The open-source MPV Player software that's derived from MPlayer2, which in turn is a fork of MPlayer, is out with a new version.
MPV 0.5 is out today and it now enables compiler optimizations by default, supports new command-line arguments, allows precise seeking, changes to key bindings, Wayland improvements, and a variety of bug-fixes.
MPV users wishing to try out this newest release can find the MPV 0.5 details via the project's GitHub.
The Pineapple is a small-form-factor device that runs on Linux and is loaded with tools to help enable penetration testers to gain access to the WiFi networks of their targets. The new Mark V device improves on the predecessor Mark IV device by including both the Atheros AR9331 and Realtek RTL8187 wireless chipsets.
Hardware alone isn't what makes the Pineapple really powerful; the newly updated software provides users with enhanced capabilities. With the prior releases of the Pineapple, the open-source Karma tool was one of the primary ways to trick a target into connecting to the Pineapple. In a Karma attack, the Pineapple listens in for WiFi clients that are looking for access points with which they have previously connected. So, for example, if a user has ever connected to an access point named "coffeshop," in a karma attack the Pineapple will claim to be "coffeshop" so the user will connect.
XBMC, an open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media that is available for multiple platforms, has just reached version 13.2 RC1.
The XBMC developers are still powering on with the development of the XBMC 13.2 branch and they have made a number of fixes and other changes to the distribution. The devs are rapidly reaching the end of the development cycle for the distro and users should start getting ready for the 14.x release, which will also bear a new name, Kodi.
The downside of this for Microsoft/Skype is that they can't get people to use all their new services - or see their new ads - if there are so many older versions.
Similarly, they can't move to new technical architectures that may provide better service when they have to also support a long history of past releases. (For example, their move awayfrom the peer-to-peer architecture that was their original highlight to more of a centralized "cloud" architecture to provide better support for mobile clients.)
Ed: does not mention surveillance aspects of Skype (as confirmed by Snowden) and does not mention FOSS or surveillance-free alternatives.