Hardly has the dust settled on the Microsoft Pink Verizon leak, when along come live - if blurry - shots of one of the handsets themselves. You're looking at the device codenamed Pure, a touchscreen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and - according to a leak of the firmware - a 480 x 320 display. The firmware also confirms the Verizon launch, together with traces of of Zune, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and Windows Live.
No more lengthy retiming your 5D Mark II video footages to 24P, the long awaited 5D Mark II’s firmware to enable motion capture in 24fps will arrive soon this month. Canon has informed us the upcoming firmware 2.0.3 will meet the demands of filmmakers, cinematographers, and movies enthusiasts by adding the Full HD 1080 in 24 fps-recording capability and changing 30P video frame rate to 29.97.
An over-the-air update for the Barnes & Noble nook has begun to go out today, and according to at least one user with the updated firmware it leaves the ebook reader "noticeably faster" at loading pages, while the touchscreen interface "seems more responsive". nook firmware v1.2 also improves the general UI of the ereader, with clearer indications as to which ebooks can be lent to others, and more ways to sort side-loaded documents.
Whereas iPhone owners may have gotten a so-so update, Nexus One owners finally have something to be upbeat about – Google has released an over-the-air update enabling multitouch (finally), Google Goggles (again, finally), and some 3G fixes (triple thumbs-up).
The iPhone OS gets an update today, via an iTunes update – it’s not totally mind-blowing, but according to the changelog, improved accuracy for the 3GS battery meter, third-party app launch crash fix, and resolving of some bugs with the Japanese Kana keyboard are in store for iPhone users.
27-inch iMacs are thrown another lifevest with another update (the second one so far) from Apple, in order to fix the screen flicker problem that has affected numerous units so far, or “iLemons”, as MG Siegler so kindly calls them.
Nokia have released their latest firmware for the N97 smartphone, the so-called public release of v2.1. PR 2.1 for the Nokia N97 brings with it improvements in touchscreen scrolling, a more stable browser, improved call reliability and an improved media player, along with more stability in image and video handling.
Some detailed digging through the latest version of Zune software has turned up numerous references to what looks to be phone capability, along with some product codenames, leading to suggestions that the rumored Zune phone and the Project Pink handsets could in fact all be in the same family. Zune Boards discovered not only the Zune HD but the PmxPure and PmxTurtle lurking in the eEndpointFamily files - the section which details all compatible hardware - references recognizable as the codenames for the two leaked Project Pink devices spotted in September last year.
Meanwhile further entries referred to the ability to "View and manage pictures and videos taken with your phone at the Studio", with users able to sign up as "Studio members". The suggestion is that this could be Microsoft's new media upload service, enabling content produced on the handset to be shared via a web gallery.
HTC Hero owners have been eagerly anticipating the promised Android 2.x update for their handsets, but according to the latest information it seems there's a little while longer to go yet. According to a comment from a member of Irish carrier Meteor's support team, HTC don't expect an Android 2.0 firmware update to be released until March 2010.
HTC don't seem to be having much luck addressing the ongoing SMS problem some HD2 owners are experiencing. After posting - and subsequently pulling - two firmware updates already, it's now time for the third attempt. HTC HD2 firmware v1.66.707.1 is, like the others, intended to deliver "fast and reliable SMS messaging"; whether it does, we'll have to wait and see.