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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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Can you, and should you, make NFTs from artwork, collectibles and tweets?

There is a potential of earning big from a sale of a collectible you may have as an NFT. This is not financial advice, but NFT sales have seen a steady increase over the past few months

Top artwork NFTs on the OpenSea platform, which also hosts NFTs for music, collectibles, domain names, trading cards and sports. (Screen shot)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 10:32 AM IST

Has Google just proved how difficult it is to make foldable phones?

Research firm Counterpoint’s Foldable Smartphone Shipment Forecast from August indicates the foldable smartphone market in the year 2023 will be 10 times bigger than now

Android 12 integrates optimisations that make it better for foldable phones, but we’ll not be able to experience the improvements in the pure form on a Pixel foldable phone, just yet. (Image Courtesy- DSCC)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 04:35 PM IST

Can a battery replace petrol in your next car?

Carmakers, infrastructure companies, and power suppliers are installing larger and fast chargers at public charging zones. These can charge an almost discharged EV battery up to 80% in around 60 minutes

EVs do not have an engine working alongside the battery power to move a car along. It is just the electric motor drawing power from the battery to drive you along. (Bloomberg Photo/Representative use)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 12:39 PM IST

Amazon Fire TV 4K Max: Still offers more than Android TV streaming stick rivals

Across the board, the attraction remains the same. Simple plug and play - connect this with the HDMI port on your TV, and even if yours is a smart TV, it becomes smarter still

The Amazon Fire TV 4K Max gets Wi-Fi 6 standard support, more RAM and the new Live View Picture-in-Picture mode. (Amazon)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 04:40 PM IST

Apple Watch Series 7: Incremental upgrades or much more than that?

You shouldn’t be surprised if incremental upgrades are all you find in the Apple Watch Series 7, because that’s just the direction the Apple Watch embarked on a few years ago

Is the Apple Watch Series 7 just an incremental upgrade or way more than that? (Supplied photo/ Apple)
Published on Nov 11, 2021 05:19 PM IST

Simple guide to NFTs: Should you care about value tokens for your assets?

When a non-fungible token is created (also called ‘minted’ in some circles), it cannot be copied, edited, deleted or in any way modified or manipulated by anyone except the creator, as well as the owner at the time

An artwork NFT minted by female solo artist Victoria Verdandi, is part of the ‘Verdandi Artefacts’ collection which has a total of 12 unique NFTs listed on the OpenSea platform. (HT image)
Published on Nov 10, 2021 05:04 PM IST

Keep an eye on your passwords leaked in hacks or data breaches

Mozilla, the people behind the popular Firefox web browser for computers and phones, have a free tool called Firefox Monitor, which collects data updates from popular online tool Have I Been Pwned

Firefox Monitor website checks if an email address has figured in any data breach since 2007. (Picture courtesy-Firefox Monitor)
Published on Nov 09, 2021 12:14 PM IST

Should you fear the metaverse?

Privacy, law and order, access are just some of the tangles that lie in wait as companies get set to create virtual worlds that mirror our own — worlds where one can buy, play, meet, work, all in the same simulation. Also vital, what will metaverses do to the nature of reality?

In Free Guy (2021), the simulated world becomes a place where players are invited to be their worst selves. Ryan Reynolds plays a background character who gains a degree of consciousness and upends this world by being a complete anomaly: a good guy.
Updated on Nov 05, 2021 10:01 PM IST

Dyson’s latest air purifiers get close to pollution-fighting perfection

North India is seeing a spike in pollution levels and a dip in the air quality. The timing is right as Dyson’s new purifiers - Dyson Purifier Cool and Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool - are replacing similarly named models in the range

Dyson’s latest air purifiers are close to pollution-fighting perfection. (Dyson/ Supplied photo)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 02:29 PM IST

Can the affordable Realme TechLife Air Purifier counter indoor pollution?

Just ahead of what we dismally call the “pollution season”, Realme is making an early move into the air purifier space in India. The Realme TechLife Air Purifier will likely make Philips, Honeywell and Xiaomi sit up and take notice

Realme is making an early move into the air purifier space in India. The Realme TechLife Air Purifier, priced at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6,999, will likely make Philips, Honeywell and Xiaomi sit up and take notice. (Realme TechLife)
Published on Nov 03, 2021 03:15 PM IST

Microsoft’s grand metaverse plans to start with Teams app

Microsoft has said next year Teams users will be able to access their meetings on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets and participate in them as a virtual space

Microsoft’s grand metaverse plans will start with the popular Teams app. (Microsoft)
Published on Nov 03, 2021 02:38 PM IST

Facebook to shut down face recognition for photo tagging

Facebook has built possibly the world’s largest repository of digital photos anywhere in the world, and the corresponding facial recognition algorithms at work all these years give it precise data of who is who

Facebook has decided to shut down its face recognition feature for photo tagging. (AFP/File)
Updated on Nov 03, 2021 02:09 PM IST

JioPhone Next isn’t redefining budget Android phones, but EMI bundles add value

JioPhone Next: Reliance Jio and Google have partnered to develop this 4G smartphone for the Jio network in India. The customized version of Android for the JioPhone Next is called Pragati OS.

JioPhone Next is comparable with Xiaomi’s popular Redmi 9A phone in terms of price
Published on Oct 29, 2021 10:56 PM IST

Up to speed: The anatomy of a modern-day running shoe

Innovation is the sole of the sneaker industry. And no, they’re not done yet. From carbon fibre plates that send energy charging back into your foot, to 3D-printed midsoles that compress better, manufacturers are upping their game in the quest to make the perfect one.

Updated on Oct 29, 2021 08:24 PM IST

Facebook to Meta: The Metaverse contours go beyond just rebranding

Facebook insists the corporate structure won’t change, and that Meta will now be reporting results for the current family of apps, including Facebook and Instagram, and the Reality Labs

Facebook will now be known as Meta as it is betting big on the metaverse project that it sees as the future of the internet. (Facebook/Meta)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 03:03 PM IST

Dolby Atmos in Mercedes cars builds on a mind-bogglingly powerful audio system

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it is now one of the few carmakers in the world to have been able to integrate Dolby Atmos audio into the in-car audio experience for a range of its cars

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it is now one of the few carmakers in the world to have been able to integrate Dolby Atmos audio into the in-car audio experience for a range of its cars. (By arrangement)
Updated on Oct 28, 2021 07:44 PM IST

Game on: HP’s Victus 16 tries to prove gaming laptops needn’t be costly

Where the HP Victus 16 gets a leg up is with the AMD price advantage. This is more than satisfactory as an entry-spec gaming laptop, sitting well below the ₹1 lakh price mark

HP’s Victus 16 tries to prove that gaming laptops need not be expensive. (Supplied photo)
Updated on Oct 28, 2021 02:43 PM IST

Snap is about more immersive, personalised experiences: Murphy

Bobby Murphy, co-founder and chief technology officer at Snap, and in many ways the company’s secret weapon when it comes to developing new features and the experience on the Snapchat app, spoke with Hindustan Times

Co-founder of Snap, Bobby Murphy says the potential of Augmented Reality to create new professional and career opportunities is being recognised now. (Image courtesy- Snap)
Published on Oct 27, 2021 05:36 PM IST

Chip shortage: Wait for your new car, Sony PS5 or Apple MacBook just got longer

The time between ordering chips and when they are delivered is growing. According to one estimate, the chip waiting period is now 21 weeks — the highest it has ever been.

A worker inspects chips at the semiconductor packaging firm Unisem (M) Berhad plant in Ipoh, Malaysia (REUTERS)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 04:09 PM IST

‘E-bikes are not just clean and green, they help people save more money’

Technology, mobility and environment are no longer separate verticals when it comes to developing electricity-driven modes of transport as the spotlight is moving fast towards electric cars and electric bikes

Research firm Mordor Intelligence, in the latest e-bike market forecast for India, suggests the market will be valued at $2.08 million by 2026, up from $1.02 million in 2021. (Vishal Mathur/HT)
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 06:46 PM IST

What if your drinking cup could tell you its best-by date?

A UK-based startup has developed world’s first biodegradable solution that leaves no microplastic behind and decomposes plastic

We buy plastic cups but never bother to check how long that chunk of plastic has been in that state - its ‘best by’, ‘use before’ or expiry date. (HT photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 04:00 PM IST

UK eyes big investments in India with electric vehicles, environment in focus

Electric mobility company London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has officially announced the brand is entering India. LEVC has partnered with Exclusive Motors, a new dealership which will sell the company extended range electric vehicle, the TX in India.

Electric mobility company London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has officially announced the brand is entering India. LEVC has partnered with Exclusive Motors, a new dealership which will sell the company extended range electric vehicle, the TX in India. (Vishal Mathur / HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 08:16 PM IST

Toolkit: How to get the most out of your smartwatch

Abandonment rates are so high, about 30% of smartwatch owners don’t even know where their device is. Part of the reason is they never discovered all that it can do. Here goes...

Many smartwatches can be used to start a car. Even lower-cost ones use infrared light to take blood-oxygen readings. The Apple Watch (above) can also take an ECG.
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 07:16 PM IST

Google Pixel 6 ushers in a direction for Pixel phones that’s all about power

Google isn’t approaching the new Pixel phones with just cutting edge hardware. There are upgrades for security and privacy which are integrated within the new Android 12 operating system, upgrades to continue Google’s mission to make smartphone cameras more inclusive by deciphering more skin tones as well as updates to speech recognition which make it understand conversations and context.

The Google Pixel 6 is priced at $599 with preorder now live in US at this time. The flagship Pixel 6 Pro gets a $899 price tag, and is now available for preorder in the US. (Image: Google.)
Published on Oct 20, 2021 12:09 AM IST

Powerful tech creating VFX in movies dabbles with VR experiences too

Framestore remains bullish about its plans for India despite the delay caused by the pandemic. The focus is on expansion of processes and doubling the workforce in India.

Framestore’s Akhauri P Sinha talks about the first of its kind project called Field Trip to Mars (Photo Courtesy- Framestore)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 08:15 PM IST
ByVishal Mathur

Apple will give PC makers sleepless nights with MacBooks’ next direction

For the first time, the MacBook line-up has two options that offer exactly the same series of features and specs. Both will get the M1 Pro and the M1 Max chips.

The Touch Bar, something that the MacBooks have experimented with for the past few generations, has finally made way for the return of the conventional functional key row at the top of the keyboard (Image: Apple)
Published on Oct 19, 2021 01:41 AM IST
ByVishal Mathur

Apple unveils new AirPods; HomePod Mini gets more colour and appeal

Apple has updated the HomePod Mini with new colours, come up with a new Apple Music voice plan that makes Siri control your Apple Music subscription and launched the third generation update for the AirPods wireless earbuds.

The third generation Apple AirPods come with Spatial Audio, Dolby Atmos and wholesale changes to the design as well as the audio hardware inside each wireless earbud. Apple has also updated the HomePod Mini with new colours and announced a new Apple Music voice plan. (Image courtesy/Apple)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 07:53 AM IST
ByVishal Mathur

For those who simply must have one, Apple iPad 10.2 is more than enough iPad

The headline improvements, compared with last year’s iPad, include a new 12-megapixel ultrawide FaceTime camera with the ability to follow you around a bit

The Apple iPad 10.2 is still a great iPad for anyone who does not want to spend more on the Air or the Pro lines, for someone buying an iPad for the first time. (Photo Courtesy- apple)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 04:01 PM IST
ByVishal Mathur

As gaming grows in India, Facebook focuses on diversity and monetisation

The gaming sector in India attracted an investment of $544 million during the August 2020-January 2021 period, according to Girish Menon, partner and the head of media and entertainment at KPMG in India

Gaming in India is expected to grow at a faster than usual pace in the next 12-18 months, with the momentum of 2020 and early 2021 providing the push. (Image courtesy-Facebook)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 05:00 PM IST
ByVishal Mathur

Audible’s unlimited listening plan comes as Indians tune into audiobooks

The changes to the Audible subscriptions in India possibly come as a reaction to the engagement metrics

File photo (ANI)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 02:51 PM IST
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