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Sony updates firmware on Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 lens cameras

Sony’s quirky Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 camera accessories are now a bit more functional thanks to a recent firmware update. Version 2.0 includes higher ISO support and better video recording capabilities for both models while higher-end QX100 owners will also…

UPnP flaws place millions of networks in danger

Several security vulnerabilities found within common UPnP implementations have prompted experts at Rapid 7 to recommend the public disable UPnP entirely. Research spanning several months in 2012 revealed that over 2 percent -- or about 50 million -- of all…

Solar panel management systems vulnerable to attack, DHS warns

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued another industrial control warning (pdf) regarding critical vulnerabilities found across a number of solar panel systems. Affected systems can be easily exploited using "proof of concept" code developed by security researchers Roberto Paleari…

Firmware update enables Power Nap for Macbook Air, Retina MBP

To the dismay of some users, Power Nap -- Apple's whimsically named, sleep-like power state which quietly polls for updates -- was curiously absent from Mountain Lion's official release yesterday. Today though, the company rolled out an SMC update which adds…

Vertex 4 firmware update inbound, doubles writes on 128GB model

OCZ has announced a new firmware update that boosts performance of fourth-generation Vertex drives by up to 110% in certain situations. The update (v1.4RC) increases 128KB sequential reads from 535MB/s to 550MB/s on 128GB, 256GB and 512GB Vertex 4s, while…

Tech Tip: Firmware Alternative Picks For Your Wireless Router

For most users a good wireless router is the one that you set up in a few easy steps and forget about it as long as it gets you online. But beyond the stock features that came with your router, there are many things that the hardware you bought might be capable of.

Luckily for you, people have been working on ways to get the fancy stuff running on your average $60-$100 device. After a relatively simple upgrade to a free third-party firmware, you'll be able boost your wireless signal, prioritize what programs get your precious bandwidth, and do lots of other stuff usually reserved for pro-grade wireless routers.