HWM (Singapore) - - Ed's Note - Zachary Chan ED­I­TOR

The year end is al­ways a fes­tive one and if you thought Christ­mas shop­ping is the only thing you have to worry about, you’d be wrong. As the world be­comes a smaller place—mainly thanks to tech­nol­ogy con­nect­ing us glob­ally—we of­ten find our­selves adopt­ing other cul­tures and fes­tiv­i­ties, if only for the ex­cuse to party and get in a good deal or two on­line. Take China’s re­cent Sin­gles’ Day sales in Novem­ber for ex­am­ple. In one day, on­line re­tailer Alibaba racked up over US$9 bil­lion in sales.

And now, we’ve got Black Fri­day, Cy­ber Mon­day, Christ­mas and Box­ing Day to look for­ward to in De­cem­ber so there’s no short­age of sales through­out the month. There’s no bet­ter time to go full geek on the things that you’ve al­ways wanted, and the best thing about on­line shop­ping. You don’t even need to leave your home.

So, as cus­tom dic­tates, our De­cem­ber is­sue of HWM is ded­i­cated to be the es­sen­tial guide for your buy­ing com­pul­sions (or re­tail ther­apy if that’s what you like to call it). Re­gard­less of whether you’re look­ing to pam­per your­self or friends, we’ve cu­rated all of the must-have gad­gets in this month’s fea­ture.

Of course, that doesn’t mean there’s noth­ing else to ex­plore in our De­cem­ber is­sue. We play devil’s ad­vo­cate in Think with popular ar­gu­ments such as smart­phone vs. ded­i­cated dig­i­tal cam­eras. While there are al­ways valid con­cerns on ei­ther side, some­times we’re too blinded by our con­vic­tions. Tech is de­signed to en­hance and sim­plify lives, and ev­ery prod­uct or tech­nol­ogy has its place in the right sit­u­a­tion. We hope that by giv­ing voice to both sides, you can get a third-per­son per­spec­tive and make the decision that’s right for you.

We’ve also pre­pared a con­cise (well, as con­cise as we can man­age any­way) sum­mary of ev­ery ma­jor de­vel­op­ment in tech for 2014. So, if you haven’t been keep­ing tabs, this one is­sue will bring you up to speed.

See you in 2015!

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