Review: Western Digital My Book Live

By on February 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM.

Review: Western Digital My Book Live

We live in an era of connected devices, be it smartphones, tablets, PCs and even televisions. However, the problem is that cloud storage has not been fully realized due to a myriad of issues. Here is where local cloud paradigms come in. People who want the connected experience in their households can purchase these Network Storage Devices (NSDs) and hook them up with their local Wi-Fi connections and setup their local cloud, where all the devices in the household have access to NSD. The Western Digital My Book Live is one of the most popular NSDs on the market and it works well across a wide array of devices. Let's see if it’s the perfect storage medium for your personal cloud. More →
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Apple’s AirPlay private key discovered, revealed

By on April 11, 2011 at 7:09 AM.

Apple’s AirPlay private key discovered, revealed

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 →

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