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.