AWARDS, AN­NIVER­SARIES AND AU­TO­MO­BILES

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

It’s been a year since I took over the helm of HWM and what a ride it has been. The team has con­stantly out­done them­selves month in, month out en­sur­ing that HWM re­mains rel­e­vant in this dig­i­tal age. Regular read­ers would have (hope­fully) no­ticed our shift in con­tent as we’ve taken on the chal­lenge of re­port­ing on a much wider tech­no­log­i­cal land­scape; one that is no longer con­fined to per­sonal gad­gets or well-de­fined cat­e­gories.

In­deed, tech has man­aged to splice it­self into all man­ner of ver­ti­cals that the scene is once again re­fresh­ing and sur­pris­ing. And let me tell you, af­ter a decade in this field, very lit­tle things sur­prise me any­more.

Take for ex­am­ple our cover fea­ture of the new Audi TT. Why is HWM re­view­ing a car you may ask. Why not? To­day’s au­to­mo­biles are as much a com­puter as they are ma­chine. As a geek, you may not be in­ter­ested in horse­power or torque, but what if we told you that the smarts in your car is ac­tu­ally pow­ered by the same chips that run your PC games or smartphones? What if the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is akin to pi­lot­ing a ve­hi­cle straight from a sci-fi movie, with all-dig­i­tal in­ter­faces and touch con­trols? We might not be fully there yet, but I’ve no doubt that I’ll live to see this fu­ture come to pass.

This is­sue, we also cel­e­brate the win­ners of our sixth an­nual HWM + HWZ.com Tech Awards and look­ing at the level of in­no­va­tion and ex­panded cat­e­gories in­tro­duced, I’m look­ing for­ward to more sur­prises next year.

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