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Oct 2, 2014

Canon 750 D / Rebel T61 with Electronic Viewfinder Tipped for Q2 2014

Back in 2013, Canon introduced the 700D / Rebel T5i in order to take the place for the 650D / Rebel T4i. The new device came equipped with a bunch of improvements, but since a decent amount of time has passed since the shooter first saw the light of day, Canon feels the time has come to provide a replacement.

Information popping up at North-light Images reveals the Canon has plans to reveal the replacement for 700D soon enough, as part of the xxxD / Rebel range in the second quarter of 2015. We’re not sure what name the new product is going to be known by, but word on the street is calling it 750D / Rebel T6i.

Canon working on a 700D replacement?

Theories about the specifications of the shooter bring into focus an electronic viewfinder, instead of the regular optical viewfinder one stumbles upon in regular DSLRs cameras. Mirrors are often used in DSLRs in order to allow users to compose their images and such a system goes by the name of optical viewfinder. However, since mirrorless cameras have become more and more popular, the focus has been shifted on electronic viewfinders. Here the scene in front of the camera is produced electronically. Most of the times those using EVFs have reported experiencing lag, but these systems have been getting better and better, so Canon is considering adding the set-up in its EOS / Rebel lineup.

We should be taking into consideration something else too, since the mirror box will be gone, the overall size of the camera could be shrunken down, leading to a more portable camera. Miniature cameras tend to sell a lot better than chunky ones, of course. What other specifications did the Canon 750D end up mentioning? Continue reading to find out.

Canon will use a variation of the 20.2MP APS-CMOS sensor in the 750D

According to sources familiar with the matter, the Canon 750D / Rebel T6i will take advantage of a sensor which is quite similar to the one found in the 70D, meaning the 20.2MP APS-CMOS one. The sensor will work hand in hand with a DIGIC 6 image processor and will take advantage of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology (most likely). This tech will bestow on the camera the capability to focus faster when using the new electronic viewfinder and Live View Mode. Sure, at this point the 750D is still in the realm of fairy tales, so we suggest you take this info with a grain of salt, until we find out something more consistent.

Image depicting the current Canon 700D
Image credits to Canon

Windows 10 Preview Direct Download Links

Microsoft yesterday kicked off the Windows Insider Program and released the official download links for Windows 10 Preview, allowing users to give a try to its new OS version by simply registering for the program.

And still, users who do not want to register for the Windows Insider Program can also take the new OS for a spin by using the direct download links for Windows 10 Preview which bring the ISO on your computer without any other steps required. As we already told you yesterday, Windows 10 Preview comes in the form of 32- and 64-bit builds, with the first having 2.9 GB in size and the latter reaching 3.8 GB. Both include the same options, but are aimed at different hardware configurations.

The official ISOs are available in multiple languages, including English - United States, English - United Kingdom, Chinese, and Portuguese. Windows 10 Preview comes with quite a lot of improvements, including a new Start menu, multiple desktops, snap enhancements, and a task view to quickly see all apps running on your PC. The Preview will expire on April 15, 2015, so it's pretty clear that this must not become your every day OS. Overall, this is clearly worth a try if you are a Windows aficionado, so have a look at the system requirements below to see if your PC can handle it and then go download Windows 10 Preview using the direct links.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) 
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB 
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver 
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access 
  • The Windows 10 Technical Preview can be installed on PCs meeting system requirements running Windows 7 or newer
Direct download links below:

Windows 10 Preview brings lots of improvements on the desktop
Image credits to Microsoft

BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 Official Feature List Leaks Ahead of Release

Now that BlackBerry Passport has been released in some markets, fans have been able to take advantage of some of the new stuff added in the new version of BlackBerry operating system, namely 10.3.1.

The Passport is the only smartphone (the first one too), that runs an official version of BlackBerry 10.3.1, but the Canadian company plans to release it as an update for all compatible handsets later this year. We expect most of BlackBerry fans to not be taken by surprise by the release of the OS 10.3.1, as various builds were already leaked several weeks ago and many users are already running these versions that, while official, are not final. We’ve already covered some of the most important changes in the BlackBerry 10.3.1 in our extensive article, but for those who prefer to wait until the Canadian company releases the new OS as an update, here is a short list of new features and improvements that you will get, courtesy to N4BB:

  • Notifications Profiles (similar to BeBuzz and Hub++ apps);
  • Internal & External Out of Office replies;
  • Ability to specify which contacts folders within Exchange to sync;
  • More robust Calendar reminder dialogs;
  • Task Recurrence;
  • Workspace Camera;
  • Ability to mark a Picture or Video as “hidden”;
  • Map View of Pictures (requires Geo-tagging of photos);
  • Customizable Hotkeys from Home Screen (requires physical keypad);
  • Battery Saving Mode;
  • Ability to grant/deny permission for applications to continue running while minimized;
  • And more!

Keep in mind that this is a short list of some of the highlights of BlackBerry 10.3.1, which means the full changelog is much more extensive.

The new OS should be released as an update in the coming weeks

BlackBerry has yet to announce when the OS 10.3.1 update will be pushed to compatible smartphones, but word is that this will happen close to November, whatever that might mean. Until then, the Canadian company is expected to launch another smartphone that will be powered by the latest version of the operating system as well, namely the BlackBerry Classic. It won’t come as a surprise if BlackBerry will launch the OS 10.3.1 update along with the Classic, though this is just a speculation that has yet to be confirmed.

BlackBerry 10.3.1 is one of the most important OS updates released by handset maker given the amount of new features and improvements it brings. Let’s hope the upgrade will be released by BlackBerry sooner rather than later.

BlackBerry 10.3 logo
Image credits to BlackBerry

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