IF you've ever wondered how file syncing can take place in the absence of a server and the need to create an account with it, BitTorrent has the answer for you in form of their latest app - BitTorrent Sync
. It’s a peer-to-peer file syncing client by BitTorrent that relies on ‘Secrets’, which are 32-character long passcodes that you can set up to connect two computers and sync files between them - no link sharing or account sign up with any web service needed. The biggest benefit such a setup has over traditional Dropbox-style web service-based syncing is that there are no limits on file size or total space - you are only limited by the total space on the connected devices themselves. Though one drawback is that you don't get to have your files saved on the cloud for access from any computer or smartphone. The app is in public Alpha and undergoing active development, so there might be some quirks yet to be ironed out. The apps are available for Mac, Windows, and Linux, and as per our tests, they all work perfectly for syncing files.
IM (Instant Messaging) platforms are notorious for the lack of privacy and security, as viruses and bugs can easily penetrate into the system. Most users find it hard to verify the identity of the peers
(seeming too good to be true). With these cases set aside, formal communication on the internet regarding sensitive matters, require an extreme level of security, identity verification and privacy.With SOPA and other regulations in view, interest in anonymous file sharing applications is rapidly increasing and slowly finding precedence over public networks like Bittorrent. RetroShare
is a server-less cross-communication platform, which provides file sharing, forums, channels and chat; authenticated by GnuPG and secured by OpenSSL encryption. With secure email, Video or VoIP and other sharing features, this powerful application allows you to communicate in all forms without any eavesdropping or unwanted monitoring.
is an online P2P audio and video streaming service that is renowned for hosting thousands of high quality TV and radio channels broadcasted by users from all across the globe. The service has had its official iOS
client available in the iTunes App Store for quite some time whereas the Android variant has just recently been released. Using the mobile client of the service, you can gain free and instant access to various television channels that are being broadcasted over the SopCast servers from anywhere in the world. Besides online media streaming, you can also use the app to play local media content (supports almost every file type), and stream content from preferred URLs. Since the app is currently in beta, it is currently missing a few options that we get with
the desktop client. For instance, there is no option to open SopCast URLs, manually add favorite TV channels, or edit the server list. However, the amount of options currently available should satisfy the TV streaming needs of most users. Most of the content is played in full-screen, buffering is fairly smooth, and you have the option to set the video’s aspect ratio.
File sharing has become pleasantly easy within the past few years, especially as we now have extremely fast internet connections. Various web services and desktop clients let you share your images, videos, documents and other files, with one another, within a few clicks. One such example is P2P (Peer-to-peer) clients, which connect people through internet via server and client relation. Sometime ago, we covered zeZebra, an application with eye candy interface that let you transfer large files in a very simple way
. The only downside of zeZebra is that when you send a file to someone, it prompts the recipient to download and install the application before the file transfer can begin. Some folks simply don't like to go through any additional tasks. However, a new P2P file sharing application from the developers of BitTorrent, Share
, takes care of this problem. It is a portable application that lets you send unlimited files, images and videos to your friends. The data is sent over a private and secure connection without any size limits, and the downloads are super-fast. It allows you to send data to individuals or multiple users at a time using Email IDs. Share also lets you create and manage separate groups of recipients, if you have to constantly share data with some particular people. Read on to find out more about Share after the break!
There are a lot of P2P file sharing applications available on the internet, but most of them are slow, unsecure, sometimes limited in terms of file size that can be shared, or too difficult and complicated to send files to other users. If you are looking for a tool that’s free, simple, fast and secure, check out zeZebra
. It is an application with an eye candy interface that lets you transfer large files in a simple and user friendly manner. It enables you to send a file of any size to any person, and allows you to adjust transfer speed and number of simultaneous transfers, thus giving you total control over aspect like bandwidth usage, target recipients and other such parameters. If you send a lot of files to the same people, the application has a contacts manager to quickly send the files instead of adding the information every time.
There are, undoubtedly, dozens of file sharing services that allow you to share files with friends or coworkers, but the process is often a long one where you have to upload a file, set security and visibility settings and sometimes even have the recipient sign up with the file sharing service in order to receive it. IM clients are one way of transferring files, but again, if you’re transferring files to someone at work, you might not have access to a messenger, or you may not use the same messenger service as your friend. JustBeamIt
is a web application that allows file transfer without any sign up whatsoever. It offers simple Peer to Peer (P2P) file transfer that gives you a download link to share with anyone. The service creates a connection between you and whoever you share the link with so your file is not uploaded anywhere; rather, the link serves only as a gateway for transferring the file from your computer to the recipient(s)'.
Data Synchronization between PCs can certainly be achieved in endless ways. Users who need to sync data generally rely more on online data sync services like, Dropbox, SugarSync etc., instead of desktop data sync and backup tools which are designed to perform two-way incremental data synchronization between specified local locations and external storage mediums. The online cloud-based data sync services, however, provides a more convenient way to keep your data synced across all the configured PCs but there are 2 major factors which every online data sync service user has to keep in mind before saving files on cloud; data upload/transfer speed and total available space. Since cloud based data sync services use servers to respond to data send and receive requests, users have to check overall performance of different data backup/sync services before choosing one to upload their data. Apart from server response time, data security is something which can’t be underestimated. Therefore, one also needs to make sure that his/her cloud data storage privacy can never be breached.
When it comes to communicate and collaborate online with family and office team members, users generally don’t look beyond Skype. Skype has certainly come a long way since its first release in 2003 as Sky Peer-to-Peer, aka, Skyper, and with its latest version – 5.0, it takes voice, video, and text communication to a whole new level, empowering both business and corporate communities with not only best communication and collaboration tools but also by providing a facility to connect and collaborate through mobile devices, without charging a single penny.
The previously covered iSendr
brought a great idea of making file sharing over the web seamless by offering peer to peer data transfer. Without saving data on any server, recipient can directly fetch the data without relying on the iSendr service response time and on any other factors. Recently two major changes have been made to iSendr, first, the name has been changed to Sendiod
, and second, there is a freshly developed desktop app for transferring files and to manage both uploads and downloads. The application offers an overly simple way to upload and download files. It supports simple drag & drop behavior to start uploading collection of files. Once you’ve defined the files to transfer, a pop-up message will appear, showing the shareable link.
Editor's Note: In this post we will review the Sendoid desktop app only. For online service, just click Choose files to share, select the files, and it will give you a sharable link. It is that simple!
DroidG is a free P2P app for Android that lets you download music and videos shared on the Gnutella P2P network, directly to your Android device to be able to play or watch on it without having to connect your phone to your computer to transfer files to it first. Read More
At times it happens that while downloading torrent using BitTorrent client, the main servers suddenly stop responding causing user to wait until the servers get back online. Since downloading of torrents are taking place through centralized servers, it is always on the cards that servers hiccups would move the torrent data you’re sharing with other. To address this, Tribler
has been created, pledging that users will enjoy true P2P data sharing in its social community. Being a BitTorrent client, Tribler lets you share, search and download content including videos, images, audio, files, and so on from online peers without depending on any centralized system. It also comes with anti-spam channels along with native feature to overall protect users from spam content.
Do you often find yourself in need of sending large files to your friends, family members or coworkers? While there are countless services out there that allow you to send files to others, most that are easy to use have limits on file size, and those that support large file sizes are either complicated or require a paid subscription. iSendr
is an on-demand P2P web-application which aims to bring ease in transferring files without much effort involved. Since it uses P2P technology, it offers absolutely no limit on file size and lets you transfer even an enormous sized file in only two simple steps.
If you’re into downloading music, movies, software, games, etc from the internet, you must be familiar with a host of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing services, Gnutella networks, Bit Torrent technology, and more. While these technologies offer wonderful sharing possibilities, one has to resort to various client software to take full advantage of all of these. A one-stop solution would not only save time and hassle, but also make sharing more fun, wouldn’t it? SkyDownloader
is one such application which combines the might of Gnutella and Bit Torrent, answering an entertainment-seeker’s complete needs, with millions of songs, MP3s, movies, TV shows, live channels, and games.
Note: SkyDownloader has been discontinued. However, you can check out previously featured Torrent search engines including Torrent Magnifier and Media Get.