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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.

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Discerning users can counter Gen AI’s potential for misuse: Adobe’s Andy Parsons

As elections take precedence in many countries, Adobe India’s latest survey illustrates fears about misinformation across various networks, as the tech giant pushes a case for Content Credentials

Content Credentials can show important information such as the creator’s identity, creation date, and any AI use. (Official image.)
Updated on May 28, 2024 01:20 PM IST

Canva’s smart acquisitions fuel its latest chapter of growth

Even as Affinity becomes the first creative software to adopt the ARM-standard that’ll define PCs in the next few years, Canva confirms it’ll remain a separate app

At Canva Create 2024, Affinity announced the new v2.5, which includes new advanced editing options. (Official image)
Updated on May 23, 2024 10:05 PM IST

Canva boosts AI layer for Magic Studio, as Affinity acquisition reaps rewards

The updates for Magic Studio include Magic Video editing with background voice remover, as well as a new Affinity app that supports Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon ARM- chips for Windows PCs

Canva made its AI strategy clear with the Magic Studio structure. (Official image)
Published on May 23, 2024 10:04 PM IST

Canva sharpens focus on enterprises as a refreshed UI waits to be discovered

The biggest singular update marks the company embarking on its second decade, and there is an attempt to appeal to enterprise and business users as well, even as functionality is enhanced for personal usage

The Canva platform now has more than 180 million monthly active users. (Official image.)
Updated on May 23, 2024 10:03 PM IST

Exclusive | Most cutting-edge tools use AI built in-house: Canva’s Cameron Adams

Though Canva works with many AI companies including OpenAI, Cameron Adams who is co-founder and Chief Product Officer, tells HT that headline features use AI that has been developed by their own teams

Cameron Adams, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Canva. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 10:04 PM IST

Asus Vivobook S doesn’t compromise slimness, even as performance demands grow

The Vivobook S series, in the 15-inch and 16-inch OLED screen options, get the spectrum of Intel Core Ultra chips at different price points

The Vivobook S series, in the 15-inch and 16-inch OLED screen options, get the spectrum of Intel Core Ultra chips at different price points(HT Photo)
Published on May 21, 2024 12:05 PM IST

Exclusive: India’s carmakers help define innovation, says Qualcomm’s Vivek Khanna

Vivek Khanna tells HT that Qualcomm is in talks with all Indian automakers, to enable satellite connectivity at minimal cost. We should hear from car companies, soon

Vivek Khanna, Senior Director at Qualcomm and (right) an illustration of the Snapdragon Cockpit platform (Qualcomm)
Published on May 18, 2024 01:44 PM IST

A refined and powerful JBL Authentics 500 puts Marshall Woburn III on notice

Support for lossless audio, Dolby Atmos and a beautifully tuned soundstage, JBL Authentics 500 builds atop an unquestionably powerful speaker system leaving little to chance

JBL Authentics 500 speakers. (Official handout photo)
Published on May 17, 2024 10:02 AM IST

Xiaomi’s partnership with Argentine football attempts to build a club of success

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G World Champions Edition arrives on the back of robust Redmi 13 sales, and ushers a second year of Xiaomi’s partnership with the football world champions

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G World Champions Edition. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on May 16, 2024 02:26 PM IST

[Exclusive] Key to design is inclusivity and exploration: WhatsApp’s Idit Yaniv

Meta’s always walking a continuity tightrope with WhatsApp, the most popular messenger globally.

Idit Yaniv, who is head of WhatsApp Design at Meta. (Meta/WhatsApp)
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:42 AM IST

Tech Tonic | OpenAI and Google’s AI vision is fascinating and terrifying

Google isn’t in a mood to stand still, and neither is OpenAI. That means AI is evolving, perhaps far too quickly. Wait till Apple too joins the party.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at a Google I/O event in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)(AP)
Published on May 15, 2024 11:39 PM IST

Google I/O 2024: An AI chapter for Android, covering billions of users in one go

Google executives Sameer Samat and Dave Burke detail plans for AI on Android, and answer questions about choice, hybrid approach and when your phone gets AI.

Sameer Samant said it is reimagining Android's consumer experience and the way you interact with your phone with AI at the core
Updated on May 15, 2024 01:02 AM IST

Google I/O 2024: Google Gemini plans for the present, and a complex future

Navigating complexities of Gemini AI updates with Google execs Demis Hassabis, Sissie Hsiao and Liz Reid, who detail changes, privacy measures and availability

Gemini Live will figure prominently in Google’s Messages app, with the added context of your chats.
Published on May 14, 2024 11:37 PM IST

Haier C11 OLED is more than ready to battle with LG, Samsung and Sony’s TVs

Beyond the audio and visual spec, Haier’s tuning of the OLED panel and Harman Kardon’s audio expertise, are doing more than enough to piece together a value proposition for a large screen TV

The Haier C11 OLED television. (Official handout image.)
Published on May 13, 2024 01:11 PM IST

Tech Tonic | Let's talk about the undisputed Apple iPad and your workflow

There is no longer a debate about the iPad as a content creation and productivity device. You must identify the apps that work for your workflows.

Clockwise from left: Updated iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil Pro, M4 chip, the new iPad Air and the updated Magic Keyboard (Official handouts)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 09, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Apple’s new iPads are undoubtedly exciting, and Excitel’s brave plans for IPTV

Two long years ago. That’s when Apple last refreshed the iPad Pro and iPad Air portfolios.

Clockwise from left: Updated iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil Pro, M4 chip, the new iPad Air and the updated Magic Keyboard (Official handouts)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 09, 2024 01:24 PM IST

Acefast Z4 PD218W GaN marks the return of fast and versatile charging hubs

The option to dictate how much power can be delivered by each port, defines versatility for multiple fast charging and power hungry devices, including laptops

The form factor is the basis for the Acefast 218W GaN’s unique proposition. (Official handout)
Published on May 09, 2024 09:37 AM IST

Google Wallet app, now in India, isn’t bothered about credit cards or payments

The payments duties remain with the Google Pay app, while Wallet wants to put your tickets, boarding passes, loyalty accounts and digital documents within one interface

A peak into the new Google Wallet. (Official handout)
Updated on May 08, 2024 02:52 PM IST

Apple iPad Pro leaps two generations forward as iPad Air melds power and choice

The new iPad Pro range marks the first instance of an iPad ushering in the next generation of Apple Silicon, the M4

Clockwise from left: Updated iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil Pro, M4 chip, the new iPad Air and the updated Magic Keyboard (Official handouts)
Published on May 07, 2024 09:31 PM IST

Banks rely on AI as digital transactions grow, and methodology of frauds evolves

India’s digital transactions are growing rapidly, as are threats of frauds by bad actors with their methods evolving. Platforms are looking towards AI to complement authorisation and authentication, in an infrastructure built for speed and volume

Representational image.
Updated on May 07, 2024 10:55 AM IST

Hive is an evolved method to manage your home’s AQI, and then does more

Indian tech company Praan’s unconventional approach with the Hive’s design is underlined by a filter that’s a notch above what rivals have. Smartness extends to more metrics from the room, such as carbon dioxide and noise

The Praan HIVE air purifier. (Official handout image.)
Published on May 07, 2024 10:36 AM IST

A converged Wi-Fi and TV bill is all about value: Excitel’s Varun Pasricha

A combined bill for broadband and TV over the internet, according to Pasricha, can save a consumer as much as ₹300 per month. This is when compared with separate subscriptions for broadband, linear TV and streaming apps

Excitel COO Varun Pasricha. (Official handout image)
Published on May 06, 2024 01:21 PM IST

Tech Tonic | For TV and OTT, the more things change, the more they stay the same

A wholesome shift to streaming platforms still has a layer of friction, and you aren’t getting away from the deluge of advertisements either.

Have you given up a conventional subscription to a cable or direct-to-home (DTH) service provider? (PTI)
Published on May 05, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Samsung’s AI phones still have no true rivals, as Google fights app bad actors

Samsung's domination in 'AI phones' remains unchallenged, thanks to the unique Galaxy AI pitch with broad utility.

FILE - Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Phones displayed in Seoul, South Korea, July 26, 2023. Global smartphone shipments rose nearly 8% in the first quarter, according to preliminary data from International Data Corp. It's the third straight quarter of shipment growth and marks the return of Samsung to No. 1. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, file)(AP)
Published on May 04, 2024 09:53 PM IST

Xiaomi’s pitch to improve budget Android tabs achieves success with Redmi Pad SE

Considering Redmi Pad SE’s dated rivals get left far behind on overall experience, it illustrates a successful transition, as Android tablets find relevance and utility

Redmi Pad SE (HT Photo/Vishal Mathur)
Published on Apr 29, 2024 10:11 AM IST

Tech Tonic | The gaps in India’s digital payments ecosystem need plugging

All indicators point to India’s growing appetite to spend. A trend is visible in sales data and markets. But recurring payments on UPI need urgent fixing.

According to the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), Indians clocked 11,761 crore UPI transactions in 2023(Mint file)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 12:17 AM IST

As the world grapples with deepfakes, AI companies agree to a set of principles

Top AI companies including Meta, Google, Anthropic, Microsoft, OpenAI, Stability.AI and Mistral AI will rework data sets, detection techniques and not release new models without evaluation

Examples of how AI is used to distort images. (Official handout.)
Published on Apr 24, 2024 11:51 AM IST

Fight fire with fire? Gen AI as a defence against AI powered cyberattacks

Large Language Models, that are at the very core of generative AI’s utility, are being used by threat actors to generate phishing attacks, malware and deepfakes

Text to video generation systems are rapidly improving, such as this example of OpenAI’s Sora that can generate high quality videos with text prompts. (Image from OpenAI)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 09:41 AM IST

Meta AI challenge to ChatGPT has an element of surprise, albeit not unexpected

Meta AI will immediately do one better if it doesn’t repeat high-profile mistakes Google Gemini made recently. Meta understands the simplest way to reach its 3 billion daily users, is across all their apps

Meta AI integration across WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. (Official images)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 10:34 AM IST

Adobe’s Acrobat AI isn’t ignoring PDFs, while Asus writes a new chapter for PCs

Their generative AI, called Acrobat AI Assistant, is now being integrated within the Acrobat Reader platform…

Representational Image
Published on Apr 18, 2024 10:41 PM IST
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