The Insider: Editor Matt Hill on Tech Trailblazers Igniting the World Right Now
We are pleased to introduce a new and exciting guest on the blog to celebrate the launch of T3 magazine on PressReader.com! The technology bible’s editor Matt Hill is an award-winning journalist and media commentator who has contributed to a wide range of publications The Guardian, Wired and FHM. His T3 is the UK’s biggest-selling digital magazine and a monthly lifestyle tome of exclusive gadget coverage, from smartphones and cameras to fitness kit and essential domestic upgrades.
The monthly title throws a spotlight on the hottest new innovations in its Radar section and reviews the latest products in the Rated test lab, with head-to-head showdowns ensuring you end up with the gear you need and that your friends will envy. Plus, Tech Life helps you improve everything you do with gadgetry tailored to your lifestyle, and its monthly investigations lift the lid on the secrets behind where tech is heading next. There are also hundreds of products listed, explained and price checked in the ultimate buyers’ guide at the back. You can read this month’s issue of T3 on PressReader right here!
How would you describe the typical T3 reader?
Unashamedly tech-interested individuals with curious minds, discerning tastes and who want to upgrade all areas of their life in the best way, and with the best gear, possible.
What should PressReader’s readers expect to get out of this month’s edition?
It is T3‘s ninth annual Hot 100, the ultimate countdown of the tech, talent and cutting-edge innovations igniting the world right now. These are the tech trailblazers defining the coming years as well as this one. We’ve also got exclusive hands-ons with the new HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 superphones, so don’t upgrade your handset without reading it first.
What do you see as the biggest trend in mobile computing?
Wearables is certainly one that, despite its rather awkward name, is going to run and run. We’ve only just scratched the surface of how unintrusive but connected tech will benefit us. The sector is still waiting for its iPhone moment, though – maybe Apple will oblige again?
Now, on to you, Matt. How many devices do you own?
Well, that’s a trick question, as I try to have all mobile platforms to hand in the office at all times, so our team can try any updates, apps or new finds as and when required. I personally have one phone and one tablet for each – iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry – for this purpose, and to test our award-winning and best-selling digital editions.
What latest tech do you currently carry with you?
My pocket has an iPhone 5S in it at the moment, whereas my bag is currently rather weighed down with a Nexus 5, KEF M500 headphones, Apple MacBook Air and iPad Air, Mophie Powerstation Duo and a PlayStation Vita.
Is there any piece of tech you couldn’t live without for a week?
Maybe the Powerstation Duo, which has about four phone batteries full of power in its belly and lets you charge two USB devices at once. It’s certainly invaluable at events and on press trips – without it, the other stuff stops running – although without other devices to power it would be fairly redundant.
Where do you go for news?
Twitter. Follow the right people and brands and it’s the first place anything breaks.
Finally, a few words of wisdom to share with our publishing partners: in your opinion, what is the biggest mistake made by content producers when it comes to digital publishing?
Assuming they know what their audience wants, or making a digital magazine for themselves rather than their readers. That’s the best thing about the digital world: readers are only too happy to tell you where you’re going wrong – and often how to fix it.
What do you think people look for in a good app?
Consistently good content, ease of use, and then innovative extras that can show off the technology – in that order.
Matt Hill is an award-winning writer and editor based in London.
He is currently Editor of technology brand T3′s magazine and digital editions, the UK’s best-selling digital monthly and the former PPA International Magazine of the Year and Digital Product of the Year. He also writes a technology column for Brik.
He was previously Deputy Editor at Britain’s biggest men’s magazine ShortList, Production Editor/Culture Editor at men’s style monthly ARENA, Associate Editor at cross-format cinema quarterly Picturehouse Recommends, plus Contributing Editor at Virgin’s international lifestyle iPad magazine PROJECT, entertainment lifestyle iPad app INDUSTRIA and Soho House members quarterly House.
He has also written and edited for a variety of other publications including The Guardian, Wired, The Sunday Times, FHM, Little White Lies, The Architects’ Journal and The Times Education Supplement.
He won the Games Media Award for Best Coverage in a Mainstream Magazine in 2012 and 2009, and was shortlisted in 2011. He has also been a media commentator for The Gadget Show Live, a judge of Epic Games’ Make Something Unreal video-game design competition, and edited two books.