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For those who don’t know it yet, May 25th – the day when the first Star Wars film was released back in 1977 – was chosen as the day when all geeks should get together and celebrate the culture and technology that has connected people in ways unconceivable not that long ago. In a short, funny message Vuze reminded us that file-sharing has come a long way…longer perhaps than most of us are taking the time to consider and invites us in a journey back in time.
Once known as Azureus, Vuze is today one of the most used file-sharing clients in the world and has managed to create a solid platform for video discovery and user-created content publishing using social networking as the binding material. Today, on Geek Pride Day, Vuze sent us this message inviting us to share it with you in return. So here it is:
“The geeks behind Vuze, one of the most popular bittorrent clients on the Internet, took a nostalgic look back at the history of file sharing and put together a pretty cool interactive timeline. The more literal forms of file sharing, like floppy disks and mixtapes, are covered in addition to the forms of file sharing we’re used to today, like torrents.”
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Have you ever wanted to stream the movies you’ve downloaded directly to you TV? Well, now it’s all possible with BitTorrent’s BBK Box – a device that allows you to watch movies, wirelessly, through the company’s most popular client – uTorrent.
The BBK Box is powered by Android and contains technology from both uTorrent and the BitTorrent clients.
In terms of adaptability, the box supports DLNA, meaning that users can play content from iTunes and Vuze on their TV set. Furthermore, one can control the Box through the EShare remote control application (compatible with Android, Apple mobile phones or tablets).
As far as file management is concerned, the BBK comes with a built-in web browser so you can add torrent files. Otherwise, you can use an USB drive, SD card, and even an external hard drive.
Here’s a list of the video formats supported by BitTorrent’s magic box: MPEG 1/2/4 (MPEG 4 Part 2), H.264, VC-1, H.263, VP6 (640 x 480), Xvid, RMVB 8/9/10, RM, WMV (V9), AVI, TS, M2TS, TP, TRP, ISO, VOB, DAT, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOV(MPEG 4, H.264), ASF, FLV (640 x 480), MKV, M4V.
The benefits of being compatible with Android are of course the thousand applications that are found in the Android Market (installing VPN applications is possible).
Last but not least, the box comes with pre-installed apps such as Google Play Market, Google Search, Web Browser, Clock, DVB Player, E-mail, File Browser, and a Music Player. Its internal memory is 55MB.
Price: less than 90 Euros.
Unfortunately, the device is (at least for now) shipped only to Europe.
Some of its features, as seen on the official website:
- Built-in Wi-Fl to enjoy your connected media wirelessly
- Easy connectivity with USB 2.0 and SD card connections
- Playback media content from external removable storage
- DLNA PC Media Link to browse PC and home network content
- Play multiple video formats from external hard disk or thumbdrive
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Also known as Azureus – a BitTorrent client first time developed for the UNIX and Linux operating system, Vuze is one of the most used file-sharing clients that, over the years, managed to cover the ever-growing needs of its community by creating an all-in-one platform that not only downloads and uploads torrent files, but also offers burning DVDs solutions and device integration with popular platforms such as iTunes, Xbox 360 and PS3.
By doing so, Vuze’s attitude towards a better future attracted millions of people who quickly connected their multi-media devices to their services.
Following the same quick-evolving pace, they’ve decided, just this week, to add DLNA support, thus making their client compatible with thousands of new devices that integrate the DLNA technology (TVs, set-top boxes, tablets, NAS devices and so forth). A full list of supported devices can be found here.
“Today, we’re continuing this crusade to unleash your content on your mobile and TV screens by adding all DLNA-supported devices, a few additional Android devices, and more,” the Vuze team announced.
“With this release, most DLNA-supported devices should now show up in your Vuze Sidebar – assuming they’re connected to the same home network as Vuze – making it possible to stream directly from Vuze to the DLNA device of your choice. Once you spot your device name under Device Playback in the Sidebar, simply drag-and-drop.”
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As one of the most popular BitTorrent p2p file sharing clients around, Vuze has constantly tried to improve its service and come up with new ways to attract new users and extend the experience of its loyal users.
What put Vuze on a totally different level compared to other similar p2p applications was its very inspired device integration (it includes iTunes, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PSP and TiVo). As many as 5 million users have been using these functions, totaling well over 100 million videos.
Now the new version (4.5) of the program is out and it promises some very nice features. For it allows users to easily optimize their settings based on an elaborate speed test, which should increase download speeds in many cases. Furthermore, Vuze will be able from now on to transcode, transfer, and playback downloaded files on many of the most popular Android phones. According to TorrentFreak, models such as the HTC Evo, HTC Hero, HTC Incredible, HTC Magic, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X and Samsung Vibrant are already fully supported, and but the list will be extended upon request.
Android integration, however, it’s just a part of the new improvements in Vuze – this latest version comes also with a powerful speed test and optimizer to help users maximize the use of their client.
“We implemented the speed test to maintain power users’ ability to control their own settings – all manual controls still exist – while addressing the fact that a large number of users request additional help in optimizing their settings. Based on initial testing, many people should see significant increases in download speeds after running the speed test,” said Vuze’s Director of Marketing Chris Thun.
Form TorrentFreak about the Vuze’s speed test:
The basic speed test uses MLab‘s Network Diagnostic Test to quickly test users upload/download capacity the first time they launch the latest version of Vuze. The client then uses the results of the speed test to adjust the following Vuze settings:
- Upload rate limit (80% of the measured limit)
- Maximum active torrents (seeding+downloading)
- Maximum downloading torrents
- Maximum upload slots per torrent
- Maximum peer connections per torrent (when downloading and when seeding)
- Maximum global peer connections
Via the Vuze Help Menu, users can run additional speed tests later. If the first test detects a reasonably high upload rate it will automatically add a follow-on MLab tool. This tool checks for ISP traffic shaping by prolonging the test for a couple of extra minutes, so it is able to detect the speed trend beyond the short-term burst at the beginning of a connection.
Vuze’s versatility really shows in case of traffic shaping – it will adjust the settings to ensure that they are properly updated to facilitate maximum download speeds, which is to say that, if the program detects a major decrease of the long-term uploads compared to the initial test, it will optimize the settings based on that data.
For the full changelog with new features, changes and the latest bugfixes go to SourceForge.
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A recent study conducted by University of California researcher Marios Iliofotou together with a team from Telefonica Research places uTorrent above its greatest competitor, prominent BitTorrent client Vuze, in terms of provided download speed.
After choosing speed of download as the main criteria to separate the two well-established names in p2p file sharing, the researchers have concluded that uTorrent users achieve up to 16% higher download speeds compared to those who use Vuze. The study reveals that on some ISPs, the download speed advantage registered by uTorrent against Vuze could translate in even higher percentages, rising up to 30%.
The researchers recorded the download speeds of more than 10 million BitTorrent users, tracking a number of 600 popular torrents available on the Pirate Bay over the course of a month. The study involved monitoring an equal number of both uTorrent and Vuze users for each individual torrent, after categorizing all users according to their utilized ISPs, so the type of torrent or ISP would not affect the results. The final report indicated that uTorrent users achieved a 176 Kbps download speed on average, while Vuze users were generally limited to 151 Kbps.
A more elaborate analysis pointed out that uTorrent users benefited from faster download speeds on all of the most popular ISPs, with the exception of Verizon, where no difference was noted. In the case of 10% of these ISPs, uTorrent users achieved 30% faster speeds compared to Vuze users.
The researchers behind the study are planning to expand their work so that they will encompass other popular clients in the near future too. Furthermore, they aim to validate the results in a controlled environment in order to nail out the fastest BitTorrent client on the Web.
“This work does not aim to design the best BitTorrent client, but to bring to the attention of BitTorrent implementors and users that some design choices have a significant effect in practice. Even though in our study uTorrent appears to achieve faster speeds than Vuze, we do not claim that uTorrent is the way to go,” the researchers’ statement reads.
“We hope that our preliminary findings will open the door for new research efforts to better understand the impact of design choices in the performance of real-world BitTorrent implementations. Ultimately, we see such research efforts leading to the design of better P2P systems,” the research team inferred.