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B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

Barnes & Noble have announced a new firmware version for their dual-screen nook ebook reader.  nook firmware v1.3 adds a new (beta) web browser, which uses the E Ink display for content and the touchscreen color LCD for navigation, together with faster page-turns, speedier ebook opening and some new games.  Meanwhile the Read In Store feature - which allows nook owners to preview entire ebooks while connected to B&N store WiFi - has now been activated.

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Sony PS3 3.30 firmware preps for 3D, quietly updates TOS

Sony PS3 3.30 firmware preps for 3D, quietly updates TOS

Sony are pushing out a new PlayStation 3 firmware update, which - among the changes - supposedly "preps" the console for the upcoming addition of 3D stereoscopic gaming.  PS3 3.30 System Software makes trophy sorting more straightforward, with new ways to view achievements, but the firmware supposedly brings with it an updated Terms of Service (TOS) agreement to which PS3 users must agree.  Among the TOS changes are apparently permission for Sony to automatically update or change content, services and functionality on PS3 or PSP hardware, without requiring owner permission.

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Android 2.2 Froyo in testing; Google I/O release tipped

Android 2.2 Froyo in testing; Google I/O release tipped

Google are tipped to be already testing the newest build of Android, "Froyo" 2.2, on devices, with a release predicted to coincide with the Google I/O developer conference on May 19th.  Android and Me sifted through their visitor records and turned up numerous logs for Android 2.2. devices; they also apparently heard from separate sources that Google are indeed trialling the updated software, prior to an OTA firmware update for the Nexus One.  Among the changes expected are multi-color trackball notifications, more available RAM to the user, and fixes that address persistent touchscreen glitches.

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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ update adds Netflix, YouTube & more

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ update adds Netflix, YouTube & more

Seagate have already dabbled their feet into the media distribution business recently, what with the FreeAgent Go HDD preloaded with Paramount content, but their streaming content ambitions continue with an incoming update to the FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player.  Taking advantage of the set-top box's ethernet port, the new firmware will allow for Netflix streaming and YouTube access, along with vTune and Mediafly support.

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Microsoft take charge of Windows Phone 7 firmware updates

Microsoft take charge of Windows Phone 7 firmware updates

Microsoft have confirmed that they will be taking responsibility for firmware updates for Windows Phone 7, rather than leaving them to device manufacturers as is the case currently with Windows Mobile.  According to Charlie Kindel, Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft, the company will use both OTA and side-loaded updates: smaller firmware packages will be delivered via 3G/WiFi, while more significant firmware changes will be handled when the smartphone is plugged into the Zune Manager software.

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Geohot demos custom PS3 firmware [Video]

Geohot demos custom PS3 firmware [Video]

After taking Sony to task for yanking "Other OS" support from the PS3 in their latest firmware update, v3.21, George Hotz - aka geohot - has followed up on his promise to develop a custom firmware build that bypasses the new restriction.  The new firmware, which is yet to be publicly released, maintains the ability to install third-party OSes on the PS3, but without the gamer losing access to the PlayStation Network.

Video demo after the cut

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PS3 firmware v3.21 is out; where’s Geohot when you need him?

PS3 firmware v3.21 is out; where’s Geohot when you need him?

It's not just shoddy April Fools jokes that you can expect today; if you're a PS3 owner, then turning on your console - assuming it's one of the original models, rather than the newer slimline version - will leave you face to face with PS3 firmware v3.21.  Doing little more than stripping out the ability to install other OSes on the console, we're hearing that PS3s all over are being presented with the (optional) update.

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Motorola DROID Android 2.1 firmware going OTA right now?

Motorola DROID Android 2.1 firmware going OTA right now?

What's that you say, an Android 2.1 update for the Motorola DROID?  Pretty demanding, aren't you.  Still, according to a leaked internal Verizon memo that Engadget somehow managed to acquire, your demands have been heard and - if all is going to plan - the first 1,000 people selected to receive the new firmware will have had an on-device notification.  That number will grow to 10,000 by midnight tonight, with broader availability promised for this coming Thursday.

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PS3 custom firmware promised to bypass “Other OS” v3.21 limitation

PS3 custom firmware promised to bypass “Other OS” v3.21 limitation

After Sony's somewhat bizarre "security" related decision to block Other OS installation on the original PS3 consoles with the next scheduled firmware update, hacker George Hotz - who some believe prompted Sony's move, after he publicly admitted to having hacked the console back in January 2010 - has promised a lifeline for console owners.  His advice is to avoid installing the PS3 firmware v3.21 due on April 1st, and instead wait for an alternative flashing app of his own design.

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