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Media Player Codec Pack

Play various types of video and audio files in Media Player.

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Patent group to lower barrier for sharper next-gen video

Facing resistance from streaming-media companies, an industry group agrees to lower patent licensing fees that stand in the way of the shift to "4K" high-resolution video.

By September 24, 2015


Save battery life when YouTubing on Chrome with this extension

A change of video codec can not only save battery life but can also make YouTube videos play more smoothly. And your laptop won't get so hot and bothered.

By September 10, 2015


Tech giants join forces to hasten high-quality online video

The alliance, which includes Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Netflix, pledges to build next-generation video technology -- and offer it for free.

By September 1, 2015


Inside Google's master plan for faster, sharper streaming video

Google is working on a new technology called VP10 that will allow it to squeeze higher-quality video over broadband and mobile networks. And thanks to patent issues with a rival standard, it has a chance to catch on.

By August 28, 2015


The five biggest changes to media playback in Windows 10

With Windows 10, Microsoft has made some big changes in the way the operating system deals with your media files. Here are four reasons to cheer, and one to boo.

By August 9, 2015


​New fees cast shadow on next-gen high-quality streaming video

It looked like compression technology for superhigh-quality video would be free for watching movies and TV online. Not so, according to a new patent-licensing group that wants a cut of the revenue.

By July 22, 2015


What is FLAC? The high-def MP3 explained

CNET explains what FLAC is, as well as where to buy music in the FLAC format, and how to play it on your iPhone, computer, or MP3 player.

By June 26, 2015


Sony introduces RX10 II, RX100 IV and A7R II cameras bring pro-level features, performance to compacts

The fixed-lens RX10 II and RX100 IV use a unique 1-inch stacked image sensor for 40x superslow-motion capture, 4K video shooting; A7R II mirrorless interchangeable lens camera has world's first back-illuminated 35mm full-frame sensor.

By June 10, 2015


AMD takes aim at the notebook market with new 12-core processors

The sixth generation of the chip maker's processors will feature four processing cores and up to eight graphics cores.

By June 2, 2015


Deezer Elite brings lossless music streaming to Asia-Pacific region

Sonos owners in the Asia-Pacific region can now stream lossless music courtesy of Deezer's new premium service.

By March 30, 2015