How (and Why) to Ditch Dropbox and Sync Files with BitTorrent Sync

Dropbox (and similar cloud services) are awesome, but they don't give you that much control, security, or privacy over your files. If you want to take control into your own hands without losing the features of cloud syncing services, BitTorrent Sync is the service for you. Here's how to use it. » 2/19/15 12:47pm 2/19/15 12:47pm

Federal Judge: P2P File Sharing Data Isn’t Private

If you think your peer-to-peer file sharing can be kept under wraps, think again. A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that you should have no expectation whatsoever that your P2P data is ever private. » 11/13/13 7:30am 11/13/13 7:30am

A Future Internet Might Not Use Servers

You'd think that given how pervasive the internet is, we'd be stuck with the fundamental architecture it uses: servers that many devices connect to for their information fix. But a team of Cambridge University scientists wants to shake things up—and remove servers altogether. » 10/31/13 6:17am 10/31/13 6:17am

DARPA's Newest Battlefield Invention Is... Torrenting?

You've seen it in ever war movie ever: soldiers trying desperately to get in touch with command. Well soon they'll hardly have to phone home at all, at least if DARPA has any say in it. They'll get all their data the same way pirates do. Torrents, basically. » 9/11/13 10:41am 9/11/13 10:41am

Almost Half of Net Traffic Is Not-So-Legal P2P (And It'll Really Take…

A market research firm called MultiMedia Intelligence—who I admittedly had never heard of—offers up some astounding numbers on porn swapping » 10/21/08 3:30am 10/21/08 3:30am P2P traffic: 33.6% of North American net activity is P2P, almost all of it illegal. Huge, right? But worldwide, the number is even higher, at 44%. So almost half of the world's…

Cucku Social Backup Stores Your Data With Your Friend, Your Friend's…

Remember the concept of "porn buddy" as introduced on the UK show Coupling? You exchange keys with your most trusted friend, so in the event that you die an unexpected death, he (or she) would come over and take away all your porn so your family won't find it when going through your stuff. This backup service Cucku is… » 7/28/08 3:20pm 7/28/08 3:20pm

Verizon Actually Helping Speed Up P2P File Sharing? Wha?

We had to read this twice to be certain, but Verizon is teaming up with researchers at Yale and a P4P Working group in order to speed up peer to peer file sharing. How is this beneficial to Verizon, who has the burden of carrying P2P traffic, which measures at about 1/3 of the internet's throughput already? Because… » 3/14/08 3:01pm 3/14/08 3:01pm

Viacom Jilted YouTube for Joost, Google Crying Itself to Sleep

Why did Viacom abruptly demand 100,000 of its videos be removed from YouTube? Turns out Viacom had other plans for its videos and films: tons of » 2/20/07 8:18am 2/20/07 8:18am

TVUPlayer Reviewed: Next Headache for TV Nets?

Imagine a system that could potentially bring you any television channel in the world, live. That's TVUPlayer, peer-to-peer software from TVU Networks in Shanghai, China that lets anyone place a live broadcast signal on the Internet for anyone else to view. The guys at WebTV Hub tried it out, and found it simple to… » 10/19/06 10:55am 10/19/06 10:55am

AHT P2POD HDTV Media Player

AHT International introduced the P2POD HDTV media player, a device that uses peer-to-peer technology to download and stream HDTV programs from the Internet. This nicely-designed unit reportedly has a user-friendly interface intended to make it easy to manage the thousands of channels now available. It could get much… » 2/17/06 2:08pm 2/17/06 2:08pm

P2POD: A P2P Media Streaming Box

Though not the first of its kind, the P2POD box is a neat idea from Holland-based AHT International. The Delft University of Technology developed the software and will show the box at this year's CeBIT. The box allows content distribution as well as love video streaming over peer-to-peer networks. » 2/16/06 1:55pm 2/16/06 1:55pm