9w ago - Following up on their previous PlayStation 3 Firmware update, today Sony European Product Manager Clare Sandford announced that PS3 System Software Update v4.50 is incoming with details below.
18w ago - Following up on his previous releases and XMBPC Toolbox v2, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer SvenGDK has made available XMBPC PS3 System Update v1.0.9 with the changelog detailed below.
To quote: Changelog XMBPC 1.0.9:
XMBPC System Update v1.0.9 released!
Preparing for new stable release
Changed some things in "Check for updates" to work with the new updater
This is also a little "test" to try the new updater.
Update via "Check for updates" or try the new updater.
Drag and drop this file (UPDATE_v108_v109.PKG) into the updater (RIGHT-CLICK -> SAVE TARGET AS!)
You can grab the new updater from: luxdev.de/XMBPCE/ , place it into your XMBPC directory and wait until an update is available.
The new updater (XMBPC Updater.exe) allows updating outside XMBPC. Just open the application, drag&drop the new provided UPDATE.PKG file into the updater and click start.
23w ago - Following up on their previous update, today Sony has officially released PS3 System Software Update 4.46 which now fixes the widespread 4.45 PS3 bricked consoles (for some) and also allows users to turn off trophy notifications.
24w ago - Following up on PS3 Firmware 4.41, today Sony has released PS3 System Software update 4.45 followed by reports of mass-bricking (with PSN temporarily closed via Error 8002A308) so currently it is advised NOT to install it.
Beware as it is causing a lot of consoles (mine included) to brick! There seems to be a glitch (pictured below) with a lot of users updating to that firmware and getting freezes after restarting. For those curious, the new update is supposed to allow users to 'opt-out' of the pop-up messages that you earned a trophy while playing a game.
Some reports indicate that this primarily affects those with 500+ GB hard drives, however, it is advised not to update to 4.45 until Sony remedies the issue. Currently they have rolled back to Firmware 4.41 meaning when you boot up your PS3 you will no longer be prompted to download the 4.45 update.
From Sony's Twitter on the PS3 Firmware 4.45 changes: "PS3 system software update 4.45 coming soon,...