Users of the Intel X25-M and X18-M SSDs were not happy when they learned that the firmware update that promised to increase write speeds actually killed Windows 7 installations. Intel removed the firmware update that added support for TRIM shortly after the reports started coming in of the Windows 7 issue.
A sprinkling of webOS news this morning, as both a new update gets pushed out to Palm Pixi owners and a future update is tipped. Palm Pixi owners are reporting that webOS 1.3.2 is being pushed to their handsets, though there's still no sign on Palm's Pixi software page, and while we're lacking an official changelog the new firmware is tipped to speed up how the smartphone handles multiple open applications.
As for the rumored future update, that's believed to be webOS 1.3.5 and expected to arrive in mid-December. The news was revealed by a loose-lipped O2 Germany rep, apparently, who explained that one of 1.3.5's tweaks will be to fix an SMS bug that roughly halves the character limit after a special letter is entered....
Sony have outed a new firmware release for their Walkman X PMP, and the headline feature is an improved browsing experience. The new software tweaks the NetFront browser into rendering pages faster, maintaining layouts more like what you'd see on a desktop, and boosting scrolling speeds.
An upcoming update to the Apple TV has been tipped by a change in Terms & Conditions for the iTunes Store. The new agreement - which is shown as of today - lists that "you can now use iTunes LPs and iTunes extras on Apple TV with software version 3.0 or higher"; however Apple are yet to release version 3.0 for their set-top box.
Intel have yanked their recent X25-M SSD firmware update, after users reported the new software killed Windows 7 installations. The update introduced TRIM support to the solid-state drives, together with boosting sequential write performance by up to 40-percent; however, some Intel support forum users have discovered that after rebooting their Windows 7 machine the new OS will no longer load.
Intel have pushed out their promised update to the X25-M SSD, along with the Intel SSD Toolbox and Optimizer, the standout factor of which is a 40-percent increase in performance for the 160GB drive. With the new 34nm X25-M SSD, users can expect up to 100MB per second sequential write speeds.
The long-awaited firmware update for the original Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 has arrived, and OS 5.0 brings with it the promise of greater stability, new flick-gestures in the Storm's browser, and other usability tweaks. Early user feedback suggests that the new software makes the Storm a whole lot more usable, with noticeably reduced delay between application changes.
MiFi 2200 owners in the US have a treat in store, with a new firmware update available seemingly for both the Verizon and Sprint versions of the intelligent mobile hotspot. The new firmware addresses WiFi compatibility issues with the Nintendo DS and BlackBerry Curve, as well as - for the Sprint MiFi 2200 at least - enabling "international roaming". However don't get too excited; that doesn't mean Novatel have suddenly unlocked GSM support in the hitherto CDMA-only hotspot.
The Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet saga continues, with sales of the 5-inch PMP still partly frozen on Amazon while the company has also pushed out a new firmware update. Amazon put the Archos 5 160GB on hold earlier this week after unspecified complaints from buyers; now the 500GB model has come into stock with the retailer, but shows no such sales-freeze. According to ArchosFans, meanwhile, there's a new, stable firmware - version 1.1.01 - that addresses many early complaints from owners.
Our friends over at My Pre have flagged up that, as of this weekend, Palm have pushed out webOS 1.2.1. The new firmware - which comes but a week after 1.2.0 saw its own launch - tweaks Exchange support for increased stability, but the biggest difference is that it restores iTunes 9.0.1 synchronization, something which Apple "broke" in their latest media app update.