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

Apple MacBook Pro 14 with M3 is a strong case, as Air and Pro differentiation blurs

There is an increasing overlap between the MacBook Air 15 and MacBook Pro 14, with increasing performance and design parity. Price differences will play a crucial role

Apple Macbook Pro. (Official image)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 09:26 AM IST

Proton Drive’s photo backups on Android, and a determined pursuit for pertinence

The new Android app for Proton Drive adds fully encrypted photo backups and interface improvements, as it competes with Google and Microsoft’s cloud storage propositions. For iPhones, the same functionality arrives in the coming months

Unlike cloud storage services from Big Tech, Proton Drive’s use of end-to-end encryption ensures your private photos cannot be leaked. (Official image)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 05:15 PM IST

Google Gemini is a big step forward for AI models

For consumers, Google Bard and Pixel 8 Pro phones will offer a first tryst with the new model.

Google Gemini AI models (Representative Photo)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 04:19 AM IST

Sony gives us timely reminders that digital ownership is still not trustworthy

Spoiled by convenience of quick access on smartphones or smart devices, we find ourselves in an era defined by unreliable digital purchases

Representational image. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 11:24 AM IST

Meta is betting on India’s ‘Gen Z’ Instagram users to drive trends in 2024

Content shared by Instagram’s Indian user contingent is expected to spark conversations around careers, sports, gaming and fashion. No surprise that, since India leads Instagram’s global user base share

For representational purposes only. (Reuters Photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 10:45 AM IST

Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Max forces PC makers to reset and restart, again

Alongside benchmark resetting performance, a familiar design but with a new colour and staggering spec customisation options that define a category

The new Macbook Pro,
Published on Dec 04, 2023 08:13 AM IST

Proton Drive is finally a cloud storage alternative to OneDrive and Google Drive

Proton’s privacy focused approach to a suite that includes email and VPN, makes it a subscription alternative to Google or Microsoft’s app ecosystems

A native app for Apple’s Mac computing devices is now available. (Proton)
Published on Nov 29, 2023 10:25 AM IST

3D visuals, hiking trails: See how maps and navigation apps are changing

There’s an app that watches the driver for signs of drowsiness; another lets users point to any 3-sq-m lot on the planet. Take a look.

The navigation app What3Words slices the Earth into virtual 3-sq-m blocks, for greater accuracy. Each square is assigned a unique three-word address.
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 03:41 PM IST

Gaming income and adoption in India rides an upward curve: HP study

One in three respondents consider gaming as a career choice with earning money and recognition the two primary attractions for the choice

At least 52% of active gamers now consider this as a main career choice – up from 33% in last year’s Gaming Landscape Study. (HP India / HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 08:03 PM IST

While OpenAI sorts it’s chaos, rival Anthropic’s Claude chatbot is evolving

The 200,000 token ability with Claude 2.1 does mean the ability to handle more information, but despite a 32,000 token upper limit, OpenAI’s GPT-4 still sets the standard for context quality

Claude 2.1 can now analyse as many as 1,50,000 words in a single prompt. (Official photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2023 10:40 AM IST

Is decentralising Artificial Intelligence the way forward?

With the OpenAI and Microsoft AI research unit issue in the backdrop, we're seeing a shift in how we approach training, transparency and control of AI models

(FILES) This illustration picture shows icons of Google's AI (Artificial Intelligence) app BardAI (or ChatBot) (C-L),(AFP)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 05:44 PM IST

A new, diverse OpenAI board takes shape as Sam Altman returns

For now, details are awaited on the exact number of board members in its final configuration, but the expectation is the strength will be closer to seven

Sam Altman, left, appears onstage with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at OpenAI’s first developer conference, on Nov. 6, 2023, in San Francisco. (AP)
Published on Nov 22, 2023 05:02 PM IST

In this kerfuffle, no one is sure where OpenAI, Microsoft or Sam Altman stand

Even as Silicon Valley and the world beyond struggles to make sense of OpenAI’s turmoil, we must remember these very folks are tasked with building artificial general intelligence (AGI)

It is a complicated structure at OpenAI, which is what allowed the board the power to fire Altman. (Reuters file photo)
Updated on Nov 21, 2023 09:58 AM IST

Sam Altman at the wheel or not, OpenAI’s tech knots the fortunes of many

Unfortunately, this human power struggle is something AI cannot resolve. Microsoft is mediating, which isn’t a surprise as the tech giant has a lot at stake

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in San Francisco. (Reuters photo)
Published on Nov 20, 2023 12:00 PM IST

Apple Pencil USB-C reduces monetary outlay, but onus is on you to choose wisely

This symbolises an already complex iPad accessory ecosystem and while a lower price tag is welcome, feature distinction won’t be easy to keep tabs on

The first-generation Apple Pencil is priced at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>9,500. (Official image)
Published on Nov 20, 2023 09:38 AM IST

Asics Gel Cumulus 25 TR’s generational updates enhance its value proposition

There are significant material and composition changes to keep up with the times, and at the same time, Asics have managed to reduce its weight and improve a reassuring footprint

The pair of shoes is priced at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,999 for now. (Official image)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 01:12 PM IST

Artificial intelligence, gadgets and the search for a hardware moonshot

Humane’s AI Pin which starts pre-orders on November 16 is a big leap for wearables, but does it answer the existential question at the heart of all AI?

The AI-powered wearable, AI Pin, is voice-enabled (Humane)
Published on Nov 15, 2023 09:10 PM IST

Nothing’s iMessage hack for Android is great, if you ignore the many red flags

There are data security concerns with Sunbird’s iMessage-to-Android bridge service underlier for Nothing Chats

Smartphone maker Nothing’s attempt to widen utility of messaging on Android phones leads us to Nothing Chats. (Nothing)
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 10:55 AM IST

Are passwords on the way out?: Tech Tonic with Vishal Mathur

Physical keys are being used as an alternative to the vulnerable safewords-and-characters approach. The real game-changer, though, is virtual passkeys. See why.

Google’s Titan Security Keys can be plugged into a USB port to act as two-factor authentication, and unlock a device. (Adobe stock)
Updated on Nov 11, 2023 08:11 PM IST

OnePlus Pad Go is all about refined versatility, rare in budget Android tablets

Android tablets needed a change, and that’s effectively under way. OnePlus Pad Go is playing the ecosystem card effectively, whilst competing with price corrected rivals from a segment above

The OnePlus Pad Go is priced at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>19,999. (Press Image)
Published on Nov 09, 2023 11:43 AM IST

AI companies will build principles, but it won’t be easy: Truecaller’s Alan Mamedi

Stockholm-based Truecaller has grown, clocking 356 million active users globally across Android and iPhone. Quite an achievement for something that started as a project to try and solve a problem

Alan Mamedi, CEO and co-founder of Truecaller, in conversation with HT’s Vishal Mathur during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, in New Delhi (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 06:41 PM IST

UK’s AI Safety Summit and US executive order usher in an era of AI regulation

Considering big leaps AI models take with each generational update, simply leaving AI safety, accuracy and fail-safes to be measured by voluntary commitments of AI companies, wasn’t enough anymore

For representational purposes only. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 03, 2023 01:30 PM IST

Google’s tech can evolve any noise cancelling earbuds into heart rate monitors

The research paper, titled ‘APG: Audioplethysmography for Cardiac Monitoring in Hearables’, details the experimental tech that uses a low intensity ultrasound probing signal routed via an ANC

Google Research image.
Published on Nov 01, 2023 09:56 AM IST

Apple’s new M3 chips reset performance benchmarks, with an eye on gaming

The M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max include significant improvements in terms of raw performance, graphics capabilities and on the MacBook series

Image for representational purposes only.
Published on Oct 31, 2023 09:08 AM IST

Space Black MacBook Pro and colourful iMac get a massive performance jump

Prices for the 14-inch MacBook Pro start at ₹1,69,900 for the M3, ₹1,99,900 for the M3 Pro and ₹3,19,900 for the M3 Max

Image for representational purposes only.
Published on Oct 31, 2023 08:32 AM IST

Noise Luna Ring shows a path fitness wearables should take

While wearables as an ecosystem have seen focus on smartwatches and fitness bands, it is the more discreet and comfortable smart rings that potentially can deliver on more utility

The Noise Luna Ring fitness band. (Vishal Mathur/ HT Photo)
Published on Oct 30, 2023 02:29 PM IST

OnePlus Open review: New benchmark for foldable phones with key software smarts

We’ve spent years willing Samsung to push innovation with foldables. That’s changed. OnePlus’ fresh take will now have them pushing the innovation envelope on Samsung, Google and everyone else

The new OnePlus Open. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on Oct 26, 2023 10:17 AM IST

Marshall Motif II ANC is balancing legacy with demands of wireless audio

There is a perception that Marshall’s audio products sport premium price tags. Comparisons with AirPods Pro 2nd gen, Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 and Sony WF-1000XM4 reveal the fallacy of preconceived notions

Marshall Motif II ANC. (Vishal Mathur/ HT Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2023 09:27 AM IST

Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro review: True vision of AI underlying smartphones

Google is betting on AI as a definer for photography, with a chip that largely keeps heat in check, and displays defining both Pixel phones that carry similarities amidst subtle differentiation

Google Pixel 8 Pro (Vishal Mathur/ HT Photo)
Published on Oct 15, 2023 10:19 AM IST

Dreambot D9 Max is the sweep and mop automation your home gets, on a budget

You don’t have to spend flagship-esque amounts of money to get fully-automated sweeping and mopping, in one robot vacuum cleaner

Dreambot D9 Max comes with a price tag of around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>24,999. (Official image)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 01:04 PM IST
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