77 awards presented in recognition of the best brands and products at technology industry’s most prestigious awards
Singapore, 27 February, 2013 – HardwareMAG or HWM, Singapore’s leading tech magazine, and HardwareZone.com, Singapore’s No.1 online technology portal today announced the winners of the HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2013, in recognition of the best brands and products in the technology industry.
Into its fourth edition, the HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards is the industry’s largest and most inclusive awards event. This year, 36 Editor’s Choice and 41 Readers’ Choice awards were handed out in categories ranging from computers and consumer electronics to digital entertainment, communications and services. These awards celebrate the most influential technology companies as well as excellence in product performance and innovation.
For the Editor’s Choice awards, a total of 159 products across 36 categories were evaluated in the HWZ Labs during the eligibility period from December 2011 to November 2012. An expert editorial panel put each product through proven benchmarks and test methodologies. The winners were chosen based on performance, value and innovation in consumer experience.
The Readers’ Choice awards saw an increase in brand nominations from 138 nominees in 2012 to 169 in 2013, covering 41 categories. A record high of 249,000 votes were cast during the four-week voting period, indicating the continued growth of the HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards as the platform of choice for consumers to identify the most recognisable brands in the industry.
Dr Jimmy Tang, Group Editor of HWM Singapore and HardwareZone.com, said: “The HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2013 is our biggest one to date, with expanded categories in both Editor’s Choice and Readers’ Choice awards. This can be attributed to the maturing of nascent technologies such as fibre broadband, wireless standards and cloud services, which proved to be the catalysts driving the growth of mobile and digital entertainment markets. We also saw greater competition in the services sector with emerging players making a bid to challenge the status quo.
“We’re proud to announce yet another year of record votes cast, a result of widespread consumerisation of technology, increased readership and a more vocal community. As we move into the next awards cycle, we will continue to assess our merit categories to remain relevant with ever-shifting trends and deliver the industry’s most inclusive awards event.”
Mr Eugene Low, Deputy Managing Director, SPH Magazines, added: “The continued success of the HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards is the result of our commitment to provide Singapore’s premier platform to recognise the best in tech. The brands and products we honour today also set the standard to beat for the year ahead. We hope the awards serve to spur healthy competition and sustained innovation within the industry, giving rise to better products, improved quality of service and ultimately greater consumer confidence.”
The complete set of results will be published in HWM Singapore’s March and April 2013 issues. They will also be released online at www.hardwarezone.com.sg over the next week.
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A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Limited.
With a proven track record for sterling editorial content, award-winning designs and creative solutions, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic publisher. In its stable are about 100 titles in the region, in English, Chinese and other languages, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men's lifestyle, automobile, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other titles such as Female, Cleo, The Women's Weekly, The Peak, Home & Decor, Nuyou, Torque and HWM are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle categories. It also publishes Harper's BAZAAR and Cosmopolitan in Singapore and Malaysia with Hearst Magazines International.
In addition, websites such as HardwareZone.com have extended its reach online, engaging readers with interactive content, capturing audience beyond print.
SPH Magazines' established editorial unit provides excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and other collaterals to meet their business needs. clickTRUE Pte Ltd, an associate company of SPH Magazines, is a Pay Per Performance online marketing company specialising in Online Media Planning, Search Engine Marketing and Optimisation, Web Analytics Consultancy and Landing Page Optimisation.
With a vision to continue regional growth, SPH Magazines is set to hold a leading position in publishing in Asia, with a presence in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines and Vietnam.
In line with this vision, SPH Magazines acquired 34% of Antarctica Interactive Private Limited, the holding company of the Luxury Insider Group. It is an integrated luxury media company which owns online publications Inluxe.cn, as well as the luxury print BACCARAT Magazine in Hong Kong. Other titles include Luxury Properties, Action Asia, Asia-Pacific Boating, China Boating, JET Asia Pacific and Asia-Pacific Spa published through wholly owned subsidiary, Blu Inc Media, in China and Hong Kong.
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