Samsung’s first major tech event of 2023 introduced three phones and three laptops. The showstoppers are, as expected, the company’s premium flagship Galaxy S series. The S23 Ultra ($1,199) has a huge 6.8-inch display, an S Pen stylus, and a 200-megapixel camera. That’s a lot of pixels.
It’s the company’s first adaptive pixel sensor, meaning while you can still shoot at 200MP, the system uses pixel binning by default to deliver brighter, clearer 50MP or 12MP images. Other upgrades include optical image stabilization, which has effectively been doubled for better-lit photos and less-shaky videos.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S23 (starting at $800) and S23+ ($1,000) are a little more iterative, but still premium smartphones. Packing reliable cameras and faster processors – the entire S23 series has a special overclocked version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. All the phones are available for pre-order now.
Samsung also unveiled an ultra laptop. That takes inspiration from the company’s best-selling Galaxy S phones, but combines it with powerful PC specs like 13th-gen Intel Core i9 processors and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4070 graphics.
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AI generated ‘Seinfeld’ is pretty awful
At least it’s unintentionally entertaining.
What if AI made endless? His field? Nothing, Forever uses OpenAI’s GPT-3 natural language model to generate (occasionally coherent) dialogue between pixelated characters Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer. One creator posted on Reddit, “Apart from the visuals and the laugh track that you will hear, everything else is generative, including dialogue, voice, directing (camera cuts, character focus, shot length, scene length, etc.), character movement, and music.” The stream has little human involvement and changes based on viewer feedback from the Twitch stream.
Sony is ending its PlayStation Plus collection on May 9th
If you own a PS5, claim the games beforehand.
As of September 2020, the PlayStation Plus Collection offers a range of PS4 biggest hits to Sony PlayStation 5 owners with an active PS Plus membership. It included God of War, The Last of Us Remastered, Resident Evil 7 and more. Unfortunately, Sony is shutting down the PlayStation Plus collection on May 9th and says it plans to focus on bringing more games to the different tiers of PS Plus. Make sure to download any of the 19 titles now while they’re still available.
Facebook now has 2 billion users
The social network continues to grow.
Almost 20 years later, Facebook is still growing. Alongside its fourth-quarter earnings, Meta reported that it has now reached two billion daily users. While Facebook isn’t the first meta-owned platform to hit that number — WhatsApp recently surpassed two billion DAUs — it shows that the company’s largest source of ad revenue is still growing. During a call with analysts, Zuckerberg suggested that Meta will continue to make cuts as it prioritizes efficiency. “We’re going to be more proactive about cutting projects that aren’t performing or may not be as important anymore,” he said. The CEO also said that generative AI would be a priority for Meta in the coming year. He added, “One of my goals for Meta is to build on our research to become a leader in Generative AI.”
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