HWM (Singapore) - - Ed’s Note - David Chieng ED­I­TOR

I’m no big fan of Kanye West (so sue me), but his sam­pling of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Bet­ter, Faster, Stronger” in the sin­gle “Stronger” has been some­what of an an­them for me this year, see­ing heavy ro­ta­tion in my Spo­tify playlists dur­ing my daily drives to and from the of­fice.

That song came to mind when the team came to­gether to con­cep­tu­al­ize what would be­come the Jan­uary is­sue of HWM, fea­tur­ing front and center a mas­sive 25-page ar­ti­cle de­tail­ing how one can pos­si­bly hack their lives for the bet­ter, em­pow­ered by the tech­nolo­gies, gad­gets and apps that we’ve all come to take for granted. Af­ter all, that smart­phone can be used for more than surf­ing the in­ter­net, FaceTime chats with your pet, or for old-fash­ioned phone calls. Sim­i­larly, there’s never been a bet­ter time than now to take ad­van­tage of all that tech­nol­ogy has to of­fer when it comes to the sim­ple acts of self-im­prove­ment, whether start­ing the new year in a fitter way of life, grow­ing your world­view by read­ing more, or tak­ing steps to­wards ac­tu­ally achiev­ing in­box-zero, the bane of ev­ery desk-bound of­fice worker to­day.

That said, im­prov­ing HWM and the sto­ries we bring you ev­ery month will con­tinue to be a ma­jor fo­cus in the com­ing months. If you haven’t al­ready no­ticed, we’ve started to shift away from cov­er­ing just con­sumer elec­tron­ics, and dip­ping our toes into tech­nol­ogy in gen­eral, and ex­plor­ing how th­ese tech­nolo­gies im­pact and en­hance our ev­ery­day lives. We’ll still be cov­er­ing the usual spread of gad­gets and gear that you’ve been read­ing about all this while, just that with a much big­ger pic­ture in mind.

Happy New Year, and may 2014 be epic for you and yours.

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