Tech & Gaming
HWM Singapore

HWM Singapore

October 2020

HWM Singapore is a monthly consumer technology publication covering the 3Cs of tech -- Computers, Consumer Electronics & Communications (and now Software & Games). A strong technology brand with independent editions throughout South-east Asia since 2000, HWM Singapore is known for its authoritative product comparison shootouts, analytical feature stories, benchmarked product reviews and technical walkthroughs. Feast your eyes on easy-to-read layouts, useful tips and decisive reviews, before plonking that hard-earned dollar on the best technology for you, your social circle and your home.

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12 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
are you prepared for the rise of the robots?

We’ve always been fascinated with artificial lifeforms, be it robot, cyborg or some other futuristic hybrid. Sometimes they’re the loyal family help. Sometimes they’re bent on wiping out mankind. But that is entertainment. This is reality. How smart is current AI? TAKEHIKO RYU: AI has advanced rapidly over the years, with some aspects such as computer vision, text analysis and conversational AI coming close to human ability. While many consumers tend to draw references to AI based on what they see in popular culture, in reality, AI is already prevalent in our daily lives and its applications are wide-ranging. If you take a quick look around you – the voice assistants on our smartphones, the virtual customer service officers that we interact with online and the facial recognition technology at institutes of higher…

10 min.
is there enough diversity in today’s video games?

But if you think about it, the term "video game soldier" could just as easily apply to a lady like Mortal Kombat's Sonya Blade as it would to Captain John Price from Modern Warfare. After all, female soldiers aren't exactly a new concept - we've got courageous women serving in many countries' armed forces even today. Regardless, the crux of it is "representation", and in recent years, many forms of media content, from television shows to movies, plays, books and especially video games have become increasingly open to portraying vari ous perspectives. Whether it's in terms of gender, sexual ity or racial diversity, there's no doubt that we're seeing a more varied cast of characters today in our games as compared to say, twenty years ago. THE GAMES WE THINK ACED THE…

4 min.
a generational leap

NVIDIA’s newest GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition graphic card has arrived, paving the way for the rest of the RTX 30 Series cards – the more budget-friendly RTX 3070 and the incredibly monstrous RTX 3090 NVIDIA is aptly nicknaming BFGPU – in the coming weeks, and we can finally talk about the card’s performance! But let’s leave that aside for a moment and let me talk about the card itself. The RTX 20 Series, while great was not quite the big hitter over the GTX 10 Series that many envisioned it to be. With the RTX 30 Series, and in particular the RTX 3080, NVIDIA claims a generational leap in performance; more so when you consider that not only is the RTX 3080 Founders Edition more than twice as powerful on…

4 min.
hybrid noise-cancellation works

Panasonic may be late to the true wireless earbuds party, but it’s touting something that few other brands offer: hybrid noise cancellation. And at a launch SRP of $349, it’s not too hard on the wallet either, matching the admittedly aging Sony WF-1000XM3 while undercutting higher-priced competitors like the Apple AirPods Pro and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2. At first glance, the RZ-S500W doesn’t look anything special. Its plain, nondescript charging case comes in black or white matte plastic, with no extra flair. Things start to pick up once you lift the lid. The RZ-S500W buds are pleasantly round, made of soft matte plastic with a half-ring metal embellishment running along the edges. The holes on this metal strip house the LEDs and mics needed for noise cancellation, which is an attractive…

5 min.
top questions security pros have about hackers and what they do

There are many misconceptions around the word ‘hacker.’ Often the word has negative connotations, HackerOne, believes in hacking for good. Put simply, a hacker can be defined as someone who is curious and enjoys the intellectual challenge of overcoming limitations. In the context of security, a hacker is anyone who has the skills required to find security vulnerabilities. Hacker-powered security is increasingly seen as part of a mature security system - that is, tapping the community of ethical hackers to look into your systems, and to discover vulnerabilities before they are exploited by bad actors. Such programs are used by governments around the world including the U.S. Department of Defense, Singapore’s Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) and Government Technology Agency (GovTech) as well as leading brands like Dropbox, General Motors, GitHub, Goldman…