Latest Top 10 Torrent Search Engines

Recently Demonoid was subject to a DDOS attack that crippled the site. This followed by a police raid has potentially shut the doors on Demonoid forever, sniff sniff. It’s because of this I have been asked by a few people where do I go now, what do you use? I actually didn’t have much of an answer as I had been strictly using Demonoid for a while. I wrote a post a while back about Tribler, which eliminates the need for an actual website that all current torrent search engines use. When I originally wrote the post it was fairly new and had a smaller following. Since then it has picked up steam and I think now is the time for Tribler. That being said I will still give you an updated list for the current top ten torrent search engines as reported by Torrent Freak. If you have a torrent search engine that you love to use and it’s not mentioned below, please drop a comment about it. -Greg

Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2012

 

1. The Pirate Bay

 

The Pirate Bay is probably the best known BitTorrent brand on the Internet. The site was founded in 2003 and is still expanding, despite the various legal troubles and blockades that were designed to hurt the site in recent years. The Pirate Bay currently has close to 2 billion page views a month.

 

Alexa Rank: 78 / Compete Rank: 577 / Last year #1

 

2. Torrentz

 

Torrentz has been the leading BitTorrent meta-search engine for years. Unlike the other sites featured in the list Torrentz does not host any torrent files, it merely redirects visitors to other places on the web.

 

Alexa Rank: 142 / Compete Rank: 1.053 / Last year #2

 

3. KickassTorrents

 

Founded in 2009, KickassTorrents is one of the youngest sites in the list, and this year it moved up to the top 3. Responding to the increasing worries about domain seizures, the site moved from its kickasstorrents.com domain to kat.ph a few months ago. The site continues to innovate and release new features every other week.

 

Alexa Rank: 257 / Compete Rank: 1,165 / Last year #4

 

4. IsoHunt

 

In 2010 isoHunt became the first search engine forced to implement a keyword filterprovided by the MPAA. Despite this setback, isoHunt continues to be listed among the top torrent sites. In 2012, isoHunt hopes to get rid of the filter through the Appeals Court.

 

Alexa Rank: 259 / Compete Rank: 1,153 / Last year #3

 

5. BTjunkie

 

BTjunkie had to deal with a setback a few months ago when the site was blocked in Italy following a court order. In response to the block, the site’s owners launched an ad-free proxy site for Italians only. Just as last year, BTjunkie settles in fifth place.

 

Alexa Rank: 385 / Compete Rank: 802 / Last year #5

 

6. ExtraTorrent

 

ExtraTorrent is one of those robust torrent indexes that doesn’t make the news very often. Compared to last year the site has moved up a spot and is now the 6th most popular torrent venue.

 

Alexa Rank: 446 / Compete Rank: 1,574 / Last year #7

 

7. Demonoid

 

The semi-private tracker continues to attract a massive audience, also on the new .me domain name. Behind the scenes the site’s owners are working on a new and improvedlook.

 

Alexa Rank: 455 / Compete Rank: 2,397 / Last year #6

 

8. EZTV

 

Unlike the other sites in the top 10, TV-torrent distribution group EZTV is a niche site specializing in TV content only. Despite its fair share of downtime this year, EZTV has managed to get a spot in the top 10 for the first time in its six year existence.

 

Alexa Rank: 1,151 / Compete Rank: 13,647 / Last year #na

 

9. Bitsnoop

 

BitSnoop is another newcomer that gained a large audience this year. This didn’t go unnoticed by the RIAA, who filed a complaint at the U.S. District Court of Columbia andobtained a subpoena to reveal the identity of BitSnoop’s owner a few months ago.

 

Alexa Rank: 1,415 / Compete Rank: 5,242 / Last year #na

 

10. 1337x

 

1337x is also new to the top 10, and focuses more on the community aspect than some competitors. The site’s owners say they started 1337x to “fill an apparent void where it seemed there was a lack of quality conscience ad free torrent sites with public trackers.” Its 10th place this year proves that they’re getting the success formula right.


Samsung’s Galaxy S III – The Beast

Samsung’s Galaxy S III has really stood out this year as an enormous heavyweight in this new sport of the smart phone battle. AT&T’s new LTE network, 2GB of memory, 2100mAh battery, and WiFi channel bonding help to make Samsung’s flagship a beast in the ring. I’ve had AT&T’s Galaxy S III over a week now and not only am I impressed, but I keep finding more features to extend that wow factor. I’ll start with the official stats and follow up with more detailed remarks in areas that stood out to me more.
Specs:
  • 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280 x 720)
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Dimensions: 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU
  • Weight: 4.73 ounces
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • Up to 64GB expandable memory (microSD)
  • 2100mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • MicroUSB
  • 4G LTE / HSPA+
  • 8MP Camera w/ LED Flash (4x zoom)
  • 1.9MP Front-facing camera
  • NFC S Beam capable
  • Front Notification LED

LTE speeds have been pretty good, overall around 30+ Mbps down and 6+Mbps up. I’ve noticed slower speeds in some areas versus others. This is to be expected due to network saturation and incomplete LTE network coverage.  I’m wondering if this will begin to slow once the AT&T LTE market is more saturated in general in the Saint Louis area.

Physical appearance is very slick, I think the smooth lines and slight curves on the length of the phone and a sweet sophisticated look. The weight and balance of the phone keep it from feeling to overwhelming and makes it very comfortable in my hand. I am very big on keeping the slenderness of today’s phones by not adding some ridiculous bulky case to the  phone. I want to enjoy that thin light form that Samsung designed. I’ve noticed in 4 short days I had the phone without a case, the back held out from being scratched at all. I think this is largely due to the use of polycarbonate for the case rather than just plain plastic. Plastic cases scratch pretty quickly even from the most subtle of abrasive surfaces. I have since grabbed Rearth’s “Ringke Slim Lite” case which has added that extra protection from scratching and short drops without all the bulk.

Battery life has done very well overall. The 2100mAh battery has kept up with my constant use throughout the day with only placing back on charge before bed. My typical daily use consists of listening to Google Music on the way to work about 20 – 30 minutes, listening to 1 or 2 podcasts at work over Bluetooth headphones, checking Facebook, Twitter, sending texts, phone call or 2, checking voice mail, watching a YouTube video or 2,  downloading and or updating apps, listening to more streaming music over Bluetooth headphones and even more music on the way home. This would put me around the 30% (I know thanks to Samsung including the battery percentage optional display in TouchWiz) mark by the time I get home. Granted this is not everyday, but you can get a good idea of how well the battery holds up. Oh by the way, I work an average 10-12 hour day.

The camera takes great pictures at 8MP it’s nearly the same as most at this level with crisp pictures. The video is no slouch capable of the nearly standard 1080P. What I really want to point out is the speed in which you can snap off pictures. I compared against the original Galaxy S and was able to snap off 5 pictures before 1 was completed on the Galaxy S. Shooting mode “burst shot” will capture up to 20 shots in only a short moment. Turn on “best shot” within the burst mode to capture the best shot of a few on every photo you take. You can also take stills while shooting video footage. Keep in mind that both of these are done without any 3rd party apps.

The software or OS side of things prove to be very slick and more fluid than the previous generations (I’ve had AT&T GS1 and GS2). The dual-core CPU and 2GB of memory have come together and made a great user experience. Swiping through home screens, opening apps, and menus are like they should be; fluid. Samsung has added a quite a few nifty features to really ease the use and make the Galaxy S III stand out.

  • WiFi Channel bonding – When connected to a WiFi connection the Galaxy S III can bond 2 channels together doubling the connection path/speeds.
  • Side Palm Screenshot – You can swipe the side of your palm across the screen at anytime and take an instant screenshot. No root required.
  • Pop-up Play video – While watching a video you can press a button and have the video play in a separate window on top of anything else you doing. This means you can watch a video and continue writing a text, surfing Facebook, or whatever else you want to do. Now that’s multitaksing.

    Yellow Highlights the Video

  • Live Video Thumbnails – When looking at the thumbnails of the videos you have on your phone each video actually plays live at the same time. Yeah pretty cool.

    These are actually Playing (on the phone)

I’ve really only scratched the surface of the Galaxy S III, but I’ve tried to point out the things that have really stood out to me over the past versions. Samsung’s flagship is not to be taken lightly and at present I know of quite a few Blackberry and iPhone users either making the switch or contemplating it. I think for anyone ready for a new phone regardless of what platform (or even what carrier, as it’s out on the big 4 plus US Cellular) your on, the Galaxy S III is no doubt a very easy decision. I want to also mention that everything I have talked about has been used or tested on completely stock Galaxy S III, no root, and no 3rd party apps were used (except to run the speed tests). I think I’ll finish up this review for now with a “well played Samsung, well played.” -Greg

HTC One S – A Real Contender

For starters you need to consider what I came from (HTC HD2 w/ Winmo 6.5) which was a huge misstep by HTC the hardware was awesome but it was held back by an outdated OS. Fast forward 2 years and now comes the ONE S again top of the line hardware but this time HTC gets it right by pairing it with the latest Android 4.0 ICS.

Things I like about this ONE (pun intended) it’s fast and I mean really FAST. The dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon will make your head spin, even though its a little handicapped with just 1GB of RAM (should have been 2GB IMO), as a mid range user I’ve seen no lag regardless of what’s running. The screen may not be the best on the market but after doing some comparisons with the naked eye you’d be hard pressed to tell a difference in resolution. The size of the screen however is not on par with where the market seems to be headed, at 4.3″ (what I would have considered the industry standard) it falls behind It’s competitors namely its sister the ONE X (4.7″), and the latest Samsung GSIII (4.8″). I wouldn’t call it a deal breaker because chances are if you really were shopping for or in need of a larger screen you already own a tablet.

The ever so light feel of the phone is a little scary, being so light and thin it comes off as extremely fragile but trust me it isn’t (wife already dropped hers on the concrete patio without scratch) but you may want to add a gel skin or hard case just to give a more substantial feel to it. The only criticisms I’ll make in addition to the RAM are ones that you will see in every review and every comparison namely no SD slot and the integrated battery, while the lack of a memory card slot is disturbing having 16GB on-board and 25GB of cloud do take the sting away but as to the battery all I can say is WTF. To make a long story short I absolutely love this phone and am glad to see HTC back in the ring with a real contender. – Robert

Project Glass: Live Demo At Google I/O

I know it has been quite a while since my last post and although this one won’t be a long write, it is guaranteed to be a great watch. This is only a snip it from day 1 of the 2012 Google I/O. The video is a demo of Project Glass or Google Glass and its freaking awesome!! This is my kind of demo!!! -Greg

Samsung Unpacked 2012 | Replayed

I’ve tracked down the video from the Samsung Unpacked 2012 event. I’ve replaced the commercial and placed the video below.

 

Samsung Galaxy SIII

So the Samsung “Unpacked” event has come and gave us a unbelievable amount of new features to absorb with the announcement of the latest edition to their flagship phone, The Galaxy SIII. Some of the most notable features; Wi-Fi Channel Bonding which doubles the Wi-Fi bandwidth. Wireless charging, yeah that’s right no wires needed to charge this guy (once you get the wireless charging kit).  ”Smart Stay” using the front-facing camera the phone can track you eye movement to see if your looking at it and will keep the phone lit.  ”S Beam” which takes Android Beam to another level, “allowing a 1GB movie file to be shared within three minutes and a 10MB music file within two seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal.” Pop up play allows you to layer a playing video on top of whatever else your doing and manipulate it around so that you can text or surf the web while still watching the video. Availability will be end of May for Europe and June for the rest of us. I’ll leave you with the official press release. Well played Samsung, well played. -Greg

 

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S III, the Smartphone

Designed for Humans and Inspired by Nature

 

Effortlessly smart and intuitively simple,

Samsung GALAXY S III reveals a new concept of smartphone

 

 

London, UK–May 3, 2012–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced today the third generation GALAXY S, the GALAXY S III. Designed for humans and inspired by nature, the GALAXY S III is a smartphone that recognizes your voice, understands your intention, and lets you share a moment instantly and easily.

 

This sleek and innovative smartphone has the enhanced intelligence to make everyday life easier. With Samsung GALAXY S III, you can view the content like never before on the device’s 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display. An 8MP camera and a 1.9MP front camera offer users a variety of intelligent camera features and face recognition related options that ensure all moments are captured easily and instantly. Samsung GALAXY S III is powered by Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, with greatly enhanced usability and practicality to make life easier. Packed with intuitive technology, the GALAXY S III delivers a uniquely personalized mobile experience that refuses to be compromised.

 

“With the GALAXY S III, Samsung has maximized the consumer benefits by integrating superior hardware with enhanced smartphone usability,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Designed to be both effortlessly smart and intuitively simple, the GALAXY S III has been created with our human needs and capabilities in mind. What makes me most proud is that it enables one of the most seamless, natural and human-centric mobile experiences, opening up a new horizon that allows you to live a life extraordinary.”

 

 

Introducing Natural Interaction

 

The GALAXY S III enhances the interaction experience between the device and user. Smart enough to detect your face, voice and motions, the GALAXY S III adapts to the individual user to provide a more convenient and natural experience. With the innovative ‘Smart stay’ feature, the GALAXY S III recognizes how you are using your phone – reading an e-book or browsing the web for instance – by having the front camera identify your eyes; the phone maintains a bright display for continued viewing pleasure.

 

The GALAXY S III features ‘S Voice,’ the advanced natural language user interface, to listen and respond to your words. In addition to allowing information search and basic device-user communication, S Voice presents powerful functions in regards to device control and commands. When your phone alarm goes off but you need a little extra rest, just tell the GALAXY S III “snooze.” You can also use S Voice to play your favorite songs, turn the volume up or down, send text messages and emails, organize your schedules, or automatically launch the camera and capture a photo.

 

In addition to recognizing your face and voice, the GALAXY S III understands your motions to offer maximized usability. If you are messaging someone but decide to call them instead, simply lift your phone to your ear and ‘Direct call’ will dial their number. With ‘Smart alert,’ the GALAXY S III will also save you from trouble by catching any missed messages or calls; your phone will vibrate to notify missed statuses when picked up after being idle.

 

 

Easy and Instant Sharing

 

The Samsung GALAXY S III is more than a personal device that can be enjoyed by one user – it wants you to share and experience smartphone benefits with family and friends, regardless of where you are. With the new ‘S Beam,’ the GALAXY S III expands upon Android™ Beam™, allowing a 1GB movie file to be shared within three minutes and a 10MB music file within two seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. The ‘Buddy photo share’ function also allows photos to be easily and simultaneously shared with all your friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.

 

With ‘AllShare Cast’, users can wirelessly connect their GALAXY S III to their television to immediately transfer smartphone content onto a larger display. ‘AllShare Play’ can be also used to instantly share any forms of files between GALAXY S III and your tablet, PC, and televisions regardless of the distance between the devices. Under AllShare Play is also the ‘Group Cast’ feature that allows you to share your screen among multiple friends on the same Wi-Fi network; you can make comments and draw changes at the same time with your co-workers, witnessing real-time sharing on your individual device.

 

 

Human-centric Design with Uncompromised Performance

 

The GALAXY S III not only presents features with enhanced usability, but also provides an ergonomic and comfortable experience through its human-centric design. Its comfortable grip, gentle curves, and organic form deliver a rich human-centric feel and design. Inspired by nature, its design concept is the flow and movement of nature. The elements of wind, water and light are all evoked in the physical construct of the GALAXY S III. In its essence, the minimal organic design identity is reflected in the smooth and non-linear lines of the device. Available in Pebble Blue and Marble White at launch, Samsung will introduce a variety of additional color options.

 

With a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display, the GALAXY S III offers a large and vivid viewing experience. Samsung Mobile’s heritage Super AMOLED display even enhances to HD and 16:9 wider viewing angles. To ensure faster content sharing and connectivity, the GALAXY S III offers Wi-Fi Channel Bonding which doubles the Wi-Fi bandwidth.

 

The GALAXY S III also sports a range of additional features that boost performance and the overall user experience in entirely new ways. It introduces ‘Pop up play,’ a feature that allows you to play a video anywhere on your screen while simultaneously running other tasks, eliminating the need to close and restart videos when checking new emails or surfing the Web. Its 8MP camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that lets you capture moving objects easily without delay – the image you see is the picture you take. With the ‘Burst shot’ function that instantly captures twenty continuous shots, and the ‘Best photo’ feature that selects the best of eight photographs for you, the GALAXY S III ensures users a more enhanced and memorable camera experience. HD video can be recorded even with the 1.9MP front-facing camera, which you can use to capture a video of yourself. Improved backside illumination further helps to eliminate blur in photos that result from shaking, even under low lights.

 

Mobile payment is also accessible with the device through advanced Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The gaming experience is enhanced through ‘Game Hub,’ providing access to numerous social games, while Video Hub brings users high quality TV and movies. Furthermore, Samsung Music Hub will offer a personal music streaming service. Game Hub, Video Hub and Music Hub will be introduced in select countries initially and soon rolled out to global markets.

 

The Samsung GALAXY S III will be available from the end of May in Europe before rolling out to other markets globally.

 

For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com.

Official ICS build for AT&T’s GS2 Leaked!

Android 4.0Yesterday an official ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0) build for AT&T’s Galaxy S2, (non-LTE) was leaked to the public. The build was quickly ready for an Odin flash thanks to the people at RootzWiki. I was able to download and install Samsung Kies (for the Windows drivers) in moments. Then I downloaded Odin from RootzWiki and began pushing it out to my GS2. I have to say the process, as always, was pretty straight forward. I’ll run through the process and possible issues in a moment. Once completed the process I had my GS2 running the sweet ICS we’ve all looked forward too! The OS does have TouchWiz running on top; however it is so clean that as in previous version it blends very well. I did run a few speed tests following my flash to ICS and was averaging around 7000kbps down and 1000kbps up. Prior to the upgrade I had averaged around 3500kbps down. I think that shows a dramatic increase in speeds. So far the only issue I have found is with the alarm clock and the ability to schedule it for different days. I’m assuming this will be fixed before the its officially released. I was able to fix it by just installing a separate alarm clock app. I don’t have very much more input yet as I haven’t messed with it much more. I look forward to playing with it a lot more and playing with all the awesome features that the latest Android version has to offer. – Greg

NOTE: The following is for the US AT&T Galaxy S2 i777 (not the Skyrocket LTE)

Downloads:
Kies – http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/
Odin – http://www.ponack.net/designgears/leaks/I777UCLC2_RootWiki.exe

  1. Install Kies if you have not already, this will make sure you have the most current installed drivers for your Galaxy S2.
  2. Reboot your phone into download mode.
    a. Turn phone off
    b. Hold down volume up and volume down and press the power button
    c. Press volume up to enter download mode
  3. Connect your phone to your PC via the USB
  4. Start Odin OneClick
  5. Once you see Odin has recognized a device press “Start”
  6. Let this run until you see it has finished and the phone will reboot.
  7. Enjoy Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

If you run into any issues while this is running, errors, or it just hangs for longer than 30 minutes. Unplug the phone, close Odin, plug the phone back in, run Odin and click “start” again.

 

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