firmware : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  (computer science) coded instructions that are stored permanently in read-only memory

  • The download and installation of the firmware will go more smoothly if that computer is hard-wired to the router; in fact, some firmware upgrades require it.
  • The older 8-GB model still comes with the most recent iPhone firmware, including features such as cut-and-paste, picture-messaging (or at least it will, once ATT gets around to .
  • NOTE: Olympus makes little improvements to the camera's internal software (firmware) all the time, so if and when you buy an Evolt, make sure you follow the included instructions .
News & Articles

  • Apple updates AirPort utilities to reflect new bases, 802.11ac
    Apple has issued updates for the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule, releasing minor upgrades for the firmware (now at version 7.7.1) and AirPort Utility software (now at version 6.3) to add compatibility for the newly-announced, redesigned AirPort hardware that supports the forthcoming 802.11ac standard. The new standard, which uses the 5GHz bandwidth of 802.11n, is backward-compatible with ...
    June 11, 2013 - MacNN
  • BrickPi Is A Robotics Hacking Platform That Combines Raspberry Pi And LEGO Mindstorms
    DIY micro-robotics is having a moment. The latest project to take the crowdfunding route to build out a platform for playing around with robotics is called BrickPi. As its name suggests, BrickPi is a mash-up of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, co-opted to act as the brains of the robot, plus LEGO Mindstorms sensors, bricks and motors for crafting its working parts. Firmware is written in Arduino.
    June 11, 2013 - TechCrunch
  • Samsung updates Galaxy S 4 firmware: Apps on SD, HDR video, more
    Samsung has begun pushing out a firmware update for the Galaxy S 4, addressing complaints about limited storage space along with fixing a display glitch that led some users to see purple smearing. The new firmware, currently being released in Germany for the Galaxy S 4 GT-I9505 – the Snapdragon 600 powered variant – is Read The Full Story
    June 6, 2013 - SlashGear

  • Joanna Rutkowska in Dark Reading
    It seems that the current state of firmware security, even in case of such reputable vendors as Intel, is quite unsatisfying,Rutkowska said in her blog.
  • Theo de Raadt in Sydney Morning Herald
    This is a call for developers who are interested in pushing the limits of content and code freedom--including firmware, content, and authoring infrastructure--to join the team and help identify places where we must separate out pieces that don't... Mark Shuttleworth CNet Blog (blog) Jul 11, 2007 37691 48758 firmware De Raadt said that when a request was made to a vendor to 'open' their firmware, it just means we want clear distribution/redistribution rights. We don't need the 'source code' to their firmware. There are no intellectual property concerns."

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