PS3 firmware v2.53 bringing full screen Flash support

It seems like just yesterday (or last month, to be more exact) that we were enjoying the spoils of firmware 2.50, and now, Sony’s giving us a little pre-Thanksgiving treat with version 2.53. Slated to hit the wires sometime on November 26th, the latest PlayStation 3 update will bring along full-screen Flash support (huzzah!) among other minor tweaks. Check the full changelog in the read link, and get ready to get your download on tomorrow.

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Awethumb is amaathing!

Whittling might have been a hoax and Blackberry massages just a ruse, but the Awethumb is all too real — and all too freaking amazing. Yeah, we’re not at all sure that these $8 plastic thumbguards — available in your choice of colors! — will actually protect you from repetitive stress or even make typing easier, but all the dudes and dudettes on the El train will know you mean business when you slip ’em on. As an added bonus, lack of compatibility with the iPhone will allow you to express your disdain for touchscreens in a satisfyingly dramatic way — if you can’t rock it with an Awethumb, you’re not rockin’. Ah, to be young and ensheathed in plastic thumb protectors. Frankly astounding video after the break.

Awethumb is amaathing! – Engadget

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Motorola’s Hint QA30 gets official

Motorola's Hint QA30 gets official

We weren’t particularly impressed when we got our first peek at MOTO’s QWERTY-sliding Hint QA30 yesterday morning, finding the form factor to be a little too squat for our tastes whether open or closed. Today the phone has been given the official treatment and, while things look a little better in a new set of glamor shots from Motorola (no more Alltel branding on the UI), the “innovative” design still doesn’t look particularly comfortable to carry or to use. Now that we can make out the buttons on the front we see that they’ll serve as controls for the media player when closed, again making us think this should be a good choice for your family’s texting-addict rocker. The specs we got before are confirmed, the one exception being that the microSD support tops out at 8GB, not 32GB — better turn down that bitrate, son.

Motorola's Hint QA30 gets official

    Samsung settles up with InterDigital in long-running patent infringement case

    At last, it’s over. InterDigital, which is best known for its episodes in the courtroom with Samsung and Nokia, has finally reached an agreement with the former firm. The two have been at each other’s throats since April of last year regarding patents allegedly used in some of Sammy’s more sophisticated phones. The decision was reached just a day before the US International Trade Commission was set to rule on whether to recommend barring affected Samsung imports altogether, which we can assure you was not at all coincidental. There’s been no public disclosure of settlement value, though one analyst at Hilliard Lyons estimates that Samsung will be coughing up $400 to $500 million over the next five years to make this problem go away. Talk about a recurring nightmare.

    Verizon announces Samsung Omnia for $249.99

    If it’s a 5-megapixel cameraphone you’re looking for, there are decidedly cheaper entries on the market — but if only a 5-megapixel WinMo Professional set will do, the Omnia’s just about the best (read: only) deal you’ll find on an American carrier these days. The CDMA translation of the smartphone that Samsung’s been selling in other parts of the world for much of 2008 in GSM form carries over most of its key features, namely Windows Mobile 6.1 with TouchWiz, WiFi, DivX certification, the love-it-or-hate-it optical directional pad, and that beefy cam with flash and autofocus. It also nabs VZ Navigator support, stereo Bluetooth, a 3.2-inch 400 x 240 display, and 8GB of internal memory. Gives pause to that imminent Touch Pro purchase, doesn’t it? Look for it to be available for order this week — a full retail launch is expected come December 8 — for $249.99 after rebate on a two-year contract.

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      Liquid nitrogen-cooled MSI Wind U100 overclocked to 2.3GHz

      When MSI rolled out its v1.09 BIOS, we’re willing to wager it absolutely did not have anything like this in mind. The mad scientists in Team Australia are at it again, this time overclocking a netbook to the point (almost, anyway) of implosion. The unafraid members grabbed hold of a hopeless Wind U100 with 2GB of RAM, hooked up a little liquid nitrogen and proceeded to push the poor 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU to an amazing 2.385GHz. No telling how quickly the whole thing was over, but still, this is pretty ridiculous, mate.