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FireChat: An App That Allows You To Communicate Without An Internet Connection

FireChat is an iOS and Android app that enables smartphone users to chat even without a cellular or internet connection. That’s why it bills itself as an “off-the-grid” messaging app. FireChat is being used by the protesters in Hong Kong, to ensure that they can continue to communicatte if the Internet is blocked. It can …

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Two Projects Aim To Decentralize The Internet

Here are two ambitious projects that aim to create a decentralized internet: Bitcloud: A group of Bitcoin developers want to create a decentralized internet, where peers are compensated for their contributions MaidSafe: A Scottish company has been developing a decentralized file storage system for the last eight years

Decentralized & Transparent Tools

I’m currently researching technologies that are decentralized and/or transparent. They are not prone to censorship, and mostly free of the whims of profit. Some or all of these tools may be flawed, but what is important for me, is that they are working examples of decentralization and transparency. These tools are decentralized: Bitcoin (digital cash) …

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User-Empowering Software I’m Currently Researching

I’m currently researching: Twister: A fully decentralized P2P microblogging platform that uses the free software implementations of Bitcoin and BitTorrent protocols. See also this news story on Twister. YaYc: A decentralized web search application Peercoin: A cryptocurrency that claims to be more secure than Bitcoin, and to “reward users in more sustainable ways” Marble: An open source …

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How To Download Media On iPhones and iPads

Apple devices are quite restricted, making downloading media difficult. For example, there are no Torrent or Usenet apps available. However there are some ways to obtain media easily: Get a Easynews subscription. Easynews provides a web interface to the Usenet, with search capabilities (if you don’t know what the Usenet is, see our previous article). You …

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How To Share Files Privately Using BitTorrent and Usenet

In this article, I’ll summarize how to share files privately, without being spied upon. I’ll cover two file sharing networks — Bittorrent and the Usenet. The Usenet tends to have faster downloads, until you get a good download/upload ratio on Bittorrent (if you don’t know what the Usenet is, please see this article). Using BitTorrent …

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PlexPass: Easily Stream or Download Your Media Collection While Mobile

PlexPass

Plex is a very important app in my Portable Hyperfluous Computing System (more about this System in a later article). Plex allows you to access your personal media on every device you own. It converts and streams videos and music on-the-fly, to make them optimized for the device you are using. It is similar to …

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