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postheadericon Google Play Movies Expands Streaming HD Video Content to More Regions

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Google Play Movies

Good news for those of you in Belize, Jamaica, or Papua New Guinea looking to enjoy some streaming movies.

According to Android Central among many other reports, Google Play Movies has added thirteen countries to its list of countries that it services. This move almost doubles the amount of countries the service reaches to 27.

Google Movies Expanded Countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Botswana, Fiji, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago and Zimbabwe.

Google Play is the primary store (basically the equivalent to the App Store for Apple iOS users) for Android Apps, Games, Movies, and TV programs on your favorite Android devices.

 

Limitations of Google Play Movies – Where Can You Access Google Play?

The TV section of Google Play Movies remains restricted to a very select few countries, namely the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan, so this expansion is somewhat limited. Nonetheless, this is great news for a number of countries that aren’t usually the first to get served by the streaming media community.

Previously supported Google Play Store availability was limited to the United Kingdom, United States as well as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Japan, South Korea, & Spain.

Google also has a per device list on restrictions of Google Play. So if you want to know where a Nexus 7 will work with Google Play, visit this Google Play Support Page.

Looking to get access to content restricted in your country on Google Play? May we suggest a few good VPN providers for unblocking geo-restricted content when you travel. Nothing is worse than buying a movie or book only to be unable to use it because you are traveling for business!

Top films currently on Google Play Movies include Superman: Man of SteelWorld War ZThe Great GatsbyStar Trek: Into Darkness, and Room 237 – a personal favorite around office documenting some zany theories on the true meaning of Kubrick’s The Shining.

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postheadericon The CardLinx Association formed to grow next-generation offers ecosystem, card linked offers

LAS VEGAS — Oct. 7, 2013 — Monday at the Money 2020 event in Las Vegas, leading merchants and companies from ecommerce, banking, payments and social media unveiled The CardLinx Association, a new interoperability organization to enhance the consumer experience with local commerce and card linked offers. Founding members of The CardLinx Association include Microsoft Corp., Bank of America, Discover, Deem, Facebook, First Data Corp., Linkable Networks Inc., LivingSocial, MasterCard, Affinity Solutions Inc., CardSpring Inc. and Cardlytics.

As the “offers” space has become more popular, consumers have often found it cumbersome to take advantage of the variety of offers, which has slowed growth in the industry. Card linked offers help solve that problem by giving merchants and advertisers the ability to deliver an offer or deal to consumers via their credit, debit or other payment cards without having to use a paper coupon, voucher or promotion code on their mobile devices. The mission of The CardLinx Association is to establish increased interoperability, eliminate friction and promote the growth of the card linked offers industry.

The CardLinx Association membership is open to financial institutions, publishers, advertisers and merchants, merchant acquirers, payment networks and offer technology companies. The association will develop and institute common business practices and interoperability standards to minimize friction in the sourcing, serving, publishing, redeeming and cross-syndicating of card linked offers — ultimately leading to the growth of the industry. Companies interested in joining the association should visit http://www.cardlinx.org.

“We’re focused on connecting digital advertising to the physical world in a way that minimizes friction for merchants and consumers so they can engage with each other in valuable ways. We believe that card linked offers will play a key role in delivering on this promise, which is why we’re eager and committed to be one of the founding members of The CardLinx Association,” said Erik Jorgensen, general manager of Local Advertising with Microsoft. “We’re excited to partner with other industry leaders to bring this to life via The CardLinx Association.”

“The CardLinx Association brings together thought leaders across a variety of important linked industries, allowing us to define a set of standards and services that will make it easier for consumers to shop and for merchants to sell their goods and services,” said Silvio Tavares, founding CEO of The CardLinx Association.

Tavares and founding members of The CardLinx Association will host a presentation to share more about their commitment to standardizing card linked offers Monday at the Money2020 conference in Las Vegas from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the ARIA Resort & Casino in the Starvine Meeting Rooms 10 and 11.

About The CardLinx Association

The mission of the non-profit CardLinx Association is to establish increased interoperability, eliminate friction and promote the growth of the card linked offers industry. On behalf of its members, the Association develops and institutes common business practices and industry services to minimize and eliminate friction in the sourcing, serving, publishing, redeeming, and cross-syndicating of card linked offers — ultimately leading to the growth of the industry. Companies interested in joining should visit www.cardlinx.org.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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postheadericon Microsoft unleashes fall wave of enterprise cloud solutions

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 7, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced a wave of new enterprise products and services to help companies seize the opportunities of cloud computing and overcome today’s top IT challenges. Complementing Office 365 and other services, these new offerings deliver on Microsoft’s enterprise cloud strategy.

Satya Nadella, Cloud and Enterprise executive vice president, said, “As enterprises move to the cloud they are going to bet on vendors that have best-in-class software as a service applications, operate a global public cloud that supports a broad ecosystem of third party services, and deliver multi-cloud mobility through true hybrid solutions. If you look across the vendor landscape, you can see that only Microsoft is truly delivering in all of those areas.” More comments from Nadella can be found on The Official Microsoft Blog.

Hybrid infrastructure and modern applications

To help customers build IT infrastructure that delivers continuous services and applications across clouds, on Oct. 18 Microsoft will release Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2. Together, these new products empower companies to create datacenters without boundaries using Hyper-V for high-scale virtualization; high-performance storage at dramatically lower costs; built-in, software-defined networking; and hybrid business continuity. The new Windows Azure Pack runs on top of Windows Server and System Center, enabling enterprises and service providers to deliver self-service infrastructure and platforms from their datacenters.

Building on these hybrid cloud platforms, customers can use Visual Studio 2013 and the new .NET 4.5.1, also available Oct. 18, to create modern applications for devices and services. As software development becomes pervasive within every company, the new Visual Studio 2013 Modern Lifecycle Management solution helps enable development teams, businesspeople and IT managers to build and deliver better applications, faster.

Enabling enterprise cloud adoption

Recognizing that most enterprises will take a hybrid approach to cloud, Microsoft wants to help customers utilize their investments in on-premises software solutions toward the adoption of cloud computing. On Nov. 1, Microsoft will offer Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers access to discounted Windows Azure prices, regardless of upfront commitment, without overuse penalties and with the flexibility of annual payments.

As another part of this effort to reduce cloud adoption barriers, Microsoft on Monday announced a strategic partnership with Equinix Inc. Building on recently announced partnerships with AT&T and others, this alliance will provide customers with even more options for private and fast connections to the cloud. Customers will be able to connect their networks with Windows Azure at Equinix exchange locations for greater throughput, availability and security features.

Governments are among the most demanding enterprise customers. To help U.S. federal, state and local government agencies realize the benefits of public cloud computing, Microsoft is introducing its Windows Azure US Government Cloud. This will offer U.S. government customers a dedicated community cloud for data, applications and infrastructure, hosted in the continental U.S. and managed by U.S. personnel. Windows Azure has been granted FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board Provisional Authority to Operate, making it the first public cloud of its kind to achieve this level of government authorization.

Data platform and insights

As part of its vision to help more people unlock actionable insights from big data, Microsoft next week will release a second preview of SQL Server 2014. The new version offers industry-leading in-memory technologies at no additional cost, giving customers 10 times to 30 times performance improvements without application rewrites or new hardware. SQL Server 2014 also works with Windows Azure to give customers built-in cloud backup and disaster recovery.

For big data analytics, later this month Microsoft will release Windows Azure HDInsight Service, an Apache Hadoop-based service that works with SQL Server and widely used business intelligence tools, such as Microsoft Excel and Power BI for Office 365. With Power BI, people can combine private and public data in the cloud for rich visualizations and fast insights.

People and devices in the cloud

The proliferation of cloud applications, data and consumer devices is moving many enterprises to a bring-your-own-device model. The new release of Windows Intune, also available Oct. 18, combines with System Center Configuration Manager to help IT departments give mobile employees security-enhanced access to the applications and data they need on the Windows, iOS and Android devices of their choice. This unified management environment for PCs and mobile devices complements the new access and information protection capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Further, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, available for download in application stores later this month, to provide easy access to PCs and virtual desktops on a variety of devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android.

Software as a service business solutions

The next major version of the company’s CRM solution, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ’13 will be available later this month, helping make customer interactions more personal via contextual information for deeper insights than the previous version, delivered on a variety of devices.* The on-premises version is expected to be available later in the fall for deployment either in-house or hosted by a partner. More information is available here. In addition, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 is now available, offering small and midsize businesses interoperability with Office 365, full multitenant support, and a range of tools designed to support large-scale hosting of the application on Windows Azure.

More information on Monday’s announcements can be found at the Microsoft News Center.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

* Devices include Windows 8 tablets and iPad tablets with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013; Windows Phone 8, iPhone and Android phone shortly following the release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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postheadericon Most Popular Netflix Instant Videos of 2013 You Might Have Missed

House of Cards - Best of Netflix 2013, Best TV 2013

House of Cards

2013 was a banner year for Netflix Instant. As more and more people cut the cord and ditched their cable packages, the streaming media service cemented their stature as one of the premium ways to consume movies and television.

Better yet, Netflix Instant also took its most noteworthy steps into the world of original programming (as the section below will discuss), garnering multiple Emmy nominations for dramatic and comedic series that premiered on their network. It’s no wonder services like Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime are hustling to demonstrate their original programming chops, having seen Netflix succeed so completely throughout 2013.

While we certainly have a lot of affection for other streaming media channels, we think it was Netflix Instant’s year, so we’re going to focus on the best they had to offer in 2013.

Best Netflix Instant Original Programming

Arrested Development on Netflix Instant- Best of Netflix 2013, Best TV 2013

Arrested Development on Netflix Instant

House of Cards – Let’s start here, since most people tend to ignore Lilyhammer’s existence and choose to believe this was Netflix’s first original show. The acting was meaty, the intrigue was over-heated, and some of the twists beggared belief, but there’s no denying that we (and many, many others) shotgunned through the first thirteen episodes of this political thriller like the time to do so might soon run out.

Arrested Development – As huge fans of the series when it originally ran on Fox, we were frothing at the mouth with anticipation when Netflix announced that new episodes would be forthcoming. Arrested Development‘s fourth season didn’t quite live up to our expectations (what could?), but it wasn’t for lack of ambition. The choppy, disjointed Arrested Development is still better (and a whole lot funnier) than the vast majority of network TV comedy.

Orange Is the New Black – Here’s one that floored us, no qualifications. Orange Is the New Black gave us a handful of interesting characters in the first few episodes, and then just kept packing more and more of them in to its confined quarters. Ostensibly the story of a privileged white woman with a wild past that belatedly lands her in prison, Orange Is the New Black slowly and patiently revealed the humanity of the initially scary characters that surrounded her, creating a universe that was a pleasure to dwell in (from a distance, of course).

Marc Maron: Thinky Pain – If you only knew Marc Maron from his invaluable WTF Podcast, you’d certainly know him as a prime, self-obsessed ranter. However, you might not have as clear of an idea about what a skilled and entertaining comedian Marc Maron is and has been for years. Thinky Pain is evidence that few in Maron’s field can tap into the humor and pathos of the constantly agitated the way he can.

Best Movies (and Miniseries) of 2013 Streaming on Netflix Instant

For this section, we’re only going to be focused on movies that were released in 2013, lest you think we weren’t aware of the many other great movies on Netflix Instant. And, of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list of our favorite movies of 2013 (we’d recommend Inside Llewyn Davis or The World’s End here, but what good does that do a person watching Netflix Instant?). Anyway, get streaming!

Best Comedies on Netflix

It's A Disaster: Available on Netflix Instant- Best Movies 2013

It’s A Disaster: Available on Netflix Instant

It’s A Disaster -Here’s something you didn’t know you wanted: a wonderfully droll comedy about the apocalypse. David Cross (from Arrested Development) stars as a man meeting his new girlfriend’s friends over their weekly brunch, which takes a surprising turn when they slowly realize that the end times have begun right outside the door. One of the great joys of this movie is watching Cross (excellent as a straight man) navigate the social minefield that is watching close friends casually snipe at each other, but the cast is uniformly excellent, making the most of a clever script.

Prince Avalanche – Director David Gordon Green used to make beautiful, lyrical, little indie movies (George WashingtonAll the Real GirlsSnow Angels) before he bizarrely moved on to big studio comedies of varying quality (The Pineapple ExpressYour HighnessThe Sitter). Prince Avalanche is his return to form, telling the almost non-existent story of two line-painters (Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch) working through a stretch of Texas devastated by fires in the eighties. Odd, philosophical, mysterious, and completely disarming.

Frances Ha – It took the winning Greta Gerwig to finally bring a light touch to Noah Baumbach’s typically mean-spirited films (we like them, truly, but woof, Nicole Kidman’s character in Margot At the Wedding…). Gerwig co-wrote Frances Ha with Baumbach and stars as the titular Frances, an enthusiastic but existentially adrift 27-year-old struggling to make it as a dancer in New York City. A sweet, funny, and insightful movie about that time of life when you feel like you should have it all figured out but you know you’re nowhere close to that goal.

Best New Documentaries Netflix Instant 2013

Computer Chess – It was a little over a week ago that we first mentioned this sleeper gem. Here’s what we had to say:

A great little curio of a movie that came out earlier this year, Computer Chess is a dryly funny, faux-documentary about a man-vs-machine chess tournament set in 1980, populated by wonderfully esoteric characters and other oddities.

And wouldn’t you know it, all of that is still true. Seek it out.

Room 237  – For huge fans of The Shining (like us), Room 237 was a great opportunity to pore over a classic and consider some of the subtextual tricks director Stanley Kubrick may have been employing. For others, it provided the chance to listen to some crackpot theories, and a few intriguing ones, about a thirty-year-old movie. Room 237‘s purpose – to explore some remarkably intricate and often remarkably strained theories about The Shining – might have seemed like a chance to laugh at a few loonies with loony theories, but it was a fascinating study about just how much people will deliberately twist their brains to make something that they really, really want to believe conceivable.

 Best New Dramas Streaming on Netflix

Upstream Color: Best of Netflix 2013- Best Movies 2013

Upstream Color: Best of Netflix 2013

Side Effects – This movie may make for a weird final note in Steven Soderbergh’s directorial career, but it’s a sleek and intelligent example of film noir nonetheless. We’ll warn you that the less you know about the plot going in, the better, but the story revolves around a depressive woman (Rooney Mara), her psychiatrist (Jude Law), and the tricky nature of treating mental health with pharmaceuticals . The twists certainly come quick and often, and Soderbergh’s usual deconstructionist eye is well-applied to this slippery tale of deceit and murder.

Upstream Color – As with writer/director/star Shane Carruth’s other movie (Primer), not knowing what’s going on in Upstream Color is part of the point. Seemingly, Upstream Color is about a woman (Amy Seimetz) whose life is turned upside down after she’s abducted and hypnotized, and the man she meets (Carruth) who may have had the same thing happen to him, but it’s such an unusually and originally assembled movie that it’s hard to commit even to that description. Nonetheless, Upstream Color is a beautiful, mesmerizing, startlingly unique science fiction drama, one that uses the confusion it causes as a necessary part of its otherworldly spell.

Top of the Lake – Jane Campion’s much-heralded (rightfully so) return was a seven-episode miniseries that cast Elisabeth Moss as a detective searching small-town New Zealand for a missing, pregnant 12-year-old girl. Moss soon finds her case intertwining with a local crime boss (Peter Mullan) and a battered women’s shelter run by a mystic (Holly Hunter). It’s a fascinatingly and patiently told tale that has a great many interesting things to say about gender issues.

Enjoy Better Netflix Streaming With FlashRouters

We would be remiss if we just shared our favorite Netflix Instant streaming options of 2013, and didn’t remind you about the ways in which a FlashRouter can improve your streaming media experience.

Our routers are designed to foster fast, powerful, and versatile wireless networks. With a FlashRouter,  you can extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated, which is particularly helpful for those who want to prioritize high-volume jobs like streaming movies and television. These are just a few of the benefits of flashing routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that supercharge a router’s functionality.

What’s more, with a FlashRouter, you can even improve your VPN experience, which will help you stay in touch with your Netflix Instant queue from anywhere in the world (as we’ve demonstrated many times this year). We can configure our routers so that your VPN is set to work with it right out of the box, as long as you pick one from our official supported provider list. We don’t want you messing around with tricky installation processes and accidentally bricking your router.

Take a look at some of the entries on our recent best-sellers of November list for some router recommendations (it’s also a good place to check out some popular VPNs), but if we had to spotlight a few, we’d tell you about the Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT router; that fantastic device can’t seem to cede the top spot on our best-sellers lists. Of course, the E4200 may just have some serious competition, now that we’ve added several Wireless-AC routers to our line, including the Asus RT-AC66U Dark Knight DD-WRT router, it’s Tomato counterpart, and the Netgear R6300 DD-WRT router, all of which run at dizzying speeds.

And while you’re improving your Netflix Instant experience, why not head on down to our media device store and pick up a Roku or Apple TV? It’s the best way to view 2013′s best of Netflix Instant.

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postheadericon Johnson Controls selects Office 365 to improve internal communication for employees worldwide

REDMOND, Wash. Oct . 14 , 201 3 Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology and industrial leader in more than 150 countries, has secured Microsoft Office 365 for its employees, partners and suppliers around the world, enhancing knowledge sharing on a global scale and fostering innovation through greater employee interaction.

“Collaboration has been the hallmark of Johnson Controls’ success as a company,” said Colin Boyd, vice president, information technology and chief information officer, Johnson Controls. “We chose Office 365 because it will help us more effectively capitalize on our collaborative culture.”

The company evaluated multiple options and ultimately concluded that Microsoft’s cloud solutions offered the most reliable, cost-effective and scalable tools required by a global corporation. In addition, the platform’s capability to provide real-time translation in many languages effectively supports Johnson Controls’ focus on bolstering interactions among employees.

Boyd added: “At Johnson Controls, we will use Office 365 to enable the spontaneous, lateral communications that drive innovation and increase productivity, which are essential requirements in today’s global manufacturing environments.”

With Office 365, employees can engage in dynamic, evolving conversations that spark ideas and new ways of solving problems no matter where they are located. From the instant messaging, desktop sharing and Web conferencing capabilities in Lync to surfacing project-related email messages through Outlook, Office 365 gives the company the efficient and global communication tools it needs to be agile and responsive.

For example, the account teams within Johnson Controls’ automotive business consist of dedicated groups of people located in different countries working together to provide coordinated and consistent service to hundreds of customer locations. With Office 365, a shop supervisor with a car seat assembly question can use a smartphone to take a video of the assembly and upload it to a SharePoint site for the engineering team to immediately review and resolve.

“Avoiding any production issues that might impact our customers is a key issue for Johnson Controls,” Boyd said. “We’re using Office 365 to mitigate this risk, connecting our 300 production plants with engineering centers through real-time communications to drive quality and responsiveness for our customers.”

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available in the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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postheadericon VPN Services in South Africa – Add Privacy & Unblock Netflix

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Today we’re focusing on the top streaming content available inside South Africa and the best VPN service in South Africa. South Africa as a nation has come a long way in terms of loosening internet restrictions in recent years, but still lacks access to many of the popular streaming movie, TV, and music services that are enjoyed across the globe.

At FlashRouters, we’re determined to show the benefits of a free and open internet while offering the utmost privacy, believing it to be one of the most important ways to connect disparate communities and entire countries & continents of people.

That’s why we’re frequently aligning ourselves with more and more popular global VPN services, knowing full well are the best and most reliable way to bring less restricted Internet to countries without that luxury. Better still, VPN service provides the freedom of an open Internet (access to the best streaming services like Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Instant) while protecting their users from the sadly, increasingly prevalent threat of malicious online forces like hackers, identity thieves, and snooping government agencies.

 

Streaming Services Options Available in South Africa

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Streaming Music in South Africa

Htxt.Africa has an excellent comparison list of available and unavailable services which include many local and secondary services which may have limited content and availability. Some don’t have mobile apps, some have bad desktop apps so it seems a bit of a crap-shoot.

Just days ago, South Africa music lovers had a reason to rejoice as popular streaming music service Rdio just announced availability in South Africa. Spotify seems to maybe getting closer as they continue to add popular artists like Led Zeppelin.

Available Services: Deezer, Rara, Simfy, iRoko, Xbox Music, Nokia Music

 

Popular Unavailable Streaming Music/Radio in South Africa: Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Xbox Music

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Streaming Movies & TV in South Africa

Like many countries, South Africans have access to the content from their local cable or satellite provider like DStv with DStv Mobile. Sadly. this country of 50 million plus Streaming of international and big-budget films throughout Africa including South Africa is not readily available sadly according to our research.has basically only pirated option for on-demand and streaming video content for the most popular US & UK films and TV. Some of this may be due to a low adoption of broadband connectivity until this point but is increasing rapidly (Wikipedia).

Available Streaming Movie Services: ScreenSAMovies & Wabona (Local South African Films), SABC, Soweto Community TV, YouTube

Unavailable: Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Vudu, Amazon Instant, SnagFilms, Watchever, BBC iPlayer, 4oD

 

How to Unblock US & UK Streaming Services in South Africa

So why would you want to use a VPN in South Africa? Well, that’s pretty simple. Access, freedom, the true spirit of the Internet! The world’s most popular streaming services from Netflix to Spotify to Pandora to BBC iPlayer to Amazon Instant have limited or no offerings when your IP address is based in South Africa.

Using a VPN service will allow you to gain access to these popular services whether you are a permanent resident in South Africa, relocating for business in South Africa or just traveling through on holiday. A VPN service offers special IP addresses in various countries to make it seem you are in that country as far as the streaming service.

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How To Use a FlashRouter in a Two Router Setup

What’s more, a FlashRouter allows you to connect multiple devices to a single VPN subscription. Hold on to your old router, and you can switch back and forth between a local wireless network for the best speeds and a VPN network for more secure, less speed-dependent activities using our popular dual router set-up! There’s no end to the ways in which a FlashRouter can enhance your VPN experience.

So if you’re in South Africa as a resident or visiting on vacation or business, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to access your favorite streaming movies and TV show. With our help, you’ll be streaming the Netlfliz exclusive Orange Is the New Black in Capetown, or House of Cards in Pretoria in no time.

Recommended South Africa VPN Services

To be frank, we only partner with the premiere VPN services but any of the VPN services on our Official Supported Provider List are implicitly recommended, and it’s worth having a look at the list to compare.

Looking for a VPN to use in South Africa with a tremendous selection of US and UK IP addresses, here is a quick list of our top VPN services in Schoices – all the better to access unavailable services in South Africa like Netflix Instant, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Spotify, etc.

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Overplay has OpenVPN, PPTP & L2TP VPN servers in South Africa along with their easy to use MyPage router application that allows you to seamlessly switch server locations throughout the world. Other providers that offer high-speed servers in 30+ countries including US, UK, and South Africa servers are IPVanish & Proxy.sh. Using a service with South Africa servers allow you to encrypt traffic while keeping a South Africa VPN service for more privacy and security.

A longtime favorite at FlashRouters, IPVanish offers 110 servers in 47 countries, all the better to serve any resident of South Africa looking to explore the online global community. Though IPVanish is not a bank-breaking service by any stretch, they’re also offering a deal that provides users with three free months of service with the purchase of any 3 or 12 month account (expires January 31, 2014). Act now; a secure and free internet awaits.

EarthVPN South Africa

Earth VPN

EarthVPN is attracting a lot of attention in the VPN community thanks to their servers in 30+ countries, their tireless commitment to your protection (no logs kept, ironclad encryption), their unlimited bandwidth and transfer speed, and their affordability. They are one of the few VPN providers with OpenVPN DD-WRT support as well which make they a very attractive choice. If you truly want to experience the joys of a wide open internet at a reasonable price (under $ 5 per month), then EarthVPN is the one for you.

No matter which VPN service provider you choose, you’ll find that a whole world of entertainment options open up with their help. You can access UK-only streaming services like ITV or Watchever, Germany’s relatively new streaming service, or you can finally check out the newly-added-to-Netflix-Instant second season of American Horror Story, the upcoming season of the US House of Cards, Sherlock Season 3 on BBC iPlayer and see what all the fuss is about. The streaming possibilities are truly limitless.

How FlashRouters Can Improve Your VPN Service

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As we’ve stated many times, the best way to experience the benefits of a VPN service is to experience them through a FlashRouter.

Our goal is to provide our customers with routers that are supremely powerful, versatile, and future-proof. This is accomplished by flashing all of our routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that supercharge devices and boost their functionality by leaps and bounds.

A router flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato does everything a standard router can do and so much more; you can extend your wireless range, control how your bandwidth is allocated, and access advanced security options.

That last point is especially important to VPN users, as a FlashRouter keeps your network safe while minimizing the usual VPN hassles. We can configure our devices to any of the VPN services on our official VPN service provider list, saving you the trouble of dealing with the tricky installation process (a process that can often lead to a bricked router, in the wrong hands).

And of course we do ship to South Africa from our US-based offices.

Best VPN Routers for South Africa

Looking for something more affordable to complement your new VPN service? How about the Cisco Linksys E2500 router? This dual-band beauty is our best low-priced Tomato router, currently available for $ 109.95.

Is sheer networking power more what you’re looking for? Then maybe you should check out the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato router, an absolute monolith that towers over its competitors. If it’s a combination of the best speed and power you want, then you might want to check out our brand new Netgear R6300 DD-WRT router; it’s Wireless-AC speeds leave other dual-band routers in the dust.

Of course, if none of these sound appealing, maybe you should check out our recent November ’13 bestsellers list, and see if something on there suits you better. We’re guaranteed to have a device you’ll love.

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REDMOND, Wash. — Dec . 1 8 , 2013 — In less than three months, the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), a new healthcare system formed by Poudre Valley Health System, University of Colorado Hospital and Memorial Health System, and one of the largest healthcare providers in Colorado, has fully migrated 17,000 mailboxes from three disparate healthcare organizations on multiple legacy email platforms into one single consolidated Microsoft Office 365 environment. Switching to a complete Microsoft enterprise subscription solution is expected to increase collaboration across UCHealth and save an estimated $ 13.9 million in overall costs throughout an 11-year period.

“The healthcare industry is generally hesitant to use the cloud because of security and HIPAA concerns,” said Steve Hess, chief information officer for UCHealth. “However, Microsoft’s strong commitment to data security, privacy and compliance with HIPAA standards, coupled with its willingness to sign a comprehensive Business Associate Agreement for Office 365, gave us the confidence we needed to overcome our cloud anxieties.”

UCHealth’s strategy was to integrate its legacy IT solutions into single solutions including its enterprise resource planning, electronic health records and email systems. UCHealth looked at a variety of vendors, including Google, but ultimately chose Office 365 because of its functionality and usability, and because it supports HIPAA requirements beyond what other vendors provide. In addition, UCHealth determined that Microsoft Corp. was a more strategic partner for both its long- and short-term IT and collaboration needs.

“When we decided to go with a subscription model, we knew we needed enterprise-class capabilities that offered strong support for all our needs, including offline editing, deskless workers and mobile devices,” said Fernando Pedroza, UCHealth’s vice president of Technology Services.

Differentiators for Office 365 range from enabling telework to promoting internal communications and cross-collaboration. The reliability and flexibility that comes from enablement of remote and mobile employees through the Office 365 SharePoint and Lync components, as well as Microsoft’s separate Yammer social media solution, appealed to UCHealth. With more of the healthcare workforce being mobile, and given UCHealth’s geographic spread, it was important to have additional tools available for remote collaboration and communication throughout UCHealth’s network. Specifically, Microsoft Office 365 Lync is being used to host meetings, share desktop presentations, and find appropriate individuals and expertise quickly and effectively. Meanwhile, Microsoft Yammer is being used to share information and project statuses, find expertise quickly, and celebrate organizational successes.

“In many ways, the healthcare industry is just scratching the surface of the potential applications of collaboration and social media tools,” Hess said, “but it is powerful to see how these tools are being applied, how they can drive real value to our workforce, and ultimately, how they can improve the quality of care and value for our patients.”

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

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Gaiam TV: Alternative Streaming Videos

Gaiam TV: Alternative Streaming Videos

Admittedly, at the end of the day, we’re more likely to default to Netflix Instant and throw on some episode of 30 Rock that we’ve seen hundreds of times, rather than put on a documentary or a Criterion Collection movie or really anything that’s potentially educational.

It’s one of those habits you have to work to change, and changing it may just have gotten a lot easier with the help of Gaiam TV. If you’re eager to expand your mind and boost your mental and bodily health, then Gaiam TV may just be the streaming media service you’re looking for.

What is Gaiam TV?

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Gaiam TV

You might not think of streaming media as the go-to source for personal enlightenment, but that’s what’s so great about Gaiam TV (the online streaming arm of the Gaiam lifestyle brand); it provides you with the opportunity to better yourself from the comforts of your living room. Stream thousands of inspirational films, original interviews, yoga and fitness videos to your TV or mobile device. It’s like a 24 hour Yogi!

Through a huge, but ever-growing, library of streaming videos about yoga, personal fitness, and nutrition, Gaiam TV provides its viewers with the opportunity to improve their health and well-being. There are four categories of video – Active & Well, Seeking Truth, Nature & Culture, and Spiritual Growth – each devoted to the idea of mental and physical growth, subjects that can frequently intertwine, as these videos more than demonstrate.

Learn about ancient methods of energy manipulation and Stonehenge in “Stairways to Heaven”, or the origins of modern yoga in “Breath of the Gods”, or finally try yoga out for yourself with Kathryn Budig’s “Beginner’s Practice” episode of “Aim True Yoga”. As we said, Gaiam TV’s library is vast, and rife with opportunities to expand your mind and attain higher levels of knowledge and peace featuring many popular guides David Wilcock & Mira Kelley. Popular hot button topics of healthy living are also a cornerstone such as tackling What are GMOs and how they affect our health?

The first ten days of Gaiam TV are free, then you start getting charged $ 9.95 a month, a subscription rate comparable t0 Netflix Instant’s, and one that goes toward encourages a healthier lifestyle as a result. Seems like a no-brainer to us.

What Devices Support Gaiam TV?

Wonder where you can use your Gaiam TV subscription? Gaiam TV is available through

  • Streaming Media Players: PS3, Roku, Apple TV, Vizio Co-Star
  • Smart TVs: 2012-13: Panasonic & LG
  • Sony Blu-Ray Players: BDP-S790, BDP-S590, BDP-S390, & some 2013 models
  • Mobile Devices: iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Android Tablets, Microsoft Surface Tablets

Watch Gaiam TV From Anywhere With VPNs

Media devoted to personal transformation should have a great deal of international appeal, but unfortunately, and much like just about every streaming service available, Gaiam TV isn’t the easiest service to access outside of North America.

Gaiam TV’s service is a valuable one to those who appreciate it, and one that ought to be accessible to anyone, whether you’re on an extended business trip or vacation, or if you just live in a country where Gaiam TV isn’t available. Some content is available worldwide but other popular comment is

Fortunately, with the help of VPN service providers, you need not be separated from your Gaiam TV for too long.

VPN service (or Virtual Private Network service) is a subscription-based services that are devoted to the purpose of securing their users’ online identities. While accessing the web through a VPN service, online activity is tunneled through encrypted servers that your VPN has set up all over the world. This makes your sensitive data (e-mails, credit card numbers) untraceable, and keeps it out of the hands of identity thieves, hackers, snooping governments, and other nefarious forces that unfortunately populate the web these days.

One of the other benefits of subscribing to a VPN is that you can access geographically restricted material from whatever country you happen to be in. When you log in to your VPN, you’re allowed to choose which server you want. So if you’re in, say, Australia, and you want to access an American-based service like Gaiam TV, all you have to do is pick an American server and voila! You’ve effectively tricked your computer into believing it’s in the United States.

Popular VPN service providers for US IP addresses include

We can unreservedly recommend any of those options, but if you like to look around before making decisions, check out our handy VPN provider comparison list.

Using GaiamTV with a Roku on a FlashRouter

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The Cisco Linksys E1200 Tomato FlashRouter

There’s no better way access Gaiam TV than to utilize our Official Supported VPN Service Providers than through a FlashRouter.

If you are looking to use the Gaiam TV Channel with a Roku outside the US, the only true solution is connecting your Roku through a FlashRouter with a built in VPN service connection. Any Roku, AppleTV, SmartTV, or connected Blu-Ray player will instantly take your streaming player back to the US and unlock the mind-expanding world of content on Gaiam.

This means that you’re purchasing a networking dream that comes ready, right out of the box, to make your VPN work perfectly. No need to futz with tricky installation processes; that’s how routers get bricked. Let our experts handle it; it’s what they love to do.

Furthermore, if you hold on to your old router, you can try out our popular dual router set-up, which allows you to switch back and forth between your local network (for day-to-day usage) and your VPN (for advanced security and accessing geographically restricted material).

Best WiFi Routers for Roku

Besides VPN access, a FlashRouter ships with enhanced router firmwares (DD-WRT or Tomato) that super-charge your routers functionality for advanced wireless and wired stability for the premium HD streaming video, control how your bandwidth is allocated, advanced security measures for protecting your private network among countless other possibilities.

Popular FlashRouters for VPN service integration include the Asus RT-AC66U Dark Knight Tomato Router, which offers the perfect combination of speed and muscle, and the new Netgear R6300 Wireless-AC DD-WRT router, which blows away its competitors with its dizzying performance power. More modest/economical open-source router options include the Cisco Linksys E1200 Tomato router, one of our finest economy models, or the new E2500 Tomato router, which offers terrific dual band bang for your buck.

And while you’re at it, if you really want to enjoy your Gaiam TV experience, maybe a Roku or Apple TV is in order. After all, they’re the best ways to access your streaming media.

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