Firefox now includes built-in support for DRM (but it’s kind of optional)

Want to stream online videos from Netflix, Hulu, or other premium video sites? You’ll probably need to deal with some sort of DRM (Digital Rights Management) software since, among other things, content rights holders want to minimize the chances that you’ll rip the video stream and share it with others. Online video sites have been moving […]

Netflix continues the move from Silverlight to HTML5… on some platforms

Good news for folks tired of installing Microsoft Silverlight just so they can stream videos from Netflix: The company now has an HTML5 media player which works without any plugins. Here’s the bad news (for now): While Netflix is rolling out its HTML5 player to another platform, you still have to jump through some hoops […]

Lilbits (5-14-2014): Mozilla adds DRM to Firefox, isn’t happy about it

Want to use your web browser to stream video from services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and BBC iPlayer? You’ll need to put up with the DRM (Digital Rights Management) features used by those services — content owners want to make sure you don’t save or redistribute videos, watch them in countries where they don’t have redistribution rights, […]

Lilbits (2-05-2014): Google’s Android app updates

Google has rolled out updates for 6 of its Android apps, including Google Search, Google Drive, and Google Maps. The updates bring new features including support for re-routing your directions when a faster route is available and viewing animated GIFs uploaded to Google Drive. The new version of Google Search also gives the stock Launcher […]

Lilbits (2-03-2014): Samsung Galaxy Note Pro priced at $850

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is an Android tablet with a 12.2 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display, a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, and Samsung’s S Pen system for writing, drawing, or interacting with apps using a pressure-sensitive pen. It’s one of the most powerful Android tablets Samsung has […]

Free audiobooks from your library: OverDrive to use only DRM-free MP3 files

OverDrive is putting another nail in the coffin of DRM with the announcement that it’ll stop offering audiobooks in the WMA format. Soon OverDrive will only sell audiobooks in DRM-free MP3. The company’s primary customers are libraries — but this is still good news for individuals who use those libraries. If you check out eBooks […]

Netflix moves toward HTML5 video for Windows 8.1, still nothing (official) for Linux

Netflix is taking a big step toward moving away from Microsoft Silverlight technology to stream videos to your web browser. The company has announced that you can now stream videos in HTML5… if you’re using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1. While HTML5 is a web standard used by most modern web browsers, Netflix relies […]