If you have a PlayStation 3, then you've probably updated your home video game console to the latest and greatest firmware version from Sony. If you're not already taking advantage of the 3D support for Blu-ray discs, or looking forward to looking at 3D panoramic photos, then perhaps you've been kicked in the shin with the latest update. Consumers are beginning to report that the update to version 3.50 has caused some USB peripherals to lose their functionality, including many "counterfeit" PS3 controllers.
Samsung and AT&T have pushed out a firmware update for the Samsung Captivate, the carrier's version of the Galaxy S, which addresses the GPS issues some users have reported. The new software - which will be delivered as an OTA update, and should show up on all Captivate handsets in service within the next few weeks - also consists of several other bugfixes and improvements.
It hasn't even been a month since Amazon publicly released the Kindle's update to v3.0.1, but now it seems that the company is already in the preview stage for its next big update. The previous update brought with it a few stable fixes to help improvement, as well as on-device account creation. And, while it was listed as going Over the Air (OTA) "in the next few weeks," that's not stopping Amazon from moving on ahead with development.
Sony has confirmed that the PS3 Blu-ray 3D update is on track for release on September 21, as part of the upcoming v3.50 firmware upgrade. Although stereoscopic 3D gaming is already supported on the PS3 - and indeed has been since v3.30 - the console has so far been unable to play stereoscopic film content from discs.
Looks like Amazon were satisfied with just 24hrs public testing of their beta v3.0.1 Kindle firmware for the third-gen ereader, since they've now begun distributing it generally. Currently available to download, and set to go out as an OTA update "in the coming weeks", Kindle firmware v3.0.1 promises various unspecified "performance improvements" together with the ability to set up a new Amazon account directly from the Kindle itself.
Amazon is offering limited access to an "early preview" of their upcoming firmware for the third-gen Kindle, promising "performance improvements" from the new software. Firmware v3.0.1 - available for both Kindle 3G and Kindle WiFi models - will also allow new owners to set up Amazon.com accounts directly from the ereader itself, rather than having to register online first.
The Pogoplug keeps getting updated, and there's not a single bad spot in sight. This time around, with a brand new firmware that's being pushed out to the devices right now, the pink box will officially support plenty of features that the company previously made official over the last few months. One of the most exciting ones: cloud printing!
Apple's promised fix for the iPhone 4's temperamental proximity sensor won't be included in the upcoming iOS 4.1 firmware release, according to Apple Australia spokeswoman Fiona Martin. The fix - which will address some handsets' tendency to activate the iPhone 4's touchscreen and trigger phantom keypresses that could mute or end the call - was confirmed a work-in-progress by Apple CEO Steve Jobs back in July.
A few days back, we reported that the latest firmware update to Sony's PlayStation 3, version 3.41, was causing some major problems for those who like to take advantage of installing new hard drives into their console. It was a problem that many PS3 owners were having. And while we waited for Sony to respond, folks were trying to figure out their own way to fix the problem. Reverting back to previous firmware versions seemed to be the only logical fix, but that's all changed now, as Sony has come forward with a (hopefully) permanent fix of their own.