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Usenet and usenet industry news collected here. Articles are listed in reverse chronological order.

Giganews Series on VPNs and Logging


Many USENET users are likely VPN users, as well. Given that both groups of people tend to be rather conscious about privacy issues, many of them likely contract both services, possibly from the same provider. Giganews is releasing a series of articles entitled “7 Myths Debunked” as part of its Take Back Your Internet website. […]

Newsbin Review


Newsbin is one of the most well-known and heavily used binary downloaders for the USENET system. It is advanced, flexible and has been under continuous development for many years. Its features and overall power reflect this, and it’s one of the best options out there for advanced USENET users and for novice users who really […]

HummingBoard HTPC


If you’ve been using Raspberry Pi as your home theater PC, you might want to take a look at a new product on the market, HummingBoard. It’s built by SolidRun and is capable of supporting several different open source operating systems, including Ubuntu, Android and XBMC, among others. When you take a look at it, […]

Popcorn Time Review


Popcorn Time works with bit torrent, allowing users to stream movies in much the same fashion—or at least using a similar interface—as they would using a subscription movie service. There are currently several different forks of this program available on GitHub, including versions that include extensions for Firefox, Chrome and Smart TV devices. There are […]

NewsgroupDirect Review


NewsgroupDirect is an older and well respected Usenet provider that offers good retention, article completion and above average customer support. They have an excellent free trial option for new users. They also have an Unlimited plan that comes with online storage—also unlimited—and options for block accounts. The block accounts never expire and never auto renew. […]

FileFactory Review


FileFactory is a file sharing service that also offers USENET access. The basic service comes with unlimited downloads, 100TB of TrafficShare—a service that allows you to let other downloaders access your files—and a resume feature. The resume feature will pick up downloads if they happen to get dropped before they complete. The basic service costs […]

FCC to Make a Decision on Net Neutrality


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will finish taking the first round of comments on its proposal to regulate the Internet on Friday, July 18. People wanting to leave a comment, however, can still leave one until September. The decision the FCC has to make has become very controversial because it will affect how Internet service […]

Home of NZB Review


Home of NZB is a new indexer that’s completely free. It’s compatible with the most popular PVR and download managers out there. The interface is certainly nice, serving up appropriate thumbnails for all the content that’s recently been indexed. There’s an extensive log section on the site that allows you to take a look at […]

Wambles Review


Wambles is a new NZB indexer. It runs on Newznab. The site has some great features on it, such as a most-recently indexed page that lets you see the latest things that have been added to USENET. Categories are nicely broken down so that you can easily browse through listings if you don’t know what […]

XDM Review


XDM stands for eXtendable Download Manager. The program is based in the Python language and is designed to offer a way to organize your media. It works with plugins, allowing you to expand its capabilities quite a lot. The plugins provide ways to handle television shows, movies, books, games, music and other media. The most […]