It would appear that Sony has realized the power of sharing full-sized video clips and snapshots from the PlayStation 4, as reflected in their newest firmware update for the system. This update will bring on a collection of "most-requested" changes to the PlayStation 4’s software build, including several in the SHARE category. That’s the SHARE button and everything inside it, mind you.
This week the most powerful camera phone on the planet - so to speak - has recieved a software update from Microsoft. The Nokia Lumia 1020 with its beastly back-facing camera will be rolling with Lumia Black, the newest in Nokia-based Windows Phone software - as soon as this afternoon for users across the United States. The firmware piece of this equation appears - for now - to be hitting the Lumia 1520.
Microsoft has been tweaking the functionality and even the battery life of the Surface Pro 2 since the tablet launched. Back in early November, Microsoft published a firmware update that made the battery life better. On December 10, Microsoft rolled out another firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 tablet.
Pebble users are getting a bit of an early Christmas gift, with the company announcing the latest firmware release: version 1.14. The update runs the gamut of changes -- new features, fixed bugs, and some improvements in general -- among them being some handy functions like "Do Not Disturb" and a "Snooze Alarm" option. The update is available now, so one only has to head into their related Android or iOS app to nab it.
There's an Xbox One software update coming your way that includes a collection of feature fixes and performance boosts. Because this is one of the first system updates to arrive for the relatively new console, the folks responsible for the update at Microsoft have made clear the methods with which users will need to be familiar with to get the update live for themselves. Two different modes exist, in this case, one for "Instant On" users, one for those that have opted out.
Sony has announced a new update that began rolling out for the PS Vita today, bringing the handheld's firmware up to version 3.00. This is a big update for the gaming device, and with it comes a variety of PlayStation 4 related features, including PS4 Link for playing PS4 games on the handheld's display. We've got a video of the new features after the jump.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is significantly more battery-efficient than it was when it first launched on Oct. 22, thanks to a firmware update pushed by Microsoft shortly thereafter. It's a whopping 25% more battery-efficient than it was in terms of intense Web browsing, and a noticeable 16% better when running video. Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech ran the tests that demonstrated the improvement and ranked the results against various other devices.
If you caught our piece on June 19, you found out what some unfortunate PlayStation 3 owners learned the hard way - that firmware version 4.45 was borked, rendering some consoles bricked. News spread quickly, and Sony acknowledged the problem, quickly pulling the update before too many users were affected. Now it is rolling out the version 4.46 update that fixes the issue.
On Monday, Netgear added support for Beamforming+ to its R6300 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit router, as well as its A6200 USB adapter, offering users better wireless Internet performance and reliability. For those who already have one (or both) of the devices, a firmware update has also been rolled out that adds Beamforming+ support to the devices. With the added support, users will see their 802.11ac gain additional speed, among other things.
Pebble has rolled out version 1.5 of PebbleOS for its popular smartwatch. Users should be seeing the firmware update via the Pebble app, but are advised in the announcement that force quitting the app and then restarting it may be necessary. If that fails, the app may need to be deleted and reinstalled, but the hassle is worth it in the end, with the new version bringing a lot of fixes, improvements, and features.
Nintendo may have a reason to gloat with the Wii U sold out across the US, but it seems that the console launch is not without some major issues. We already had the last-minute delay of Nintendo TVii to deal with, and now there seem to be some grievances with the launch day update Nintendo is pushing. For starters, the update is apparently around 5GB in size, with Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers and Ben Fritz of the LA Times reporting that it takes anywhere from an hour to two hours plus to download and apply.