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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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Kodi 16 Is Dubbed Jarvis, Arrives Later This Year with DirectX 11 Support, More

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After pushing the first Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Kodi 15.2 maintenance version of Isengard (Kodi 15) to testers worldwide on the last day of August, the developers of the popular media center software formerly known as XBMC have the pleasure of informing us all about the codename and features of Kodi 16.

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Kodi 15.2 RC Addresses Important Android Issues, Adds Better Xbox Controller Suppor

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It looks like the Kodi developers can't stop implementing new features and fixing annoying bugs in the best open-source and cross-platform media server software ever created, Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center).

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Pixar’s Universal Screen Description software is going open source

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Pixar Animation Studios has announced that its proprietary Universal Screen Description (USD) software will be going open source by Summer 2016, providing computer animation studios with an incredibly powerful tool to manage scenes in large scale projects.

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