Software updates archive

  • Gmail vows to fix slowness problems
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    Gmail vows to fix slowness problems

    By 15 March 2010

    At the SxSWi festival in Austin, Texas, Google has admitted that Gmail can be too slow, but promised to fix that, as well as throwing a bone to people who get irritated switching between a regular Google account and a Google Apps account. Googler Jonathan...

  • Spotify for Android updated
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    Spotify for Android updated

    By 11 March 2010

    If you're a Spotify for Android user, fire up the marketplace on your handset because an update has just been rolled out. Version 0.3.26 is now available for your downloading pleasure. The update brings a few new features - there's integration with Android's...

  • Opera 10.5 gets full release
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    Opera 10.5 gets full release

    By 2 March 2010

    Opera has announced the full release of version 10.50 of its desktop browser for Windows - a rather speedy transition from the beta, which was only released a few weeks back. It's a rather substantial upgrade from Opera 10.1, featuring a dramatic UI refresh...

  • Skype offers Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity
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    Skype offers Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity

    By 26 February 2010

    Skype has announced a new version of its VoIP client for Windows - version 4.2. The upgrade brings a host of improvements, but the most notable is a feature called Skype Access - which lets you connect to Skype on more than 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across...

  • Steam gets massive beta release
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    Steam gets massive beta release

    By 24 February 2010

    PC gaming behemoth Steam has rolled out a massive update to its desktop client, bringing a wide range of social features and a browser based on the Webkit engine used by Safari and Chrome. It's still a beta, though, so you'll have to opt in to get access...

  • HTC Desire's software leaks
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    HTC Desire's software leaks

    By 22 February 2010

    Quick work by the modders in the Modaco forums has seen a leak of the HTC Desire's ROM already turned into a working (albeit a little unstable) ROM for the Google Nexus One, which adds HTC's much-loved Sense UI to the handset. Another useful addition...

  • BlackBerry 7Digital app gets Last.fm support
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    BlackBerry 7Digital app gets Last.fm support

    By 15 February 2010

    Music download site 7Digital has announced an update to its BlackBerry application which permits users to send their listening data to Last.fm from within the application. The release - version 2.1 - lets you link your Last.fm account to the app, which...

  • XP patch brings blue screen misery
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    XP patch brings blue screen misery

    By 12 February 2010

    Windows XP users are lighting torches and collecting pitchforks for an assault on the castle gates following a set of security patches issued on 9 February by Microsoft. If reports on the company's support forum are true, the updates have caused widespread...

  • OpenOffice 3.2 now available
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    OpenOffice 3.2 now available

    By 11 February 2010

    OpenOffice.org, the open-source office software package, has released version 3.2 of its free Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access replacement tools. Simultaneously, the team also revealed that it's hit 300 million downloads since the suite launched in...

  • Opera releases 10.50 beta for Windows
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    Opera releases 10.50 beta for Windows

    By 11 February 2010

    Opera has unveiled a beta of version 10.50 of its web browser. The update brings a whole host of improvements and bug fixes, as well as stripping down the interface to match the standards set by Google's Chrome browser. The UI now features tabs in the...

  • HTC Hero getting Android 2.1 in March
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    HTC Hero getting Android 2.1 in March

    By 10 February 2010

    The HTC team in the Netherlands has confirmed that the HTC Hero will be receiving the Android 2.1 update in March - confirming the rumour that we reported towards the end of January. Some Hero owners will have got bored of waiting by now, and rooted their...

  • Motorola Droid gets Android 2.1 update
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    Motorola Droid gets Android 2.1 update

    By 9 February 2010

    Motorola has announced, on its Facebook fan page of all places, that the Android 2.1 update will be rolling out to its Droid handset this week. It also says that it'll be making further announcements later in the week on upgrades to other handsets. The...

  • Google enhances Gchat status feature
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    Google enhances Gchat status feature

    By 9 February 2010

    It's being reported that Google is to upgrade the status feature in Google chat to allow you to send and receive Twitter-style updates to and from your friends. That's an upgrade on existing functionality - which lets you set a status but old updates...

  • iPhone OS 3.1.3 firmware hacked in just 5 days
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    iPhone OS 3.1.3 firmware hacked in just 5 days

    By 8 February 2010

    The iPhone OS 3.1.3 update, which Apple released just under a week ago, stopped most jailbreaking tools from working. 5 days later, and it's already been hacked - with the iPhone Dev-Team releasing version 3.1.5 of its PwnageTool. The group advises against...

  • Seesmic for Android gets updated
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    Seesmic for Android gets updated

    By 5 February 2010

    Seesmic, the Twitter client of choice for many on the Android platform, has rolled out an update. It brings a host of new features to the app, as well as performance improvements and some usability enhancements. In the video above you can see Seesmic...

  • iPhone OS 3.1.3 update released
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    iPhone OS 3.1.3 update released

    By 3 February 2010

    Apple has released an update for the iPhone, bringing the version number up to 3.1.3. It brings a few minor new features, a whole host of bug fixes, and a handful of security patches which close up the holes that jailbreakers use to get inside the handset....

  • HTC Magic finally gets Sense UI
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    HTC Magic finally gets Sense UI

    By 29 January 2010

    We might still be waiting for an updated version of Android on the HTC Hero, but the company has delivered on at least one of its promises - bringing the Sense UI to the HTC Magic, by means of a ROM update. HTC says: "This ROM upgrade for your HTC Magic...

  • Google promises Nexus One fix
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    Google promises Nexus One fix

    By 26 January 2010

    Since its release, the Nexus One has been widely welcomed, but the handset has also been criticised for some 3G difficulties - dropping down to Edge in certain areas. Google has responded to those issues and promised a fix. The company posted on its support...

  • Chrome extensions emerge from beta
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    Chrome extensions emerge from beta

    By 25 January 2010

    Google has announced that it's bringing Chrome's extensions and bookmark sync capabilities out of beta. The browser, which has won plaudits for its speed and minimalism, can now be modified to do almost anything you can dream of. There's over 1500 extensions...

  • Tweets in space: ISS hooked up to the web
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    Tweets in space: ISS hooked up to the web

    By 22 January 2010

    The International Space Station has received a software update that enables something rather magical for the astronauts that inhabit it - access to the world wide web. Which we assume will henceforth be known as the solar-system-wide-web. A NASA statement...

  • Firefox 3.6 hits the Web
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    Firefox 3.6 hits the Web

    By 21 January 2010

    On a day that Internet Explorer is releasing emergency patches to fix security holes, Mozilla has announced that the latest edition of its Firefox browser is ready for download. Firefox 3.6 packs a lot of improvements under its hood - but its main tweak...

  • ICQ releases new version of IM software
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    ICQ releases new version of IM software

    By 18 January 2010

    Gosh, remember ICQ? The stalwart of late 90s IM with its flowery icons and irritatingly-loud noises has just issued an update to its client - more than 13 years after it was first released - which adds a whole pile of new functionality. That functionality...

  • Nokia N900 gets software update
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    Nokia N900 gets software update

    By 15 January 2010

    Nokia has issued a major software update for its flagship Maemo handset, the Nokia N900. With it comes a host of improvements, mainly targeted at improving its accessibility. Let's a take a look. For starters, there's support for German, Italian, English...

  • uTorrent gets video streaming functionality
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    uTorrent gets video streaming functionality

    By 18 December 2009

    Popular BitTorrent client uTorrent has added a new bit of functionality that'll likely make filesharers very happy indeed. You can begin streaming video before it's finished downloading. Plenty of people use BitTorrent to watch television shows from the...

  • WebOS 1.3.5 confirmed, coming soon
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    WebOS 1.3.5 confirmed, coming soon

    By 18 December 2009

    Palm's CEO Jon Rubinstein has confirmed, in a conference call, that webOS 1.3.5 is on the way and talked a little bit about the improvements that it'll bring. It'll apparently allow for the the installation of more apps, enhanced Wi-Fi performance, an...