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
Will AI define the smartphone class of 2024? Likely. Phone makers aren’t pondering over the ideal time for new launches. That’s good news for consumers, with experience defined by significant forward steps across specs and collaborations
Refurbished or renewed gadgets is where users on a budget search for value and smartphones dominate this space but there is effort to bring more devices within the fold of relevance
For years, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series set an experience example at much lower price points and since 2023, a push towards premium pricing required matching with maturity of specs & experience
Tech giants Qualcomm, Google, Intel & Samsung to name a few, are providing an often artificially intelligent (AI) foundation for carmakers to weave a connected, smart and even driverless car, on it
Over the years, CES is where tech companies have given the world a peek at modular phones, dual screen laptops, self-driving tech and robots for homes
A Copilot assistant key replacing the Windows key on keyboards is a hint of broader changes that Microsoft intends for Windows PCs this year. Later this year, a major Windows 11 update will further enhance this AI envelope
This is the best camera setup in an Android flagship for now, which this year’s upcoming flagships will have to better. On the other side of this coin is unintuitive software, which Vivo must tackle quickly
Smaller chips, AI support, reimagined operating systems - it’s a world changing faster than ever, driven by both need and momentum.
A book that follows Elon Musk’s rapid personality transformation marked by the troll persona taking over, and a volume that goes back in history to pick moments pivotal to defining the designs of tomorrow
For years, Hyperloop One which had significant investment from Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, promised being shot through metal tubes in capsules or pods was the future of transport. It however, is not
The first Android flagship phone heading into 2024, and also the first to use Qualcomm’s latest generation chip. Performance isn’t up for debate, and neither are the impressive cameras. You’ll just have to make do with clunky software
Adidas’ approach to the Supernova Rise is to rework the very approach, which leads us to what you’d now increasingly expect from an everyday running shoe that doesn’t compromise on performance
Despite some expected compromises, Aiwa’s smart TV effectively delivers on the large screen experience with relative nonchalance. That’ll hold it in good stead against tough competition
There is significant reworking of its tech architecture, all of which comes together rather neatly. So much so, this racing shoe has almost no competition, for now.
At the turn of the year, an updated Google Maps will begin to helpfully add landmarks or popular area references to any address pins you share with friends or family
Lens in Maps, fuel-saving navigation and address descriptors arrive on Google Maps in early 2024, with some remaining Android exclusive, for now. Public transport guidance is the next big focus area
The Journal app will be a simple way to reflect on our life’s timeline, and multiple studies have suggested there are positives to journaling regularly
Paris-based Mistral raised $415 million in Series A funding that puts the company’s valuation at an estimated $2 billion
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
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
For consumers, Google Bard and Pixel 8 Pro phones will offer a first tryst with the new model.
Spoiled by convenience of quick access on smartphones or smart devices, we find ourselves in an era defined by unreliable digital purchases
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
Alongside benchmark resetting performance, a familiar design but with a new colour and staggering spec customisation options that define a category
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
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.
One in three respondents consider gaming as a career choice with earning money and recognition the two primary attractions for the choice
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
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
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