VLC 3.0 released, gets HDR, Chromecast support and tons of bug fixes

VLC 3.0 released, gets HDR, Chromecast support and tons of bug fixes

VLC, the media player that many people install when they get a new PC, has recently hit version 3.0, and it’s a huge update. In addition to over 1,500 bug fixes, it has added many new features to address many longstanding complaints from users.

Here a summary of VLC 3.0 Vetinari’s key features:

  • Hardware decoding for 4K and 8K
  • HDR support (Windows 10 for now)
  • 360 video and 3D audio
  • Audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
  • Streaming to Chromecast devices
  • Playing of Blu-ray Java (BD-J) menus
  • Browsing of local network drives



VLC 3.0 is available for Windows and MacOS, and you can download them here. Android and iOS users can check their respective app store for the update.

For those interested in the nitty-gritty, a detailed changelog can be found here.

Source: VLC.

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Intel will roll out silicon-based fixes for Meltdown and Spectre this year

Intel will roll out silicon-based fixes for Meltdown and Spectre this year

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Intel today reported better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings in its quarterly earnings call, where it also reassured investors jittery about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its chips.

More importantly, the chipmaker announced “silicon-based” changes to upcoming chips that will directly address the vulnerabilities. CEO Brian Krzanich also stressed that security remained a top priority for Intel, saying:

Our near-term focus is on delivering high-quality mitigations to protect our customers’ infrastructure from these exploits. We’re working to create silicon-based changes to future products that will directly address the Spectre and Meltdown threats in hardware. And those products will begin appearing later this year.

The hardware-based fixes are significant because of Intel’s failed attempts at rolling out a successful microcode patch. The update it released introduced reboot issues, among others, that plagued Haswell and Broadwell processors, and eventually resulted in the company revising its update recommendations and major system OEMs recalling their BIOS patches.

Newer processors released after Broadwell support a Post-Context Identifier (PCID) that help mitigate the performance impact of the patches on newer hardware, but an in-silicon fix that removes the issue entirely is of course the ideal solution.

However, while Krzanich said the silicon fixes would address both Meltdown and Spectre, it’s not clear how this will pan out in practice. That’s because Meltdown is technically the easier flaw to fix, as Spectre is better characterized as an entire class of vulnerabilities than a single bug and will require a more fundamental redesign.

What’s more, Meltdown is more specific to Intel chips, because of the aggressive way they handle speculative execution. On the other hand, Spectre affects chips from Intel, AMD, and ARM.

But despite the company’s problems and the uncertainty around the issue, Krzanich says the vulnerabilities won’t have an effect on future sales.

It seems like the built-in silicon fixes may arrive on Intel’s upcoming 10nm products, although the chipmaker also said it expects to continue developing 14nm in 2018, which points to yet another generation of 14nm chips.

Source: Intel

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Court fixes 23 days for Guan Eng’s corruption trial, starts on March 26


MO,10/1/2018, GEORGE TOWN: The High Court here today set 23 days of trial for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon’s corruption and abetment case. Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail fixed the date after both the prosecution and defence agreed to an early trial.

She fixed five days between March 26 and March 30, April 7 to April 12 (four days), April 23 to April 27 (five days), May 7 to May 10 (four days) and May 21 to May 25 (five days). Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Masry Mohd Daud told the court that the case had been postponed following the defence’s move in challenging Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act.

“Since the Federal Court had passed its ruling on Dec 14, the case should proceed without further delay,” he said. Masry said the prosecution would also present an amended charge when the case resumed. He also told Hadhariah that the prosecution has 40 witnesses.

Meanwhile, Lim’s counsel, Gobind Singh Deo also asked the court for an early trial date. Hadhariah then said the trial should proceed as scheduled without any further delay. “The prosecution must call at least five witnesses a day,” she added.

On June 30, 2016, Lim had claimed trial to corruption charges in relation to the conversion of land from agricultural to residential and the purchase of a plot of land and bungalow at below-market price on June 30 last year.

Lim was charged with abuse of power where he had used his position as Chief Minister to gain gratification for himself and his wife, Betty Chew Gek Cheng, by approving the application for conversion of agriculture land to a public housing zone in southwest Penang to a company, Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.

He allegedly committed the offence while chairing the Penang State Planning Committee meeting at the operations room, Level 28, Komtar building here, on July 18, 2014.


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