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HWM Singapore

HWM Singapore July 2019

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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1 min.
a different kind of block party

Dogecoin, KodakCoin, PutinCoin, Whoppercoin, and now Facebook’s Libra coin; everyone wants in on the cryptocurrency game. At the core of it all is the ubiquitous blockchain. But did you know that blockchain technology isn’t tied to or limited to use in cryptocurrency? In this issue, we specifically look at the applications of blockchain outside of cryptocurrency and how you may already be benefiting from it. And if you’re not the kind of reader interested in such dreary topics, we also have video games. E3 2019 has come and gone, but this year felt different. I have to confess that I’ve become somewhat jaded with the offerings over the past few years as the biggest games were just milking franchises dry. Or maybe I’m getting old. This E3 however sees quite a number of…

2 min.
hwm singapore

GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CAROLINE NGUI nguislc@sph.com.sg GROUP EDITOR RAYMOND GOH raygoh@sph.com.sg EDITORIAL (editorial@hardwaremag.com) Editor ZACHARY CHAN zachchan@sph.com.sg Deputy Editors NG CHONG SENG csng@sph.com.sg Associate Features Editors KENNY YEO kennyyeo@sph.com.sg Senior Tech Writers MARCUS WONG cmwong@sph.com.sg KOH WANZI wzkoh@sph.com.sg Tech Writers WONG CHUNG WEE wongcw@sph.com.sg EDITORIAL SUPPORT Senior Manager, Administration and Editorial Support Unit JULIANA CHONG julianac@sph.com.sg Administrative Executive JASHNIJOTHIRANI NADARAJAH jrani@sph.com.sg MARKET DEVELOPMENT Managing Director GEOFF TAN tancs@sph.com.sg Directors, Partnerships & Strategy EILEEN CHIA elchia@sph.com.sg JOVARY JOSE jovaryj@sph.com.sg Director, Insights & Intelligence LEONG TSCHENG YEE leongty@sph.com.sg Head, Marketing & Circulation LIN SHAO MEI smlin@sph.com.sg Senior Manager VICKY YONG yongwmv@sph.com.sg Assistant Manager NUR KAMALIANA SULAIMAN nkliana@sph.com.sg CREATIVE Art Director ASHRUDDIN SANI ashdin@sph.com.sg MICHAEL CHIAN, cmichael@sph.com.sg JASON TAN, jasontan@sph.com.sg RAY CHRISTIAN TICSAY, rayt@sph.com.sg Chief Photographer VERONICA TAY verontay@sph.com.sg Executive Photographers FRENCHESCAR LIM frenchl@sph.com.sg TAN WEI TE tanweite@sph.com.sg Supervising Video Photographer Leon King leonkw@sph.com.sg Photographers DARREN CHANG darrenc@sph.com.sg VEE CHIN veechin@sph.com.sg PHYLLICIA WANG, wanglix@sph.com.sg Videographer GONG YIMIN gongym@sph.com.sg ALICIA CHONG achong@sph.com.sg Senior administrative Executive WENDY WONG, wwong@sph.com.sg Editorial Support Executive HO MEI SAN meisanho@sph.com.sg VIDEO LAB Graphic Designer FELICIA LIEW felliew@sph.com.sg MUHAMMAD FIRDAUS MAHADI firmhdi@sph.com.sg SHERRY LEUNG…

8 min.
the latest and greatest

GLASS PART DUEX The augmented reality glasses are back as Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. Powered by the Qualcomm SnapDragon XR1 platform that’s meant for computer vision and machine learning workloads, the glasses boast of an improved 8MP camera and comes in two variants: wireframe or a ruggedized classic frame. It’s strictly meant for enterprise users though. MIXING BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE Wrapped in aluminum and magnesium alloys in a grey finish, the Lenovo ThinkBook 13s exudes a premium aura and weighs a mere 1.34kg. Its 13.3-inch full HD, antiglare display boasts of thin bezels for immersive viewing. With a 11-hour battery life and RapidCharge feature, expect to get a day’s work done without the need to hunt for a wall power socket. MORE BASS FOR THE BUCK! These noise-cancelling headphones are the latest addition to…

2 min.
no shot too far

The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom is your new uncompromising photo companion. Push past the limitations of physical distance because now, no shot is too far. Be it your favourite performer at a live concert or breathtaking landmarks from your holiday getaway, you’ll get to preserve these memories in crisp detail thanks to OPPO’s latest feats in mobile photography. OPPO’S MOST POWERFUL CAMERA WITH 60X DIGITAL ZOOM The crowning achievement of the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom is its 10x Hybrid Zoom, which allows the phone to take great pictures from a wide range of distances – equivalent to a 16-160mm focal range! With the world’s first 60x digital zoom, there’s nothing this phone can’t cover. Key to this is the Reno 10x Zoom’s tri-lens setup: a 48MP ultra-clear main camera, 13MP telephoto lens and 8MP…

2 min.
living life large

Large format photography and mobility may sound like a misnomer, but Fujifilm staunchly challenges that idea with their GFX series and the new GFX100 flagship promises to bring even more of that vision into reality. Its new 102MP sensor is 1.7 times larger than a 35mm full-frame sensor, providing smoother gradation and sharper images. Specifically designed for the GFX100, Fujifilm’s powerful X-Processor 4 engine is capable of quickly optimizing those ultrahigh-resolution photos, including support for 16-bit RAW as well as in-camera conversion to 16-bit TIFF. The GFX100 sensor is also the first of its kind to feature a back illuminated structure, resulting in lower noise, greater dynamic range and faster readout despite the higher pixel count. They’ve combined that with 100% phase detection pixel coverage for dramatically improved autofocus – it’s now…

2 min.
rethink office laptops with the new lenovo thinkbook

A work laptop doesn’t have to be boring, nor does it have to be completely alien to our lifestyles. The new Lenovo ThinkBook 13s is designed for businesses with the new digital workforce in mind. In other words: you. ALWAYS READY The new Lenovo ThinkBook is all about convenience and accessibility. If our smartphones can be ready in a snap, then why not our laptops too? With Modern Standby, you can. This snazzy feature lets you wake the laptop in just 0.5 seconds, so it's always ready as soon as you need it. A secure fingerprint reader keeps your files safe and does away with long, complex passwords. Modern Standby even lets you leave key background apps running while the laptop sleeps. Sync emails, keep the music running, or use Cortana voice recognition…