Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is expected to feature 16GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage.

Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is expected to feature 16GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage.

The Asus ROG Phone 7 series is expected to debut on April 13. The smartphone maker has dropped a teaser for the upcoming gaming-focused handsets, but it hasn’t revealed any details about their specifications. Ahead of the launch event, specifications of the phones have surfaced on the Internet. A tipster has claimed that the series will comprise two phones that will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. The smartphone is tipped to run on Android 13 out of the box.

Tipster Abhishek Yadav (Twitter @yabhishekhd) has leaked information about the Asus ROG Phone 7 and ROG Phone 7 Ultimate, which he claims will be launched by Asus as part of the ROG Phone 7 series. Yadav has also leaked key specifications of the handsets. The upcoming successor to Asus ROG Phone 6 will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.

According to details shared by the tipster, the upcoming Asus ROG Phone 7 will feature a 50-megapixel primary rear camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor, accompanied by a 13-megapixel ultra-wide and 8-megapixel macro camera.

For selfies and video calls, the phones are expected to feature a 32-megapixel front-facing camera. Additionally, the phone will run Android 13 out of the box. The Asus ROG Phone 7 will measure 173 x 77 x 10.3mm and weigh 239g, the tipster claims.

While the series will share most of the specifications, as per details shared by Yadav, the Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is expected to feature 16GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage.

Asus previously confirmed the launch date of the Asus ROG Phone 7 in global markets. The phones will be launched on April 13, and they have already appeared on benchmarking website Geekbench. The listing on the site indicates the phone will feature a chipset with a peak clock speed of 3.19GHz — the Asus ROG Phone 7 is expected to feature Qualcomm’s latest flagship chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC that made its debut on several other flagship phones this year. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra BMW M Edition Announced, Comes With Special Packaging and Collectibles

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra BMW M Edition is available to pre-order till February 13.

Samsung Galaxy S23 series, including the base Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra, has been launched globally. These Samsung flagship smartphones are set to go on sale in India on February 17. The South Korean tech giant has now unveiled a limited edition variant of the Galaxy S23 Ultra in collaboration with BMW and SK Telecom. This variant is called the Galaxy S23 Ultra BMW M Edition and it will only be available in South Korea. This model is inspired by the BMW M3 E30, the first generation of the BMW M3.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra BMW M Edition price, availability

Samsung has announced that only 1,000 units of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra BMW M Edition will be produced. It will be only available to consumers in South Korea. They can pre-order this limited edition handset with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage from the SK Telecom site for KRW 1,727,000 (roughly Rs. 1,13,000).

Pre-orders will be open till February 13. In comparison, the same configuration model of the standard Galaxy S23 Ultra is priced in India at Rs. 1,34,999.

As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S23 Ultra BMW M Edition draws inspiration from the BMW M3 E30. Its exclusive packaging comes with all kinds of BMW paraphernalia. There is a key ring with interchangeable BMW emblems from six different eras, and a BMW roundel that was introduced to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

Other goodies include a ‘We Are M’ metal logo, a small air compressor, a cup holder/wireless charger, an analog clock, a photo book, and a poster. Some of the lucky customers will also receive a Starter Pack Voucher for the BMW Driving Center in Incheon in South Korea.

Asus ROG Phone 7 Series

The Galaxy S23 Ultra BMW M Edition will also sport a BMW-inspired boot animation and will come in a BMW-themed case. The handset itself will boast similar specifications to the standard Galaxy S23 Ultra model that was launched with a 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, custom Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, and a 200-megapixel quad rear camera setup.

‘Glaze’ Software Can Thwart Copycat AI Tools From Stealing Artist Styles, Researchers Say

Researchers at the University of Chicago have released free “Glaze” software that they say can thwart efforts by generative artificial intelligence (AI) to copy an artist’s style.

The program makes tiny changes to digital images that, while invisible to human eyes, act as a “style cloak” when they are posted online, the team behind the project explained on their website.

If generative AI finds a Glaze-guarded image online, it is prevented from correctly analyzing and copying the style, the team said.

Glaze was created at the behest of artists outraged that programs like Midjourney and Stable Diffusion schooled on troves of images available online, could mimic their styles on command.

“AI has been evolving too fast, and there must be some guardrails or regulations around it,” said Shawn Shan, the doctoral student in charge of the project.

“The goal of this is to push back from a technical standpoint.”

The team behind Glaze worked with artists including the illustrator Karla Ortiz, who is among the plaintiffs in a US court case against several firms with image-producing generative AI services.

“If Karla uses our tool to cloak her artwork, by adding tiny changes before posting them on her online portfolio, then Stable Diffusion will not learn Karla’s artistic style,” the lab team said.

“Instead, the model will interpret her art as a different style – for example, that of Vincent van Gogh.”

The creators of Glaze concede it is not a panacea, given how quickly AI evolves.

The hope, the team said, is that Glaze and similar projects will protect artists at least until defensive laws or regulations can be implemented.

Glaze has been available for free download since March 15.


Google Keep for Wear OS becomes useful

When it comes to taking great notes, we find Google Keep to be one of the best helps around. It’s got dedicated apps for every platform out there and includes Google’s Wear OS. The smartwatch version of the app has been finicky to use, but it’s been getting better at helping people remind themselves of what they need to do. The app received a visual makeover in December before we got word of some new features coming to the Keep smartwatch app last month. Said payload includes new watch face complications that are about to hit smartwatches soon.

These new “Add list” and “Add note” watch face complications and are making their way to Wear OS with version of Google Keep, per 9to5Google. Tapping either icon opens up a box to choose between voice and text input. Users can access the additions from the complication slot picker in the Wear OS app, provided the update has rolled out in your region. If it hasn’t yet, you can sideload this version of Keep for Wear OS from APKMirror to try your luck.

The new Google Keep complications on Wear OS are not groundbreaking but certainly welcome. The company has been making changes to some of its core apps for a while now, particularly in the run-up to the Pixel Watch release last year. More recently, Google introduced the ability to pin a single Keep note to the home screen, thanks to a new widget.

Meanwhile, insights from the first Android 14 developer preview told us that more visual changes are coming to Wear OS, such as Material You dynamic theming across the board. All of this is part of a broader push by the search giant to improve UI and maintain consistency across all Workspace platforms.

By Ashish Bharnuke

My name is Ashish Bharnuke from Maharashtra (India). I have completed my Master’s in English Literature (2022) and recently pursuing my assistant professor job.

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