Vishal Mathur

Vishal Mathur is Technology Editor for Hindustan Times. When not making sense of technology, he often searches for an elusive analog space in a digital world.

Articles by Vishal Mathur

Samsung stretches foldable phone influence even though it’s still a lonely race

With both the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, Samsung has made them better where they needed to be better
The Galaxy Z Fold4 is sleeker and lighter than its predecessor. (HT photo)
The Galaxy Z Fold4 is sleeker and lighter than its predecessor. (HT photo)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 11:44 AM IST

WhatsApp’s new privacy features make it easier for you to stay under the radar

The new WhatsApp arsenal: Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new privacy features on WhatsApp will enable people to exit group chats without notifying everyone
People will soon have the option on WhatsApp to decide who can see you are online and busy in another conversation at the time. (WhatsApp: Photo courtesy)
People will soon have the option on WhatsApp to decide who can see you are online and busy in another conversation at the time. (WhatsApp: Photo courtesy)
Updated on Aug 09, 2022 02:14 PM IST

Sonos’ affordability pursuit with the Ray soundbar leaves a lot on the table

The good thing is, the Sonos sound signature doesn’t seem to have been compromised, which should hold this in good stead against competition which includes the Sony HT-S40R
Sonos Ray is the logical successor for the still-on-sale first generation Beam. (HT photo)
Sonos Ray is the logical successor for the still-on-sale first generation Beam. (HT photo)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 10:38 AM IST

OnePlus 10T is a curious phone tasked with correcting generation gaps

The OnePlus 10T is priced at 49,999 for the entry spec variant (that’s 8GB RAM and 128GB storage) and 54,999 (12GB + 256GB)
The OnePlus 10T 5G is a curious mix of the OnePlus 10 Pro and the OnePlus 10R. (HT photo)
The OnePlus 10T 5G is a curious mix of the OnePlus 10 Pro and the OnePlus 10R. (HT photo)
Published on Aug 05, 2022 03:04 PM IST

Everyone is angry with Meta, but it won’t stop the Instagram feed from changing

Meta tells HT that they will continue to work on finding a balance between your friends’ posts and recommended content on your Instagram feed, and new options are being explored
It was only in May this year that Instagram confirmed the planned changes. (HT picture)
It was only in May this year that Instagram confirmed the planned changes. (HT picture)
Published on Aug 05, 2022 02:45 PM IST

How India’s 5G mobile networks will guide your next smartphone purchase

For phones that support 5G bands in India, users should be able to seamlessly upgrade to 5G services and not necessarily have to worry about buying another phone
For representational purposes only. (Reuters Photo)
For representational purposes only. (Reuters Photo)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 02:13 PM IST

Does it make sense to buy security camera subscriptions with DTH and broadband?

By 2026, India is expected to have 25.5 million active households with home security solutions (up from 9.9 million in 2022), according to estimates by research firm Statista
For representational purposes. (HT Photo)
For representational purposes. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2022 03:24 PM IST

No longer immune: Tech giants face the reality of economic dips

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are facing challenges because of the global geopolitical instability, economic uncertainty, which is forcing consumers to wait and watch as well as persistent supply chain issues
Representational image.
Representational image.
Published on Jul 29, 2022 03:05 PM IST

New dimension to maps: Google and MapmyIndia overlay panorama street views

India’s geospatial policy notified last year allows foreign map operators to provide panoramic imagery by licensing the data from local partners
The street view functionality offers 360-degree views of streets using photos taken by cruising vehicles. (Reuters File Photo)
The street view functionality offers 360-degree views of streets using photos taken by cruising vehicles. (Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2022 04:33 PM IST

Rejoice, the Google Pixel 6a is here? That price tag is letting it down

  • The Google Pixel 6a will be inevitably compared with the new Nothing Phone (1) and OnePlus 10R. Both pursue the spec sheet more seriously, which leaves the Pixel 6a at a value perception disadvantage.
Google Pixel 6a.
Google Pixel 6a.
Published on Jul 22, 2022 08:47 AM IST

Nothing Phone (1) review: There’s a lot that’s unique, yet comfortingly familiar

‘Nothing’ is trying to tweak a few things around, and for the most part, has succeeded in making a phone that stands out
The all new Nothing Phone (1). (HT Photo)
The all new Nothing Phone (1). (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 15, 2022 05:02 PM IST

Netflix’s subscription with ads may bring cheer, but it’s not all doom and gloom

A collaboration with Candy Digital will see Netflix experiment in the digital collectibles market, with NFTs featuring Stranger Things characters. These go Live today, and 11,111 tokens will be available for minting in the first release
It was in April when Netflix had first talked about the possibility of an ad-supported subscription plan, to be available alongside the current subscription packs for mobile only, mobile + TV and Ultra HD streaming. (SOURCED.)
It was in April when Netflix had first talked about the possibility of an ad-supported subscription plan, to be available alongside the current subscription packs for mobile only, mobile + TV and Ultra HD streaming. (SOURCED.)
Updated on Jul 14, 2022 03:20 PM IST

Was Elon Musk ever the right man to ‘save’ Twitter, or indeed our planet?

Twitter attorney William Savitt of the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz wrote in a letter saying “Twitter has breached none of its obligations under the agreement
Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (AP File Photo)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (AP File Photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2022 08:36 PM IST

Apple’s Lockdown Mode will be a robust security tool, but it’s not for everyone

Apple says this mode (option or setting), will be available to a “very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security”
Representational image. (HT Photo)
Representational image. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 08, 2022 01:05 PM IST

Audio Technica ATH-WP900 dramatically takes a scenic route from the past

Audio Technica has somehow landed on a rather unique balance with the ATH-WP900, which places this firmly in the audiophile category
The Audio Technica ATH-WP900 headphones. (HT Photo)
The Audio Technica ATH-WP900 headphones. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2022 02:16 PM IST

OnePlus Nord 2T makes do with light touch of improvements

The Nord series continues to adorn the very convenient alert slider and though by the looks of it, that won’t be around for much longer in OnePlus phones
OnePlus Nord 2T (HT PHOTO)
OnePlus Nord 2T (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 09:02 AM IST

Alder Lake-HX — Intel’s powerful response to Apple M2 chips for laptop CPUs

The Alder Lake-HX chips are variations of the processors that are already available for high-performance desktops, code-named Alder Lake-S
The new Intel chip. (HT Photo)
The new Intel chip. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2022 01:32 PM IST

F1 2022 ushers in a new era, for the game and the sport

It is the 13th successive official F1 game created by game studio Codemasters, but technically is a first full development since the $1.2 billion buyout by EA Sports
Scenes from the new F1 2022 game. (HT Photo)
Scenes from the new F1 2022 game. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 11:05 AM IST

Aura Air’s fresh take on home air purification has new tech, and eccentricities

Israeli tech company Aura Air has a wall mounted design which is something rare for air purifiers and the price point is at a higher region
Aura Air comes with a reworked filter implementation and air purification technology. (HT photo)
Aura Air comes with a reworked filter implementation and air purification technology. (HT photo)
Published on Jul 04, 2022 02:25 PM IST

Fitness devices start to flex: Tech Tonic with Vishal Mathur

New devices, made in India, for India, are offering to liven up exercise routines with VR experiences, magic mirrors, real-time feedback and live stats.
Portl’s smart mirror uses sensors and a camera to analyse your form as you work out.
Portl’s smart mirror uses sensors and a camera to analyse your form as you work out.
Updated on Jul 02, 2022 05:58 PM IST

The iRobot Roomba J7+ vacuum cleaner has better vision than its peers

The reason Roomba J7+ has superior navigation tech is the inclusion of a camera at the front along with an LED spotlight, which gives further data for the artificially intelligent hazard detection to work with
The iRobot Roomba J7+ vacuum cleaner. (HT Photo)
The iRobot Roomba J7+ vacuum cleaner. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 03:50 PM IST

Netgear Orbi RBK353 is a good mesh system to eliminate Wi-Fi dark zones at home

For 17,499 (RBK352, with two nodes) and 25,999 (RBK353, with three nodes), you are indeed spending money on what is arguably one of the slickest home mesh systems for Wi-Fi
The Netgear Orbi RBK353 Wi-Fi mesh system. (HT Photo)
The Netgear Orbi RBK353 Wi-Fi mesh system. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 04:19 PM IST

Will a metaverse open standards group with Microsoft and Meta change anything?

The Metaverse Standards Forum includes tech giants such as Meta and Microsoft, chip makers, gaming companies and standards-setting bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Researchandmarkets.com in the Global Metaverse Market Research Report 2022 projected the metaverse space to be worth $758.6 billion by the year 2026.
Researchandmarkets.com in the Global Metaverse Market Research Report 2022 projected the metaverse space to be worth $758.6 billion by the year 2026.
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 07:06 PM IST

VR headsets need more than 8K for full human field of view: Mark Zuckerberg

Meta, formerly Facebook, hopes the varifocal technology will underline improvements in its next-generation VR headsets
The resolution that the virtual reality headset supports by default allows wearers to read to read the 20/20 vision line on an eye chart, via the headset.
The resolution that the virtual reality headset supports by default allows wearers to read to read the 20/20 vision line on an eye chart, via the headset.
Published on Jun 20, 2022 07:35 PM IST

The Xiaomi Pad 5 – Is it Android’s response to the Apple iPad?

Two options to choose from, with differing value for money – there’s the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage spec that’s for 26,999 and for 2,000 more, you get the 6GB+256GB option
The Xiaomi Pad 5 – Is it Android’s response to the Apple iPad?
The Xiaomi Pad 5 – Is it Android’s response to the Apple iPad?
Published on Jun 17, 2022 04:10 PM IST

As Microsoft Defender is available for all, do you need another antivirus app?

Available within Microsoft Defender will be antivirus protection, malware protection that’ll also scan for malicious apps already installed
 (HT PHOTO)
(HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 02:16 PM IST

How Microsoft forced Sony to change its approach towards PlayStation gamers

Sony was forced by competition into a much-deliberated reconfiguration of its companion subscription service for PlayStation consoles, currently PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4
Some of the games that are available on Sony’s PlayStation. (HT Photo)
Some of the games that are available on Sony’s PlayStation. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 15, 2022 12:29 PM IST

Do we really need the complication of premium subscriptions in messaging apps?

Messaging app Telegram has confirmed that premium subscriptions are on the agenda, though it will be optional as all existing functionalities will continue to remain free for all existing and new users
The Telegram messaging app. (Reuters File Photo)
The Telegram messaging app. (Reuters File Photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 03:29 PM IST

New EU rules on USB-C chargers go much beyond an iPhone redesign

The EU’s pitch is simple – consumers will save money they’d have otherwise spent to buy new chargers, and more than 11,000 tonnes of e-waste annually will be saved in the form of disposed or unused chargers
A USB-C charging port.
A USB-C charging port.
Published on Jun 09, 2022 12:45 PM IST

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite treads a different path to achieve Android affordability

OnePlus’ most affordable phone in India at this time, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite, has a spec sheet that is quite solid — Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chip, a 6.59-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate, fast charging and a 64-megapixel camera
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite.
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite.
Published on Jun 08, 2022 09:31 AM IST
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