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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0.1

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The OpenELEC 6.0.1 release has been published. Users running OpenELEC 5.95.1 thru 6.0.0 with auto-update enabled will be prompted on-screen to reboot and apply the update once it has been downloaded. Users running older OpenELEC releases or with auto-update disabled will need to manually update. If you would like to update from an older OpenELEC release please read update instructions/advice on the wiki before updating. Manual update files can be obtained from the downloads page.

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Kdenlive 15.12.1 released

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The latest release of Kdenlive brings many bugfixes to the 15.12.0 version. More than 20 issues were fixed and we encourage all users to upgrade. You can find more details about the fixed issues in our information page.

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Linus Torvalds Makes Free Burgers in the Final World Without Linux Episode

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On December 18, The Linux Foundation announced the availability of the final episode in the World Without Linux animated series with which the non-profit organization attempted to promote Linux around the globe.

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Press release: Media Advisory: Linux Foundation Releases Final Episode in Animated Linux Web Series; Features Linus Torvalds

GStreamer 1.6.2 Has iOS Performance Improvements, Android 6.0 Marshmallow Fixes

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The GStream development team released today, December 14, 2015, the second maintenance release in the GStreamer 1.6 series of the open-source, free and cross-platform multimedia framework.

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Kodi 16.0 Beta 4 "Jarvis" Signals the Approach of the Stable Release

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The new Kodi 16.0 Beta 4 has been released today and is now ready for download and testing. It looks like the developers are putting the final touches, and we should see the first Release Candidates very soon.

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FFmpeg 2.8.3 "Feynman" Released, It's Now the Latest Stable FFmpeg Version

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Earlier today, November 27, FFmpeg, the leading multimedia framework for Linux kernel-based operating systems has received a new maintenance release, version 2.8.3, which updates many of the project's core components.

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Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in "Spectre" because "James Bond only uses the best"

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An earlier report by Matt Weinberger of Business Insider UK noted that Sony had initially offered Craig $5 million to carry around its Xperia Z4 phone in the movie.

Discussions involved an $18 million marketing commitment from Sony, escalating to a $50 million marketing and promotional package from Samsung as well as a $5 million product placement for Bond to be seen using an Android phone with Samsung's brand on it.

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Kodi 16.0 to Ship with Multi-Touch Support for Linux

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The new Kodi 16.0 Alpha 4 has been released today by its developers, and it looks like things are progressing nicely on all fronts.

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Third Alpha Build of Kodi 16 Media Center Adds Long-Press Support for Remotes

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The Kodi development team, through Nathan Betzen, announced today, October 3, the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the third Alpha build of the upcoming Kodi 16 open-source and cross-platform media center software.

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FFmpeg 2.8 "Feynman" Switches Default Encoders for WebM to VP9 and Opus

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On September 9, the FFmpeg developers had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the FFmpeg 2.8 open-source and cross-platform software used for recording, converting, and streaming audio and video.

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3 open source alternatives to Office 365

It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device. The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning. If that happens to you, you lose what's yours. So what's an open source advocate who wants to work with web applications to do? You turn to an open source alternative, of course. Let's take a look at three of them. Read more

Hackable voice-controlled speaker and IoT controller hits KS

SeedStudio’s hackable, $49 and up “ReSpeaker” speaker system runs OpenWrt on a Mediatek MT7688 and offers voice control over home appliances. The ReSpeaker went live on Kickstarter today and has already reached 95 percent of its $40,000 funding goal with 29 days remaining. The device is billed by SeedStudio as an “open source, modular voice interface that allows us to hack things around us, just using our voices.” While it can be used as an Internet media player or a voice-activated IoT hub — especially when integrated with Seeed’s Wio Link IoT board — it’s designed to be paired with individual devices. For example, the campaign’s video shows the ReSpeaker being tucked inside a teddy bear or toy robot, or attached to plant, enabling voice control and voice synthesis. Yes, the plant actually asks to be watered. Read more

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