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iPhone 4 proximity sensor won’t be fixed in iOS 4.1

iPhone 4 proximity sensor won’t be fixed in iOS 4.1

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.

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Sony Reissues PS3 Firmware v3.41, Fixes Hard Drive Installation Problem

Sony Reissues PS3 Firmware v3.41, Fixes Hard Drive Installation Problem

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.

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Pandigital Novel firmware update boosts beleaguered tablet

Pandigital Novel firmware update boosts beleaguered tablet

Pandigital promised to address their Novel tablet's issues with some tweaked software, and it seems the time has finally come.  Nate from The Digital Reader spotted a new firmware update for the Novel, and the good news is that it turns it into a reasonable Android tablet.  The bad news, though, is that as an ereader it still lags behind the nook and Kindle.  Touchscreen responsiveness - after a couple of hard-resets - is much improved, as is WiFi stability, but page turns in the Reader and Library apps are still too slow.

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Sony add 3D panorama mode to NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras

Sony add 3D panorama mode to NEX-3 and NEX-5 cameras

Sony has released a new firmware update for their NEX-3 and NEX-5 interchangeable lens cameras, which adds the ability to record in 3D Sweep Panorama mode.  The new mode - which updates the NEX camera's ability to create panoramic photos simply by holding down the shutter release and panning across a scene - outputs images with 3D depth information that can be later shown on compatible Sony 3D HDTVs.

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Froyo coming Q3 to Desire, Legend and Wildfire confirms HTC

Froyo coming Q3 to Desire, Legend and Wildfire confirms HTC

Updates for the HTC Desire, Legend and Wildfire aren't far off, as HTC has confirmed that they're planning an Android 2.2 Froyo roll-out - complete with HTC Sense, of course - sometime from Q3 2010.  According to the company's UK team, the three handsets are among "several of our 2010 models" that will get the updated version of the Android OS, which their engineers are currently hard at work on.

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Nexus One gets official Android 2.2 Froyo FRF85 update

Nexus One gets official Android 2.2 Froyo FRF85 update

Android 2.2 Froyo for the Google Nexus One has finally been officially released, with FRF85 set to arrive on most Nexus One handsets by the end of the week.  Replacing the standard Android 2.1 install or the unofficial Froyo FRF50 or FRF72 builds that have been floating around for several weeks now, Android 2.2 Froyo FRF85 brings with it WiFi tethering, Adobe Flash 10.1 support and a new lick of speed.

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Pandigital Novel pulled for a month-long firmware fix

Pandigital Novel pulled for a month-long firmware fix

Fresh news out of Pandigital today, finally responding to the is-it-a-recall controversy of recent weeks, and who are now saying that the Novel touchscreen ereader won't be back in stores for around a month.  The Digital Reader has been told by the company that they've using this opportunity to re-examine the firmware and make sure it's really ready for public consumption this time around.

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FRF72 Android 2.2 Froyo beta leaks for Nexus One

FRF72 Android 2.2 Froyo beta leaks for Nexus One

A new beta of Android 2.2 Froyo for the Google Nexus One has leaked, courtesy of a source at xda-developers.  The new ROM, FRF72, is believed to be the same build as was distributed to Google employees last week, and requires FRF50 be installed first.  The FRF72 beta has only been in the wild for a short time, though those who have installed it are reporting that there are no noticeable feature changes in comparison to FRF50.

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HTC Hero Android 2.1 update imminent tips OTA firmware tool upgrade [Update! Official HTC statement]

HTC Hero Android 2.1 update imminent tips OTA firmware tool upgrade [Update! Official HTC statement]

HTC are paving the way for the promised HTC Hero Android 2.1 firmware update to European handsets, though the new OS package itself is not yet in the wild.  A new OTA update for the Hero has been announced which upgrades the smartphone's "Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client" (along with making unspecified tweaks to the YouTube player app); that's likely the first part of what we've previously heard is a two-stage update process.

Update: HTC has been in touch with an official statement - find it after the cut.

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Kindle firmware 2.5.3 released; international browsing unlocked

Kindle firmware 2.5.3 released; international browsing unlocked

Amazon has announced that its 2.5.3 firmware for the Kindle ereader is now being pushed out wirelessly to all users.  The new software - which adds the ability to sort ebooks into "Collections" (aka folders), share notes and highlighted passages on Facebook and Twitter, and improves PDF handling among other things - should arrive on your Kindle "over the next few weeks"; however we've just checked our unit and it's already been updated.

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