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Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 to Devs, Public Beta Coming Soon

Today, October 3, 2016, Apple started seeding the third Beta build of the upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.1 operating system to developers who have a paid Apple Developer account. Tagged as build 16B2338c, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta 3 is now available for download on your Apple Developer account if you're a registered dev developing apps for the macOS, iOS, watchOS, or tvOS ecosystem. This third Beta snapshot comes one week after the release of the second one on September 27, 2016. As expected, Apple patched various security issues discovered or reported by users since macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta 2, which means that macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta 3 is here to enhance the compatibility, security, and stability of your Mac. It can be installed on registered MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac Mini devices. macOS 10....
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EU Comes Down on Exports of Cyber-Surveillance Tech

The European Commission (EC) proposed last week an amendment to Regulation (EC) No 428/2009, which is a law that governs the export of dual-use technology, that can be used for both civil and military purposes. The changes proposed by the EC are meant to make it harder and time-consuming for European companies to export dual-use technologies outside the EU, to countries that have a history of human rights abuses. Dual-use technology, especially cyber-surveillance hardware and software, was regularly abused by governments around the world to spy on their citizens, protesters, journalists, and dissidents. Naturally, lobby groups representing these companies opposed, arguing that increased regulation and a more sinuous bureaucratic process will affect their profits, putting them at a disadvantage to other businesses located in Asia or North America. Tech companies oppose the new law
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GNU Linux-libre Kernel 4.8 Officially Released for Those Who Want 100% Freedom

On October 2, 2016, immediately after Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux kernel 4.8, Alexandre Oliva from the GNU Linux-libre project published the GNU Linux-libre 4.8 kernel for those who want 100% freedom when using a GNU/Linux OS. As you might have guessed already, the Linux-libre 4.8-gnu kernel is based on the recently released Linux 4.8 kernel branch, but it contains lots of deblobbing changes for quite a large number of the newly included drivers, in particular those for AMD Radeon Evergreen graphics processing units. Some work was done as well to the internal documentation. "There was a much larger than usual number of new drivers requiring deblobbing, plus the usual assortment of blob version bumps in filenames and an unusual amount of movement in media-related documentation, in which a number of deblobbing changes ...
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FFmpeg 3.1.4 "Laplace" Open-Source Multimedia Backend Brings Updated Components

The first days of October already brought many exciting new technologies for GNU/Linux users, and today we would like to tell you about the recent release of the FFmpeg 3.1.4 "Laplace" open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework. On June 26, 2016, the FFmpeg development team officially announced the release of FFmpeg 3.1, which was a major milestone introducing a multitude of new features to the widely-used multimedia backend used by numerous games and applications across Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems. FFmpeg 3.1 is dubbed Laplace, and it is currently the most advanced stale FFmpeg release, and FFmpeg 3.1.4 is here to update several of the core components and libraries that are used by the multimedia framework for encoding and decoding various audio and video streams, as well as to fix many of the bugs reported by users since the previous point release, FFmpeg 3.1.3, announced on the last days of August 2016. "Approximately every 3 ...
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