Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
Ever since the dawn of peer-to-peer there have been few clients that managed to set themselves apart from the multitude of options, such as uTorrent, BitTorrent, Azureus – firstly created for Linux users, later becoming Vuze, Limewire and so on.Much work has been put into pushing this amazing technology forward, creating both a professional and pleasant environment.
The fast-paced evolution definitely pushed the developers’ limits, creating marvel clients with multi-operational features, trying (and often succeeding) to meet the ever growing demands of their users, and of the BitTorrent community in general. Such a marvel is MediaGet, a quick-grower that managed to reach over 40 million installations (and going) ever since its launch in 2010.
From the site:
Today we are giving to everyone an opportunity to check our client out and make money out of that. Our goal was to make the work with the Torrent sites easier for the «dummies». Everyone knows, that other clients can be hard nuts to crack for the regular user. To negotiate all these difficulties we have developed an all-in-one Downloader, which installs our client and begins downloading of the chosen file automatically. If the Torrent file can’t be downloaded from the website, an appropriate file will be found by MediaGet and downloaded as well. So we are offering to give your users another opportunity to download files. Our client is not only a Torrent client, it is also a Download manager. So the users can get any type of files from your site in one click, by the way bringing money to you.
Designed in northern Eurasia, specifically in the Russian Federation, by an international team of file-sharing enthusiasts, MediaGet enters the community with a big-bang by launching an eye-candy software that meets even the highest of demands.
Its features are overwhelming, even to the skeptical. With a very smooth interface, it combines usefulness with simplicity. At first install, you will notice that there are 4 tabs, each embedded with powerful features. The “Catalogue” tab offers links to the latest movies, games, etc. Click the “Search” button underneath the preview image and you’ll be directed to the download links; it’s that easy. You will also find the comment section useful, as it offers feedback on the quality of the torrent. The search engine is simply amazing. Instead of web surfing for whatever you feel like downloading, you can simply do it from within the client.
The “Advanced Search” is where things get really interesting. Click on the little “wheel” and the “Settings” window opens, offering the possibility to edit the tracker list used by the search engine (rutracker.org, mininova.org, tfile.ru, monova.org, fenopy.eu, rutor.org, isohunt.com, kat.ph, bitreactor.to). In addition, you can set the download and upload speed, choose your type of connection, security, and even access the Android interface from which you can remotely control your downloads. MediaGet also integrates uTorrent (can import uTorrent’s seeding list – saving time and effort of manually transferring the files from one client to another), IE and Mozilla Firefox.
The imported list of uTorrent
We should mention that in order to download anonymously you need to purchase a voucher from faceless.me for either 30 days ($9.95) or 90 days ($19.95).
The next tab “Transfers” offers a view on the current downloads. The lower case shows stats of the downloaded files, transfer speed, and so on.
And here comes my favorite part. The “Media Player”, a highlight feature of this ingenious piece of software, can make even uTorrent’s developers just a bit jealous. Its multi-format can play most of today’s video formats and tunes. In the right side of the player you can build a playlist of your favorite movies or songs.
Last but not least, the “Media Library” tab helps you manage and easily access your collection.
All in all, MediaGet can be called a truly 21st century BitTorrent client. It is available for both Windows and Mac users and can be downloaded here.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Tops
To get a better view on how the peer-to-peer scene is evolving with respect to what file sharing software people are using, we keep you posted weekly with the latest numbers. So here’s a list with last week’s top ten most downloaded p2p file sharing programs – the chart is based on figures published by Download.cnet.com and it refers to the number of times a p2p client was downloaded from their site (to download programs click on the titles – between brackets are displayed the current versions of the apps).
Week ended November 27
|P2P Filesharing Client||Number of downloads (last week)||Number of downloads (total)|
|1. uTorrent (3.0)||113,791||15,038,028|
|2. BitTorrent (7.2)||51,259||19,991,291|
|3. BitComet (1.30)||34,817||83,705,188|
|4. Frostwire (5.2.9)||29,062||33,605,940|
|5. Movie Torrent (3.7)||10,626||842,746|
|6. Vuze (4.6)||9,884||8,304,204|
|7. Ares Galaxy (2.1.7)||5,943||1,522,517|
|9. BearShare (9.01)||4,081||29,112,600|
|10. BitLord (1.2)||3,836||2,393,246|
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, Entertainment Industry, Movies, MP3, Digital Audio & Games, Tops
TorrentFreak has published the data they collected with the top 10 most shared movies on BitTorrent for the week ended November 27. All the films included in this chart are DVDrips (unless mentioned otherwise).
‘Cowboys and Aliens’ took the lead this week as the most pirated film the Web while ‘Conan the Barbarian’ dropped to #2. The third position is occupied by ‘Killer Elite’. A notable presence on the list is a remake of the John Carpenter’s ’82′s ‘The Thing” which currently gives us in the chart at the same time two films based on 80′ classics. Hollywood running out of ideas or really trying to reignite old flames ?
This week’s list features four new entries.
|Ranking||(last week)||Movie||Rating / Trailer|
|1||(3)||Cowboys and Aliens||6.4/trailer|
|2||(1)||Conan the Barbarian||5.3/trailer|
|6||(2)||Rise of the Planet of the Apes||7.8/trailer|
|7||(…)||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1||4.7/trailer|
|8||(5)||The Hangover Part II||6.8/trailer|
|9||(…)||The Thing (R5)||6.5/trailer|
|10||(9)||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||8.3/trailer|
While the topic here is not exactly related to file-sharing, its importance in the digital landscape transcends the mere issues of niche, especially since it concerns a giant like Apple and the right to privacy.
A report by UK’s Telegraph.co.uk reveals the truth behind secret services and iTune’s security glitches, making even the most down to Earth person just a bit paranoid.
It is said that a British company named Gamma International sold hacking software to governments, allowing them to exploit some iTunes vulnerability due to a security threat in the application’s update. Going under the name of FinFisher, the software can be used to spy on people’s computers (over 250 million computers use Apple’s media player).
Known to be used by British intelligence agencies, the software made its way in the far reaches of North Africa, in the hands of Egypt’s secret police, as records were discovered this year in some abandoned offices.
Brian Krebs, a security writer, said that Apple received a notice in 2008 about the threat. Despite this, they company released a patch fix only earlier this month, offering a 3 years gateway of exploiting.
“A prominent security researcher warned Apple about this dangerous vulnerability in mid-2008, yet the company waited more than 1,200 days to fix the flaw,” Brian’s blog post reads.
“The disclosure raises questions about whether and when Apple knew about the Trojan offering, and its timing in choosing to sew up the security hole in this ubiquitous software title.”
Also of interest is that Apple’s response to security threats is of 91 days, according to Brian’s sayings; this time, however, was not the case.
Francisco Amato, an Argentinian security researcher, is the man who sent the notice to Apple. Commenting on the late, the least to say, response he suggested that “maybe they forgot about it, or it was just on the bottom of their to-do list”.
Regarding FinFisher, Apple said that is doing their best “to find and fix any issues that could compromise systems”.
“The security and privacy of our users is extremely important,” a spokeswoman said.
In November 2011 iTunes’ update 10.5.1 explained that a man-in-the-middle attacker may offer software that appears to originate from Apple”, adding that the “issue has been mitigated”.
Gamma International refused to comment on the subject.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Legal P2P News & Issues
After one year break from the “Operation In Our Sites”, sponsored by The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), more than 130 domains were spotted by TorrentFreak as being seized, after a massive takedown operation led by the US government in the last 24 hours (on the 25th of November 2011).
No official comments were given by the authorities, but it will most likely be something like this:
“Intellectual property crimes are not victimless,” commented Attorney General Eric Holder on the last year’s seizing operation.
“The theft of ideas and the sale of counterfeit goods threaten economic opportunities and financial stability, suppress innovation and destroy jobs. The Justice Department, with the help of our law enforcement partners, is changing the perception that these crimes are risk-free with enforcement actions like the one announced today,” he added.
However, there’s a slight difference between what happened in 2010 and what’s going on now; the targeted websites were charging for the services provided. Many of the seized portals were selling counterfeit clothing (e.g. 17nflshop.com) or pirated auto software (autocd.com).
As for last year, the focus was concentrated on websites that offered free music and movie downloads, followed by streaming services a few months later. In response, many website administrators started to take precautions by switching to different domains, and even purchasing additional backup domains.
With the Protect IP Act and SOPA underway, “rogue sites” will probably turn to such measures more often than before, as domain seizing will become common practice.
Below you can see the full list of the snatched domains: