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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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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

Adobe’s AI juggernaut adds new capabilities to Firefly and Creative Cloud apps

The Firefly generative AI tool will now bolt on content credentials to each image generated or edited to help trace ownership

Adobe’s demo tries to highlight improvements between the first gen Firefly (on the left) and the updated AI image generator (Adobe press image)
Updated on Oct 10, 2023 10:16 PM IST

AI has us at another watershed moment: Google’s Prabhakar Raghavan

As it completes 25 years, Google’s dominance of search must now navigate rapidly changing dynamics. Competition comes not just from search engines, but also chatbots and assistants vying for usage, as well as changing user preferences.

Google senior vice president Prabhakar Raghavan (Google photo)
Published on Oct 07, 2023 10:16 AM IST

Generative AI’s supercharging goes beyond just text to images

Imaging AI tools have developed significantly greater competence and can do a lot more, beyond generating images

Canva’s newly updated AI suite includes nifty tools such as Magic Expand.
Published on Oct 05, 2023 09:46 AM IST

AI progress report: Imaging, video, chatbots step into spotlight

A sequence of events set in motion in July last year when Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion, Midjourney and OpenAI’s Dall-E text to image models were unlocked for users to try out, is showing no signs of slowing down

The generative artificial intelligence (AI) is showing no signs of slowing down after its launch in July last year. (Representational Image (AP))
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 08:24 AM IST

AI is supercharging people’s productivity: Canva CEO Melanie Perkins

As Canva updates an already versatile designing suite, there’s focus on deeper integration with generative AI including Dall-E, Imagen by Google, MurfAI and Soundraw

Canva CEO Melanie Perkins. (Official image)
Updated on Oct 04, 2023 06:37 PM IST

Apple iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are almost Pro-grade on specs and experience

Apple has released the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, which offer significant upgrades compared to the previous iPhone 14 models. The non-Pro phones now have features and performance on par with last year's Pro models, including the powerful A16 Bionic chip and a 48-megapixel camera system. Other improvements include a brighter display, USB-C connectivity, and the removal of the notch in favor of a Dynamic Island. Prices remain the same as last year's models, making these phones a good value for those looking to upgrade. However, the lack of a higher refresh rate display may be a downside for some users. Overall, the iPhone 15 is a big step forward for Apple.

Apple iPhone 15 plus (HT Photo/Vishal Mathur)
Updated on Oct 01, 2023 12:11 PM IST

Nothing’s ecosystem play with CMF needs a vision of patience and innovation

With wireless earbuds, smartwatch and a GaN fast charger, Nothing’s letting a sub-brand tackle hotly contested ecosystem categories

Nothing is relying on their new products namely, CMF Watch Pro, the CMF Buds Pro and a CMF Power 65W GaN charger. (Vishal Mathur | HT Photo)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 04:05 PM IST

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review: Many small steps together compose a giant leap

A more powerful processor, a titanium build, an action button instead of the ring mode toggle and camera updates are the big steps forward. Still, evolutions rather than any full-blown revolution

The iPhone 15 Pro Max has shaved off a few millimeters in height and width, while the big changes include a new Action Button and USB-C (HT Photo/Vishal Mathur)
Updated on Sep 24, 2023 03:14 PM IST

A laptop with no screen, another with two: New twists and turns in PC design

Laptops, desktops, tablets and even CPUs are in the midst of an era of radical design change. Vishal Mathur explores what, why, and what’s next.

The Spacetop by Sightful is a screen-less laptop that comes with an AR headset instead. The company is pitching it as a “100-inch screen in your backpack”.
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 07:01 PM IST

Microsoft’s next Windows 11 update adds AI at every step on your path

The Windows 11 update rolling out next week isn’t just another update. It adds a thicker layer of AI to apps you use regularly. With Surface device updates for the year, caution reigns with little appetite for experimentation

Microsoft Copilot preview.
Published on Sep 22, 2023 11:38 AM IST

New Echo and Fire TVs aside, generative AI is the big leap for Amazon’s Alexa

Somewhat overshadowed by the more capable conversational AI chatbots, the Alexa voice assistant on our phones, smart TVs and smart speakers, is now showing willingness to keep pace

Amazon Alexa preview.
Published on Sep 21, 2023 09:59 AM IST

Panos Panay’s legacy at Microsoft: Expansive Surface line-up complements Windows

The timing of Surface computing device chief Panay’s departure from Microsoft comes with its own layer of intrigue, more so since the tech giant has a Surface keynote later this week

Panay was spearheading the Surface computing device efforts for the past many years. (Microsoft)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 09:55 AM IST
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