Along with the recent update to iTunes that Apple released, the company also issued the anticipated firmware update for their 27-inch iMacs which is an update for the display hardware itself, and is supposed to help address video problems that have plagued the new machines. These have included blank displays, yellow-tinted LCD colors, and display flickering, of which the latter is addressed by this update.… Read more
Apple's 27-inch iMacs have been quite popular, but have also had a fair amount of problems with the LCD monitors and video output, including displays flickering, discoloration, cracked screens, and issues with massive CPU usage when running some multimedia programs. Not all systems have been been affected by these issues, but enough have for Apple to be aware of them and start issuing fixes.… Read more
I just received a heads-up from Microsoft that all of the Zune-branded services (Zune Pass, Zune Marketplace, Zune.net, and the Xbox Zune video store) are scheduled to go temporarily offline this upcoming Monday night (January 25) at 10 p.m. PT. The outage should last around 24 hours, during which time Xbox and Zune users will be unable to browse, stream, or purchase content from Zune Marketplace, Xbox video store, or access Zune.net. Existing content you've downloaded will not be affected, so if you're planning on a raging party Monday night, you should stock up on … Read more
Apple has released a couple of firmware updates for their Pro and Server computer systems. These updates improve the performance and compatibility of the systems when running both virtualization products (those that use VT-d virtualization) and boot camp. The updates also address system reliability during the boot process.… Read more
After applying an update to your computer, you may experience problems with various peripheral devices, such as keyboards and input devices either not being recognized or not fully recognized (eg, the function keys not working on a keyboard). This can occur when the computer's firmware is updated, or more frequently when the device's firmware is updated, but can also occur when the you apply OS or other software updates.… Read more
Apple has released an update for the firmware of the Radeon HD 4670 and 4850 chipsets that are present in the new 27-inch iMac systems. A number of people have reported problems with the displays flickering and images appearing distorted and corrupted. This update addresses these issues.… Read more
Apple has posted a few software and firmware updates, which address issues with airport not able to turn off or on, and drive noise with optical drives. The updates should be available through Software Update, so be sure to check there.… Read more
Once set up, the parental controls and permissions restrictions for an account in OS X should be fairly secure for a booted and running system. Despite this, a number of parents are running into problems where their kids are cleverly getting around the parental restrictions. Here are the ways they are doing this, and how to best combat them.… Read more
Updatable firmware is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it can help keep your hardware from obsolescing as new accessories ship; fix bugs; and expand feature sets on older models. But it's also beginning to feel like camera manufacturers have jumped on the (annoying) ship now/patch later software bandwagon.
More and more, companies seem to announce firmware updates within weeks of a camera's widespread availability: the Canon EOS 7D, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-P1 are all among the cameras that had firmware updates available within the first few months after shipping. The latest to add to that list … Read more
Just in time for the holidays and facing heavy competition from Barnes & Noble's upcoming Nook e-book reader, Amazon has announced that it has improved the Kindle's battery life when the wireless connection is turned on and will now be offering native PDF support for its e-book reader. Both the battery-life boost and native PDF support will be available to owners of new Kindles and some older models via a firmware upgrade.
In a press release, Amazon says the Kindle now has battery life of up to seven days with wireless turned on compared with four days previously. … Read more