WiFi Direct enables wireless connections without router or hotspot

The WiFi Alliance announced a new wireless networking specification which will enable devices to establish simple peer-to-peer wireless connections without the need for a wireless router or hotspot. WiFi Direct has a wide

Published on: October 16th, 2009 Tony Bradley

Four P2P apps that let you share files privately and securely

Stephane Herry says that he founded his private file-sharing network GigaTribe out of frustration at not being able to share files with his friends on Kazaa. Every time he searched for a file

Published on: July 14th, 2009 Jackson West

Woman appeals ‘monstrous’ $1.92 million fine in copyright case

The woman ordered to pay $1.92 million in fines for illegally distributing 24 copyrighted songs said she will appeal, and called the June 18 jury verdict "excessive, shocking and monstrous." In a 13-page

Published on: July 10th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

All network traffic is created equal, experts to tell CRTC

Advocates for an open Internet where all network traffic is treated equally are hoping a bevy of experts will convince the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) of this in an appearance this

Published on: July 8th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Some small Canadian ISPs say traffic throttling is necessary

Some smaller Canadian Internet service providers (ISPs) are concerned about their ability to maintain service levels if the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) upholds Net neutrality by banning the ability to throttle

Published on: March 5th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Traffic throttling by Canadian ISPs not required, experts tell CRTC

Canada's Internet service providers (ISPs) have no reason to throttle peer-to-peer (p2p) traffic and can use other network management techniques that have minimal end-user repercussions instead, according to top Internet experts.Net neutrality advocates

Published on: February 27th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Interview with a pirate – The Pirate Bay breaks media silence

The Pirate Bay (TPB), one of the world's biggest torrent tracker sites, found itself embroiled in controversy last month, when a link to a torrent containing photographs of a grisly child murder in

Published on: October 16th, 2008 Sumner Lemon

Usenet

Over the last few years, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other organizations looking to eliminate the illegal swapping of digital media files have attacked the problem through the courts, publicity

Published on: October 7th, 2008 David DeJean

Throttling P2P traffic is shortsighted, experts say

Throttling is a short-sighted strategy to deal with peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic congestion, computer science experts say. Instead, they say, a new model for file sharing on P2P networks would not only result in

Published on: August 22nd, 2008 Brian Jackson

It’s our network and we’ll throttle if we want to: Bell

Throttling peer-to-peer (p2p) traffic is needed to avoid a clogged network and slow speeds and any order stopping the practice could harm the Canadian telecom sector, Bell Canada says.The company filed its final

Published on: July 15th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Controversy over “traffic throttling” by Canadian ISPs heats up

The ongoing controversy over traffic shaping by leading facilities-based Canadian ISPs has intensified with more high-profile groups speaking out on the issue. The Campaign for Democratic Media (CDM) has called upon the Canadian

Published on: July 8th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Free and Cheap software that delivers great results

People say the best things in life are free. That certainly includes software capable of doing just about everything that major commercial applications can do. We've found 15 "giant killers" that compete well

Published on: March 22nd, 2008 Ron White

Skype outage brings home importance of having a backup

As more than 220 million Skype users let out a collective sigh of relief when the service came back from the dead, communication experts couldn't help but hammer on the importance of having

Published on: August 21st, 2007 Nestor Arellano