that was to me - next to the 911 - the heart and soul of Porsche. After the initial shock, I never really gave it much thought.

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2018 Audi A5 and S5 First Drive – Gran Tourismo inspired coupe

2018 Audi A5 and S5 First Drive – Gran Tourismo inspired coupe

As decisions go, opting for the newly redesigned 2018 Audi A5 or its hotter S5 sibling is a good problem to have. This past week, I had the opportunity to experience both vehicles in Portugal and walked away impressed with the refined styling, performance, and handling. Much of the improvement can be credited to the same MLB Evo architecture first introduced in the 2017 Audi A4, not least a weight reduction of up to roughly 100 pounds for the US car, not to mention a drag coefficient cut to 0.25 for the base A5 model. Still, the second-gen A5 and S5 don’t go lacking in Audi’s typically meticulous evolutionary changes.

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All-new 2017 GMC Acadia first drive – puts all midsize SUVs on notice

All-new 2017 GMC Acadia first drive – puts all midsize SUVs on notice

Hey, Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Audi, and yes even Cadillac: GMC’s out to eat your lunch with the all-new 2017 Acadia. Targeting a wider group of buyers that spans the everyman through to thrill seekers and those looking for a premium experience without paying out for a luxury brand. GMC also went as far as taking aim at Jeep’s Grand Cherokee with the five-seat, All Terrain version of the Acadia. Question is, with such big plans and broad ambitions, can GMC succeed?

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and 4S first drive

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and 4S first drive

The Porsche 911 is not the car for everyone, whether it’s the design or the price, but Porsche is okay with that. A mainstay of the sports segment for decades, it’s the benchmark by which serious drivers - and the automakers trying to sell them similarly seriously-driving cars - judge on-road experience. That means big boots to fill when it comes to a new model, something Porsche knows all too well as it launches the 2017 Carrera S Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Coupe.

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