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Google Chrome 36 Brings Web Components to the Browser

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Google is out with a new version of its Chrome web browser, providing users with new features and security fixes for over two dozen vulnerabilities.

Among the user facing improvements in Chrome 36 is a new look for the Incognito mode. Chrome has had an incongito mode since Google first debuted the browser back in 2008. Incognito mode, which is sometime referred to as 'Porn Mode', enables a user to view websites without having those websites or cookies stored in the browser's history.

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Calibre 1.45 eBook Reader and Editor Brings Improvements for Kindle Books

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Calibre is mostly used as an eBook converter and reader, but the developer added the option to edit books just a few months ago. Since then, numerous changes and improvements have been made to this particular feature and it looks like there is a lot of work left to do.

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OpenMW 0.31 Has A Ton Of Changes

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OpenMW 0.31 implements a large number of game features from saving fog of war state to implementing murder crime to follower fast travel. When it comes to bug fixes, there's over 135 reported bug-fixes.

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QEMU 2.1.0 RC2 Open Source Virtualization Software Is Ready for Testing

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QEMU 2.1.0 RC2, a generic open source emulator and virtualizer that can run OSes and programs made for a different machine, has been released and is available for download.

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XBMC 13.2 Beta 1 “Gotham” Arrives with a Ton of Fixes

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It's been several months since the release of the XBMC 13.0 “Gotham,” probably the best and most complete release in the history of this software. The developers implemented some remarkable new features, but it looks like there still are things to fix and changes to be made.

“About a month ago we released our 13.1 version which included several bug fixes compared to the 13.0 release. Because of the fact that not all fixes could be included in that point release, we now are happy to announce a 13.2 beta1 version. This includes an additional list of fixes, that should resolve some of the common problems reported by users. Unfortunately we cannot fix all things reported. Hopefully you will understand. Below you will find a list of most important fixes included in this release.”

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FFmpeg 2.2.5 Officially Released

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Movies

FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter, and play pretty much any media that humans and machines have created.

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LFTP 4.5.3 File Transfer Software Is for People Who Love the Terminal

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LFTP 4.5.3, a sophisticated file transfer program with a command-line interface that supports FTP, HTTP, FISH, SFTP, HTTPS, and FTPS protocols, has been released and is ready for download.

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Pick of the Bunch: Console Internet Applications

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A console application is computer software which is able to be used via a text-only computer interface, the command line interface, or a text-based interface included within a graphical user interface operating system, such as a terminal emulator (such as GNOME Terminal or the aforementioned Terminator). Whereas a graphical user interface application generally involves using the mouse and keyboard (or touch control), with a console application the primary (and often only) input method is the keyboard. Many console applications are command line tools, but there is a wealth of software that has a text-based user interface making use of ncurses, a library which allow programmers to write text-based user interfaces.

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Dropbox 2.11.0 for Linux Brings a Revamped User Interface

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MPV 0.4.1 MPlayer-Based Video Player App for Linux Released

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MPV, an open-source video player application for Linux kernel-based operating systems, forked from the well-known MPlayer software and designed to be as lightweight as possible, reached version 0.4.1.

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Meld 3.11.2 Diff and Merge Tool for GNOME Has Been Released

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GNOME

Meld, an open-source file/folder diff and merge graphical software designed for the GNOME desktop environment, has reached version 3.11.2. This is a development release geared towards Meld 3.12 and includes a couple of new features, updated translations and many bugfixes.

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Wine Announcement

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The Wine development release 1.7.22 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Support for Unicode bracketing pairs.
- Improved Internet cookie support.
- OS X CoreAudio driver uses AUHAL instead of AudioQueue.
- Initial support for geographical information.
- Various bug fixes.

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APT (Advanced Package Tool) 1.0.6 Gets Assorted Bugfixes and Improvements

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Debian
Ubuntu

APT 1.0.6 brings various fixes, among which we can mention one for an issue with the Plural-Forms fields, several encoding problems, and issues with the format specifier order in translations and unfuzzy DocBook translations.

Furthermore, the application no longer cleans "/" in pkgArchiveCleaner and pkgAcquire::Clean, no longer parses invalid translation files, uses the Req.str() function in the debug output, and only displays DEB packages as upgradable if the CandidateVer option is equal with zero.

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GNOME's Tracker 1.1.1 Released with a Brand New Extractor

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The Tracker 1.1.1 release brings a brand new extractor, improves the extraction of content from ODT files by omitting line breaks and embedded tabs, and adds previously untranslated strings to the control component of Tracker.

Furthermore, the --watch command-line option has been added in order to allow the user to watch for database changes, language, author, and copyright information can now be extracted from ISO images, and AppData with screenshots for application stores has been added.

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Exclusive interview with Nitrux founder Uri Herrera

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Nitrux SA. is well known for their themes and icons and recently they also collaborated with the KDE Community for the default icons of Plasma Next. Nitrux does much more than just themes and icons and in this exclusive interview, the founder and main designer of Nitrux, Uri Herrera talks about it.

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