Sprint quietly launched the Express on Friday, a new $20 Android smartphone manufactured by Huawei. The device runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and features a 2.6-inch display with a 320 x 240-pixel resolution, a full QWERTY keyboard, 512MB of RAM, a 1,600 mAh battery, a microSD slow for up to 32GB of storage, a 3.2-megapixel camera and the ability to share its 3G connection via a mobile hotspot feature. The Express is available now for $20 with a new two-year Sprint contract. More →
It looks as though software developer James Laird has opened Pandora’s box for Apple’s AirPlay music streaming system. Frustrated by the fact that an AirPort Express emulator did not exist, Laird began to look for a solution that would allow him to stream iTunes music without the use of AirPlay. “I was disappointed to find that Apple used a public-key crypto scheme, and there’s a private key hiding inside the ApEx [Airport Extreme],” wrote Laird. “So I took it apart (I still have scars from opening the glued case!), dumped the ROM, and reverse engineered the keys out of it.” Laird has published the private key in an open source software project dubbed ShairPort (clever). The software, which is built in Perl and C, will allow users to stream iTunes content to hardware and software designed to talk to ShairPort. Apple has opened up its AirPlay system to third-parties in recent months, but this blows the doors wide open for all those looking to circumvent that red tape-filled process. More →
Is today Black Tuesday? We don’t typically run deal news here on BGR but this morning we had info two pretty solid offers hit the old inbox and we wanted to let you guys know about them. First off, if a new GPS navigation unit is on your holiday list this year, waiting for Black Friday to roll around might not be the smart play. Today, for one day only, you can get the Dash Express GPS unit for $199.99 – a full $100 off the regular price. Sure, it’s not as sweet as getting one for free like our pal Richard did but it’s still a good deal for sure. Next up is an awesome free offer, also good for today only. CrossOver, an incredibly useful piece of software from CodeWeavers, is available free for everyone! For those unfamiliar with the program, CrossOver allows you to run Windows apps on a Mac or Linux box without the need for a more cumbersome virtual machine installation. Sweet! As you can imagine, the CodeWeavers site is getting hammered right now so don’t go crazy if it takes a while to get your download and free serial.
Richard! Congrats buddy, you’ll be dodging traffic and reading your friends’ tweets on the go (not while driving though, we hope) before you know it. Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner but things have been pretty busy here at BGR HQ. Don’t worry, we’ll have some exciting new stuff for you before you know it. In the meantime, a big thanks is in order to everyone who entered the contest and to Dash for showing BGR readers some well-deserved love. Congrats again to Richard to everyone else who entered, don’t worry if you weren’t the lucky winner this time around. You know your pals here at BGR will have plenty more gear coming your way before you know it.