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PS3 firmware v3.21 is out; where’s Geohot when you need him?

PS3 firmware v3.21 is out; where’s Geohot when you need him?

It's not just shoddy April Fools jokes that you can expect today; if you're a PS3 owner, then turning on your console - assuming it's one of the original models, rather than the newer slimline version - will leave you face to face with PS3 firmware v3.21.  Doing little more than stripping out the ability to install other OSes on the console, we're hearing that PS3s all over are being presented with the (optional) update.

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Motorola DROID Android 2.1 firmware going OTA right now?

Motorola DROID Android 2.1 firmware going OTA right now?

What's that you say, an Android 2.1 update for the Motorola DROID?  Pretty demanding, aren't you.  Still, according to a leaked internal Verizon memo that Engadget somehow managed to acquire, your demands have been heard and - if all is going to plan - the first 1,000 people selected to receive the new firmware will have had an on-device notification.  That number will grow to 10,000 by midnight tonight, with broader availability promised for this coming Thursday.

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PS3 custom firmware promised to bypass “Other OS” v3.21 limitation

PS3 custom firmware promised to bypass “Other OS” v3.21 limitation

After Sony's somewhat bizarre "security" related decision to block Other OS installation on the original PS3 consoles with the next scheduled firmware update, hacker George Hotz - who some believe prompted Sony's move, after he publicly admitted to having hacked the console back in January 2010 - has promised a lifeline for console owners.  His advice is to avoid installing the PS3 firmware v3.21 due on April 1st, and instead wait for an alternative flashing app of his own design.

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Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony have announced a new PS3 firmware update, but while most users generally look forward to such events, v3.21 is likely to cause Sony no end of headaches.  That's because, rather than add in functionality, PS3 firmware v3.21 seems only intended to remove the ability to install other OSes to the console.  Sony have described the move - which will impact versions of the PS3 prior to the current PS3 Slim model - as prompted by "security concerns", though fail to detail exactly what those concerns might be.  It's a decision that some believe is connected to geohot's hacking of the PS3 back in January 2010.

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HTC Hero Android 2.1 update from April 4th?

HTC Hero Android 2.1 update from April 4th?

It's looking more and more likely that HTC will miss their self-imposed deadline for the Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero, which we were told back at MWC 2010 would arrive in February or March.  According to a supposedly leaked timescale document on xda-developers, HTC in fact won't start pushing out the update until April 2010, kicking off on April 2nd with the unlocked version of the smartphone.

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Microsoft Pure Pink phone caught in wild; firmware leak tips specs & more

Microsoft Pure Pink phone caught in wild; firmware leak tips specs & more

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.

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Canon pre-announces 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3, 24p coming this month

Canon pre-announces 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3, 24p coming this month

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.

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Barnes & Noble nook v1.2 firmware out: “noticeably faster”

Barnes & Noble nook v1.2 firmware out: “noticeably faster”

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.