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T-Mobile G2 OTA update brings Wi-Fi and Hotspot creation

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

T-Mobile G2 owners could not have been happy about the recent loose hinge and missing storage issues, but we have some good news that might ease their pain. T-Mobile has just released an over-the-air update for the phone, offering features like Wi-Fi Calling, mobile hotspot creation and also some performance tweaks.

You can expect the rollout to be done in stages. Now we can only hope that those hardware issues will also be addressed.

Samsung Captivate gets unofficial Android 2.2 Froyo Firmware

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2010

Samsung Captivate owners are ready to get hold of the Android 2.2 update for their device, but AT&T hasn’t released the official update just yet. However, an unofficial Android 2.2 build for the Captivate has now surfaced, and it seems to be complete.

Once the UCJ16 firmware is in your phone, features like mobile hotspot, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, user interface improvements, and some other improvements will be available. The update is already available online, just be careful not to brick your phone with an unofficial firmware update.

Barnes and Noble Nook firmware version 1.4 now available

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

Barnes and Noble has been very busy indeed. Nook owners will want to get this newly released update quickly. Version 1.4 has some important fixes.

Those fixes include the “go to page” feature, an extra large font size for those hard of seeing, and support for AT&T WiFi. Yep, you read that right, free WiFi at AT&T hotspots. The Nook firmware version 1.4 update is available right now.

PS3 firmware 3.30 adds remote play from PC, bitstream audio options

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Aside from additional trophy sorting and 3D gaming readiness, the latest v3.30 system update has a few surprises in store. There’s a toggle for Bitstream Direct (output audio with the original digital signal prioritized) or Mix (mixed with sound effects such as button sounds and then converted to bitstream format) on Blu-ray movies. Future VAIO PC owners can even use remote play without any PSP intermediary.

Some other, unconfirmed reports include updated Flash compatibility, enhanced region free Blu-ray movie playback.

Nook Firmware updated to version 1.1

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2009

We know that many of you still haven’t received your Nook eReader yet, but here’s some good news. The latest firmware update, version 1.1 has been released.

Calm down. There isn’t anything too exciting happening here, but if you use your Nook a lot, you’ll notice some speed improvements. The update also fixes some other issues. For instance Page updating on the display should be faster. Page numbering issues have also been fixed. And navigation on the color screen is apparently improved.

All PS3 units will be firmware upgradeable to 3D

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2009

All PS3 units will be firmware upgradeable to 3DLooks like it won’t be long before you are gaming on the PS3 with 3D technology. According to Sony, your current PS3 can support 3D with a firmware update. Sony wants into the 3D market and they are not just dipping a toe in either.

They will be offering 3D tools to developers making games on its platform. Not sure if we’ve heard anything about what Nintendo and Microsoft plan to do about 3D technology, but now that Sony has weighed in, they will likely speak up soon. The Xbox 360 could probably take the firmware route as well.

Potential fix for 1 million banned Xbox 360s

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2009

Xbox 360 console ban is foreverIf you are one of the million or so Xbox Live users who were banned from the service, things aren’t as bad as we thought. Some modders are working on a solution that will revert the firmware to a state that is nearly the same as the stock firmware. Hopefully the end result means that you’ll be able to use your console again and not have to buy a new one.

Right now two fixes are being worked on: the iXtremeLT and one from Xbox-Scene. The first isn’t ready yet, and the latter works, but you should be aware, it is very complex.


PSP Firmware Update 5.50

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2009

PSP Firmware Update 5.50With every release of new PSP firmware, Sony’s handheld gets closer to the PS3 as far as features. Firmware update 5.50 will installed the “Information Board” to the XMB, letting PSP users get the latest news from Sony whenever new additions are available.

Some other super-amazing updates include creating and accessing sub-directories on the Memory Stick, on the browser side there’s a trial of Trend Micro’s “Kid’s Safety” service and Internet search games.

PS3 Firmware update 2.70

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2009

PS3 price cut coming soon?The PS3 is getting yet another firmware update, this time in the form of 2.70 so that Sony can hopefully enhance your connected experience while using the PS3. What are some of the changes that we can expect?

There’s a new Text Chat feature that allows you to keep in touch with your PlayStation Network friends online, that lets you chat with up to 15 different contacts at the same time with the help of a Wireless Keypad. Some other updates are: Friends list on the XMB (XrossMediaBar), Sort your friends via their online status, Attach larger files to the messages you send (from 1MB to 3MB), Video delivery service on PlayStation Store, and Videos you’ve purchased for your PSP system can now be transferred to your PS3 for playback.

Google search on Sony PSP Firmware 4.00

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2008

Google search on Sony PSP Firmware 4.00
The portable is getting Google search, with stored memory of your last 20 searches. Another feature is that video played from a memory stick can be sped up or slowed down to suit your needs. Nothing very earth shattering, but welcomed nontheless.

PS3 2.20 firmware could copy Blu-ray to PSP

Posted in PS3 by Darrin Olson on March 24th, 2008

PS3 2.20 firmware upgrade could copy Blu-ray movies to the PSPIt looks like Sony’s next firmware update for the PS3 might include even more than the BD-Live interactive content on Blu-ray discs and the loss of the max file size for some video media. According to PCWorld the 2.20 firmware upgraded for the PS3 will also bring the ability to transfer Blu-ray movies from discs on the PS3 to the Playstation Portable.

This would be a nice feature for Sony to add sounds like it would be not unlike the Digital Copy we saw from FOX movies for iTunes. Instead of taking the time to convert each film into a special version for the PSP, some Blu-ray discs would have a “portable copy” of the movie that can be transferred to the PSP.


PSP firmware 3.90 now available with Skype

Posted in News,PSP by Darrin Olson on January 30th, 2008

Sony PSP 3.90 firmware update with SkypeWe’ve been checking daily for that next firmware update we told you about earlier this month that is to include Skype VoIP calling, and looks like it hit today. Version 3.90 is available for download from the Network Update menu on the PSP and will bring support for more PlayStation Network titles to the PSP along with the ability to make and receive free Skype calls on your Playstation Portable. The announcement comes today from Sony Europe but the update appears to be available for download here in the U.S. as well.

Unfortunately this feature is available only on the newer, slim PSP 2000 models and will require you to get a PSP headset and PSP remote control or Go! Cam to operate the Skype features. The 3.90 firmware with Skype lets you make free internet calls through the PSP Wi-Fi connection much like you would from a computer and will even let you setup a new Skype account on the PSP. If you have some Skype credit you can also make SkypeOut calls to landlines for a fee.

Sony adding Skype to the PSP

Posted in News,PSP,Skype,Sony by Darrin Olson on January 7th, 2008

Sony PSP soon to get Skype VoIP capabilitiesSony’s Playstation Portable handheld gaming console has been trailing in sales to the Nintendo DS since the DS’s inception, but Sony is a far cry from giving up quite yet. Last month we saw a pretty cool upgrade with the version 3.80 firmware for the PSP which brought internet radio through the systems WiFi connectivity. Now Sony is saying that they are partnering with Ebay’s Skype to bring VoIP Skype phone service to the handheld system.

The new firmware is slated to be available for download to the PSP by the end of January and will add a Skype icon and functionality to the Network portion of the PSP’s menu. When connected to the internet users will then be able to log into Skype, manage contacts, view who’s online and of course make calls through their PSP to other Skype users or other PSP owners with the Skype feature installed. Owners will even be able to create a new Skype account right on the PSP.

Zune version 2.3 firmware update today

Posted in Zune by Darrin Olson on December 18th, 2007

Zune version 2.3 Firmware update availableSony wasn’t the only one dishing out firmware updates today as the Microsoft Zune had some updates of their own expected, although fairly low-key. For many the update content is pretty uneventful but if you’re one of the those afflicted by a pesky battery-draining issue in the Zune30 or Zune80, the 2.3 update should be taking care of it. It also brings some improvements to the device recognition and some increased stability when syncing to your computer. Again, nothing to get too excited about for most but still moving forward!

PSP 3.7 Firmware Update Available

Posted in PSP,Sony by Reuben Drake on September 11th, 2007

Sony PSP 3.7 version Firmware update is available with new featuresSony has released a new firmware update available now for the PSP, bringing the version up to 3.7. The new update can be picked up automatically through the Network Update Wi-Fi connection on the PSP.

Some of the updates with the new 3.7 version include revisions to increase security and an increased number of Playstation network titles that can be played under “Game”. The system will now also let users set custom theme settings in the Themes menu and a number of features for viewing media have been added.

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