PS3 hack-battling 3.61 update causing consoles to crash?
Reports are coming in that the latest PlayStation 3 firmware update (version 3.61), designed to counteract the hacking attack that saw Sony's PSN network down for the best part of a month, is causing consoles to freeze or switch off….
Gadget Helpline: The perfect gift for technophobic mums this Mother's Day
Are you the technological whizz-kid of your household? Know your component cable from your HDMI, or have reached a zen-like level of interconnectivity between all of your social networks so that half the world knows what you're doing at any…
First photo of Hudson air crash surfaces on Twitter
Score another one for citizen journalism. The very first photo of the plane crash in the Hudson was taken on a mobile phone, and uploaded to Twitter. The photographer was one Janis Krums, and he was on one of the ferries used to rescue the passengers from the stricken plane.
Although you could say he was in the right place at the right time, the quality of the photo is pretty damn good as well – well framed, and with plenty of detail. On a side note, though – you’ve got to wonder if it’s the first class passengers that are on the raft, while the economy plebs have to stand on the wing…
Twitpic (via Silicon Alley Insider)
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Cause of mystery Zune shutdown revealed
If you’re a Zune 30 owner – okay, chances are you’re not, but it’s interesting anyway – then you might have noticed that your Zune took a day’s holiday on 31st December. Microsoft has now issued an official response to the problem.
Turns out that the people who thought it might be something to do with the leap year were correct. The internal clock driver couldn’t work out the fact that there were 366 days in this year. The solution? Wait. Come midnight, US west coast time, all the Zune 30s started working perfectly again.
I can confirm that mine’s certainly back to normal. If you’re still having trouble, then try letting the device run out its battery, then charging it again and turning it on. It should then be fine. If not, drop us a line in the comments below.
30gb zune issues – official update (via comments on our original post)
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BREAKING: Zunes worldwide hit by mystery crash
This morning, I woke up and turned on my beloved Zune MP3 player. It got to the end of the loading bar, then just stopped. After the regular “hold back and up to reset” trick didn’t work, I did what any self-respecting citizen of the modern age would do, and turned to Google. Turns out there’s a lot of people with the same problem.
Across the internet, there’s a variety of threads on forums complaining that Zunes have frozen in exactly the same place, at exactly midnight PST. Given that we’re so close to the New Year, it’s likely to be a bug in the code, but I’m sure it won’t stop thousands of Mac fanboys across the land cooking up conspiracy theories along the lines of “Microsoft never expected to last this long in the market”.
More info, and a fix, as we get it.
Zune is frozen (via Google)
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Is Firefox 3 crashing regularly for anyone else?
Or is it just me? About 50 percent of the time Firefox 3 generates this weird error message when I close it down. Not when it’s running, but when I close it down. Firefox shuts, then up pops the error. It is marginally annoying, to put it mildly.
No, Firefox, you haven’t crashed, I’ve just closed you down on purpose. Can’t you tell the difference between being closed and crashing? You’re supposed to be all-new and clever. Internet Explorer has never done this to me (probably because I last used it in 1999).
I am, and you will no doubt all tell me this is the reason, using Windows Vista…
Shirley Bassey in post-Glastonbury helicopter crash drama
Dame Shirley Bassey had a narrow escape this weekend, following her triumphant set at Glastonbury. No, she didn’t eat one of the burgers. It’s just another case of helicopter malfunctions repeating, I’m afraid.