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Lilbits: Ubuntu Touch OTA-19, LineageOS for the Pixel 5a, and VLC for Android

The UBPorts team has released their 19th build of Ubuntu Touch, a mobile port of the popular desktop Linux distribution. Builds are officially available for dozens of phones including older devices from Google, OnePlus, Samsung, and Sony and newer devices from Fairphone, Volla, and others. Not ready to make the move to Linux on your […]

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Lilbits: Ubuntu, Plasma Mobile, Snapdragon 888 dev kit, and VLC’s birthday

The first smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor are starting to arrive. And so are developer kits like the Lantronix Snapdragon 888 Mobile HDK. Meanwhile details about the next gaming smartphone from Asus continue to leak, the creators of the popular VLC media player app celebrate the 20th anniversary of VideoLAN, and we’ve got […]

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VLC 3.1 for Android brings back Android Auto support, adds Launcher shortcuts, and more

The developers behind popular media player VLC have released a major update for Android devices… including smartphones, tablets, Android TV and Android Auto. VLC 3.1 is available for download from the Google Play Store and supports Android 4.2 and later. The VLC team has dropped support for older versions of Android in order to user […]

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Raspberry Pi software update brings VLC media player (with hardware-accelerated video playback)

The Raspberry Pi line of single-board computers can run a variety of operating systems, but there is one operating system that’s officially supported by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It’s called Raspbian and it’s GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian. This week the Raspberry Pi team released a new version with a new Python development tool called […]

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VLC 3.0 media player launches with Chromecast, 8K support

Popular multimedia app VLC has just been updated to version 3.0. Among other things, the update brings support for streaming videos from a PC to a Chromecast… even in formats not natively supported by Chromecast hardware. Other highlights include support for 360-degree video, 3D audio, and hardware-accelerated decoding for 4K and 8K video on supported […]

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VLC 2.5 for Android adds 360 degree video, Android Auto support

VLC has a reputation as a Swiss Army Knife of video players, thanks to the ability to play just about any audio or video file you throw at it. It’s also available for a bunch of platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. While the Android version sort of lagged behind the desktop app […]

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Attack of the evil subtitles: Update your Kodi, VLC, or other affected media players

If you use a media player that supports third-party subtitles you should probably check to see if there’s an update today. Security researchers at Check point identified a vulnerability that allowed malware to be distributed via subtitle files. The company reached out to the developers of popular media players affected by the vulnerability before disclosing […]

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Videolan launches VLC 360 preview (with support for 360-degree previews)

A new preview build of VLC 3.0 brings support for 360-degree videos to the popular open source, cross-platform media player. You can download the VLC 360 preview for Windows or Mac, and the source code can be compiled for Linux-based operating systems. The developers plan to add support for Android, iOS, and Xbox One soon, […]

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Videolan launches a Windows 10 universal app (beta)

It took a little longer than expected, but Videolan has finally released a beta of the VLC media player app for Windows 10. VLC 2.0 for Windows 10 is based on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which means it should run on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. The app should adjust to different screen sizes and […]

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VLC 2.0 for Android adds network shares, playlists, and more

VLC is a free and open source media player that has a reputation as a Swiss Army Knife for desktop and notebook computers, since it can handle just about any or audio video file you throw at it. The mobile versions of VLC aren’t quite as powerful, but they’re getting better all the time. Developer […]

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VLC media player Universal Windows app coming in May

Cross-platform media player VLC has a reputation as a Swiss Army Knife for media, allowing you to play pretty much any audio or video file you can find. There are versions of VLC available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and a handful of other platforms… and soon there’ll be a version designed for Microsoft’s Universal […]