Put.io Fetches Content From Almost Everywhere And Brings It Together

Put.io Ever seen the movie The Rundown with Dwayne Johnson playing a retrieval expert? I think that was a great movie. A retrieval expert. What a nice job. Even better if you have someone to do it for you. On the Internet, you ain’t got no Dwayne Johnson. Here, you got Put.io. Put.io is your personal retrieval expert. Say Hello!

Let’s say you download a lot of stuff through different mediums. There’s bittorrent, rapidshare, podcasts, rss feed enclosures, file sharing with friends etcetera. Now imagine if all the content you require from all these different places land up in one single spot on the internet from where you can choose and download whatever you want. Don’t want to download? How about streaming the movie you just torrented? Better? Right.

That is exactly what put.io does. It fetches content from torrents, rapidshare, http, ftp, standard download websites and even scrapes out content from rss feeds and podcasts. You tell put.io what to download; it’s servers will download the file onto themselves and then you can either stream or download the media to your computer through normal http links. You can access and download your data to your computer/iPhone/Web based device anytime you want. You can also conventionally upload files from your computer. It’s like a middleman for fetching content, only this man has got many hands.

If you are fetching torrents with put.io, it’s good to know that after downloading, put.io will also seed it uptil ratio of 1:1, and for those interested to know, put.io is currently experimenting with their server side torrent client and mostly use different builds of Transmission and rTorrent. If you are fetching music, you can stream it right inside the browser. If it is video, you will need the DivX browser plugin (link provided on the video page) to stream the video in the browser. In case you prefer desktop streaming, you should be doing good, as a link for direct streaming via desktop players like VLC is also provided. Entire folders can be downloaded as zip files.

A Bittorrent Download

Put.io has also kicked in on the social aspect of the service. You can mark fellow users of the site as friends and then share files with them individually or with all of them. All it takes is a press of a button. Its servers are connected to the internet through Gigabit ports because of which they can fetch files faster than normal home connections their website says.

Sharing on Put.io

In case you are a media fanatic, you will need to get your fix as put.io has it’s own set of (lenient) limits. You will get a total of 50GB storage and 150GB of bandwidth. Any single file should not be over 20GB and if the servers are high on load, you will be limited to 3 simultaneous downloads (when fetching). Put.io will not extract any archive containing more than 500 files and as for private torrent trackers, not all of them are supported.

Video Player on Put.io

Put.io is currently in closed beta and you will need an invite to get in. Also, there are plans to take the service on a subscription based model where the user will have to pay to use the service. Certainly, after the beta period, put.io will become a paid-for service. So you better sign up now and reap the benefits for as long as they are available.

If you’re thinking This ship is going to sink in its own dockyardthat is something only time will tell. Sure it can be used for downloading copyrighted material and even used as a seedbox, but nonetheless, it is still a middleman*, or a retrieval expert. And as far as I know, retrieval experts are legal in USA ;) On a brighter note, Put.io assures to remove any infringing material from its servers as and when it gets a DMCA complaint.

So that’s all that Put.io is all about. Want in? Keep an eye on invites given away on Put.io’s Twitter.

*Copyright laws flummox me. I should be the last person to be asked about them. Thanks!

Download Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Preview With GPU Accelerated HTML5 Support

Today at MIX10, Microsoft unveiled the next generation of Internet Explorer browser, IE9. IE9 uses a new JavaScript engine called "Chakra" which has boosted it’s performance as compared to IE8 and browsers like 10.10 and Firefox 3.6, putting it behind Safari, and Opera 10.5.

IE9 Chakra JavaScript Performance

IE9 also supports   and CSS3, however, it falls way to shot in Acid3 tests scoring only 55/100 which is worse than most of the other browsers. IE9 supports GPU or hardware accelerated HTML5, which means that graphics and HTML5 videos will play much better on IE9 because it will utilize the graphics card for better performance.

ie9_preview_version

The IE blog has a much more detailed post on the new features in IE9. If you are interested, you can download a preview version of IE9 from here.

Download Hulu Videos Using Stream Transport

We had previously told you on how to download Hulu videos, however, Hulu is known to block applications which provide video downloads for their services.

Download Hulu Videos | Hulu Video Downloader

If the previous tools does not work for you, you can now try out a new tool to download Hulu videos called Stream Transport.

Stream Transport will allow you to download Hulu TV Shows or record the Hulu movies you are watching and save them to your computer. The downloaded files will be stored in FLV format, which you can play using any compatible player or a standalone desktop FLV player. If you use Windows Media Player, you can also use a codec to play FLV files in Windows Media Player.

The software comes with a in-built browser using which you can browse video sites, and also other regular websites. If a video is available for download you will see options to download it in the bottom pane.

Download Hulu Videos

To start the download click on the download link and hit the Download button, this will open up a new download window. You can download multiple Hulu videos at one and even pause and resume the downloads.

Stream Transport works pretty well on and supports both 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows.

Techie Buzz Verdict

In addition to downloading videos from Hulu.com, Stream Transport also allows you to download videos from , Google Video, MySpace, Yahoo! Video, CBS, MTV, Megavideo, Photobucket, Dailymotion, Veoh and Demand Five.

This makes it a comprehensive tool and makes it a worthwhile download. However, like I said earlier, don’t expect it to work with Hulu all the time and specially don’t expect this to work outside of US every time you use it.

If you are looking for other tools, you can use our site search to find software to download videos to your computer from different sites.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Download Stream Transport [via gHacks]

Download Thunderbird 3.1 "Lanikai" Beta 1

Thunderbird 3 left a lot to be desired, and many users who used it had lots of bad things to say about it. Many did say that Thunderbird 3 was probably a rushed project by Mozilla, however, the past is past and Mozilla has already begun to fix the problems in the new version, Thunderbird 3.1.

Thunderbird 3.1

Mozilla has released a new beta for Thunderbird 3.1, codenamed Lanikai Beta 1, which fixes around 100 bugs and improves performance for the email client.

Some of the major fixes includes:

  • Fixes to improve upgrading from Thunderbird 2
  • Fixes for auto complete, tabs and activity manager
  • Design improvements and corrections to the interface
  • Stability and memory improvements

You can view a list of the full list of bugs that were fixed here. Lanikai Beta 1 has also dropped support for Windows 95, 98, ME and NT and Mac OS X versions prior to 10.4 Tiger. You can find more information about the changes in the Thunderbird 3.1 Beta 1 release here.

Thunderbird 3.1 Beta 1 is available as a download for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can find and download the appropriate version for your OS from here.

[via gHacks]

Use Foobar to Combine Firefox Address and Search Boxes

Google Chrome has become one of the most widely used web browsers within a short span of time. One of its many user-friendly features is that the address box also doubles as a search box. For those of us who unfailingly type in a search command into the address bar of a browser by mistake, this feature is nothing short of a life-saver!   However, all the Firefox loyalists out there needn’t feel left out. With Foobar safely installed, you can now have the benefit of integrating Firefox’s address and search boxes, combining them into one functional box!

Once you install this add-on, every time you type in anything other than a valid URL, (an address having HTTP, FTP or ABOUT), your address bar functions like a search box and you are also given a list of possible choices to select from. Typing in a recognized address, on the other hand, takes you directly to that page. Very handy, right?

Moreover, when using the address box for searches, you also get to choose the search engine to be used. The featured search engines include Google, Yahoo, Amazon and Wikipedia among others. Thus, you experience great flexibility along with dual functionality!

Foobar has the capacity to easily become one of those extensions that you grow so used to that you take them for granted. It is simple, yet rather appealing in its effectiveness. I would highly recommend it to all Firefox users!

Download Portable Opera 10.5

recently released the Opera 10.5, the fastest browser on earth. If you are someone who lives out of a USB stick, you do not need to download and install the Windows version. Previously mentioned Portable Opera, have released a new standalone version of Opera 10.5 which you can run from a USB drive.

opera_10_5_portable

If you have already been using an earlier version of Opera Portable, you can also download an updater, which will update your current install to Opera 10.5.

The portable version can also be used to try out Opera 10.5 without having to actually install it on your system. Either ways, I highly recommend Opera 10.5 to users as it is definitely the fastest browser available today.

Download Opera 10.5 for USB [via Download Squad]

Download Yahoo Messenger 10 (10.0.0.1241)

The team has released a new update to YM 10 (v10.0.0.1241) with bug fixes and other stability updates.

Yahoo Messenger 10

The major change in Yahoo Messenger 10 enhances the stability and performance of the new video call feature, it also improves the video calling features on PCs which run .

Other than the above changes no other change log is available right now. If you have never used Yahoo Messenger 10, you can visit our earlier review of YM 10.

If you are looking to download the direct/standalone installer of Yahoo Messenger 10, visit this link (.exe file download will begin). If you prefer to use the web installer you can download YM 10 from here.

10.3% Service Tax For Games, Music And Software Downloads In India

Get ready to shell more for Game and software downloads from foreign publishers in India. According to a new clause in the 2010 Budget, users will have to shell out 10.3% service tax when they download, games, music or software from a foreign supplier.

Service Tax on Downloads in India

The 10.3% service tax will be applicable for downloads on both your personal computer and mobile, even if you download the game or software for personal use. Earlier, downloads were taxable only if you downloaded content to further resell it to someone else.

Mr N.R. Badrinath, a partner with a consulting firm Accretive Business Consulting, told Business Line that in case of downloads made available by foreign suppliers, under the reverse charge principle’ the person downloading such software in India would need to pay the service tax at 10.3 per cent.

This means that even an individual downloading software for personal use would need to pay the service tax, seek registration under the service tax provisions and also file the statutory returns thereafter.

Non-compliance with the provisions could trigger interest and penalty. This amendment brought in with respect to information technology software services will create a lot of hardships,Mr Badrinath said.

This is definitely bad news for people who used online means to download software which are not available off-the-shelf in India, and will further piracy problems which publishers have been facing in India.

However, a relief comes from the fact that software created by foreign publishers available off-the-shelf in retail stores will not come under the purview of the new taxes and will continue to attract only custom duty of 8.24%.

Another problem right now as I can see is that, there is no clear instructions on who this service tax will be applied and whether foreign publishers will have to add it to the cost of the product itself. I will try and update on the situation once I get more information about it, but one thing is for sure that this is definitely going to increase piracy in India and cause more headaches to software publishers. On the other hand, this could also mean that more and more publishers would want to start selling their software or games through retail stores, rather than having to burden users with additional charges.

[The Hindu Business Line via Tech Raga]

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Download Skype 3.0 For Windows Mobile

Skype has officially decided to remove support for Windows Mobile 6.5 in anticipation of rolling out a client for Windows Phone 7, however, if you want to download the Skype 3.0 Client for Windows Mobile, we have you covered.

Skype for Windows Mobile

You can download Skype 3.0 for Windows Mobile to your PC or directly to your device by visiting http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/windowsmobile/. If you are not able to download Skype 3.0 from the above URL, Ask the Admin has a file hosted on their servers, which you can download from here.

So, head over to the above mentioned sites and have fun Skyping with your friends or talking to them using VoIP.

Firefox 3.6 Download, Released Today

After a long wait, Firefox 3.6 is finally out following a series of test releases.Firefox 3.6 brings new and awesome features to the already feature rich browser. This gives us all the more reason to use Firefox.

We have done a complete round-up of Firefox features and release of the version 3.6. You can see a video detailing new features of Firefox 3.6 in this post.

Firefox 3.6 has support for full-screen video and personas integrated into the official build. It also has an improved stability and warns users about out of date plugins. Some details on the new and improved features of Firefox 3.6 can be found at this post on Firefox 3.6 beta review and this post. A new and unexpected feature which makes installing add-ons more fun is found at this post.

Using Firefox is all about tweaks and mods. If you want to tweak your Firefox 3.6 to get the most out of it, you can refer to some of the posts on tweaking tabs and disable taskbar preview.

The download is provided on both ftp and http download.

FTP download is available at this Mozilla page.

HTTP download can be found at this Official Download page.