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aTorrent review

Sporting a streamlined interface and all the features you'd expect from up-to-date P2P BitTorrent software, aTorrent enables you to download unlimited file sizes and run multiple downloads at once, standing its ground against tough competitors like uTorrent and BitTorrent. While a Pro, ad-free version is available, we feel that the free version is more than enough.

Pros

Polished interface: aTorrent doesn't only look good, featuring a pleasant and relaxing white and blue color scheme, but it proves easy to use whether we're talking about manually adding downloads or browsing through completed or ongoing downloads. You'll especially … Read more

BitTorrent review

A big improvement over previous releases, the new version of BitTorrent comes with a gorgeous interface and great performance. This is one of the best torrent apps around.

Pros

Beautiful minimal design: While many torrent apps are visually unappealing, BitTorrent catches the eye with its new streamlined and stylish looks. We love the round progress bars, the use of bright colors for buttons, and the different file icons that make it easier for you to selectively download the contents of a torrent.

Speedy: Downloading files with this app feels like you're really using all of your device's power … Read more

uTorrent review

If you're looking for a good BitTorrent client, try uTorrent. It has what other BitTorrent clients have, such as scheduling, bandwidth management, and Mainline DHT, plus extras like a unique protocol that detects and corrects for heavy traffic. Animated ads for games and other software keep uTorrent free, but the developer warns of counterfeits that charge for the software or subscriptions.

Pros

Easy to set up: The setup wizard can automatically add an exception for uTorrent in Windows Firewall, though you may have to configure uTorrent manually in other firewalls or security apps. We could set uTorrent to start … Read more

uTorrent for Mac review

uTorrent for Mac is a basic, free, and fast BitTorrent client that makes it easy for you to download torrent files. It's a bit thin on features, but it's lightweight and lets you download files hassle-free.

Pros

Fast and reliable: uTorrent for Mac downloads files much more quickly than other peer-to-peer file sharing applications that we have used in the past, such as the now-defunct Limewire, without limiting our ability to use our Internet connection with other applications. It's a bit stripped down in features compared to other popular clients such as Vuze (Azureus), but if ease … Read more

The 404 1,442: Where we're all mixed up (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Popcorn Time is just like Netflix, but everything is pirated.

- Polygon examines everything that went wrong with the "Street Fighter" movie.

- People are selling their organs on Facebook.

- In which Jeff attempts to explain cloud-gaming in Titanfall to Justin.… Read more

Oscar winner '12 Years a Slave' sees illegal downloads triple

The movie "12 Years a Slave" swept the Academy Awards on Sunday and apparently it's also now sweeping movie download sites. According to TorrentFreak, the number of people illegally sharing the movie tripled the day after it won the Oscar for best picture.

On Monday, the movie saw 100,000 more downloads that the usual amount, according to TorrentFreak. Reportedly, the downloads are being shared through BitTorrents.

It's not only "12 Years a Slave" that's experiencing massive downloads, the movie "Gravity" also saw double the downloads after it won seven Academy … Read more

BitTorrent: Bundle delivers joy, ready for spotlight

If BitTorrent has its way, you'll be paying for some torrented content before the end of the year thanks to the integration of BitTorrent Bundle technology into its desktop apps on Wednesday.

The updates to uTorrent version 3.4 available today, and BitTorrent version 7.9, available next week, include the Bundle technology support and a rapid-release cycle of around two weeks between updates.

To say that BitTorrent is bullish on the success of Bundle since it launched the gated content distribution program would be a gross understatement.

"I think it is as important as uTorrent Protocol," … Read more

Pirate Bay is free to sail through Holland's Internet once again

It appears that Dutch lawmakers are having a hard time keeping up with technology.

An appeals court in the Netherlands ruled on Tuesday that Internet providers no longer have to block IP addresses associated with The Pirate Bay, according to the Associated Press. The court made this decision because the blockade was apparently impossible to enforce as users would find new workarounds to get to the site.

"This blockade imposed a violation of the basic right to freedom of commercial activity of the providers with insufficient justification," the ruling said, according to the Associated Press. "It is … Read more

Does your ISP throttle BitTorrent traffic? Find out

Does your ISP interfere with your file-sharing traffic? Find out below.

File-sharing, made rapid and easy by software including BitTorrent, has exploded in use besides increased broadband penetration worldwide. It's important to remember that BitTorrent searches and BitTorrent clients -- such as uTorrent, BitTorrent and Tixati -- and the practice of file-sharing between computers is not an illegal one. However, ISPs have throttled speeds if BitTorrent clients are in use in the past for traffic management purposes, and more recently -- as many people use the software in order to obtain intellectual property-protected files, such as films, music and … Read more

'The Hobbit': The most-pirated movie of 2013

It appears that people into pirating movies on the Internet are fans of Middle-earth. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was deemed the most pirated movie on 2013 with 8.4 million downloads.

While getting hard numbers on pirated movies can be difficult -- given the illegality and anonymity of the practice -- TorrentFreak was able to put together a list of the world's 10 most pirated movies in 2013 based on "several sources," which includes download statistics from public BitTorrent trackers.… Read more