Toyota Announces Recall Of Over 700,000 Prius Vehicles Over Software Flaw

Toyota Announces Recall Of Over 700,000 Prius Vehicles Over Software Flaw

Unfortunately, the inclusion of technology means that there are more issues to deal with, so much so that Toyota has announced that they have begun to recall over 700,000 Prius and Prius V vehicles around the world due to a software flaw. This includes 267,000 vehicles in the US alone.

According to Toyota, “The involved vehicles were designed to enter a failsafe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults. Toyota has found that in rare situations, the vehicle may not enter a failsafe driving mode as intended. If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall.  While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash.”

Fujifilm's Webcam Software For Mac Will Be Releasing This July

Fujifilm's Webcam Software For Mac Will Be Releasing This July

Last month, Fujifilm announced that they would be releasing the Fujifilm X Webcam software for computers. In case you missed the announcement, basically this is a software that turns Fujifilm digital cameras into webcams pretty much as a plug-and-play method, and the good news is that it will be coming to Mac computers next month.

When the company initially announced the release of the software, it was only available for PCs, but with this update, Fujifilm has confirmed that development of the macOS version is in development and is expected to be released around mid-July (no specific mention of dates, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled).

Toyota Rav4 Passes Swedish Moose Test On Second Try After Software Tuning

Toyota RAV4 passes Swedish moose test on second try after software tuning

Last year, Swedish publication Teknikens Värld gave the Toyota RAV4 a failing grade after it showed video of it performing poorly on the so-called moose test. That's a test that puts a vehicle under maximum load through an abrupt S-shaped course correction to simulate how it would react if a moose or some other object suddenly appeared on the road before it, forcing the driver to take evasive action. Video of the magazine's test of two identically equipped, all-wheel drive RAV4s, including the one pictured below, showed the crossovers bouncing and skidding, the rear ends fishtailing badly and inner wheels briefly lifting off the pavement.

Now the publication is back with a followup test after having communicated with Toyota, and the results are much improved.

The magazine says Toyota arranged for a new test with its editors at a race track near Seville, Spain, along with a RAV4 it custom-prepped for the test. Instead of using actual passengers in the rear seats, as Teknikens Värld usually does, Toyota secured weights into the rear seats and attached a pair of lightweight aluminum outriggers to the rear doors to ensure the car wouldn't roll over.

Those changes make the test a little easier, the magazine says, but it still gave the fifth-generation RAV4 passing marks after Toyota engineers said they simply tuned the software controlling the Vehicle Stability Control system to make the electronic stability control stronger and more assertive. The RAV4 passed the Moose Test at 65 kilometers per hour (40 mph), 68 km/h (42 mph), 70 km/h (43.5 mph) and 72 km/h (45 mph). In the previous test, the RAV4 could handle no better than 68 km/h.

But there's a hitch: According to the magazine, the fix Toyota made to the RAV4 isn't yet included in production versions of the crossover unless European customers specifically request it from dealers. Toyota told it the modifications would be made available during the second quarter of 2020 for Europe-bound models.

What this means, if anything, for U.S. versions of the wildly popular crossover is unclear; Toyota hadn't respond to Autoblog's request for comment, but we'll update this post if we hear back. Toyota had previously said the RAV4, which was redesigned for 2019 as a slightly higher-riding vehicle with a lower center of gravity, had previously passed the moose test under its own supervision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2020 model four out of five stars for rollover crash risk and an overall five-star rating.

Mazda Cx-5, Mazda6, And Mazda3 Could Stall Due To Software Glitch - Autoblog

Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, and Mazda3 could stall due to software glitch - Autoblog

Mazda is recalling 262,220 vehicles due to a software error that could cause the engine to unexpectedly stall out. The recall affects 2018-2019 CX-5 crossovers, 2018-2019 Mazda6 sedans and 2019 Mazda3 models.  According to NHTSA recall No. 19V497000, which was filed June 27, a programming issue in the powertrain control module (PCM) on select Mazda vehicles could cause the engine to shut down. More specifically, "the software controlling the hydraulic valve clearance adjuster may operate improperly when transitioning from cylinder deactivation to full cylinder activation modes." This could potentially cause the intake valve rocker arm to come out of position and hit something else in the engine. If this occurs, the engine could misfire, the engine could lose power, and the Malfunction Indicator Light would be triggered. The recall affects 143,004 2018 CX-5s, 81,236 2019 CX-5s, 18,295 2018 Mazda6s, 2,551 2019 Mazda6s, and 17,134 Mazda3s. Some cars from those model years received the improved software at the factory and won't be affected by the recall. Although the first report of a related issue was chronicled in January 31, 2018, no injuries tied to the problems have been reported. Mazda is expected to start its recall on or before August 26, 2019, and will reprogram the PCM with improved hydraulic valve adjustment control programming for free. Contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500, reference No. 3719F, for more information.

Sony Allows Psn Id Changes In System Software 6.10 Preview

Sony Allows PSN ID Changes In System Software 6.10 Preview

It was reported earlier this year that Sony might finally allow PlayStation owners to change PSN name. Gamers have longed for this ability but it has never been possible to do this. Sony started surveying users about the possibility of a new feature which would let them change PSN ID. PlayStation owners will now be delighted to hear that Sony is testing out PSN name changes if system software 6.10 preview.

Sony Releases Ps4 System Software Update 6.0

Sony Releases PS4 System Software Update 6.0

PlayStation 4 owners will soon get an update notification on their consoles as Sony is now rolling out the PlayStation 4 system software update version 6.0. While this new software update doesn’t have a decimal version number, it doesn’t have one of Sony’s unique Daimiyo names as well. That’s because it’s an incremental update which doesn’t bring much in the way of new features to the console.

Nintendo Seeking Software Engineer With Hacking Expertise

Nintendo Seeking Software Engineer With Hacking Expertise

As much as companies try, no system is impervious to hacks. Granted security has come a long way since back in the day, but if there is a will, there is a way. Now console hacks do seem less common than they do compared to earlier generations, but it is still possible and this is something Nintendo could be trying to get ahead of.

Sony's Infographic Shows How Android Software Updates Are Rolled Out

Sony's Infographic Shows How Android Software Updates Are Rolled Out

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When Essential released the Android 9.0 Pie update for the Essential Phone, it basically made the phone the first non-Pixel phone to get the update, and it was all done within a day as well. Naturally this led to many wondering if Essential can do it, why can’t other brands like Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, and etc. do it too?

Lg Has Set Up A Software Upgrade Center For Faster Android Updates

LG Has Set Up A Software Upgrade Center For Faster Android Updates


LG has been taking significant steps recently to breathe new life into its mobile division. It has announced the launch of a new Software Upgrade Center today which is part of the company’s new research and development center in Seoul, South Korea. LG says that the facility will be used to provide customers across the globe with faster, timelier operating system and software updates.

The team at the Software Upgrade Center will be in charge of developing and delivering regular operating system updates for the company’s smartphones. It will also be responsible for ensuring a consistent user experience across LG devices by continuously testing the stability and compatibility of hardware and software.

Sony Ps4 Workaround Features Homebrew Software And Ps2 Emulation

Sony PS4 Workaround Features Homebrew Software And PS2 Emulation


It hasn’t exactly been easy to hack the PlayStation 4 but that doesn’t mean that hackers haven’t been trying to come up with a way. They’ve actually been able to find a way which enables people to run homebrew software on compromised consoles as well as emulators for PlayStation 2 games. However, there’s a catch.

An exploit was discovered recently which allowed for low-level system access on the PlayStation 4. The catch is that this hack can only be used on PS4 consoles running system software 4.05 because Sony patched this exploit with firmware 4.06.

Sign Up For The Next Ps4 System Software Update Beta

Sign Up for the Next PS4 System Software Update Beta

We're getting ready for the next major system update for PS4, and can use some help from PS4 owners to test it out ahead of launch. Starting today, you can sign up for a chance to be a beta tester and get an advance look at some of the improvements and new features coming to PS4. And good news for Canadian folks – beginning this beta, PS4 owners in Canada are also able to register for the beta testing.

You can register to be a beta tester anytime between today and the start of the beta expected in February. Users must be 18 years or older. Once the beta starts, we'll close registration.

Upcoming Xperia R1 Plus To Use New Camera Software?

Upcoming Xperia R1 Plus to use new camera software?Sony Mobile plans to launch the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus at the end of this week. These entry-level handsets will be exclusive to the Indian market, at least initially. Both models will sport a 5.2-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset and 2620mAh battery. Camera duties will be served by a 13MP rear snapper and 8MP selfie camera.

Sony: The Journey Of An Android Software Rollout

Sony: The Journey of an Android Software RolloutBesides new smartphone announcements, the most-read articles here on our blog are those that include info on all things Android. We’re Xperia users ourselves (obviously) and know how exciting it is to have a shiny new version of Android breathe new life into your device.