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HWM Singapore

HWM Singapore February 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

1 min.
calm before the storm

After the blitz of announcements in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, most tech brands tend to retreat back into their shells to make sure those announcements come to life. The next big show comes at the end of February, and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona brings us all the latest improvements we’d likely see in 2020 smartphones. And following that, the cycle of smartphone announcements begin anew, starting from Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy S series, followed by a growing list of Chinese competitiong from the likes of Oppo, Vivo, Huawei… So, there’s usually a lull period between CES and MWC before we get back into the swing of things as March rolls around. Except, 2020 has decided to throw a wrench into the program. As I write this note, Wuhan Coronavirus…

1 min.
pandora on wheels

Concept cars give automakers a chance to let their hair down and imagine what the future could be like. And at CES 2020, Mercedes-Benz really went all out with the Vision AVTR. AVTR stands for Advanced Vehicle Transformation though I suspect it has equally to do as much with the fact that the car was designed in collaboration with the people behind Avatar the movie – yes that blockbuster from 2009 that made over US$2.7 billion at the box office. The Vision AVTR is all organic lines and sensuous curves. The windscreen is a huge bubble and the doors are transparent glass. Inside, there are no gauges, dials, or even a steering wheel because it’s the future and so the car is fully autonomous. One of the unusual things about the car are…

2 min.
sound is timeless

How many gadgets or devices you’ve bought, say ten or more years ago, are still usable today? That phone is long obsolete by now, and even if that computer still boots I bet it’s woefully slow. Gaming console? There’s no way it can play the latest games. But there are some things in tech that stay relevant even after decades have passed. One of those things is sound. The tech behind sound production has barely changed over the past few decades. Sure, we have newfangled exotic materials like beryllium, titanium, and even carbon fibre, but the fundamental principle behind how sound is produced is mostly the same as it ever was – an electrical signal triggers a medium that vibrates to produce sound waves. This means loudspeakers or headphones purchased years…

6 min.
what exactly is quibi ?

The world needs many things, but if there’s one thing it doesn’t need more of, it’s another video streaming service. There’s already Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max, but now diving headfirst into the fray is Quibi. Quibi, short for “quick bites”, is a mobile streaming service that made its debut at CES 2020. It’s got one interesting proposition though – while Netflix is trying to put its shows on every single device from your smartphone to TV, Quibi is resolutely focused on mobile. In fact, it revolves entirely around smartphones, hoping to use them to advance a new and novel form of storytelling that’s unlike anything we have today. At least, that’s the pitch. At its CES keynote, Quibi presented itself as a unique service situated at the…

5 min.
when tech unicorns are # fakenews

No, it isn’t a ransom demand from Dr Evil, but the magic valuation number of startup tech companies over the last decade. A “unicorn”, when used in the venture capital industry, is a word to describe a startup company with a value of over US$1 billion. More and more tech startups have been reaching that magical unicorn status in the last couple of years, making unicorns much more than a mythical creature. Where it once took companies like Starbucks and Nike 24 years to reach a valuation of US$1 billion, modern tech companies have done it a lot faster. YouTube for example, only took a year while Evernote took it slow at six years. But, scarily, many companies like Uber, Lyft, and Grab reached this status without actually making a profit. So…

6 min.
behind the firewall

I remember the time when the first piece of software I’d install on a new PC would be an anti-virus before logging on to the internet. And the first thing I’d do after getting on the internet, was to update my anti-virus signatures. I’d then religiously click on update every day just to make sure I don’t miss those 0-day signatures. Now, there’s a longstanding myth that anti-virus companies are the ones that develop the viruses so that their anti-virus software continues to be relevant. Regardless of whether you believe in this conspiracy theory, the fact is that the virus game has changed quite drastically in the past 5 years. Today, the role of the anti-virus has taken a backseat and the firewall rose to prominence. The fancy term is cybersecurity, but…