Ed’s Note

THE BIG 3-0

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - Michael Low Edi­tor

It’s hard to be­lieve it’s been 30 years since Ap­ple in­tro­duced the Mac­in­tosh, a per­sonal com­puter that went on to change the face of com­put­ing his­tory, and in­spire a gen­er­a­tion of pi­o­neers, in­no­va­tors and vi­sion­ar­ies to change the world. Think­ing back, my first Mac ex­pe­ri­ence was in the early 90’s with the Mac­in­tosh II, but it was only in late 2009 that I bought my first Mac, the Mac mini, which continues to work flaw­lessly. Be sure to turn to page 14 for a brief, but fas­ci­nat­ing ret­ro­spec­tive on how the Mac shaped the fu­ture of per­sonal com­put­ing over the years.

No talk of the in­flu­ence on the com­put­ing in­dus­try is com­plete with­out the men­tion of the Red­mond-based gi­ant, Mi­crosoft. Our fea­ture (“Mi­crosoft’s New Guard”) on page 76 touches on the re­cent ap­point­ment of Satya Nadella as the third Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer in the his­tory of the com­pany, fol­low­ing Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. Mean­while, 2014 is also shap­ing up the be the year of the Chi­nese smart­phone-mak­ers, as “Ap­ple of the East” man­u­fac­turer Xiaomi has cho­sen Sin­ga­pore as its in­ter­na­tional head­quar­ters, and is ex­pected to ex­pand into the Malaysian mar­ket some­time this year. For the full story, check out page 71.

For those who are look­ing to get se­ri­ous with pho­tog­ra­phy with­out break­ing the bank, we’ve brought to­gether four mir­ror­less sys­tem cam­eras that we would buy with our own money to help you de­cide on the mod­els that are con­sid­ered to of­fer the best value and per­for­mance. Got a new-fan­gled tablet and hav­ing a hard time get­ting work done? We went hands-on with six es­sen­tial pro­duc­tiv­ity apps to see what they of­fer to the dis­cern­ing users.

Mov­ing along, this is­sue’s GAX sec­tion saw se­nior writer Bryan Chan re­gal­ing us with his mem­o­ries of Tam­riel, hav­ing spent many hours ad­ven­tur­ing in The El­der Scrolls On­line beta. Other is­sue high­lights in­clude in­ter­views with key pro­fes­sion­als from HP, Sharp and BitFenix, as well as a fun read on the good, bad and ugly of in-app pur­chases. Nat­u­rally, we also have your fa­vorite HWM sec­tions: Gear for the lat­est gad­gets, Test for in-depth prod­uct re­views, Learn for de­tailed com­put­ing and soft­ware walk­throughs, as well as Tele­port, SMB and Aper­ture for all things mo­bile, busi­ness and pho­tog­ra­phy.

Have a pro­duc­tive and en­joy­able April, and we’ll see you again next month!

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