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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Android P will look more like iPhone X thanks to notch support

Android P will look more like iPhone X thanks to notch support

Be prepared for more Android phones with the iPhone X’s notch design coming this year!

Sources told Bloomberg that Google is planning on an overhaul of the Android interface for the next generation of smartphones which will copy the “notch” design of the iPhone X. This is part of Google’s overall strategy to get iPhone users to switch to Android by improving the aesthetics of the software.

The Android update, due later in the year, will also more tightly integrate Google’s digital assistant, improve battery life on phones and support new designs, like multiple screens and foldable displays, the people added.

By embracing the “notch” design of the iPhone X, Android phone makers have to design their devices with cutouts at the top to accommodate cameras and other sensors. Another key feature of the upcoming Android version, also known as Android P, will focus on Google Assistant. Developers can integrate the digital assistant with their apps. 

Google’s major overhaul of the Android interface this year is the direct opposite of what Apple plans to do with iOS 12. The latter is working to improve the performance and stability of the software. 

Source: Bloomberg

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Success of DRB-HICOM due to PM’s support


MO,3/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s show of support towards DRB-HICOM Bhd enabled the company to pave its way in technological advancements. Its group managing director Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar said without the support and trust of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, DRB-HICOM would not have reached its success. “Without the support and trust of the prime minister, we will not be here today with such confidence and spirit.

“We pledge that we will translate prime minister and the government’s trust as an inspiration for our desire to develop Proton City. “Paving the way towards high-tech fields and advancing Tanjung Malim as an international standard automotive hub, enabling us to create a name in Asia and across the world,” he said in his speech at the launch of the National Automotive Cluster (NAC) at Proton City in Tanjung Malim today.

Faisal added that the highest appreciation was for the prime minister. “The prime minister has chosen to look forward and although he wasn’t involved in past issues, he still had faith in us and used the Proton Perdana as an official vehicle. “His sincerity we truly appreciate. We from DRB-HICOM and Proton are aware of this,” he said. In his speech, he also thanked the Perak government, International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI), Finance Ministry, Malaysian Automotive Institutes and agencies involved in supporting DRB-HICOM.

Present at the event were Najib, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, MITI Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Second MITI Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tan. The NAC, a 396ha area carved out within the sprawling Proton City development, is designed to be an industrial park dedicated for local and foreign vendors.


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Nancy expresses strong support for PM’s proposal on fake news law


MO,2/2/2018, PETRA JAYA: Support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s proposal for a new law to stop the spread of fake news is gaining momentum among many quarters, since it was announced on Sunday. Joining the chorus of individuals and groups supporting the formulation of such legislation is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Batang Sadong Member of Parliament, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

Nancy, like many politicians, said she has been the subject of fake news reports created and disseminated by irresponsible parties quoting her out of context, spinning her statements, or recycling old and discredited allegations. “I believe that there will be more old news which will be recycled as ‘new’ news, what with the general election (on the horizon). “As a politician, it is troublesome when there is fake news spread and shared without being verified.

“I even took the trouble to explain and clarify in WhatsApp groups that some news (about me was fake and rehashed to) prevent my friends and colleagues becoming misled,” she told reporters after attending the launch ceremony of Sarawak Islamic Information Centre’s smartphone application here today. She said there is no oversight on social media, which makes public figures vulnerable, and exposes the younger generation to news that is baseless or biased.

“In today’s world, the younger generation is prone to believing everything that they read in social media, rather than reading newspapers, because it is more accessible to them. “(Youth) tend to share and spread information which could snowball and become viral in social media. “Hence, I believe a law to stop the spread of fake news should have been introduced a long time ago. However, it is not too late to do so now,” she said.

Nancy added that the introduction of such a law should not be perceived as an attack on freedom of speech – but instead, a means of educating people to be more responsible when using social media.


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NUTP rallies support Cikgu Azizan who faces assault charges

KUALA LUMPUR: A teacher from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Semarak in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a student whom he claimed had sniffed glue and skipped schools regularly.

The teacher, only identified as “Cikgu Azizan” had attended his first court hearing on Oct 31 where he was charged under Section 323 of the Penal code which carries punishments for voluntarily causing hurt.

If convicted, Azizan could face a year’s jail or a fine up to RM2,000, or both.

In a statement last Friday, the National Union for Teachers and Parents (NUTP) had called on Malaysian teachers to lend support for Azizan who will be brought to court tomorrow.

“NUTP will provide legal support to defend Cikgu Azizan. At the same time, we urge all teachers in Malaysia to show their moral support by attending the court hearing on Dec 19 at 8.30am at the Seremban Magistrate Court,” the statement said.

According to the pendidik2u.my website, Azizan is known as a strict disciplinary teacher who handles tough cases involving juvenile delinquencies such as sniffing glue, bullying, violence and more.

An article on the website said the teacher did not expect that he would be charged under the said section.

During his hearing, Azizan pleaded not guilty and he was released under a RM500 bail. However, while awaiting bail, the teacher was allegedly placed in the same lock-up as 13 convicts facing serious offences. He was handcuffed with one who was facing a drug offence.

The charges brought against him were made over an incident where he apparently slapped a student whom he claimed was sniffing glue within school grounds and invited three other students to join him.

The student was alleged to have been involved in other disciplinary cases such as bullying, beating other students and skipping school by climbing over the school gate.

Yesterday, a local daily reported that more than 200 teachers are expected to attend the court hearing on Tuesday to show their support to Azizan.

NUTP Negeri Sembilan chairman, Abu Hurairah Suak said more than 100 teachers showed their support for Azizan when the charge documents were brought to the same court on Nov 27.

“Aside from teachers, Cikgu Azizan will receive support from Parents Teachers Associations (PTA) and mosque committee members.

“We believe that our support for him will lift up his spirits and I hope more teachers will participate and show support this coming Tuesday,” he said.

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New York attack suspect charged with providing support to Daish

NEW YORK: An Uzbek immigrant suspected of killing eight people in New York City by ploughing a truck into cyclists and pedestrians on a bike path was charged in federal court on Wednesday with acting on behalf of the militant group Daish, reported Reuters.

The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who was hospitalised after a police officer shot and arrested him, ending Tuesday’s rampage, confessed to authorities while in custody that he began planning the attack a year ago, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

The 10-page complaint said Saipov waived his rights to remain silent and avoid self-incrimination in agreeing to speak to investigators without an attorney present from his Bellvue Hospital Center bed in Manhattan.

In the course of that interview, the complaint said, Saipov told investigators he was inspired by Daish videos he had watched on his cellphone, chose Halloween for the attack because he believed more people would be on the streets, and had originally planned to strike the Brooklyn Bridge as well as the bike path.

READ: Eight dead in truck attack on Manhattan bike path; suspect arrested

The complaint also said Saipov had requested permission to display Daish’s flag in his hospital room and said he felt good about what he had done.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation posted an online wanted poster of a second Uzbekistan-born man, named Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, who was described as being sought for questioning in connection with the attack along the Hudson River in lower Manhattan.

Saipov was charged with one count of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organisation, designated in the complaint as Daish, and one count of violence and destruction of motor vehicles.

New York City police earlier in the day said that Saipov had carried out the attack according to instructions he found posted online by Daish, on whose behalf he claimed to have acted.

Police also said Saipov had left behind a note extolling Daish, also known as ISIS.

“The gist of the note was that the Daish would endure forever,” New York Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller told a news conference. “He appears to have followed almost exactly the instructions that ISIS has put out on its social media channels to its followers.”

The attack was the deadliest in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001, when suicide hijackers crashed two jetliners into the World Trade Center, killing more than 2,600 people.

Tuesday’s attack injured 12 people, some critically, in addition to those killed.

Similar assaults using vehicles as weapons took place in Spain in August and in France and Germany last year.

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