Microsoft has begun the process of updating Hotmail’s user interface with some users already onboard with the new design.
Aside from the new look which includes both a full and a classic interface, the contacts feature has been updated and there is now integration with Live’s Calendar beta.
If you have a Hotmail account and still the old interface, some users would consider you lucky with some finding the new interface more difficult to use. Of course, it could also just be that some users are having trouble with the change.
For more info about what’s new check out this page.
[Via Download Squad]
Apple has released the first beta of their planned 2.2 firmware update for the iPhone, though Apple doesn’t really say anything about what’s in there.
From what I’ve seen on the web, one change is that in the browser the URL and search boxes, currently stacked on top one another, are now side by side.
[Via Mac Rumors]
Nikon has released an update to the firmware for their D80 DSLR. If you’re a D80 owner and have noticed a problem with the batter life indicator, this new firmware (version 1.11) should fix it.
In the US you can grab it here:
And if you’re in the EU you can grab it here:
[Via Photography Bay]
Microsoft has released it’s 3.0 update for their Zune devices.
New features of the 3.0 update include:
- The ability to provide you with song recommendations.
- New pre-programmed channels with things like “workout music”
- Two new games (Hexic and Texas Hold’Em)
- The ability to purchase tracks via the Wi-Fi connection including free connectivity at partners across the US via Wayport which includes 9,800 McDonald’s restaurants
- Audiobooks from Audible.com and OverDrive
AND, this is really cool: using the Zune’s built-in FM tuner, if you hear a song you like just let the device know and it will identify it and download it the next time you sync. Cool!
For more info check out the official what’s new page here.
According to a note from Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner, he has received confirmation that updated MacBook’s are already shipping.
“Field checks” indicate that the new MacBooks have a “very thin aluminum casing, an LED-backlit display and an aggressive entry-level price point.”
If you’re about to buy a MacBook, might want to wait a day or two for this to be confirmed or shot down.
[Via Mac Rumors]
Looks like Apple has just released the 2.1 firmware update for the iPhone.
New in this update are:
- decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
- significantly improve battery life for most users
- dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
- improve email reliability, notable fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
- faster installation of 3rd party applications
- fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes if you have lots of 3rd party applications
- improved performance of text messaging
- faster loading and searching of contacts
- improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
- repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
- option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
- Genius playlist creation
I’m in the process of downloading the update right now so i can’t say for sure yet just how improved things feel but if you’re eager to get your hands on it you’d better hurry before people from all over world start hitting Apple’s servers.
Apple today announced that the iPhone would be receiving the 2.1 firmware update this Friday.
The new firmware is supposed to help with dropped calls, crashes, improve battery live, and speed up sync times. Unfortunately still no copy and paste feature.
Current iPod Touch users will also be able to get the 2.1 update but it will cost them $10. The new Touch comes with the newest firmware.
UPDATE: The new 2.1 firmware is available right now for the iPod Touch and if you’ve already purchased the 2.0 firmware this one will be free.
Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event is taking place tomorrow, September 9th, and according to rumors we can expect to see:
- Updated iPod Touch
- Updated iPod Nano
- Release of iTunes 8
- Release of iPhone 2.1 firmware
There’s an outside chance that MacBooks will be updated as well but that seems pretty unlikely at tomorrows event.
There’s also a rumor that the iPhone 2.1 firmware will hold a few surprises for developers with some new features being revealed that had been previously withheld in SDK releases.
[Via Ars Technica]
BlackBerry users with AT&T that have been eager to get their hands on RIM’s BlackBerry OS 4.5 will soon have their chance.
According to some info BGR got their hands on, AT&T will be releasing updates to BlackBerry 8820, Curve 8310, Pearl 8120, and Curve 3200 on their network in the middle of this month and beginning in October BlackBerry’s on AT&T will be shipping with OS 4.5 installed.
Improvements in 4.5 will include:
- Improved web browsing
- Full HTML email
- Remote server search
- Docs To Go for downloading, editing and sending Word, Excel and PowerPoint files
- Media player improvements
- Free AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots access
Look for more info soon with this is officially announced.
Canon yesterday announced that a new firmware was available for their EOS Rebel XSi DSLR, version 1.0.9.
- Fixes a phenomenon in which AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) shooting does not operate normally under specific conditions.
- Fixes a phenomenon in which the Live View exposure simulation warning indication does not properly display during Live View shooting.
- Fixes a phenomenon in which images cannot be played back after continuous shooting when a printer is connected to the camera or a video output terminal is used.
For more information or to download the update, check out this page.
[Via Photography Bay]