updates

  • SP3 for XP Pro goes to manufacturers today

    Those of you clinging onto Windows XP who’ve been waiting for SP3 to bolster your OS are in luck, as according to Zdnet Microsoft has released the update to manufacturers today. This means that it’s done and ready to go to the system updater, which we hear will be around the 29th, or a week from tomorrow. This service pack update will work on any version of XP Pro. The service… Read More

  • Windows XP SP3 coming April 29

    Windows XP Service Pack 3 should be launching on April 29, adding some Vista specific features like “Network Access Protection” (it protects your network access) along with some secret fun features no one has mentioned yet. Should you care? Probably, since you haven’t installed Vista yet and this update actually installs all of the Service Packs at once, ensuring… Read More

  • Helio updates YouTube client, and it's good

    Helio today updated the YouTube client for its popular flagship phone, the Ocean. The update uses the same general interface, which is pretty good, and is rumored to be based on the new overall interface. The new client is faster, noticeably so, and it’s not just the interface; loading and buffering times are zippy indeed. It’s a free download for all Ocean users, and it the… Read More

  • Is your life better or worse with Windows Vista SP1?

    So how are things? Everything go okay with the service pack installation? I’ve certainly been critical of Vista in the past but I’m happy to admit that my upgrade went through without a hitch. The fan on my notebook seems to have settled down a bit and programs seem to be opening more quickly, so I’m happier than I was before SP1. The general consensus from around the web… Read More

  • Rock Band update brings new features, music store

    Owners of Rock Band for the Xbox 360 and PS3 will be happy to know that the fine folks at Harmonix have just issued a big software update for the game. I’d check this myself but, like an idiot, I accidentally sent my own personal copy of Rock Band back to GameFLY instead of the copy of Assassin’s Creed I rented. I don’t want to talk about it but I’m patiently waiting to… Read More

  • Safari 3.1 available

    Apple just launched Safari 3.1 with CSS animation and faster JavaScript execution. You can also run HTML 5 video, which is an improved method for displaying embedded video. You can also use CSS Web Fonts for improved font rendering. Strangely enough, I just installed Firefox 3 beta and now I get two super-duper browsers in one day. Yay me. Check out some of the features at the Webkit blog. Read More

  • Vista SP1: Things to fix in tomorrow's service pack

    Joe Wilcox has an article over on Microsoft Watch called “10 Things I Warned Microsoft About Windows Vista” wherein he details some of the advice he gave to Microsoft executives back when Vista was in development. Some of the points are moot now that Vista’s been released like “Vista will miss the big PC upgrade cycle, call Vista Basic ‘Windows Basic’… Read More

  • Vista SP1 available tomorrow

    Apparently tomorrow’s the big day. The first service pack for Windows Vista will be available for manual download on the Windows Update and Microsoft Downloads sites. It’ll also be pushed out as an automatic update on April 18th for those users who can stand another month of random crashes, slow system performance, and the inability to reliably connect to secure networks. Read More

  • Sprint Mogul update includes EVDO Rev. A support

    Good news for HTC Mogul owners on the Sprint network — there’s a new update available that’ll allow your phone to connect to the higher speed EVDO Rev. A network where you could very well enjoy double the data speeds. The current EVDO Rev. 0 protocol features download speeds of 400- to 700-kbps and upload speeds of 50- to 70-kbps. EVDO Rev. A bumps the download speeds to… Read More

  • 'Take Two' Apple TV update unhooked from its leash

    It’s here! Hot damn, it’s here! I don’t own an Apple TV but I saw one in an Apple store once. It looked so awesome. Anyway, the new update is here. Check for the Software Update option under the Settings menu. Once everything churns and wiggles, you’ll be able to rent iTunes movies and access Flickr and .Mac photostreams. Enjoy! Apple TV ‘Take Two’ update… Read More

  • Opera Mobile 9.5 ready to roll

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x49rb9 One of the only good things about running Windows Mobile is that you can run Opera Mobile, the desktop-class mobile browser that really works as well as advertised. And Opera has just released version 9.5. Have a look at the walk through above and tell me it can’t challenge iPhone’s Safari. Opera Mobile [Product Page] Read More

  • Update: GPS-tracked Baby Jesus recovered!

    Remember a few days ago we brought you news of the small town in Florida that was affixing GPS units to members of its nativity scene because people kept stealing Baby Jesus? As it turns out, someone did steal Baby Jesus, and the cops got her. Moral of the story: Read CrunchGear more often, Danielle Santino of Wellington, FL. Read CrunchGear more often. GPS Used To Recover Stolen Baby Jesus… Read More

  • Apple preps OS X 10.5.2


    Apple has begun distributing to developers a massive 362MB update for Leopard. OS X 10.5.2 build 9C7 includes over 70 fixes for problems related to the OS. According to Apple insider, developers have been told to, “focus their testing efforts on an expansive list of components running some 37 items long. Among them were Data Detectors, the Mac OS X Dock, the Finder, grammar checking… Read More

  • Verizon Updates LG Voyager Firmware

    The LG Voyager’s firmware has been upgraded. Know what doesn’t need to be upgraded? The girl’s pony from the Verizon commercials. I wonder how she’s doing with her new pony, besides being an ungrateful brat that wants a cell phone instead of a pony. She probably asked for both and then just started pouting when she only got a pony. So the pony bites and you’re… Read More

  • Palm drops monster update for Treo 680; IM, PTT, other acronyms added

    Regular readers will know that I’m a big supporter of the Palm Treo line of smartphones. They’re a good mix of form factor, usability, and price. They do all the things you need a smartphone to do, and they have lots of amazing games. And if you’re a user of a Treo 680 on AT&T, today is an early Xmas, as the much anticipated software upgrade just hit. And this… Read More

  • Update: Cellphones won't explode burning you and your family alive

    Remember yesterday we brought you news of a Korean man who owned an LG cellphone that exploded and killed him? Ok, it wasn’t the phone, it was something else. We’re still not sure what, but the degree to which he was injured wasn’t consistent with an exploding battery. So, you know, it’s okay to quit panicking. Your phone isn’t going to do you in. But something… Read More

  • Tomorrow's Vista updates improve battery life, wireless

    I can hardly wait until tomorrow. That’s when Microsoft will release an update "that extends laptop battery life, improves the stability of wireless network connections, shortens recovery time after exiting hibernation or sleep, and deals with compatibility problems with some antivirus software." The wireless network connection issue, in particular, has been the bane of my… Read More

  • iPod Touch update lets you add calendar events

    I’m like Kramer. I keep all my appointments [pointing at brain] right up here. If I did keep a calendar of some type, maybe I could use the one on my iPod Touch. Good to know that, thanks to the new 1.1.2 firmware update, I can now add events to the aforementioned calendar instead of just staring at events that were added from my computer. I’ve tried it in real life on a… Read More

  • Low-res Zune album art quietly replaced by hi-res?

    Hot tip from Zunerama.com — apparently new high-quality album artwork is starting to show up on Zune players. A post by a forum member has been confirmed by other forum members with responses like, "YOU’RE RIGHT! They’re huge now! I opened up a song from Crystal Method’s Vegas album, and the artwork filled the entire ‘Now Playing’ screen (with my… Read More

  • DualShock 3 finally a reality (at least next year)

    For all two dozen of you PS3 owners out there, you’ll be happy to hear that the next firmware update will include rumbler support for your controllers again. It’s been missing since the PS2, and both game makers and player have wanted their DualShock Shake, and now they finally have it. The new DualShock 3 controllers won’t arrive until well after Xmas, so if this has been… Read More