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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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No escaping AI videos, but are we ready to answer tough questions about reality?

There’s no escaping AI videos, Xiaomi rediscovers form and gaming exclusives

FILE - The OpenAI logo is displayed on a cell phone with an image on a computer monitor generated by ChatGPT's Dall-E text-to-image model, Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, in Boston. (AP)
Published on Feb 22, 2024 08:31 AM IST

ReMarkable 2 is a paper saving writing tab we think we need, but do we really?

This unique e-ink display tablet excels at taking handwritten notes and for creating documents, also, Cloud storage is sorted too

The ReMarkable 2 is an incredibly thin tablet – just 4.7mm or 0.19-inch. (ReMarkable)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 12:29 PM IST

With washable MESP filter, Nirvana Being’s air purifier saves money and e-waste

An MESP filter has a life of 10 years or so. Average that with swapping out HEPA filters once a year, and assuming an average cost of replacement filters to be around ₹3,000, you’ll be saving around ₹30,000 over the same period

Nirvana Being air purifier. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 03:55 PM IST

Dashcam footage is being recognized as valid evidence: SafeCams’ Vanesh Naidoo

As tempers often run high, video footage from ever-improving dashcams inarguably describing a road incident, can be quite helpful

The footage a dashcam can capture can prove priceless in revealing what actually went on. (Safecams)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 03:00 PM IST

Push towards premium is a journey, and we’ll persist: Xiaomi’s Muralikrishnan B

Xiaomi India president Muralikrishnan B decodes restructuring that’s helping regain lost smartphone market share, a new approach to retail, software synergy and plans for computing devices

Xiaomi India president Muralikrishnan B
Published on Feb 19, 2024 02:24 PM IST

How do you tell an AI-generated image apart from a real photo?

AI nutrition labels, Proton’s sensible move and Gemini’s new home

Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus from The Matrix Trilogy
Published on Feb 15, 2024 10:51 PM IST

Flagship killers continue to be a thing as OnePlus 12R works a familiar draft

OnePlus 12R is attempting to deliver an experience that’s a notch above what the price tag suggests, and succeeds for the most part. It is a fine balancing act with the processor, display, cameras and underlying optimisations

The OnePlus 12 (left) and OnePlus 12R define a refreshed flagship line-up. (Vishal Mathur/ HT Photo)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 10:48 AM IST

To counter to hazardous air, Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet rethinks size and method

A completely redone design and air dispersion fundamentals, it is immediately clear that intake of larger volume of polluted air passing through a big filter, is an effective way to maintain air quality in big indoor spaces in your home

A blow-up of the filter with the HEPA and carbon layer and, (right) the white colourway of the Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet. (Official handout image.)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 09:27 AM IST

Labels and watermarks become weapons of choice to identify AI images

Meta is ready to add overlays identifying AI content on their social networks, but more generative AI platforms must follow OpenAI’s lead proactively

The biggest hazard to emerge in this time are generated images and videos being passed off as real. (This is how content identifiers are envisioned by Meta (left) and OpenAI (Official images))
Published on Feb 09, 2024 11:13 AM IST

Apple Vision Pro underlines a world with virtual overlays

Here’s the template for the future. Unlike other headsets, this doesn’t create a cocoon.

A customer uses Apple's Vision Pro headset at the Apple Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan in New York City, U.S., February 2, 2024. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 08:36 PM IST

Google Gemini is the rebranded Bard with apps it deserves, and a subscription

With Gemini as the multimodal AI model consumers will interface with, there are new app entry points on Android phones and iPhone, with proposed integration within Google’s suite of apps

Gemini 1.0, since its release in December, is available in three AI model sizes, defined by levels of capabilities and requirements of processing power. (Image from Google)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 07:08 PM IST

Proton Pass for business will benefit from lower prices and Sentinel protection

With arsenal of privacy-focused apps including Proton Mail, Proton VPN, cloud storage and calendar apps, an intent to make their apps more useful for businesses reflects logical progression

Late last month, Proton had made a move that’s otherwise rare in the world of subscription services. (Proton)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 04:39 PM IST

HyperOS transition underlines software’s role in Xiaomi Pad 6’s renewed vigor

The HyperOS update makes the Xiaomi Pad 6 feel like a completely new tablet. More refined, certainly more relevant, for a hybrid computing era

The Xiaomi Pad 6. (Official handout image.)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 10:49 AM IST

In an era of AI PCs, HP Spectre 16 x360 is a showcase for Intel’s new chips

HP’s flagship Spectre 16 x360, alongside Intel’s new Meteor Lake chips, collectively focus on AI enhancements. Astute ergonomics, alongside generational performance improvements, follow

The HP Spectre 16 x360. (Vishal Mathur / HT Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 11:19 AM IST

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review: AI bets, human nature and a generational shift

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is the definitive Android flagship for now, as it sets the vision for AI phones, though mileage and utility will be subjective. Camera needs to fix detailing and focus inconsistencies

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. (Vishal Mathur/ HT Photo)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 09:51 AM IST

OnePlus 12 is a refined flagship, bravely walking the path of conventionality

There are learnings from predecessors alongside spec improvements, yet the OnePlus 12 costs lesser than flagship competition. What’s unmissable is the lack of any complication of generative AI, but basic camera performance needs work

OnePlus 12. (Vishal Mathur/ HT Photo)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 09:11 AM IST

A spark that illuminated the light: For AI phones, ecosystem aligns its pieces

Will AI increasingly become an experience differentiator when you buy a new phone? Smartphone brands will experiment, as collaborations become compelling. But some questions remain unanswered

For AI phones marching us into a new era, chipmakers, app developers, phone makers and AI companies increasingly work together to curate AI experiences. (Press image)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 09:45 AM IST

Designing Mac hardware & software is our tour de force: Apple’s Colleen Novielli

Apple's Colleen Novielli, Doug Brooks and Meghna Lav discuss the trajectory of Apple Silicon’s approach to refresh cycles, a tight-knit ecosystem, AI and gaming

Along the way have been generation defining processors, the M1 Ultra and M2 Ultra. (Apple | HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 03:00 PM IST

Airtel outpaces Jio on fixed broadband speed: Opensignal

Opensignal’s data shows Airtel Xstream broadband is outpacing Reliance JioFiber in the Broadband Download Speed metric nationally with a difference of 10.3Mbps

Airtel’s 213.6Mbps speed leaves behind Jio’s 155.3Mbps recorded speed. (X)
Published on Jan 25, 2024 08:46 AM IST

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED is a precise showcase of what ultra slim laptops can be

In a world that has HP Spectre and Dell XPS laptops vying for your attention, the flagship Asus Zenbook 14 OLED cannot remain on the periphery anymore

Asus Zenbook 14. (Vishal Mathur/ HT Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 12:20 PM IST

Will customers be ready to spend a premium on satellite broadband?

Satellite internet is already available for governments and enterprises. Elon Musk’s Starlink will be the third service provider to focus on home users

An internet satellite dish in Rarotonga(WikiCommons)
Published on Jan 23, 2024 05:57 PM IST

Throwing up a new theory: Why AR / VR make you nauseated

The tussle the brain faces, trying to process two realities, is part of the problem. Slow optical-refresh rates don't help. Fixes could come via the US military

 (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 10:45 PM IST

Samsung and Google make it clear: AI phones are here, whether you’re ready or not

Samsung’s much expected Galaxy S24 flagships make a strong AI pitch that, on paper, suggests significant utility. Google’s AI collaboration gives adopters a reassurance about direction of development.

(Clockwise from top left) Circle to Search option at work on a Samsung Galaxy S24 smartphone; AI image editing features and Android Auto’s new interface for Galaxy phones. (Samsung and Google)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 08:13 AM IST

Smartphone makers are wasting no time in the race for innovation and loyalty

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

OnePlus’ camera partnership with Hasselblad will be important for their next flagships; (right) Qualcomm’s latest chips for Android phones will focus on faster performance and AI compute. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 10:55 AM IST

As refurbished tech makes its case, scout a good deal but be wary of red flags

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

Checklist of all tests done on an iPhone 11 Pro listed by ControlZ and (right) the grading details as described by ReFit Global. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 11:24 AM IST

For Xiaomi’s premium phone expedition, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is a pivot

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

This may just be the best-looking Redmi Note phone thus far, with vegan leather and colour blocked finish. (Vishal Mathur | HT Photo))
Published on Jan 11, 2024 10:21 AM IST

A path mapped, automakers and tech giants drive forward together at CES 2024

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

This year too, at CES 2024, tech companies and automakers seemingly have taken significant steps forward. (Official images | HT Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2024 11:42 AM IST

CES 2024: AI to EV, what to expect at global tech showcase

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

The four-day CES 2024 began on January 9. (Official images)
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 08:59 AM IST

Microsoft’s vision for Windows is set to change your keyboard, after 30 years

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

Official handout image.
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 10:42 AM IST

Android flagship battles resume as Vivo X100 Pro settles a photography yardstick

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

Vivo X100 Pro (Vishal Mathur/ HT Photo)
Published on Jan 04, 2024 01:08 PM IST
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