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HWM Singapore

HWM Singapore December 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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
‘tis the season to be...buying

The year end has always been a gifting season. But even before the ghost of Christmas can been spotted, our wallets are already getting chain-hit by 11.11 Singles Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and local tech bazaars like The Tech Show and Sitex, all of which happened in the span of producing just one issue of HWM. What I’ve noticed over the years, is the joy of buying presents for others has been replaced with the joy of buying presents for yourself. It isn’t necessarily a shift towards narcissism or a self-indulgent society. I just feel that we live in an age of increased pressure that we need an equally increased level of self-love. Retail therapy has become online therapy. And as technology enables the globalisation of capitalism, with digital wallets and the…

4 min.
intel’s fastest gaming cpu?

It’s an upgraded version of the 9th-gen Intel Core i9-9900K, and the new CPU’s base clock is increased to 4.0GHz, from the previous 3.6GHz. It also boosts up to 5.0GHz on all its eight cores. On paper, this is the processor to boast to your friends about, but is it enough for to dominate the game? 1. THE WATER HEATER COMES WITH WI-FI CONNECTIVITY This water heater is designed with Wi-Fi connectivity for ease of operation. Control it via its dedicated mobile app that’s supported on both Android and iOS devices. There’s even get real-time water usage reports available! Its patent titanium heating elements comes with a lifetime warranty. ARISTON ANDRIS2 TOP WI-FI ENABLED WATER HEATER 2. WOVEN CARBON FIBRE COMPOSITE ARMS These headphones feature 43.6mm drivers, the largest in the Bowers & Wilkins…

1 min.
hot like chilli padi

BMW is sending off the current generation of 2 Series coupes with a bang, specifically with the new BMW M2 CS. The M2 CS will be BMW’s flagship 2 Series coupe and it’s really a more powerful and focused version of the M2 Competition — not that that’s a bad thing. Power comes from the same engine used in the M4 CS, that means a twin-turbo 3-litre straight-six capable of delivering 444hp and 550nm of torque. That’s a lot for a small little coupe. The results are 4 seconds from 0-100km/h and an electronically limited top speed of 280km/h. And if these numbers aren’t enough to get your pulse M2 CS with a six-speed manual. But if you don’t want to shift your own gears, you can also get the M2…

3 min.
of tech and politics

If there’s been one thing that stood out for the tech world in 2019, it would be how technology was caught up in politics. Most famously, how the United States of America directly interfered with the sales of product from a single company. That product is Huawei’s Mate 30 series of smartphones, in case you haven’t heard. The US government claims that Huawei has ties with the Chinese government, and so any equipment it produces can potentially have secret backdoors that would allow for spying. Thus, Huawei – one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment providers – has been placed on the Entity List, which means the company will need special licences to access products and services from US suppliers like Google. As such, the Mate 30 Pro is shipping without Google…

3 min.
e-scooter ban: out a lazy ? way

On 5 November 2019, it became illegal to ride e-scooters on footpaths in Singapore. The ban will eventually be expanded to include other motorised personal mobility devices (PMDs), such as unicycles and hoverboards, by next year. There are roughly 5,500km of footpaths in Singapore, so that’s thousands of kilometres of pavement you won’t be able to touch with your e-scooter. And yes, riding on the grass beside the pavement is illegal. Where can you continue to potter along? Just the 440km of cycling paths and Park Connector Networks on this tiny island. There’s an advisory period running from 5 November to 31 December, during which you’ll be able to get away with a warning. After that, you could face up to a $2,000 fine or three months jail. This move sees Singapore…

9 min.
there’s something for everyone ( if you happen to fall into this particular group of people )

THE GRUMPY DAD The Grumpy Dad has found out he's no longer hip (except for a hip replacement) and even his dad bod is out of style. Where he used to be cutting trend, he is now left behind and wishes technology could help him keep better control of his work, life and his family. Can technology help him keep track of his kids online and spy on who they hang out with? Can it connect him to his hobbies and help him relive his glory days? IN HIS POCKET XIAOMI NOTE 8 Android will only do for the man who doesn’t quite understand how everything works but loves the free games and apps. Besides, Pokemon Go is still playable and is something the whole family can play together. For a device there is none…