BitTorrent wants to make one-off file sharing across local networks as well as the internet easier with a new tool that aims to take on Apple’s AirDrop.
When you think of online sharing, you think about sharing your files with other people. Apple’s iOS and OS X updates will show you how easy it is to to share with your other devices.
It’s easier to explain what AirDrop is by first explaining what it isn’t. It’s not Dropbox, with which it is often compared. It is not a replacement for file sharing services across the Internet. It’s more like a close range transporter (Star Trek-style) for files.
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The upcoming OS X Lion will include a new way of sharing documents with friends and family who are on the same Wi-Fi network in a similar manner as other P2P wireless protocols such as Wi-Fi Direct or Qualcomm’s FlashLinq. The service is called AirDrop.