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by Razvan Serea
Kodi (formerly known as XBMC), is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs (Home theater PCs). Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a hard-drive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons.
Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: Kodi can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive. Kodi will scan all of your media and create a personalized library complete with boxcovers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations. Once installed, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox.
Kodi 19.1 changelog:
Fixed: HDR metadata is now detected in VP9 profile 2 streams and can be used on platforms that support HDR passthrough or tone mapped when playing this kind of videos. Discs
Fixed: playback of optical DVDs in Linux Fixed: BD-J Blu-ray chapter skipping via remotes/keyboard PVR
Fixed: context menu not accessible in PVR Guide window when using very basic remote to control Kodi Fixed: client channel name and number not persisted when changed Fixed: play count and resume position of recordings lost after Kodi restart Fixed: crash while browsing the EPG when MySQL is used as EPG database Fixed: next recording on ... label time is not localized in Estuary Timer/Timer rules window Fixed: channel manager does not rename backend channel Fixed: playing archived programme not selected when opening the Guide window Fixed: GUI not updated on removal/insert/hide/unhide of channel groups Updated: improved look of PVR windows in Estuary Music Library
Fixed: issue with music from cuesheets where only the first track was being added to the library on rescanning, with the rest being deleted JSON-RPC
Fixed: PVR - Reintroduced broadcast properties 'hastimer', 'hastimerrule', 'hasrecording', 'recording' Fixed: PVR - Reintroduced channel property 'isrecording' Subtitles
Fixed: detection of system fonts (directwrite) on windows for ASS subtitles Fixed: detection of user fonts (in userdata/fonts) for ASS subtitles Fixed: rendering of semi-transparent ASS subtitles on Wayland GUI/Interface
Fixed: media flagging for DVD/BluRay Web Interface
Updated: Chorus2 based on community contributions Filesystem
Updated: enable filecaching by default for network filesystems Updated: improve filecache error handling Network
Updated: improved reliability for HTTP and NFS network filesystems Windows specifics
Added: support for WS-Discovery protocol that enables locating SMB servers and browsing shared folders using SMBv3. Added: debug Info OSD Video. Extends current Debug Info Player (Ctrl+Shift+O) with new video-only info (Alt+O) Fixed: with some unusual streams, incorrect HDR metadata could be passed (HDR10 passthrough). Fixed: green screen on systems with old HW (DX feature level 9.1) playing 10-bit videos. Fixed: black screen with Software render method and with DXVA2 hardware acceleration disabled. Fixed: green screen when playing the menu of some DVDs (MPEG2 SD only). Fixed: credentials being requested for anonymous SMB shares Updated: VC runtimes included in the installer to add compatibility with VS2019 and VS2017 at the same time. Android specifics
Fixed: SMB shares mounted on system level not visible in Kodi Fixed: SMB shares labelled with cryptic numbers (UUID) instead of actual disk name Xbox specifics
This version also brings 19.1 to the Xbox - while 19.0 has been in the Microsoft Store since launch, this was Windows-only while we found a way to adequately test the new release on Xbox. We've fixed that now, so Xbox users will automatically upgrade from 18.9 to 19.1 if you've got auto-update enabled. It's worth mentioning that there's a known memory limitation - present in 18.x as well - that causes Xbox application crashes with 4k content, so please be aware. Download: Kodi 19.1 (32-bit) | 62.1 MB (Open Source)
Download: Kodi 19.1 (64-bit) | 65.9 MB
Download: Windows Store
Links: Kodi Home Page | Kodi for Android
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By Abhay V
Windows 10X reportedly delayed indefinitely, focus to shift to Windows 10
by Abhay Venkatesh
In what may be disappointing news for Windows fans, Microsoft is reportedly delaying the release of Windows 10X – its next-generation operating system – indefinitely. The report comes from Petri, citing information from those in the know of the matter.
Microsoft originally showed off Windows 10X in 2019 alongside the Surface Neo and Surface Duo. While the Surface Duo that was powered by Android made it to the market, the Neo was delayed and Windows 10X was repurposed for single-screened devices. A supposed near-final build of the modern OS even leaked and Microsoft was said to be readying the platform for release sometime this spring. That timeline moved once again to later in the fall this year, according to reports.
However, Petri reports that those plans have now changed, with Windows 10X now on the backburner. The company is reportedly moving resources back to Windows 10, which is expected to receive a major update codenamed Sun Valley later this year. As for 10X, there is no concrete information on if and when the OS will see the light of the day, and it is possible that the offering as we know it will never make it to users.
A few reasons for the decision, according to insiders, include the fact that the OS just was not ready. The firm reportedly believes that the “timing and market conditions” are not right and that the feedback from users, too, has not been as positive as it may have hoped to. While enthusiasts hoped to see 10X make it to new devices, marketing a brand-new OS on new devices, especially during the times of the pandemic that has seen the adoption of traditional Windows 10 PCs increase, might have been difficult. Add to the fact that at launch, the OS was said to lack support for traditional Win32 apps, which again might have worked against the offering.
Additionally, the report states that the company execs feel that Windows 10X doesn’t offer solutions that its customers want. Therefore, it makes sense for the Redmond giant to introduce certain features such as seamless updates and app containers to Windows 10 while working on a possible lightweight platform for release.
As it stands now, it is safe to assume that Windows 10X as we know it is dead and so are plans to introduce a lightweight Chromebook competitor OS. It is not clear if the company will publicly announce the plans that it has for Windows 10, including the visual overhaul and new Microsoft Store policies at its Build conference later this month. The report from Petri does state that the company will make “formal announcements” about the fate of the OS, so it will be interesting to see what those are.
By Laurentiu A.
I have one question for all of you...
What is this ugly, beta, squared, badly pixelated THING on my taskbar?
It says News and interests and yes, I know its a new feature from Microsoft.
How can a billion dollar company, with thousands of employees and rich history in software, design this?
The sun icon looks very bad, the text that displays the weather is blurry and the app itself is sluggish.
How can they release something like this worldwide, without shame?
I am serious...
By Adel Samir
I am using Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600) on laptop dell inspiron 3542 core i7 and for some reason all my removable USB flash drives are shown with generic icons whatever their manufacturer of format are:
This doesn't affect the performance and every thing works fine.
I switched to a different user on the same PC and the same operating system and the icons are shown correctly:
Now I know it is a problem with the user but don't know how to fix it.
By Abhay V
Zoom adds a Teams' Together Mode-like feature called Immersive View
by Abhay Venkatesh
Zoom today announced a new feature rolling out to the video conferencing service called Immersive View that places meeting participants or webinar panelists inside virtual backgrounds. The firm says that the feature aims to make meetings “more engaging” and places users in virtual “scenes” to “connect and collaborate in a cohesive virtual meeting space”. The feature undoubtedly rivals the likes of Microsoft Teams’ Together Mode, which has been around for a while now.
Currently, Immersive View accommodates up to 25 participants and allows hosts to choose from preset backgrounds, upload their own virtual background as a scene, or choose their video feed as the background. The feature also lets hosts manually place participants, move them around, and resize them in the scenes. Furthermore, it allows for switching into the gallery or speaker views and back during the meeting. As for webinars, Immersive View can be used for the hosts and panelists that can be viewed by attendees.
The firm first unveiled Immersive View during its Zoomtopia conference last year. The feature is now rolling out to Free and single Pro users running version 5.6.3 or newer on Windows and macOS clients, and on the web for all other account types. The new capability is enabled by default for Free and single Pro accounts.
The feature is currently not supported in Breakout Rooms and will also not show up on meeting recordings. Additionally, there is no word on support for Immersive View for the mobile versions of Zoom. You can head to the dedicated support article here for more details about the feature.
With virtual meetings becoming the norm in the past year, video conferencing solutions have constantly been adding features and bringing in enhancements to suit the various needs of users. The addition of virtual scenes for meetings further improves the user experience for Zoom users, including those on the web.