Eric Lempel on the PS Blog has reported that a new PS3 firmware will be released sometime tomorrow. FW 2.6 will allow guest access to the PSN store, a Photo Gallery, DivX 3.11 support, a Safe mode, 3-D Secure Support and the ability to access HDD data in-game.
If you are unaware of what 3-D Secure Support, it is an extra layer of online credit card protection.
For more on the the new Photo Gallery feature, Eric had this to say :
The PS3 firmware update (v2.60) is designed primarily to enhance the system’s media capabilities. The key feature is a new Photo Gallery application, which delivers a suite of tools for sorting through and displaying your digital photo collection. Digital pictures can be organized in groups according to various criteria, including the camera used to take the photos, the event date and time, colors in the photos, as well as the number, ages, or facial expressions of the people pictured. You can also create slideshows set to music and build photo playlists with an easy-to-use interface. The Photo Gallery application will need to be installed separately from the XMB after you update your PS3’s firmware. To install the Photo Gallery application, go to the Photo section on the XMB, select Photo Gallery and press the X button.