H.264 support for Firefox Nightly Linux has landed

H.264 support for Firefox Linux has landed, the same way it did on Windows. Instead of including the codec directly in Firefox, the browser relies on Operating System level tools to play H.264 video. To enable OS-native codec support for H.264 in Linux, Firefox relies directly on the ubiquitous open source GStreamer libraries. More»

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Nightingale’s mother Songbird Discontinued

Pioneers of the Inevitable, POTI, maker of the once popular open source media player Songbird, has announced on the Songbird blog that, due to financial reasons, as of June 28, 2013 all of Songbird’s operations and associated services will be discontinued. More»

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Firefox Rolls Out Web Audio API Support

For Ubuntu, Windows and Mac: Good news for Firefox web browser fans. Mozilla has pushed out Web Audio API Support to Firefox 24 Nightly and Firefox 23 Aurora channels. The Web Audio API is a high-level JavaScript API for processing and synthesizing audio in web applications. More»

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FLAC Audio Format gets First Update in 6 Years

The Free Lossless Audio Codec, FLAC, loved by audiophiles for it’s lossless fidelity has been updated to version 1.3.0. FLAC is an audio format similar to MP3, but “lossless”, meaning that audio compressed in FLAC doesn’t suffer any loss in quality. Technically, MP3 is lower quality, since it’s lost data from its original format. FLAC v1.3.0 is the first update in almost 6 years and it is also the first release from the new Xiph.Org maintainer team. More»

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New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS) for your Raspberry Pi

You get your Raspberry Pi for a few dollars, then you drop into your SD card whatever Raspberry Pi supported Linux distribution you can possibly get in there. No hands tied. Commoners stick with one of these more or less official distributions; Raspbian “wheezy”, Arch Linux ARM, Pidora, RISC OS, switching from one Linux distribution to the other from time to time. To make things easier for the noobs, if they aren’t already, the Raspberry Pi foundation has released New Out Of Box Software, NOOBS, a new installation system for Raspberry Pi that allows “noobs” to jump from one Pi supported operating system to the other using a simple boot menu. More»

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