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HTC Hero updated firmware arrives in Denmark [Update 2]

The first signs of HTC's promised update for the Hero Android smartphone have appeared, in the shape of a download on the company's Nordic support site.  HTC Hero firmware version 2.73.405.5 promises to smooth screen transitions, increase HTC Sense performance and the introduction of touch-to-focus in the 5-megapixel camera.

Update: There's talk from a Swedish forum that HTC support in that country are advising not to use this update, warning that it "misses an important piece in the ROM". The "real" one is said to be coming tomorrow, though other users are claiming to have installed it with no problems; might be worth waiting to see what arrives over the weekend. [Thanks John!]

Update 2: We've spoken to HTC and they assure us that there's no problem with the ROM on the Swedish site.

Sony PSP firmware 6.00 tips games rentals

Sony have released their latest firmware update for the PSP, and while v6.00 may look relatively innocuous at first glance, more careful reading of the changelist does suggest the company is paving the way for rental gaming.  Among the tweaks, Sony list "games can now be grouped and displayed in folders based on their expire date"; however until now the company has only offered expiring video content, not gaming titles.

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Sonos adding Twitter integration to remotes

Sonos adding Twitter integration to remotes

Sonos have announced Twitter integration with their multi-room audio system, which will allow users to send out tweets about the currently playing track.  Rolling out from today as a beta, the social networking addition comes in Sonos System Software v3.1 and will be available to all Sonos users later in the fall.

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HTC Hero new ROM gets video demo

HTC Hero new ROM gets video demo

Don't ask how, and don't ask from where (though we're guessing HTC, frankly), but MoDaCo's Paul has managed to acquire the upcoming firmware update for the HTC Hero and installed it on his test device.  As we hoped, his feedback is that it speeds the smartphone up no end, with menus far quicker to respond and panning between homescreen pages more smooth.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony Announces PlayStation 3 Firmware Update for Good Measure

Sony Announces PlayStation 3 Firmware Update for Good Measure

Did you get your fill of Sony's news yet? We certainly hope not, because Sony has something else they want you to know. They've got a new update for the PlayStation 3 that updates your firmware, up to the good old 3.0 marker. It comes with loads of updates, mostly for the aesthetically-needing people out there, but there is also some functionality thrown in there for good measure.

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Sony PSP Go new firmware emerges, plus further hardware disappointment

Many have argued that Sony's upcoming PSP Go is more a shameless marketing and cash-grabbing exercise, lacking the segment-shift that a truly innovative device might deliver.  We're holding off from judging until the review units come in, but hearing the latest feedback from pre-launch prototype models isn't exactly putting us in the most positive frame of mind.  Eurogamer got their hands on the early PSP Go, and found that not only does the new handheld require all new video cables but little things like the AV port have changed, too.

Tonium 3rd-gen Pacemaker Pocket DJ PMP coming early 2010

Tonium are planning to release the third-generation version of their Pacemaker Pocket DJ PMP in early 2010.  The news was confirmed by Tonium's co-founder and creative director Martin Renck, and while he refused to be drawn on specific details for the upcoming device, he did reveal that the company are considering motion-sensing controls for inclusion at some point in the future.

PS3 Firmware Update rumored to be on the way

It seems that the PlayStation 3 will be getting a firmware update shortly to 3.0 status. At least, that's what a new rumor is revealing. In fact, this update will set up a reputation system for the PlayStation Network.

MacBook Pro 3.0Gbps SATA upgrade breaking third-party drives?

The recently-released MacBook Pro firmware that promises to enable 3.0Gbps SATA connectivity has ironically been causing problems in third-party drives.  Apple released the upgrade earlier this week, after users of the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models reported that the notebooks were limited to 1.5Gbps SATA; this did not affect the speed of standard-fit hard-drives, but may have limited future performance should the user upgrade to a faster HDD or SSD.  Now, some users with third-party drives already installed are reporting frequent pauses, usage spikes and data errors with the new firmware.

Panasonic block third-party “imitation” digicam batteries

Panasonic block third-party “imitation” digicam batteries

Panasonic have released a firmware update for its digital camera range that blocks the use of third-party batteries.  The update, which is now available for sixteen cameras in Panasonic's range, addresses "imitation" batteries that the company suggests "do not meet the rigid safety standards Panasonic uses".

 

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Apple address slow MacBook Pro SATA with firmware update

Apple have released a firmware update for their latest MacBook Pro notebooks that fully enables their SATA 3.0 Gbps interface.  The move comes in response to vocal complaints from MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch buyers who discovered Apple had seemingly limited their new unibody machines to the older 1.5 Gbps SATA.  However the company has distanced itself from drives that actually use the faster interface, reminding users that "Apple has not qualified or offered these drives for Mac notebooks and their use is unsupported."

Canon 5D Mark II new firmware enables video manual controls

Wow, I never thought that would happen and I think I just wet my pants. Canon has today revealed a big upgrade to EOS DLSR 5D Mark II, unleashing the long-awaited manual controls on video capture mode! The new firmware, to be released next week, will permit manual adjustments on aperture, ISO as well as shutter speed when recording movie – a huge deal for DSLR video fanatics if you ask me.