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Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony have announced a new PS3 firmware update, but while most users generally look forward to such events, v3.21 is likely to cause Sony no end of headaches.  That's because, rather than add in functionality, PS3 firmware v3.21 seems only intended to remove the ability to install other OSes to the console.  Sony have described the move - which will impact versions of the PS3 prior to the current PS3 Slim model - as prompted by "security concerns", though fail to detail exactly what those concerns might be.  It's a decision that some believe is connected to geohot's hacking of the PS3 back in January 2010.

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Android 2.1 for Motorola DROID delayed

Android 2.1 for Motorola DROID delayed

So close, but no cigar.  Having whipped Motorola DROID owners into a great frothing heap of anticipation regarding the promised Android 2.1 update, the latest to leak out of Verizon is that the OTA firmware has been delayed.  "The OTA software update for the DROID by Motorola is TBD" reads the message on Verizon's internal systems, "A new date will be communicated as soon as possible."

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HTC Hero Android 2.1 update from April 4th?

HTC Hero Android 2.1 update from April 4th?

It's looking more and more likely that HTC will miss their self-imposed deadline for the Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero, which we were told back at MWC 2010 would arrive in February or March.  According to a supposedly leaked timescale document on xda-developers, HTC in fact won't start pushing out the update until April 2010, kicking off on April 2nd with the unlocked version of the smartphone.

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Pogoplug add Xbox 360 & PS3 media streaming, remote backup

Pogoplug add Xbox 360 & PS3 media streaming, remote backup

Pogoplug are pushing out a new update for their plug-and-play HDD sharing system, improving media streaming functionality and adding in the ability to set automatic copy jobs.  The new Pogoplug firmware allows for streaming to PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles, presumably using DLNA, while Active Copy can be set to automatically copy files to a remote Pogoplug unit for offsite backups.

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Microsoft Pure Pink phone caught in wild; firmware leak tips specs & more

Microsoft Pure Pink phone caught in wild; firmware leak tips specs & more

Hardly has the dust settled on the Microsoft Pink Verizon leak, when along come live - if blurry - shots of one of the handsets themselves.  You're looking at the device codenamed Pure, a touchscreen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and - according to a leak of the firmware - a 480 x 320 display.  The firmware also confirms the Verizon launch, together with traces of of Zune, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and Windows Live.

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Canon pre-announces 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3, 24p coming this month

Canon pre-announces 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.3, 24p coming this month

No more lengthy retiming your 5D Mark II video footages to 24P, the long awaited 5D Mark II’s firmware to enable motion capture in 24fps will arrive soon this month. Canon has informed us the upcoming firmware 2.0.3 will meet the demands of filmmakers, cinematographers, and movies enthusiasts by adding the Full HD 1080 in 24 fps-recording capability and changing 30P video frame rate to 29.97.

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Barnes & Noble nook v1.2 firmware out: “noticeably faster”

An over-the-air update for the Barnes & Noble nook has begun to go out today, and according to at least one user with the updated firmware it leaves the ebook reader “noticeably faster” at loading pages, while the touchscreen interface “seems more responsive”.  nook firmware v1.2 also improves the general UI of the ereader, with clearer indications as to which ebooks can be lent to others, and more ways to sort side-loaded documents.

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Nexus One update enables multitouch, Google Goggles, 3G fixes

Nexus One update enables multitouch, Google Goggles, 3G fixes

Whereas iPhone owners may have gotten a so-so update, Nexus One owners finally have something to be upbeat about – Google has released an over-the-air update enabling multitouch (finally), Google Goggles (again, finally), and some 3G fixes (triple thumbs-up).

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iPhone firmware update 3.1.3 available now

iPhone firmware update 3.1.3 available now

The iPhone OS gets an update today, via an iTunes update – it’s not totally mind-blowing, but according to the changelog, improved accuracy for the 3GS battery meter, third-party app launch crash fix, and resolving of some bugs with the Japanese Kana keyboard are in store for iPhone users.

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Apple’s second attempt at 27-inch iMac screen flicker fix

Apple’s second attempt at 27-inch iMac screen flicker fix

27-inch iMacs are thrown another lifevest with another update (the second one so far) from Apple, in order to fix the screen flicker problem that has affected numerous units so far, or “iLemons”, as MG Siegler so kindly calls them.

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Nokia N97 PR 2.1 software released

Nokia have released their latest firmware for the N97 smartphone, the so-called public release of v2.1.  PR 2.1 for the Nokia N97 brings with it improvements in touchscreen scrolling, a more stable browser, improved call reliability and an improved media player, along with more stability in image and video handling.

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Zune software tips Pink Pure and Turtle phone connection

Zune software tips Pink Pure and Turtle phone connection

Some detailed digging through the latest version of Zune software has turned up numerous references to what looks to be phone capability, along with some product codenames, leading to suggestions that the rumored Zune phone and the Project Pink handsets could in fact all be in the same family.  Zune Boards discovered not only the Zune HD but the PmxPure and PmxTurtle lurking in the eEndpointFamily files - the section which details all compatible hardware - references recognizable as the codenames for the two leaked Project Pink devices spotted in September last year.

Meanwhile further entries referred to the ability to "View and manage pictures and videos taken with your phone at the Studio", with users able to sign up as "Studio members".  The suggestion is that this could be Microsoft's new media upload service, enabling content produced on the handset to be shared via a web gallery.

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