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Mounting Problems With Evo 4G Update. Sprint Remains Silent.

Since Sprint pushed out an Evo 4G update earlier this month, reports have been steadily rising, noting various issues cropping up. Issues such as weaker battery life, slow/laggy user interface, continuous WiFi dropouts, random SD card un-mounting, and sporadic speakerphone are some of the more serious problems. Some users are so frustrated they’re claiming the update made the Evo 4G worse — we can certainly see why.

Thus far, Sprint has yet to acknowledge any issues with the recent Evo 4G update. The evidence is hard to ignore, however. This update is clearly broken. Let us know if you’ve experienced any issues since updating.

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Epic 4G Android 2.2 (Froyo) Update Delayed. No ETA for Release. #android #epic4g

If you were one of many Samsung Epic 4G owners impatiently waiting for the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update to drop for your beloved device, sit down and take a breath — it’s not happening. At least not yet. The memo above was passed around Sprint internal channels recently and highlights how the Froyo update hasn’t been released for any Galaxy S devices nor does Samsung or Sprint have an eta for release.

Some may see this as Samsung’s attempt at pushing people to upgrade phones to get the latest software. It’s a weak theory, but a theory nonetheless. And lest we not forget the whole Samsung Omnia II upgrade fiasco. All I’m saying is that Samsung has done some shady things before regarding Android updates. Though hopefully, this isn’t a repeat offense.

In the meantime, twiddle your thumbs.
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OS X to Support Searching of Mac App Store for Unknown File Types. #macappstore

At one point in time, we’ve all come into possession of a particular file that we didn’t have an appropriate piece of software to open said file. On that same note, Windows users have been able to simply click “search online” to give Windows a chance at clearing things up. I’ve never had particularly good luck with the in-house app searching within Windows, ultimately turning to Google to find the required app. Perhaps on OS X it will be better, as according to a Mac developer from MacGeneration testing out the latest 10J537 build of 10.6.6, it appears that Apple will now add the same feature. The only difference in this case is that OS X will search the Mac App Store instead of the entire web, potentially resulting in a much better result, and at the very least, much faster searches.

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Verizon Wireless Internal Memo: “Gingerbread is Coming”. #vzw #android #gingerbread

A leaked memo this afternoon paints a rather promising picture for Verizon Wireless Android users. According to said memo, VZW is currently reviewing which handsets will be making the jump to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) following the recent release of the Gingerbread source code from Google. The most important part of the memo, however, states that “any current VZW device that runs well on Android 2.2 (Froyo) will run even better on Gingerbread”. That would of course signal to us that VZW is at least planning on bringing Android 2.3 to most of Verizon’s Android lineup overall — at the very least outfitting all of the Froyo devices with Google’s latest and greatest.

Only time will tell if Verizon continues offering the largest selection of current, up to date Android devices. And given their track record thus far, I think we’re in for quite a treat.

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27-Inch Cinema Display Update Released. #apple

In all the awesomeness that makes up the 2,560 x 1,440 pixels-worth that is the 27-inch Apple Cinema Display, some users haven’t had the rosiest of times. Most importantly, a persistant bug regarding speaker problems has been plaguing a small subset of users. The specific problem is reportedly distorted or completely non-functioning speakers. To fix the issue, users have reported that simply unplugging and replugging the USB cord in to all-out restarting their Mac has fixed the sound issue. Though that’s understandably far from “a fix”.

The update weighs in at a feather-light 957KB and can be downloaded from Apple’s support download site. Let us know if it fixes your speaker issues.

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Sprint: “Leaked Epic 4G “DK28″ Update is Buggy, Not Intended for Production Devices”. #android #sprint

If you are one of the countless Sprint Epic 4G users on the fence as to if you should download and install the leaked Android 2.2 (Froyo) “DK28″ build that was released over the weekend — don’t. Not too long after the internet was flooded with eager Epic 4G users, reports of various bugs and horror stories were cropping up. As it turns out, Sprint was intending for this particular update to only reach a handful of beta testers, knowing full well that it still had some bugs to be worked out. But you know how word of mouth is on the internet…

With that said, Sprint reiterated on their forum to avoid the update at all costs as again, it was fairly buggy. Not to mention, any users who have updated to this build may or may not receive official support from Sprint when the real, *official* update goes live in the coming weeks.

Anyone take the plunge a wee bit early and get burned by the DK28 leaked update?

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[Update 2] Latest AVG Update Breaking Some 64-bit Windows 7 Computers. #avg #windows

In our daily travels through the interwebbs, our computers are silently attacked by faceless villains across the world. Helping us make the journey safely are a bevy of anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware programs. But every once in a while, a computer becomes unusable not because of the latest and greatest virus, but because of the very software that is supposed to protect us. With that said, users of popular anti-virus software, AVG, will be waking up to a potentially nasty surprise — an un-bootable computer.

The culprit is the latest virus database update, version 271.1.1/3292 (432/3292), which was released at 12.53am CET. The error message being seen:

STOP: c0000135 The program can’t start because %hs is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

According to AVG, it’s not as bad as it seems. The fix as it stands now comes in a few flavors. Perhaps the quickest and least involved option is to boot into safe mode and do a system restore to a restore point that was made before the latest AVG update. If you are unable to boot into safe mode, proceed to option two which AVG highlights in detail here. Basically, it involves using an AVG Resource CD and renaming a buried system file. A third option involves using Windows 7 Startup Repair. Lastly, a fourth and final fix requires that you read this article before you restart following the update. If you do, find the “. preparations” folder located at C:\Program files (x86)\AVG\AVG10 (64-bit systems) and delete it. Then, continue on with the reboot as normal. You can also use the AVG program itself to delete all of the temporary update files as well.

As of writing, AVG has announced that they’ve removed the update from their servers, and that it is ok to go ahead and update your AVG software once again. Furthermore, AVG will be releasing a tool to help affected users within the next couple of days. Though if that’s not good enough and/or the above methods aren’t working, try taking a look at this thread in AVG’s forums which has several more detailed options to bring your computer back to life.

Anyone’s PC go down because of the update?


Commenter “ako” below found another method to try and fix the AVG problem

This helps me:

Navigate to:
Program FilesAVGAVG10 (32bit operating system)
Program Files (x86)AVGAVG10 (64bit operating system)

Find the following files:
avgrsx.exe or avgrsa.exe
avgchsvx.exe or avgchsva.exe

Delete the Files and reboot

Update 2

Could it be internal sabotage by a disgruntled employee? Apparently AVG just went through some “internal restructuring” the day before yesterday. On that note, when “sabotage by former employee” is mentioned, I always become skeptical myself. Far too often such a claim is made that in the end turns out to be completely false. Although, going by the tipster’s account of the two botched updates occurring in the same day (and a mere day and a half after massive layoffs no less) is certainly eye raising in and of itself.

With that said, the actual internal email sent out to AVG employees the morning of the layoffs is interesting nonetheless. The dots can certainly be connected in such a way to suggest some illicit dealings, though I’ll leave the final decision to each of you. Email after the jump…
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Sony Ericsson Offloads Xperia X10 Update Frustrations on AT&T. #sony #android

Out of all the Android handsets available for purchase, few would argue against the fact that Sony’s Xperia X10 is one of the sleekest units money can buy. However, all that eye candy doesn’t come without one massive con — super slow updates. While the Xperia X10 has only been available in the U.S. since August 2010, it has been available elsewhere around the globe since March. And yet it still ships and runs with Android 1.6 (Donut). Up until now, many would point the finger at Sony. After all, it is they who design and market the tweaked Rachel UI that runs atop Android. As many of you already know, special skins are one of the biggest causes of delays. But even then, Sony may not be the only party to lay blame with. According to SE, AT&T isn’t helping…
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HTML/Javascript Security Hole to be Patched in Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). #gingerbread #android

Over the last year and a half, Android has gone from a tiny nobody to a massive player in the mobile market. That size and growth come chiefly because of the open nature of the OS and how it allows everyone from end users to carriers to manufacturers to tweak the OS how they see fit. Of course, as good as that is, there are some cons. And the biggest con that seems to be on everyone’s minds as of late is security.

So what is the latest threat that Android users need to be weary of…?
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Android 2.3 #Gingerbread Part 1 Now Rolling Out in Small Batches. #android

Today’s a good day to be a Nexus One owner, for you can fuel your day on the pent up excitement that maybe, just maybe, you’ll be one of the first batch of N1 users to get the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update. Now mind you, this is a pretty hefty update so it has been split into two parts. Part one merely prepares you phone for all of the actual UI upgrades and feature additions that 2.3 offers. The second part probably won’t come for another week or so — at least until December 6th (a date in which Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, is rumored to be unveiling Android 2.3 Gingerbread).

Ironically, the image above comes from Twitter user @Macintosh.

If you get the Android 2.3 Part I update, let us know how it goes for you!


Sorry to get you excited…we were wrong. The update is nothing more than 2.2.1 patches amd bug fixes. Keep playing the waiting game…

(Anyone have some coffee they can share with Chuck?)

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iTunes 10.1 Update Now Live! #itunes

iTunes 10.1 is now live and ready for your downloading pleasure.

Looks like iOS 4.2 might drop earlier next week than originally rumored. The biggest things to talk about are of course AirPlay support and the ability to sync iOS 4.2 devices. Other than that, it’s business as usual.

Looks like the Tuesday rumors for an iOS 4.2 release may be more spot on than originally thought…

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Carriers Can Block Windows Phone 7 Software Updates, Force You to Upgrade Hardware? #wp7

The inner workings of Windows Phone 7 and its upgrade process have been detailed many times over during the last few months leading up to the Windows Phone 7 launch. During that time it seemed like all was ready and good to go. Windows Phone 7 had an open-esque nature yet a tight control by Microsoft that allowed them to keep the experience fairly consistent. And best of all, carriers wouldn’t have as much control as they do with Android.

But the song of happiness is now trotting along to a different tune. There are two big changes to Windows Phone 7 now that it’s officially out. First, OTA updates are caput. During development, smaller updates were handled over the air while larger updates required a USB cable and computer. But the real kicker (sad, sad kicker) is that carriers can (and you all know they will) block updates.
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