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

ViewSonic X1000-4K projector is as close as it gets to a definite TV replacement

What would you prefer for a similar amount of money spent – larger viewing experience from a refined projector or the familiar conventionality of a TV?

The Viewsonic X1000-4K projector integrates the refined soundbar as well, which is tuned by Harman Kardon. (Vishal Mathur / HT Image)
The Viewsonic X1000-4K projector integrates the refined soundbar as well, which is tuned by Harman Kardon. (Vishal Mathur / HT Image)
Published on Dec 06, 2022 10:12 AM IST

For Apple iPad Pro 12.9, new chip is a step forward amidst calming familiarity

The big upgrade for the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 is the new M2 chip, alongside new features for the Pencil and at best is an incremental step forward

The latest iPad line-up saw the additions of the 10th generation iPad as well as the new iPad Pro models. (HT photo)
The latest iPad line-up saw the additions of the 10th generation iPad as well as the new iPad Pro models. (HT photo)
Updated on Dec 05, 2022 08:58 AM IST

Twitter migration: What’s the flight plan?

You may not want to linger on the site for much longer, but where else will you roost? Here’s a guide to new platforms, potential competitors, and ways to migrate with all your old tweets.

 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 03, 2022 07:26 PM IST

Apple’s focus on iPhone accessibility features take a step forward with iOS 16

The new iPhone 14 series adds an accessibility feature that can play a chime when it is powered on or off. That is just one example of widening scope of iOS’ functionality for the differently abled

The current iOS 16 update gave the Magnifier tool more functions to work with. (HT photo)
The current iOS 16 update gave the Magnifier tool more functions to work with. (HT photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2022 03:10 PM IST

Can Belkin’s Boost Charge trinity be logical substitutes to Apple’s accessories?

There are choices aplenty at different price points, across product lines. We take stock of the genuine options, and ones you can avoid

Belkin Boost Charge Pro is quite relevant if you have a MacBook or an iPad. (HT Image)
Belkin Boost Charge Pro is quite relevant if you have a MacBook or an iPad. (HT Image)
Published on Dec 02, 2022 10:16 AM IST

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 may be why your phone survives falls on concrete

While the thickness and scratch resistance remain the same as the previous generation Gorilla Glass Victus, the company says the new composition will help protect the displays from falls on rough surfaces

A photo of Corning’s lab tests on the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 using a 180-grit sandpaper to simulate the roughness of asphalt (Photo: Corning)
A photo of Corning’s lab tests on the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 using a 180-grit sandpaper to simulate the roughness of asphalt (Photo: Corning)
Updated on Dec 01, 2022 10:06 PM IST

Sony XE300’s courage for experimentation returns a brew of intrigue and flaws

By reworking the audio driver design as well as how the sound emerges, Sony is attempting to sort the persistent limitation that compact wireless speakers have – a wide soundstage

The Sony XE300 ticks off ruggedness with dust and water resistance but the rubberised finish does catch dust. (Vishal Mathur | HT Photo)
The Sony XE300 ticks off ruggedness with dust and water resistance but the rubberised finish does catch dust. (Vishal Mathur | HT Photo)
Published on Dec 01, 2022 11:51 AM IST

Twitter’s dependence on Apple and Google is why Elon Musk makes the first move

With Twitter’s plan to morph into a subscription service, availability of the app and quick subscription options will gain even more importance

Twitter logo and a photo of Elon Musk are displayed through magnifier in this illustration. (Reuters)
Twitter logo and a photo of Elon Musk are displayed through magnifier in this illustration. (Reuters)
Published on Nov 29, 2022 11:22 AM IST

Gaming evolves as a viable career, while PC and mobile battle for preference

While there has been a slight decrease from last year, there still seems to be a preference for PCs over mobiles as the platform and device of choice, for serious gamers

Across genders, 53% of those interested in gaming careers actually want to be gamers themselves. (HT photo (Sourced))
Across genders, 53% of those interested in gaming careers actually want to be gamers themselves. (HT photo (Sourced))
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 11:49 AM IST

The new Apple TV 4K bolts serious gaming to evolving video streaming prowess

Apple has distinguished the Apple TV devices based on connectivity, storage, and smart home capabilities. The expanded video streaming support and gaming remain consistent

For representational purposes only.
For representational purposes only.
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 02:50 PM IST

The very complex puzzle of OTT streaming

JioCinema promised free streaming of the FIFA World Cup in 4K resolution, but the Viacom18-owned over-the-top (OTT) service has since struggled to deliver an interruption-free streaming experience

Viacom18 has exclusive broadcast rights for the FIFA World Cup 2022, in India. (AFP image)
Viacom18 has exclusive broadcast rights for the FIFA World Cup 2022, in India. (AFP image)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 10:29 AM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022: Will tech help or complicate football, one byte at a time?

In theory, wider adoption of technology provides more data for correct decision making, particularly when things are as close as a kneecap being offside

For the first time, players at the World Cup would be able to access on-field performance data via a smartphone app. (FIFA / BBC Broadcast)
For the first time, players at the World Cup would be able to access on-field performance data via a smartphone app. (FIFA / BBC Broadcast)
Published on Nov 21, 2022 06:01 PM IST

​Elon Musk’s version of Twitter splutters, but where are the alternatives?

If this is indeed the beginning of the end for social media giants Twitter, perhaps the only thing left to do is tweet about it?

Twitter has said the company is losing $4 million each day. (File photo | Reuters)
Twitter has said the company is losing $4 million each day. (File photo | Reuters)
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 10:47 AM IST

Qualcomm new flagship chip gives us an early glimpse of 2023’s Android phones

The generational upgrades include faster and supposedly more frugal performance, as well as increased dependence on artificial intelligence for core tasks such as image processing

Qualcomm insists the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 relies on five key pillars, for the resulting experience. (Qualcomm)
Qualcomm insists the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 relies on five key pillars, for the resulting experience. (Qualcomm)
Published on Nov 16, 2022 10:46 AM IST

Nothing’s Ear (stick) is a timely reminder that less may just be enough

Not exactly inexpensive, but the Nothing Ear (stick) is banking on the uniqueness of design and the simplicity that comes with stripping away a lot of features

The Nothing Ear (stick) delivers a few minutes more than 7 hours on a single charge. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
The Nothing Ear (stick) delivers a few minutes more than 7 hours on a single charge. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2022 09:47 AM IST

Apple Arcade doesn’t have a natural rival amid mobile gaming’s agile evolution

It has been surprising that even though mobile gaming is incredibly popular, there is no genuine competition to the Apple Arcade subscription service, which makes this an all-inclusive gaming buffet

Representational image.
Representational image.
Published on Nov 14, 2022 05:31 PM IST

Apple iPhone 14 Plus establishes equilibrium for a necessary course adjustment

For excellent battery stamina and a much-awaited large display in a non-Pro iPhone, the iPhone 14 Plus isn’t making compromises

One of the primary differences between the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max, are the cameras. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
One of the primary differences between the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max, are the cameras. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 09:39 AM IST

For a competent gaming rig, HP Omen 16 is dressed just right for work too

Generational upgrades for the Omen gaming laptop series become simpler, because of the robust foundations

The HP Omen 16-B1361TX has a price tag of around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,45,999. (HP picture)
The HP Omen 16-B1361TX has a price tag of around 1,45,999. (HP picture)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 09:30 AM IST

Apple Watch Ultra is as much an adventure accessory as a lifestyle statement

For a first effort at a rugged, multisport and multiactivity watch for the enthusiasts, the Apple Watch Ultra is doing a few things better than the category bigwigs

The biggest advantage of the 49mm size is a big screen, which is ideal for quick glances on the metrics. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
The biggest advantage of the 49mm size is a big screen, which is ideal for quick glances on the metrics. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on Nov 04, 2022 10:09 AM IST

WhatsApp’s efforts to simplify groups into Communities, wouldn’t go unnoticed

The ability to club existing and new groups into Communities should clean the WhatsApp chat window significantly and there are new privacy measures too

There will be a new Communities tab, which will be visible at the top of the chat list. (WhatsApp)
There will be a new Communities tab, which will be visible at the top of the chat list. (WhatsApp)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 01:26 PM IST

Noise IntelliBuds take risks to adopt unique functionality, but it isn’t futile

The rarity of head tracking for controlling music playback and calls in wireless earbuds, is enough to put the Noise IntelliBuds in the spotlight

Indian tech company Noise’s IntelliBuds are adding unique smarts to an improved audio experience. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Indian tech company Noise’s IntelliBuds are adding unique smarts to an improved audio experience. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 09:57 AM IST

Google pauses Play Billing changes in India, for now

It remains to be seen whether Google will make a tweaked push for a billing system implantation at a later date for Indian app developers, or follows the Korea model

Google’s billing policies for app developers aren’t standardized globally. (File image)
Google’s billing policies for app developers aren’t standardized globally. (File image)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 10:31 AM IST

Samsung’s ecosystem possessiveness gets very serious with the Galaxy Buds2 Pro

Most of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro’s headline functionality, including 24-bit audio and head tracking for immersive sound, work exclusively with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro succeed the then impressive Galaxy Buds Pro. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
The Galaxy Buds2 Pro succeed the then impressive Galaxy Buds Pro. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 08:58 AM IST

Elon Musk is already throwing the kitchen sink at it

Twitter executives are already on the way out, and big changes in content moderation policies as well as eliminating bots and spam accounts are expected

Handsome payouts have been given to the now former Twitter executives. (Twitter | Elon Musk)
Handsome payouts have been given to the now former Twitter executives. (Twitter | Elon Musk)
Published on Oct 28, 2022 10:10 AM IST

The beta iCloud.com is what iPhone users with Windows PCs really need

The update for the iCloud website is primarily meant for iPhone or iPad users who may otherwise have a Windows or Chrome OS computing device, to quickly access mails from their iCloud account

The big difference is with the visual layout, with the widget induced utility following through almost immediately. (HT Photo)
The big difference is with the visual layout, with the widget induced utility following through almost immediately. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 27, 2022 02:54 PM IST

WhatsApp’s biggest outage has been resolved, but Meta doesn’t say what broke

WhatsApp was unavailable for users for about two hours, making this the longest outage the service has faced

The tech giant did not elaborate on the specifics of the issue, or what exactly needed a fix. (HT file photo)
The tech giant did not elaborate on the specifics of the issue, or what exactly needed a fix. (HT file photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 09:43 AM IST

Acer Aspire 7 is a consistent yet unremarkable laptop, and that’s enigmatic

The Aspire 7 is priced at ₹62,990 and you would expect a premium laptop experience after spending as much. But that’s where it falls short, without actually dropping the ball elsewhere

The laptop runs on an Intel Core i5-1240P processor with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
The laptop runs on an Intel Core i5-1240P processor with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2022 09:00 AM IST

Elon Musk’s attempts at marshalling world peace: Fumbles or gambles?

By weighing in on Russia’s war against Ukraine, China’s standoff with Taiwan and claiming 75% of Twitter’s workforce will be fired once he takes over, it is hard to not notice Elon Musk. Reports suggest an uncomfortable US government is mulling national security reviews for Musk’s deals

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (REUTERS File Photo)
SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (REUTERS File Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2022 04:36 PM IST

Smartphones are hitting Ctrl + Z, and that’s good news, says Vishal Mathur

Wireless data transfers and LED notifications are making a comeback. Other features might too, as phone makers return some of what was lost in the race to be slimmer and faster.

 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 21, 2022 03:56 PM IST

Google persists with Messages tweaks while waiting on Apple to accept the invite

Messages for Android is getting a new logo, alongside new functionality. The Voice Message Transcription feature is being made available on more phones, while individual message replies will be available in the coming weeks

Representational image.
Representational image.
Published on Oct 21, 2022 02:04 PM IST
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