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Apple has released firmware updates (two apiece actually) for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. As usual, "stability fixes" are the only details—but that should be enough for anyone who has experienced problems.

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Good news, boys and girls, that update RIM promised to have out in a few weeks really does make almost everything better on the BlackBerry Storm says Boy Genius, who has already snagged OS 4.7.0.76. (The current, crashy version is 4.7.0.65.) The accelerometer is quicker, battery life is improved, touchscreen is more responsive, music player is snappier, and overall, it just crashes less. There are two tradeoffs, however: Data connectivity seems to be slower, and the camera app is pretty much FUBAR. Which means we're one more update away from happiness (unless you're David Pogue or Stephen Fry).

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To curb the adrenaline rush that is the PS3 firmware update, we wanted to let you know ahead of time that version 2.53 will be released tomorrow and it's not a huge deal. All it will add is full screen Adobe Flash support to the PS3 web browser—which would be a fantastic update if we ever browsed the web on our PS3.

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Emoji: if you've never heard of it, that's because you're probably not living in Japan, 12 years old, and a highly social schoolgirl. An emoticon standard that is widely used in the country, it was included in the iPhone 2.2 firmware on the SoftBank network, but not for anyone else. Apparently fed up with his lack of ability to graphically express his numerous LOLs, a developer has figured out a simple tweak to enable these icons system-wide, no matter which carrier you're with. Naturally, to show anything other than unintelligible strings of Unicode the recipient's phone has to support Emoji emoticons, but apparently all 2.2 iPhones, hacked or not, can display the icons. The patching process, after the jump, isn't terribly complicated.

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You have to start wondering why Apple even bothers. Just three days after their Apple TV firmware upgrade that killed off Boxee and other hacks, the team at Boxee have come up with a workaround to get it going again. Sure, it's pretty geeky and if you're scared of opening a terminal you should probably steer clear, but for anybody else keen on getting their Apple TV working like it should, you can follow the instructions on Boxee forums. Otherwise, you can wait until the ATV patchstick gets the update to automate the entire process.

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Once again, anything Apple can make, the enterprising Dev Team can break: the brand-new firmware 2.2 has been jailbroken. QuickPwn should take care of everything, unless you're one of those unfortunate owners of the second-generation iPod touch, in which case you're out of luck at the moment. But everything else seems to be running fine—anybody here broken the new firmware yet? Let us know in the comments.

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The new iPhone 2.2 is here and we've been playing with it all night and morning. Like Apple says in their documentation, the stability and performance seems to have improved, but the spotlight falls on the new and improved Maps application, which has been polished up thanks to its public transportation and walking directions, as well as the smooth, fast Street View, and many other interface details. There are a lot of unexpected new features—no, no cut and paste—and fixes as well, and we've tried them all here:

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Our testing has confirmed that iPod Touch users do not get updates to their Google Maps app with firmware 2.2, which, at least on the iPhone, includes the addition of Street View as well as public transit and walking directions. The updated browser interface, podcast downloading and assorted other tweaks are all there, as was the requisite sacrificing of any jailbreak apps. Of course there may be a perfectly reasonable explanation for this, but until that's given, Apple, it's all pitchforks and torches. Or iPods and forums posts, I guess.

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That was fast. It's barely Nov. 21 and the iPhone 2.2 update is here, all 246MB of it, as promised. Included in the update, according to the release notes and as we'd heard, are all the new Google Maps features we've been waiting for like Street View and walking directions, over the air podcast downloads, mail enhancements, Safari fixes, improved sound quality for visual voicemail, fewer dropped calls (again), and more. Grab it now.

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newVideoPlayer("/iphonebugfsit_gizmodo.flv", 320, 260,"");According to a Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information press release, the eagerly expected iPhone 2.2 operating system update will arrive tomorrow, November 21. The release is expected to bring new features, but the Institute's note highlights a major security problem that can make your iPhone to place a call when visiting a malicious web site. This date is in line with the previous rumours. Update: here's the video of the security exploit that the iPhone 2.2 release will fix, according to the Fraunhoferians.

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Apple TV updates generally always wipe away all third-party software you may have installed, but usually, most things can just be re-installed. Not so with yesterday's 2.3 version update however, which has closed the door used to install software like Boxee via a USB patchstick. So if you love your Boxee like we do, hold off on installing version 2.3 (and don't forget to turn off auto-update). A thread on Boxee's forums is tracking the issue, where a fix will hopefully be announced.

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Why do companies ship products they know are mad buggy? Apple did it with the iPhone, RIM did it with the BlackBerry Storm, which locked up and crashed on me plenty during the review period, even after it was delayed precisely to make it less buggy. RIM, however, is at least admitting they screwed up off the bat (before it lands in most consumers' hands, even), promising a software update "within weeks." I hope that besides plugging holes and squashing bugs, they also shake off the lag and sluggishness I experienced to make the Storm feel a bit springier. (Kill the fade transitions!) Guess we'll see.

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For all you Apple TV users out there, Apple's now released firmware version 2.3. The patch, downloadable through the media hub's built in updater, now lets users stream music from AirTunes to any speakers connected to an Airport Express or other Apple TVs in the house. You'll also get the ability to use third-party remotes, and make playlists that include a mixture of audio and video formats.

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The Zune 3.1 update is available now. It includes some major navigation updates to Zune Social, three free games (Checkers, Sudoku and Space Battle) and "incremental" stability/performance updates to the Zune PC software and Zune firmware. It all sounds like good stuff to us, so go update and succumb to the Sudoku revolution today!