Items tagged with Firmware

We have some semi-good news for Intel 320 Series solid state drive owners who might be suffering from the notorious 8MB bug. No, we don't have a fix, and neither does Intel. However, the Santa Clara chip maker is fully aware of the problem and is promising a new firmware update that will supposedly stomp out the annoying bug for good. "Intel has been investigating the ‘Bad Context 13x Error’ as seen on select Intel® SSD 320 Series drives," Intel said in a statement. "This was previously noted in the Intel community post as 'SSD Power Loss.' To summarize the error: In certain circumstances,... Read more...
Of all the hundreds of thousands of computer viruses, trojans, rootkits, and worms that have been written since 'Elk Cloner' first appeared in the wild in 1981, the overwhelming majority of them have targeted computer software. Attacking computer hardware directly isn't impossible now (and wasn't then), but it tends to be extremely difficult to pull off en masse. It is therefore a touch unusual to see security researcher Charlie Miller claiming that Apple batteries represent a security flaw. Miller will present his findings and provide a solution at the upcoming Black Hat conference, which runs... Read more...
Ah, Boxee Box. The little media streaming box that could. The D-Link box, which has officially been on sale for a few months now, has been improved on a fairly regular basis. A ton of new features have been added in recent months, and this month's no different. Version 1.1 of the Boxee Box firmware has just shipped, revamping a lot of stuff under the hood. Things like? Things like support for 16 new languages, bookmark + history in the browser, a revised Movie trailer library, new seek bar for playback of the on-screen display, a new share menu that allows users to choose where messages go, and... Read more...
QNAP is increasing the performance and capabilities of its Turbo NAS Servers with the announcement of new NAS Management software. With the new software, users will get support for real-time remote replication capabilities, advanced folder permissions, virtual LAN support, and much more. The software will also enable RAID 10, giving users the advantages of RAID 0 and RAID 1 in a single system. RAID 10 allows for a maximum of two failed disks from two different pairs. The new software also provides for cloud storage backup with support for Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive services. QNAP Enhances Performance... Read more...
Barnes & Noble has released a small, bug significant firmware upgrade for the NOOKcolor. The new firmware fixes some bugs and adds a few new features including the ability to pinch-and-zoom from the Web browser. On its Website, Barnes & Noble provided a brief description for the update: Barnes & Noble is providing a minor update to NOOKcolor firmware that will improve NOOKcolor's Wi-Fi connectivity; improve Home and Shop performance; add the ability to pinch and zoom in browser; enhance the reading experience for magazines and children's books; add a text banner to easily identify NOOK... Read more...
If you think the latest Intel SSD ToolBox is all the software you'll be getting with your new Intel solid state drive, a certain company would like you to know otherwise. Acronis Software has just announced that Intel SSDs now include Intel Data Migration Software, a set of hard disk utilities that are powered by Acronis. The software bundle will detect both a user's old and new drives and guide the user through a simple and quick cloning process, which is usually one of the most painstaking issues for those who haven't done it before. It's designed to transfer information from the old hard drive,... Read more...
AT&T has begun rolling out a software fix to fix an issue in Alcatel-Lucent equipment that was causing users in some parts of the country to experience slower uploads. The company said it hoped the problem could be resolved in 2-3 weeks. Although iPhone users were the most vocal when the issue first appeared, it wasn't device specific. After investigation, AT&T determined the issue had to do with firmware in Alcatel-Lucent's 3G base station hardware.  AT&T said the issue affected less than two percent of their customer base. Using their recently provided wireless subscriber number... Read more...
So Apple has already sold over 600,000 iPads in less than a month, and a spate of other tablets will soon begin flooding the marketplace. All of these threaten to shake things up in the ebook reader market, but don't go counting Amazon's Kindle out of the game. Further blurring the line between standalone ebook readers and multifunctional Internet devices, Amazon's upcoming 2.5 software update will introduce a handful of new features, including Facebook and Twitter integration. Kindle owners will be able to post book passages with friends on Facebook directly from their ebook reader, which will... Read more...
Members of Apple's iPhone Developer Program now have access to the iPhone OS SDK 3.2 GM (Golden Master). Considering this is the first version of the operating system to support the iPad, this is a big deal. It's also perfect timing, since the first round of iPads hits store shelves this weekend. Before this update became available, developers had to code their apps using beta versions of the tools. If a developer wanted their app to be available in time for the April 3 launch of the iPad, they had to finish their apps using the pre-release SDK. In addition to the SDK, developers can also download... Read more...
Corsair announced new firmware with TRIM support for its Performance Series P64, P128 and P256 solid-state drives. The new firmware and firmware update tool were developed by Samsung and rigorously tested by both Samsung and Corsair to help ensure smooth performance. Additional details are available below. Corsair® releases firmware with TRIM support for its Performance Series Solid-State Drives - New firmware, rigorously tested and qualified by Samsung® and Corsair, maintains optimal SSD performance in Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating systems - FREMONT, California, December... Read more...
Intel has re-released TRIM enabling firmware for its Intel X25-M and X18-M SSDs. TRIM is available in Windows 7, and its function is to prevent the performance degradation that SSDs see over time.  TRIM clears flash pages instead of marking them as available when users delete data. That is what happens for normal hard drives, and there's no issue with them, but this creates what's called the "block-rewrite penalty" on SSDs, which occurs if a flash cell is not empty when it needs to be written to. The new firmware version is 02HD. The short description of the update via Intel's release notes... Read more...
Amazon.com has an early Christmas present to Kindle purchasers: 85 percent more battery life if you're going wireless. The company announced today that the battery would last up to seven days, even if the wireless is turned on. That's three days more than the previous battery, which lasted four days. The battery life with the wireless turned off remains the same - up to two weeks. Amazon's been working for six months on firmware improvement and testing the battery with wireless to get to this point. Now, before you get all ticked off because you bought your Kindle yesterday, Amazon said those battery... Read more...
People may gripe that a company like Apple gets all sorts of positive publicity simply because its iPod and iPhone products are selling so well, but there's a dark side to rampant fame as well. The bad definitely comes with the good, and a chorus of angry MacBook Pro owners have apparently made themselves heard.The story goes something like this: folks purchasing new MBPs with the 7200rpm hard drive were hearing all sorts of weird whirring, clicking and popping noises from their drives. Some users even reported screen flashes, freezes and reboots. Needless to say, it was driving the collective... Read more...
The quirk affecting Intel's 34nm SSDs is one that's likely to trouble just a small minority of users, but it was big enough for the outfit to temporarily halt shipments a few weeks back until a firmware fix was published.Today, that very fix is being made available to the public, and it fixes the bug that caused corruption in the drive is a password was set in the system BIOS and then changed or disabled at a later date. If you happened to get in early on the 34nm fun, you should probably give this download a go just in case. Here's exactly what Intel has to say about the update: This firmware... Read more...
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