CHANGE, PART DEUX

HWM (Singapore) - - News - Zachary Chan EDI­TOR

Yes, that swanky guy in the pic­ture is the new Edi­tor for HWM. If you’ve been read­ing this col­umn, I’ve ac­tu­ally in­tro­duced my­self last is­sue and hinted at changes com­ing. If you didn’t… well, sur­prise!

The last is­sue (April 2014) was the first time we fea­tured a per­son­al­ity on the front cover, and this is­sue (May 2014) marks an­other mile­stone for the HWM team as we roll out our re­vamp for the mag­a­zine. What you’ll im­me­di­ately no­tice are the more col­or­ful lay­outs; as us geeks in­fil­trate the masses, we fig­ured we might as well do it in style. We’ve stream­lined how the mag­a­zine is pre­sented, and in­tro­duced sub­tle tweaks to the flow of sto­ries here and there. Un­der­neath all the pomp and flash how­ever, our com­mit­ment to qual­ity ed­i­to­rial con­tent re­mains the same and as in-depth as ever.

This is­sue, we ex­plore the dual-edged na­ture of tech­nol­ogy. On one hand, we cel­e­brate the ex­plo­sive growth of con­nected de­vices and ser­vices that em­power us to do more with a few taps of our fin­gers. Smart­phones and tablets have en­abled mo­bile com­put­ing in a way that note­books never could, and through them, comes a boom in mo­bile com­merce.

On the other, the con­ve­nience of cloud ser­vices comes with way too many lo­gins and pass­words for the aver­age Joe to re­mem­ber. The re­cent Heart­bleed bug scare is a re­minder that the in­ter­net can be a scary place. If you find that you’re not will­ing to read­ily give up all your pri­vate data to the safe­keep­ing of the face­less cor­po­ra­tions run­ning these ser­vices, you can take di­rect con­trol of your own data with af­ford­able and eas­ily man­aged per­sonal cloud de­vices.

It’s a brave new world. Try it.

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