Vishal Mathur

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

Nothing ear (1) black edition arrives with carbon neutrality and crypto payments

The Nothing ear (1) black edition wireless earbuds will go on sale on Flipkart in India for the first time on 13 December
Nothing said the new Nothing ear (1) product line is carbon neutral, and that they’ll start accepting payments in popular cryptocurrencies in some countries
Nothing said the new Nothing ear (1) product line is carbon neutral, and that they’ll start accepting payments in popular cryptocurrencies in some countries
Published on Dec 01, 2021 09:43 PM IST
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Spotify Wrapped 2021 is a timely reminder of your favorite music and podcasts

In the music streaming space, Spotify has faced competition this year from Apple Music. Apple rolled out the Lossless Audio high-resolution music option alongside Spatial Audio, over the summer.
Spotify Wrapped 2021 year-in-review is a timely reminder of the music and podcasts you’ve listened to the most through the best part of the year gone by.vishal (HT Image/Vishal Mathur)
Spotify Wrapped 2021 year-in-review is a timely reminder of the music and podcasts you’ve listened to the most through the best part of the year gone by.vishal (HT Image/Vishal Mathur)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 08:16 PM IST
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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chips will power Android flagship phones in 2022

Qualcomm confirms that phone makers have already confirmed flagship phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chips
Qualcomm indicates the performance benefit will be as much as 20 percent compared with the predecessor and will also be 30 percent more power efficient. (Image Courtesy: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm indicates the performance benefit will be as much as 20 percent compared with the predecessor and will also be 30 percent more power efficient. (Image Courtesy: Qualcomm)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 12:28 PM IST
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Nokia T20 can stop the budget Android tablet market from drifting aimlessly

It has been a long wait of seven years for an Android tablet market that has shown little excitement and innovation in the interim
For a tablet with a 10.4 inch display, the Nokia T20 does have a rather well-in-check footprint. (Image-Nokia)
For a tablet with a 10.4 inch display, the Nokia T20 does have a rather well-in-check footprint. (Image-Nokia)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 04:09 PM IST
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OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man Edition: Just enough for fans to chase in the maze

OnePlus had tweaked the OxygenOS software for the McLaren editions earlier with some nice touches. A similar treatment with the OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man Edition is seen as well, with visual tweaks and easter eggs hidden along the way
The back panel of the OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man Edition glows in green to reveal a maze-like pattern. (Image Courtesy: OnePlus)
The back panel of the OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man Edition glows in green to reveal a maze-like pattern. (Image Courtesy: OnePlus)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 03:56 PM IST
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Metaverse universe: Realty and luxury brands wait for you to splash crypto cash

A plot of digital land has sold for $2.43 million. This is on the Decentraland Marketplace platform which sells digital/virtual land and collectibles for your metaverse life’s preparations
Real estate, fashion, entertainment, and gaming companies are making a beeline for the next big upgrade to the internet (Photo sourced)
Real estate, fashion, entertainment, and gaming companies are making a beeline for the next big upgrade to the internet (Photo sourced)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 01:32 PM IST
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Aiwa’s MI –X150 Retro Plus X speaker sounds impressive, literally

The fit and finish, the audio tuning and the retro look does the MI –X150 Retro Plus X a world of good. If only the name wasn’t such a mouthful
Aiwa’s MI –X150 Retro Plus X speaker. (Aiwa)
Aiwa’s MI –X150 Retro Plus X speaker. (Aiwa)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 05:06 PM IST
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Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X: The gaming story, a year later

For the entirety of last year, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have been largely out of stock. When they did show up, the stocks didn’t last for too long. It was a mix of limited supply and pent-up demand
For much of last year, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have been largely out of stock. (HT photo)
For much of last year, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have been largely out of stock. (HT photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 11:33 AM IST
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For Apple and Google, fight against state-sponsored spyware isn’t getting easier

Pegasus isn’t the only spyware that has been in the news recently. Earlier this year, it was revealed that a spyware called Karma was being used to snoop on activists, diplomats, and journalists since 2016
A file photo of a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group on display, in Paris. (AFP/File)
A file photo of a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group on display, in Paris. (AFP/File)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 05:52 PM IST
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Trail gone cold: How private cryptos camouflage transactions for anonymity

While you may be familiar with popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, there are a bunch of cryptos that ensure privacy of transactions. These cryptos cannot be tracked
While you may be familiar with popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, there are a bunch of cryptos that ensure privacy of transactions. (REUTERS/File)
While you may be familiar with popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, there are a bunch of cryptos that ensure privacy of transactions. (REUTERS/File)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 02:28 PM IST
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Spotlight on ‘private cryptocurrencies’ as debate surrounds new Bill

The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021 comes up for discussion soon, days after the RBI warned that cryptocurrencies pose concerns surrounding financial stability
Regulation on cryptocurrencies will be up for discussion in the winter session of Parliament, which starts on November 29. (Reuters/File)
Regulation on cryptocurrencies will be up for discussion in the winter session of Parliament, which starts on November 29. (Reuters/File)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 12:42 PM IST
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Apple MacBook Pro 14 review: So powerful, this won’t have a rival anytime soon

There is no mincing any words here—these are the most powerful laptops right now. And that’s good news for the power users such as content creators, video editors and photo editors
Apple has listed two options for the MacBook Pro 14 on the Apple India online store. (Image Courtesy-Apple)
Apple has listed two options for the MacBook Pro 14 on the Apple India online store. (Image Courtesy-Apple)
Published on Nov 23, 2021 06:14 PM IST
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How to prevent app-tracking on Android phones even as Google drags its feet?

Android does not have a tracking-prevention feature. The only trusted app we can recommend is DuckDuckGo. If you find apps on Google Play Store that claim to prevent apps from tracking you, take it with a pinch of salt
Android has 71.09% share among smartphone operating systems and as of May this year, had already clocked 3 billion users globally. That’s a lot of data for apps to collect. (DuckDuckGo)
Android has 71.09% share among smartphone operating systems and as of May this year, had already clocked 3 billion users globally. That’s a lot of data for apps to collect. (DuckDuckGo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 02:09 PM IST
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OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition: Ample persuasion for fans to splurge

Power it on and you’ll have a choice of six new Harry Potter special watch faces - Hogwarts badge, the castle and four of what you’d recognise as Hogwarts houses - Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff
The OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition. (OnePlus)
The OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition. (OnePlus)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 09:32 AM IST
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Tech tonic with Vishal Mathur: Should you get a robot vacuum cleaner?

Today’s robovacs are finally smart enough to find their way around a room. They still need to be emptied manually, some prep is necessary on the floor. And price, at 12,000 to 44,000, remains a barrier.
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Updated on Nov 20, 2021 12:59 PM IST
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Apple AirPods 3rd gen: An upgrade inspired by the more expensive AirPods Pro

You’d be better off saving some money buying the Apple AirPods 3rd gen instead of the AirPods Pro. The new custom audio hardware is worth every bit of money you spend on these wireless earbuds
The Apple AirPods 3rd gen is an upgrade inspired by the more expensive AirPods Pro. (Apple)
The Apple AirPods 3rd gen is an upgrade inspired by the more expensive AirPods Pro. (Apple)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 05:45 PM IST
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DIY: Apple will soon let you repair your iPhone, Mac at home

Apple will allow users to carry out DIY repairs on certain iPhone and Mac computers. It starts next year with the new Self Service Repair option, which will roll out in the US and other countries
A person uses an iPhone in New York. Apple will soon roll out a DIY repair feature for some of its iPhone models and Mac models. (AP/File)
A person uses an iPhone in New York. Apple will soon roll out a DIY repair feature for some of its iPhone models and Mac models. (AP/File)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 11:31 AM IST
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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)
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
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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.
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
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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)
Dyson’s latest air purifiers are close to pollution-fighting perfection. (Dyson/ Supplied photo)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 02:29 PM IST
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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)
Realme is making an early move into the air purifier space in India. The Realme TechLife Air Purifier, priced at 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
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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)
Microsoft’s grand metaverse plans will start with the popular Teams app. (Microsoft)
Published on Nov 03, 2021 02:38 PM IST
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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)
Facebook has decided to shut down its face recognition feature for photo tagging. (AFP/File)
Updated on Nov 03, 2021 02:09 PM IST
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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
JioPhone Next is comparable with Xiaomi’s popular Redmi 9A phone in terms of price
Published on Oct 29, 2021 10:56 PM IST
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