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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Malaysian fishermen detained in Indonesia to be released by February


MO,22/1/2018, PONTIAN: Six Malaysian fishermen who were detained in Indonesia for encroaching into the republic’s territorial waters are expected to be freed by middle of next month. Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said their release would take some due to the legal processes involved.

“The Indonesia authorities have given assurance that the fishermen will be released either this month or mid-February,” he said when visiting a family of one of the fishermen at Kampung Pulai Sebatang here today.

Ahmad Shabery said all expenses incurred to bring back the fishermen would be covered by the Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) and that the government would continue to monitor the process to ensure the fishermen’s safe return to their families.

Meanwhile, Besah Abu Bakar, 57, the wife of one of the six fishermen, Mahabob Hasimat, 55, said she was relieved to hear that her husband would finally be released.

She said her husband, who was being detained at the Tanjung Pinang prison in Indonesia, was supposed to be released last Jn 11.

The agreement to release the fishermen was reached following a meeting between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the 12th Malaysia-Indonesia Annual Leaders’ Consultation in Kuching, Sarawak, in November last year.

The six fishermen detained are Low Siong Huat, 59, who is now detained at Tanjung Pinang Prison; Chua Kee Chan, 63, (Labuhan Deli Prison, Medan); Mahabob Hasimat, 55 (Tanjung Pinang Prison); Leong Bian Seng, 61 (Batam); Abdul Rashid Nik, 53 (Lanal Tarempa) and Kamaruzaman Awi, 47 (Lanal Tarempa). – BERNAMA

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Two Datuks in Penang undersea tunnel probe released on MACC bail


MO,19/1/2018, PETALING JAYA: The two “Datuks” who were remanded in connection with a graft probe into the controversial Penang undersea tunnel have been released from custody. The duo, aged 49 and 59, were released on a bail of RM200,000 each, by the magistrate’s court in Putrajaya on Friday (Jan 19).

They were arrested on Jan 9 by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before being remanded for six days beginning Jan 10. The remand was then extended for another five days from Monday (Jan 15). Meanwhile, it is learnt that the MACC is now looking into new leads that were obtained in the course of its probe into alleged kickbacks received by certain groups.

Investigations are focused on the feasibility studies for the undersea tunnel project and the processes involved in undertaking the project.


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Police: Rumours of water being released from Tasik Kenyir dam are untrue – Nation

KUALA BERANG: Rumours going viral on social media that an emergency siren was sounded in Tasik Kenyir signalling the release of water from the dam is not true, say the police.

Hulu Terengganu police chief DSP Mohd Adli Mat Daud, who denied the posting on the Facebook page “Pasir Puteh Today”, asked people not to be alarmed by the fake news and to refer any issues regarding the matter to the agencies involved.

When contacted by Bernama, he said the water level in Tasik Kenyir was currently at the minimum (137.81m).

According to the Sultan Mahmud Power Station, the overflow level is above 145m while the warning level is 150m and the emergency level is 153m. – Bernama


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Official photo released to mark 70th wedding anniversary of Britains queen

LONDON: Buckingham Palace issued a new photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip on Saturday to mark their upcoming 70th wedding anniversary.

The couple married at London’s Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947, just two years after the end of World War Two, in a lavish ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world.

The portrait, taken earlier this month, showed the queen wearing the same dress which she chose for a service of thanksgiving to mark their diamond wedding anniversary held at the Abbey where they were married.

She is also wearing a “Scarab” brooch in yellow gold, carved ruby and diamond which Philip gave her in 1966.

Elizabeth has been married for far longer than any other royal, and the newly-released picture showed the couple framed by Thomas Gainsborough’s 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were married for 57 years – the second longest royal marriage.

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