Handbrake 0.10.0

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Handbrake, the Open-Source tool for converting video, has reach a version 0.10.0. Yes, it is Handbrake 0.10.0.

We are introducing several new encoders with this release and replacing others.

  • Intel QuickSync Video
    is a hardware based H.264 encoder that is available on Intel CPUs. Currently, QSV is only supported on Windows but we hope to bring this to Linux users in the future. Thanks to the good people at Intel for making this possible!
  • H.265
    is now available through x265 1.4. While this encoder is still fairly new, we have seen some promising results come out of it. It’s still under heavy active development and is only going to improve over time!
  • VP8
    using the libvpx encoder. We have now deprecated Theora (VP3) in favour of VP8 which is a more modern encoder offering better quality encodes at lower file sizes.
  • LibFaac
    Has now officially been removed due to GPL compatibility issues, and replaced with the libav AAC encoder as the new default for Windows and Linux. In addition, we have added the FDK AAC encoder for Windows and Linux as a optional compile-time option. The Mac release will continue to use CoreAudio as the default.
  • As usual, we’ve updated a number of the core libraries including x264 and libav

Handbrake is available for OS X, Ubuntu and Windows.

As a content creator, I certainly am thankful to the people who have been working on Handbrake.

Apple to Live Stream WWDC 2014 Keynote

Apple announced that WWDC 2014 Keynote will be streamed live at 10:00 am on Monday June 2, 2014.

One can assume that Apple has one big announcement at WWDV 2014.


According to firstnameatappledotcom, key Apple employees have been spending extra time this year at Foxconn factory in China; hinting at possible introduction of new hardware at WWDC 2014.

Another hint from firstnameatappledotcom:

“Consider the resolution scaling in MacBook Pro with Retina Display in the next iPhone.”

Care to guess what it is?

Video: OS X 10.9.3 Find My Mac Hides “Users” Folder

In OS X 10.9.3, turning on Find My Mac will result in “Users” folder to be hidden.


MP4 version

According to many reports, iTunes 11.2 must also be installed in addition to “Find My Mac” enabled in OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 for this bug to execute.

To make the “Users” folder visible again until next reboot,

login as an administrator, launch Terminal.App and type the command:

sudo chflags nohidden /Users

Type in your password when prompted. If you do not have a login password for your admin account, leave it blank.
By the way, why didn’t you assign a password to your admin account? Set a password already.

Netflix Announces $1 Price Hike

Netflix announces price increase with streaming plans.

From Netflix email:


In order to continue adding more movies and TV shows, we are increasing our price from $7.99 to $8.99 for new members. As a thank you for being a member of Netflix already, we guarantee that your plan and price will not change for two years.

You can review your membership details at any time by visiting Your Account. As always, if you have questions, we are happy to answer them. Please call us at any time at 1-888-357-1516.

–The Netflix Team

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Even at $8.99 per month, Netflix is still a bargain.

Considering that Netflix has recently signed peering deals with Comcast and Verizon, the extra $1 should be justified to Netflix.