Nguyen Thu Ha complains that her 15-year old daughter Tra My spends too much time listening to music online. "She spends hours surfing from one music site to another, listening to teen songs. My husband and I became worried after we checked the sites she was visiting because most of the songs were about broken love and social evils, with many vulgar lyrics. "We are afraid that if she listens too much to this kind of music, it will have a negative impact on her," says Ha. Just type the name of a song you like and click. It's as simple as that and most young artists now release their albums online. Viet Nam Idol Uyen Linh recently released her album Cam on tinh yeu (Thank You, My Love) online in an effective response to "Uyen Linh fever" that has been sweeping across websites in Viet Nam following her victory in the television competition. And it's not just young artists like Bao Thy, Truc Diem, Ngan Khanh, Khong Tu Quynh and Dong Nhi who are using the web. More established stars such as … [Read more...] about Online music: creative outlet or vice?
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Apple's new superslim laptop is expected to generate supersized sales in Vietnam and around the world. Earlier this week, Apple Inc.co-founder, CEO and wunderkind Steve Jobs, held aloft this year's must-have device at his company's annual Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Customers use laptops at an Apple authorized retailer in Ho Chi Minh City. The Macbook Air is expected to reach Vietnam within a month … [Read more...] about The incredible shrinking Mac
Vietnam's television commercial (TVC) industry is gradually taking shape, especially in Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi-born Tran Bich Ngoc has been working as an ad director in the southern city for almost a decade. Tran Bich Ngoc has thrived in the burgeoning commercial production … [Read more...] about Admixing cineaste
VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnam Cinema Administration and Cinema Association on March 4 decided to withdraw "Giao Lo Dinh Menh" (Inferno) directed by Vietnamese American Victor Vu from the list of nominees for the Golden Kite Award 2010. Ten films to compete for Golden Kite Awards 2011 Immediately after the movie was introduced in Vietnam, "Inferno" was criticized to copy Hollywood's "Shattered". Many movie fans commented on online forums that the film by Victor Vu copied up to 70 percent of "Shattered". Vu did not just lift the plot and characters, but even the music. However, the film was still nominated for the Golden Kite Award 2010. Facing the criticism of the public, officials of the Vietnam Cinema Administration and Vietnam Cinema Association on March 4 met to watch the movie and compare it with "Shattered". They decided to eliminate the film from the competition after that, saying that "Inferno" has many details that are the same with the Hollywood's movie which was … [Read more...] about “Inferno” removed from Golden Kite Award’s nomination
Dong Nai's export increases slightly in seven months The southern province of Dong Nai exported 8.7 billion USD worth of commodities in the first seven months of 2016, a year-on-year increase of 4.35 percent. According to Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade Duong Minh Dung, the slow increase was attributable to world falling prices of a number of products and less orders for wood products from Japan and European markets. The implementation of a number of free trade agreements lowered tariffs on several products, therefore reducing their export value, Dung added. According to the provincial People's Committee, while the export turnover of the State-owned enterprises climbed12.7 percent, those of the foreign direct investment (FDI) and private sectors increased 4.71 percent and 1.63 percent, respectively. Some exports that enjoyed higher year-on-year growth included coffee (24.7 percent), footwear (20.8 percent), computers and electronic spare parts … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 16/8