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Apple releases iOS 5.1.1

iOS 5.1.1 features

Apple has released iOS 5.1.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and with it comes various bug fixes and improvements. According to Apple, you should expect the following:

  • Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using Lock Screen shortcut.
  • Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks.
  • Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances.
  • Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List.
  • Fixes an issue where "Unable to Purchase" alert could be displayed after successful purchase.

iOS 5.1 was released two months ago, right before the release of the new iPad. You can grab iOS 5.1.1 by going into the Software Update option within the Settings app on your device, or you can connect your device to iTunes and do it there.

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In Theaters This Weekend: November 20, 2009

The Blind Side

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Blind Side (PG-13): starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron (directed by John Lee Hancock)
  • New Moon (PG-13): starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner (directed by Chris Weitz)
  • Planet 51 (PG): starring Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel (directed by Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad)

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Microsoft Working On Fix For Fall Update

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Hardware, Xbox 360, Xbox Live,

Xbox 360 After Microsoft’s Fall Update was released, a number of people reported problems with the update “bricking” their consoles. At first, this seemed to be restricted to hackers with modified firmware releases, but there seems to be two parallel issues with the update. Firmware hackers are typically seeing an E66 error. People with non-modified Xbox 360s that have problems will typically see an E71 error or will see crashes in software that ran normally before the update. A post on Microsoft’s Gamerscoreblog indicates that they are seeing problems from less than 1% of customers and that an updated version should be coming within 12-24 hours. No word on whether the current version of the update has been pulled from the site.

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Microsoft Extends Warranty For Early Xbox 360 Buyers

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Hardware, Xbox 360,

Xbox 360 A thread in the official Xbox forums indicates that Microsoft is officially extending the warranty of all Xbox 360 systems purchases before 01/01/06 to one year. They are also apparently reimbursing all Xbox 360 console owners that purchased their console within that time frame for any repair charges incurred as well. While no official word has been issued from Microsoft, numerous users from the Xbox.com and NeoGAF forums have apparently called and verified this information. According to the posts, gamers that wish to apply for a credit, or that wish to confirm the extension of their warranty can call 1-800-4MY-XBOX with their Xbox 360 serial number and date of manufacture. Some callers are reporting that a copy of the receipt is required; others are saying that this is not a requirement. Of course, one year from the date of manufacture doesn’t give a lot of time for those who purchased their consoles at launch. For those gamers who have had to send their consoles in for repairs; this seems like a good move on Microsoft’s part. This program would also seem to confirm that there were problems with the first couple of batches of Xbox 360’s built for the console launch.

Update: Dean Takahashi at Mercury News has confirmation here.

The full Microsoft statement:

As part of our standard and ongoing process of analyzing repair data, we recently noticed a higher than usual number of units coming in for repair. Upon further investigation, it was further discovered that the bulk of the units were isolated to a group that was part of the initial manufacturing run of the console. Returns for repair are coming in for a variety reasons and it’s a higher rate than we are satisfied with. We’ve made the decision to comp repairs for consoles manufactured before January 1, 2006, and provide refunds to the small group of customers who have already paid for repairs.

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