When it comes to mirror less cameras, Canon seems to be one of the last few manufacturers to jump aboard the bandwagon, undoubtedly ceding market share to their competitors such as Olympus and Sony who beat them to the punch. While the Canon brand is a strong one, the EOS M does not seem to be the raving success that Canon probably had in mind which is why rumors of Canon possibly relaunching the system might not seem like a stretch of the imagination.
These rumors were sent to the folks at Canon Rumors indicating that the Japanese company had plans to “relaunch” the EOS M system in the coming months with possibly two new camera models. One of them is expected to completely replace the current EOS M, while the other is expected to be a higher-end model. The rumors have also suggested that the new systems will be getting up to three new lenses in 2013 which will certainly give users more options to choose from, and perhaps make it more competitive against the likes of the mirror less systems from Sony and Nikon.
Take this with a grain of salt for now and be sure to check out our review of the EOS M to decide if Canon’s mirror less offerings would be suitable for you.
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Naturalmotion is one of the best mobile game provider and has brought some of the attractive games, while CSR racing is one of the popular racing games in this category
If you are always fascinated about bike riding, this app is for you, drive some of the best bikes in awesome routes, most thrilling racing games for road junkies.
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NFS need no introduction, you might have played the desktop version many times, but this time your love for the game will go along with you as the mobile version is also increasingly popular in racing game category.
These are some of the popular iPhone Racing games for racing game enthusiasts.
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Here are all the details of the soon-to-be launched BMW 7 Series
Now, this 7 Series update is a face lift, so not surprisingly, it looks very much like the outgoing car at first glance. But, there are subtle changes to the exterior. The front end receives full LED headlights with adaptive lighting, the signature corona rings are not circular anymore but more angular in line with the new 3 and 6 Series. The headlight also gets a separate LED strip that is both a parking light as well as an indicator. The kidney grille has also been revised – instead of the previous 12 slats, the updated model now features nine. And at the rear, there is a new chrome strip connecting the two reflectors.
The 7 is known for space and comfort and the new model improves on these aspects. The front leather seats are newly designed and are claimed to offer better support and comfort. The rear is similar to the previous model and features separate controls for the iDrive system. The iDrive system itself will move to the latest generation version, which we have already seen on the new 3 Series. The new system receives new features and is more user-friendly. Moreover, one can also opt for a 9.2-inch monitor fitted behind the front seats as part of the entertainment package.
The entire range of 7 Series models will get newer updated engines with additional power and better economy. All the engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (outgoing models had a 6-speed unit). The fuel saving techniques include – auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration and a new ECO PRO driving mode that changes gear shift points and optimises the climate control for better efficiency. There will be three petrol engines and one diesel engine that will be available from launch, namely – BMW 760Li with a V12 engine, the BMW 740Li with the new BMW TwinPower turbo six-cylinder engine and the BMW 750Li with an updated V8 unit. The only diesel model, the 730d features a six-cylinder engine.
The car will be launched tomorrow and is expected to go up in price marginally. Read our first drive report of the new 730Ld tomorrow
Here is our European first drive of the new
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The rumours suggest that HTC is gearing up to launch the pared down smartphone in June and is currently developing it under the HTC M4 codename.
According to “sources from the upstream supply chain,” the M4 will feature a metal alloy chassis supplied by Catcher Technology, with HTC predicting initial Q2 demand of 700,000 units for the new handset.
The manufacturer is said to be hoping that establishing exclusive relationships with its suppliers will help it avoid the kind of in some regions.
In addition to a sleek metal look, the HTC M4 is tipped to feature a 4.3in HD (720p) display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset, and an ‘UltraPixel’-branded camera.
Elsewhere, the M4 is expected to offer 16GB of on-board storage, plus the most recent iteration of Android, 4.2.2 Jelly Bea, as augmented by HTC’s custom UI, Sense 5.0.
In related news, HTC has unveiled a new Desire range handset over in Taiwan. The HTC Desire L is a modest proposition, featuring a 4.3in display with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution and a 1GHz processor.
It remains to be seen whether the Desire L receives an international rollout, or how it might resemble a future budget HTC One.
Despite winning plaudits for the HTC One virtually across the board, HTC continues to struggle finacially. Its Q1 2013 results represented the firm’s lowest quarterly profit ever, and sixth consecutive quarter of decline.
The HTC One’s delayed release is thought to be partly responsible for the firm’s disappointing first-quarter performance
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Walt Moss-berg has been testing the Galaxy S4 for four days but doesn’t feel it’s a game-changer:
It’s an evolution of the prior model and despite some improvements, it still is especially weak in the software Samsung adds to basic Android. I found Samsung’s software often gimmicky, duplicative of standard Android apps, or, in some cases, only intermittently functional.
He recommends readers “carefully consider” the HTC One as an alternative if they’re in the market for an Android smartphone.
Weight? Size? Compared to the iPhone 5, it’s 30% larger and 17% heavier; the camera is 13MP against the iPhone 5′s 8MP.
What really seems to rile Mossberg is duplication:
Nearly all Android phones already come with two email apps — one reserved for Google’s Gmail. But on the Galaxy S4, there are also two online video and music stores, two music and video players, two calendars and two browsers.
Yet out of the box, there’s no camera icon on the lock screen so you can immediately take a picture. (You can add this feature, via the settings menu, in – you guessed it – two different ways.)
He didn’t have any particular success with “Smart Screen” (which pauses video if you look away). The plastic body felt “insubstantial” and the mono speaker on the back “only fair”. But voice call quality was good. He also tried out the LTE functionality, and got only just under 7Mbps (on T-Mobile US), against nearly 21Mbps for an iPhone 5 (on Verizon). That could be due to network build differences.
He seems to lean more towards HTC’s One:
The HTC has a handsome, sturdier, aluminum body, dual stereo speakers, an excellent camera, better screen resolution than the new Samsung and twice the base memory for the same price.
His conclusion? The Galaxy S4 is “a good phone, just not a great one.”
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The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dominated front-page headlines of many newspapers and news portals in China.
Most experts and media say she left a controversial mixed legacy in terms of economic reform, but praise her for negotiating the smooth handover of former British colony Hong Kong to China and facilitating China’s reintegration with the international community.
Feng Zhongping, an expert on European issues at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, tells China daily
that Mrs Thatcher was a “realist” who overcame initial concerns to sign a historic agreement with Beijing on Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule in the 1980s.
“She was active in engaging with China and including it in the world system, which helped create a favourable international environment at a key period of China’s reforms,” Tian Dewen, an expert on European studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government think-tank, also tells China Daily.
Despite China and the US no longer taking “the old Cold War path”,global timessays Europe’s new generation of leaders “lack the foresight” of Mrs Thatcher.
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Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all.
Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when relentless Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night.
This title came on the same day Pitino was announced as a member of the latest Hall of Fame class, a couple of days after his horse won a big race on the way to the Kentucky Derby, and a few more days after his son got the head coaching job at Minnesota.
This was the best feeling of all. The Cardinals (35-5) lived up to their billing as the top overall seed in the tournament, though they sure had to work for it.
Louisville trailed Wichita State by a dozen in the second half before rallying for a 72-68 victory. This time, they fell behind by 12 in the first half, though a stunning spurt at the end of the period wiped out the entire deficit.
“I had the 13 toughest guys I’ve ever coached,” said Pitino, who plans to follow through on a promise he made to his players if they won the title — by getting a tattoo.
No one was tougher than Hancock, who matched his season high and was named the most outstanding player — the first sub ever to win the award. Coming off a 20-point effort in the semifinal victory over Wichita State, he came off the bench to hit four straight 3-pointers after Michigan got a boost from an even more unlikely player.
Freshman Spike Albrecht made four straight from beyond the arc, too, blowing by his career high before the break with 17 points. Coming in, Albrecht was averaging 1.8 points a game and had not scored more than seven all season.
Albrecht didn’t do much in the second half, but Hancock finished what he started for Louisville. He buried another 3 from the corner with 3:20 remaining to give the Cardinals their biggest lead, 76-66. Michigan wouldn’t go away, but Hancock wrapped it up by making two free throws with 29 seconds left.
While Pitino shrugged off any attempt to make this about him, but there was no doubt the Cardinals wanted to win a national title for someone else — injured guard Kevin Ware.
Watching again from his seat at the end of the Louisville bench, his injured right leg propped up on a chair, Ware smiled and slapped hands with his teammates as they celebrated in the closing seconds, the victory coming just 30 miles from where he played his high school ball.
Any pain he was feeling from that gruesome injury in the regional final, when he landed awkwardly, snapped his leg and was left writhing on the floor with the bone sticking through the skin, was long gone as he hobbled gingerly onto the court with the aid of crutches, basking in a sea of confetti and streamers.
Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals smiles as he answers questions from the media at his post game news conference. Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools.
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Louisville again came out wearing Ware’s No. 5 on the back of their warmup jerseys, which said “Ri5e to the Occasion” on the front. When the title belonged to the Cardinals, Ware put on a championship cap and got a big hug from Pitino. Then, they lowered the basket so the injured player could cut a strand out of the net.
This one belonged to him as much as anyone on the court.
“These are my brothers,” Ware said. “They got the job done. I’m so proud of them, so proud of them.”
Peyton Siva added 18 points for the Cardinals, who closed the season on a 16-game winning streak, and Chane Behanan chipped in with 15 points and 12 rebounds as Louisville slowly but surely closed out the Wolverines (31-8).
Michigan was in the title game for the first time since the Fab Five lost the second of two straight championship games in 1993. Players from that team, including Chris Webber, cheered on the latest group of young stars.
But, like the Fab Five, national player of the year Trey Burke and a squad with three freshman starters came up short in the last game of the season.
“A lot of people didn’t expect us to get this far,” said Burke, who led the Wolverines with 24 points. “A lot of people didn’t expect us to get past the second round. We fought. We fought up to this point, but Louisville was the better team today, and they’re deserving of the win.”
The first half might’ve been the most entertaining 20 minutes of the entire tournament.
Burke started out on fire for Michigan, hitting his first three shots and scoring seven points to match his output from the semifinal victory over Syracuse, when he made only 1-of-8 shots.
Then, when Burke picked up his second foul and had to go to the bench for the rest of the half, Albrecht took control. The kid whose nickname comes from his first pair of baseball spikes showed he’s a pretty good hoops player, knocking down one 3-pointer after another to send the Wolverines to a double-digit lead.
When Albrecht blew by Tim Henderson with a brilliant hesitation move, Michigan led 33-21 and Louisville was forced to call timeout. The freshman was mobbed on the Michigan bench, like the Wolverines had already won the national title, with one teammate waving a towel in tribute.
“That was honestly, probably back to high school days,” Albrecht said, remembering when he’s had a stretch like that. “Coach Beilein doesn’t play guys with two fouls in the first half, so I knew I was in the rest of the half, and I was fortunately hitting shots. Teammates were finding me. That’s about it.”
It didn’t last. Not against Louisville.
The Cardinals came back one more time.
“We just went into war right there with a great Michigan team,” Hancock said. “We needed a rally and we’ve been doing it for a couple of games straight, being down. We just had to wait and make our run.”
Burke, who played only six minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, finished with 24 points and did his best to give Michigan its first championship since 1989. But he couldn’t do it alone. Albrecht was held scoreless after the break, and no one else posted more than 12 points for the Wolverines.
Still, it was quite a run for a fourth-seeded team that knocked off No. 1-seeded Kansas with the greatest comeback of the tournament, rallying from 14 points down in the second half to beat the Jayhawks in the round of the 16.
But they came up against the ultimate comeback team in the final.
“I’ve had a lot of really good teams over the years, and some emotional locker rooms, and that was the most emotional we’ve ever had,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “The team unity we had, the sacrifice we had from five seniors who did not get to play very much, to these young guys buying into the team concept.
“We feel bad about it. There are some things we could have done better and get a win, but at the same time, Louisville is a terrific basketball team. We have not seen that quickness anywhere.”
Louisville had already pulling off a stunning rally in the Big East championship game — down by 16 in the second half, they won by 17 — and another against Wichita State. They surged back again behind their own ace off the bench.
Hancock matched Albrecht from the 3-point stripe. Then, trapping the youngster and knocking the ball away, he set up a fast break that ended with Siva flipping up a lob that Montrezl Harrell slammed through for a dunk, capping a stunning 16-3 run in less than 4 minutes that gave the Cardinals their first lead of the night, 37-36.
Glenn Robinson III made two free throws with two seconds left to give Michigan a 38-37 lead at halftime.
But everyone knew this game was just getting started.
And when it was done, Pitino, Ware and the Cardinals were celebrating in the middle of the mammoth Georgia Dome, assuring the national title will stay in the bluegrass another year.
Last season, it was Kentucky winning it all, the same team that gave Pitino his first title in 1996.
Now, he’s got another one — right down the road in Louisville.
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Annette Funicello, whose youthful charm made her the most popular of the original Mouseketeers on Walt Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club television show, has died. She was 70.
She died today at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California, according to a statement from Walt Disney Company.
The cause was complications from multiple sclerosis, a degenerative neurological disease. In 1992 she said she had been diagnosed with the ailment since 1987.
On one of the most popular children’s TV shows of the 1950s, Funicello established herself as the most beloved of the two dozen young performers known as Mouseketeers. Her Italian- American ancestry gave her, at 12, dark brunette curls to go along with a dimpled smile that was at once shy and enticing.
Picked personally by Walt Disney for the cast, Funicello became the only Mouseketeer kept on contract after the show’s four-season run. She went on to a career in music and film, including a series of popular beach movies that paired her with Frankie Avalon.
She never was scantily clad in those movies, keeping a promise to Disney that she wouldn’t show her navel on screen.
“She’s the perfect girl next door,” Avalon once said. “She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. She’s the sweetest girl I know, and nothing’s ever changed.”
In her 1994 memoir, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Funicello wrote that the carefully scrubbed innocence of The Mickey Mouse Club was “an honest if exaggerated reflection of an America that, sadly, has faded into history.”
An accidental celebrity, Funicello pronounced her last name “Fun-is-sello” to downplay her heritage, she said, and once proposed changing it to Turner. Disney instead urged her to start using the correct pronunciation – “Foon-i-chello” – in public.
Annette Joanne Funicello was born on October 22, 1942, in Utica, New York, the first child of first-generation Italian- Americans. Her father, Joe, was a master auto mechanic who met his future wife, Virginia Albano, at her brother’s diner, where she worked as a secretary and hostess.
At 2, Funicello could sing the words to every top popular song, with a special affection for Johnny Mercer’s Accentuate the Positive, she recalled in her memoir. Still, when her parents packed up for California in 1946, when she was 4 and her brother Joey was nine months, it was to chase not stardom but warmer weather, she said. Another brother, Michael, was born after the family settled in Los Angeles.
Funicello took drum and dance lessons and, at 12, had the lead role in her dance school’s performance of Swan Lake. Among those in the audience was Disney, who was looking for child performers for his new show.
She was invited to audition, then called back twice to try out for what was, she later learned, the final spot in the cast.
The two dozen Mouseketeers were divided into three groups. Funicello was among the eight who performed the show’s opening and closing numbers. Other original cast members included Johnny Crawford, later a bandleader and a star of the TV series The Rifleman; Paul Petersen, who would appear on The Donna Reed Show; and two sons of actor Mickey Rooney, Tim and Mickey Jr.
The Mouseketeers debuted in a national TV special on July 17, 1955, the day Disneyland opened. The series aired on ABC from 1955 to 1958.
When the show ceased production in 1959, the studio moved Funicello into singing and film acting.
Her first recording, How Will I Know My Love? sold several hundred thousand copies, and she broke the Top 10 in 1959 with Tall Paul, which she performed on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
Her first film was The Shaggy Dog (1959), with Fred MacMurray, followed by Babes in Toyland (1961).
Beach Party (1963) paired Funicello with her longtime friend, Avalon, in a celebration of youth, sun, surfing and innocent flirtation. Its success led to sequels including Muscle Beach Party (1964) and Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).
“I knew it would be a lot of fun,” Funicello wrote of her first movie. “But never in a million years did I or anyone else associated with the film dream it would evolve into such a timeless gem of pop-culture Americana.”
She and Avalon co-hosted a failed TV music-variety show in 1976 called Easy Does It.
In one of her final performances, she and Avalon returned to the screen in Back to the Beach (1987), playing parents visiting their surf-loving daughter in California. She was diagnosed with MS while making the film.
“I think you only have two choices in this kind of situation,” she said in making her diagnosis public in 1992. “Either you give in to it or you fight it. I intend to fight.”
She made few public appearances in subsequent years. To help in the fight against the disease, she created the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases.
Funicello was married to Jack Gilardi, her manager, from 1965 until their divorce in 1981. They had a daughter, Gina, and two sons, Jack Jr and Jason. She married horse trainer Glen Holt in 1986.
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wants who to do what to her what?! (Take a deep breath, guys, this one’s a doozy.)
The former What I Like About You star, who has undergone a dramatic makeover and just this morning showed off her cheek picercing has already made it known that she thinks rapper drake is a hot fllower and, well, he is.
But a recent tweet describing exactly what she wants this “hot fellow” to do to her lady bits just took things over the edge.