• What product development teaches us about self-improvement Crunch Network

    What product development teaches us about self-improvement

    While the digital revolution has brought with it many conceptual changes, one of the most pronounced is that of the version release. Your phone is considered outdated if it’s a year old, and obsolete if you bought it three years ago. Whenever you connect to Wi-Fi your apps undergo a version update. The Facebook you’re using today is not the same version you posted to last week. Read More

  • Android N’s first beta-quality release gets seamless updates and VR mode

    Android N’s first beta-quality release gets seamless updates and VR mode

    As expected, Google made Android N, the next version of its mobile operating system, a cornerstone of its I/O keynote today. With Android N, Google moved to a very different release cycle compared to previous releases. While I/O is usually the place for Google to share a first look at new versions of Android, it actually released a first preview of N a few months ago. This was also the… Read More

  • Devs Use Minor Updates To Resurrect iOS Apps On The Slide, Study Finds

    Devs Use Minor Updates To Resurrect iOS Apps On The Slide, Study Finds

    App updates are a strategic tool used by developers to revive waining interest in their software and spark downloads. That’s one of the conclusions from a study by a group of Italian academics looking at how app developers use updates to attract attention, and how effective this strategy is on Android vs iOS. Read More

  • Makerbot Updates Their Design Software And Firmware To Make 3D Printing Easier

    Makerbot Updates Their Design Software And Firmware To Make 3D Printing Easier

    Makerbot, besides making a darn nice printer, offers some amazing software for laying out and printing objects. Their product, Makerware, is free to download and use and supports some other 3D printers including the FlashForge. The new software adds some interesting features to the package including improved support structures and rafts. Read More

  • Microsoft Reportedly Planning OS X-Style Cheap, Annual Windows Updates

    Microsoft Reportedly Planning OS X-Style Cheap, Annual Windows Updates

    Microsoft might be figuring out that the best way to get users to use its product isn’t by charging an arm and a leg for updates and releasing them only once every few years. Redmond is reportedly switching to an approach like that taken by rival Apple, delivering inexpensive, annual updates that are less dramatic but which are designed to get all users on board a unified platform. Read More

  • Nintendo Launching Wireless eShop For 3DS At E3

    Not only can we potentially maybe expect a Wii 2 at E3 this year but Nintendo 3DS owners might just have access to the wireless eShop, a system for downloading and buying games right from your console. June 7 will bring us an update that enables the eShop in the US. A Japanese update should be adding a 3D Movie player and Virtual Console updates to those devices. via Eng via andriasang Read More

  • Dell adds Core i5 to their Vostro line

    Dell just added a new model to their rather stodgy looking Vostro line, the excitingly named “Vostro 430”. This isn’t particularly newsworthy, however what IS newsworthy is that their new computers will protect you. From the future!!!11! Read More

  • Mac OSX 10.5.7 Combo Update Available

    The latest update for OSX is now available. The update includes general security fixes and performance upgrades for iCal and Mail. After the update your mac will be more secure, video playback will be less bumpy. Unit Converter, Stocks, Weather, Movies widgets will be smarter. You should get it right away. Read More

  • So, how about those Apple Mac Mini updates?

    Giz makes a good point about the Mac Mini update: the 1GB and 200GB upgrade on the “base” $599 Mac Mini costs a mean $200, a bit of overkill for what amounts to a meager boost in storage and memory. Heck, 4GB of Kingston Mac Mini memory costs $44. It might not work on these newer models, but who cares? Memory and hard drive space are cheap. Read More

  • Rumor: Mac Mini getting a makeover next week

    Time to throw away your old Mac Minis, friends, because new ones are coming next week. TUAW has on good authority (read “some guy told them”) that the new minis will have SATA optical drives that can be replaced with hard drives and that they will look more like the MacBooks with sexier styling and black and aluminum accents. Read More

  • Quick look at the 2.2 iPhone firmware

    I took some shots of 2.2 in action. The walking directions would have been great for the past two weeks – I’ve had so much trouble using car-based GPS in walking/biking cities. Streetview is also great for cities like New York but it’s very limited right now – there was no information for Paris, for example. The podcast download is also really nice to have. An… Read More

  • Apple TV 2.3 firmware now available

    Remember your Apple TV? That thing next to the TiVo? It’s ready for its upgrade. The improvements are very minor but it now supports third-party remote control learning and AirTunes streaming to other audio outputs including Airport Express speakers as well as other Apple TVs. You should be able to download the new firmware in Settings. Read More

  • Google sends out Android update RC30 – blocks ‘jailbreak’

    While a significant chunk of G1 owners still await the RC29 update that started rolling out a few days ago, Google has already queued up another one. While people generally welcome updates with open arms, this ones got a few folks upset. Last week, an eagle-eyed tinkerer realized that you could gain root access to the G1 by using telnetd, essentially “jailbreaking” it. Now… Read More

  • Google Maps for Mobile gets Street View, walking directions

    The Google Maps for Mobile team pushed a new version of their application today, with two hugely awesome features packed inside. They’ve added support for Street View, which allows you to get a pedestrian’s-eye view of any street Google has cruised down with their panoramic-shootin’ super car. It’s a feature that has been around for quite some time on the desktop… Read More

  • Rock Band update hitting Xbox 360 today, PS3 soon

    Looks like an update for Rock Band will be available for Xbox 360 owners today. The PS3 update “will follow and we’ll let you know when we have an idea when it will drop,” according to Harmonix. The patch fixes some scoring wonkinesss and, perhaps more importantly, will allow you to export your Rock Band songs to Rock Band 2. It was unclear which songs would NOT be able to… Read More

  • iPhone 2.0.1 firmware now out

    No massive changes reported but it appears that the 249.2MB 2.0.1 firmware is live and ready to install. The release coincides with an iTunes update and some are reporting some improvements in speed and performance. I’m updating now and will keep you apprised. The update is pretty meh. It improves backup speed and I believe it gives worms to ex-girlfriends. UPDATE – It appears to… Read More

  • Apple readying Mac OS X 10.5.5 update for developers

    You hear that rumbling noise, folks? That’s the OS X 10.5.5 train, and it’s a comin’. That’s right – and it’s packed with features. What kind of features, you ask? Hell if we know. To be honest, it’s quite possibly just a bunch of bug fixes and security updates. AppleInsider predicts that it’ll include support for the rumored new Mac… Read More

  • Is this the PSP-3000?

    This appears to be the PSP-3000, an updated PSP with built-in mic and a thinner metal ring. While I don’t mind the PSP, I think these constant updates make Sony look a little desperate. While the DS and the DS Lite were quite different and the 1st generation hardware was clearly sub par, they pretty much nailed it on the PSP… not that that helped them sell games. Read More

  • Sony to release fixed PS3 firmware this week

    Last week’s PS3 firmware update left some angry gamers in its wake as reports of jacked up consoles made their way around the internet shortly after Sony made version 2.40 of its PS3 software available for download last Wednesday. The company quickly pulled the problematic update and has now said that version 2.41 will be available “midweek,” according to CVG. While most… Read More

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