Edi­tor’s let­ter

Australian T3 - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Rob Ed­wards, Edi­tor Email: rob.ed­wards@fu­turenet.com

I know I’m preach­ing to the choir here, but tech­nol­ogy is an in­cred­i­ble thing to be­hold in 2014. I know we get caught up in the minu­tiae of screen res­o­lu­tions and pro­cess­ing speeds, but even the most third-rate smart­phone un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously booted into the mar­ket by some un­known man­u­fac­turer is a mir­a­cle of mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cal know-how. When you con­sider that as re­cently as ten years ago the most so­phis­ti­cated thing most of our mo­bile phones could do was boot up a game of Snake II, well, noth­ing puts the con­tents of this month’s Hot 100 in quite the same per­spec­tive.

This year’s list is unique be­cause it’s the first time the top spot has been taken out by a com­pany. One that un­der­tands the value of in­vest­ing in new tech­nol­ogy, even if mon­etis­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for that tech are not im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent. No prizes for guess­ing who it is, but if you’re stumped head over to p40 to tackle the full list (or p68 for num­ber one if you’re feel­ing par­tic­u­larly im­pa­tient).

Else­where in this is­sue we have a healthy dose of in­cred­i­ble in-car tech for you, in­clud­ing McLaren’s gull-wing door and blade LED head­light-sport­ing 650S (p16), Ap­ple’s foray into mo­tor­ing (p17), and Lam­borgh­ini’s ver­sion of “af­ford­able” (p86).

This is­sue also sees the new su­per­phones from Sam­sung and HTC lin­ing up for 2014’s ul­ti­mate tech bat­tle. Which one is right for you? We want both, but as the song goes, you can’t al­ways get what you want.

Fi­nally, if you’re unim­pressed by HTC and Sam­sung’s ef­forts then maybe LG can throw a curve ball your way via the G Flex (p71).

En­joy the is­sue.

Yes it’s the tri­umphant re­turn of the Hot 100. Thank­fully I’m not re­fer­ring to Triple J’s an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the bland­est of waist­coat-wear­ing, fa­cial hair-sprout­ing folk rock­ers. No, this is one count­down worth tun­ing in for as we com­pile all the hottest gad­gets, con­cepts, com­pa­nies and more that are in­vent­ing the fu­ture and bet­ter­ing the present.

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