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postheadericon Microsoft and GoDaddy announce strategic partnership to help small businesses

REDMOND, Wash. , and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jan. 13, 2014 — GoDaddy , the Web’s top platform for small business, and Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday a long-term strategic partnership to offer Office 365 as GoDaddy’s exclusive core business-class email and productivity service to its small-business customers. This partnership supports GoDaddy’s ongoing push to deliver premium small-business management solutions. Serving 12 million customers worldwide, GoDaddy has created a simple experience for small businesses with industry-leading productivity tools backed by best-in-class customer support at an affordable price.

“Combining our small-business expertise together with Microsoft’s productivity offerings opens new doors for small businesses to easily get the tools they need to get more done in their day,” said Steven Aldrich, senior vice president of Business Applications, GoDaddy. “We’ve created a simple way to attach Office 365 to a domain name, helping small-business owners look professional and work anywhere, making the business of running their business easier.”


The strategic agreement between Microsoft and GoDaddy provides small businesses with seamless access to professional email connected to their domain names, cloud storage and a full suite of Microsoft productivity solutions. Plus, with GoDaddy, users receive around-the-clock live customer service, helping save time best spent focusing on their business. Also as part of the agreement, Microsoft created a unique offering of domain-based email and storage especially built with GoDaddy’s very small businesses in mind.

Office 365 offers business-class email, shared calendars, instant messaging, online conferencing and access to the most up-to-date documents. These capabilities are delivered as a cloud service available to users wherever they are, online or offline and across a variety of devices, offering access to the most up-to-date versions of the files and tools they need to get things done. Unlike some offerings designed for consumers or small businesses, Office 365 includes built-in security features that help deflect malware, spam, phishing attacks and other threats.

“We’re excited that GoDaddy has chosen to exclusively offer Office 365 to its small- business customers, giving them easy and supported access to productivity tools being used by some of the most successful businesses in the world,” said John Case, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office. “GoDaddy’s relationship with small businesses combined with Office 365, the fastest-growing Microsoft product in history, will help bring the benefits of Office 365 and modern cloud services to even more companies, whether they’re seeking to modernize how they do business or simply starting up.”

There are an estimated 28 million small businesses in the U.S. alone[1] and 125 million worldwide.[2] Of those 28 million, 92 percent of businesses have fewer than four employees. According to a Boston Consulting Group global study commissioned by Microsoft, if more small and medium-sized businesses adopted the latest in IT tools, it could potentially boost their revenues by a combined $ 770 billion and create more than 6 million jobs.[2]

Office 365 from GoDaddy is currently available in the U.S. and Canada and will expand globally within the next three months.

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy now serves more than 12 million paying customers worldwide and is the largest Web hosting and domain name registrar on the planet. GoDaddy leverages its award-winning talent and personalized approach to help small business owners create their digital identity, build websites and grow online. To learn more about the company, visit GoDaddy.com/PR.

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.

[1] GoDaddy research; U.S. Census Bureau, Longitudinal Business Database 1977–2010, 2009 County Business Patterns, 2010, http://censtats.census.gov/cgi-bin/nonemployer/nonsect.pl, http://www.sba.gov/advocacy/849/12162

[2] Source: International Finance Corp., member of the World Bank Group, “Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises

Around the World: How Many Are There, and What Affects the Count?” 2010

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postheadericon What Are The Best DDWRT Playstation 4/PS4 Routers in 2014?

Get Your Network Ready for the PS4 With the best PS4 Routers

Get Your Network Ready for the PS4 With a FlashRouter

This past holiday season was a pretty momentous one for gamers, with two major gaming companies releasing revolutionary systems designed to streamline all of your entertainment. Whether you went for the Playstation 4 or the Xbox One (and it would seem that a million more of you went for the Playstation 4), they’re bound to be keeping you sane while you’re hiding away from the frigid temperatures of this ungodly winter.

Anyway, the gift-giving season has come to an end, so you’ve either already got your Playstation 4, or you’re planning on using the money/gift cards you’ve received to get one, so you better make sure you know what your gaming system is capable of. Moreover, we here at FlashRouters want to ensure that your Playstation 4 experience is as fluid and hassle-free as possible. That’s why we offer the fastest PS4 routers and most powerful PS4 routers on the market.

So please enjoy this primer on the PS4, and check out some of the best PS4 routers you can find.

Meet the Sony PS4

Learn more about the PS4 and how to optimize PS4 online gaming.

Meet the PS4

Most likely, if you are here, you know about the PS4 – you know about the multitude of features, the way it’s intended to overtake all other media platforms in your home – and you just want to find the best PS4 router we can offer you. Well, if that’s the case, feel free to skip to the end and get what you need. For the rest of you, maybe an introduction to this tremendously power gaming console is in order…

When you open your PS4 box, you’ll find a gaming console, an HDMI cable, a mono headset, and a Dualshock 4 controller. The gaming console contains a 500gb hard drive, which is an absolute necessity since, as yet, you can’t store your games on an external hard drive. You’ll also find a blu-ray drive for games and movies, alongside two USB ports, and a wireless adapter.

In addition to PS4-exclusive games like Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, and Resogun, you’ll also be able to play Flower, Angry Birds Star Wars, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Madden NFL 25, and plenty of others. In fact, there are about a couple hundred more games in production at the moment. Currently, games from previous Playstation systems can be streamed on your PS4, but your physical copies of the games are not compatible with the PS4 architecture.

Of course, with your mono headset, you can engage in interactive gaming, and even share your best moments within the PS4 community. The Dualshock 4 PS4 controller is also particularly noteworthy, as it comes with a six-axis sensor and a touch pad located at the top of the controller.

We haven’t even mentioned all of the apps that come with each PS4 such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant, Crackle, Hulu Plus, and plenty of other media services that will make your PS4 your one-way ticket to every kind of entertainment you enjoy.

Sony PS4 Specs & Availability

We said above that the Playstation 4 handily outsold the Xbox One in the short time they’ve both been available. It’s worth mentioning that might have something to do with the wider availability of the Playstation 4, which is currently on sale in 53 countries and territories compared to the Xbox One’s 13 countries (the fact that the PS4 is $ 100 cheaper certainly helps too).

You’re not too likely to encounter a Playstation 4 at retail stores, though most of the usual suspects (Best Buy, Walmart, etc.) do indeed sell them. You’re probably better off buying it online on, say, eBay, then running store to store trying to track one down in person.

If you’re more interested in the technical specs of the PS4, check them out below (courtesy of IGN)

PS4 CPU Specs

  • Custom CPU for background processing such as downloading and recording gameplay.
  • Number of Cores/Threads: 8/8
  • Frequency: speculated to be running a base clock speed of 1.6 Ghz on a 2.75 Ghz capable chip
  • Shared L2 Cache: 2 x 2 MB

PS4 GPU Specs

  • AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
  • Peak Shader Throughput: 69.420 TFLOPS
  • GPU Cores: 1152
  • GPU Clock: 800 MHz

PS4 Memory Specs

  • 8GB GDDR5
  • Frequency: 5500 MHz
  • System Memory Bus: 256-bit
  • System Memory Bandwidth: 176.0 GB/s

Internal Storage: 500GB hard disk drive, user removable

Networking: Ethernet x1, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz only), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

External Dimensions/Weight: Approximately 275 x 53 x 305 mm / Approx 2.8 kg (6.2 lb)

Blu-Ray/DVD drive (read only): BD x 6 CAV, DVD x 8 CAV, Blu-ray and DVD playback, no audio CD support

Input/Output Ports: Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) x 2, AUX port x 1

AV output: HDMI out port (720p, 1080i, & 1080p HD output), digital out optical port. SD output is supported for lower-resolution displays.

PS4 Included Peripherals: PlayStation 4 system x 1, Wireless controller (DualShock 4) x 1, Mono headset x 1, AC power cord x1, HDMI cable x 1, USB cable x 1

How a Router Can Effect the Playstation 4/PS4 Experience?

Picking the right PS4 router is no easy task; this is, after all, the gaming console that is supposed to make all of your other media players superfluous. Fortunately for you, FlashRouters have a line of devices ready to handle any amount of gaming or streaming that you can throw at them.

First, let’s explain what we do here: At FlashRouters, we offer routers that are designed to best any competitor in terms of compatibility, power, and versatility. In order to accomplish that, we flash all of our routers with DDWRT or Tomato firmware.

Advantages of a open-source router for PS4 gamers

These replacement firmwares are perfect for a Playstation 4 user. Their many features include allowing you to access advanced security options (very important for a system that allows for interactive gaming), extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated (you’ll definitely want to prioritize your Playstation 4 with a PS4 Router, as gaming and streaming are big bandwidth hogs).

For gamers looking to utilize OpenVPN, PPTP or L2TP connections with a PS4, a FlashRouter adds full integration possibilities for this adding support for personal VPN connections as well as those to VPN providers. Besides protecting your location privacy for PS4 users using PS Plus as well as allowing for blocked content for downloading games, using the soon-to-be PS Now streaming popular movies on the services mentioned above like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu and more.

Open source FlashRouters also have all kinds of NAT, and Port Forwarding controls that work consistently unlike many manufacturer firmwares which may have some limited settings but also provide limited functionality. There is an excellent Playstation Forum post that provides a truly in-depth look at port forwarding, NAT and understanding the importance of a router in your Playstation gaming experience.

So basically, an open-source FlashRouter enables you to be able to enact some of the best possible ways of managing your Internet stability, bandwidth and stability that a device straight from Best Buy or Fry’s will not. Plus, we actually include one-on-one US based  remote support to make sure your network performing optimally for the best Playstation Gaming experience. Sounds good, no?

Best WiFi PS4/Playstation 4 Routers

Well then you might want to take a look at these networking behemoths ready to revamp how your wireless network (hopefully you’re not just using your boring ISP router that malfunctions and under-performs in just about all of these increasingly important networking tasks). It important to note that out-of-the-box PS4 is Wireless-N single band capable only so for premium performance, we recommend wiring your router to your PS4 if you can. As 2014 rolls on we expect a heavier reliance on Wireless-AC so adding a Wireless-AC adapter or media connector may be ideal for those who must always use wireless for connecting to the PS4. Still, getting a fully powered wireless router will make your network ready as demand for connectivity and bandwidth increases through the home.

Now that you have a better idea of what a FlashRouter is, why don’t we introduce you to a popular prosumer gaming routers of them that will transform your PS4 experience!

  1. Asus RT-AC66U DDWRT Router –  A top Wireless-AC router, ready to future proof your network for the next-gen in wireless protocols.
  2. Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight TomatoUSB Router – A router that can handle any amount of traffic that you throw at it.
  3. Netgear R6300 Wireless-AC DDWRT Router – Our most recent Wireless-AC entry to our line, with all of the speed and power you’d want to handle any gaming or streaming requirements.
  4. Cisco Linksys E4200 Router – No slouch in terms of managing big jobs (and comes in Tomato variant as well).
  5. Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – A terrific economy WiFi router option from Linksys. Works like a router sold at twice the price!

For more PS4 gaming, popular streaming movies & TV updates, DD-WRT Router & VPN Service Provider info, and privacy news, follow us on Twitter @flashrouters  or like us on Facebook.

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postheadericon Microsoft unveils Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and new accessories


Note to editors: The battery life figure provided below was corrected following publication. Surface Pro provides up to 75 percent more battery life, not 60 percent more as was previously indicated.

NEW YORK — Sept. 23, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced that the Microsoft Surface family of tablets is growing. Two new Surface models — Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 — along with an expanded portfolio of new Surface accessories, will be available at Microsoft retail stores, http://www.MicrosoftStore.com and select third-party retailers and commercial resellers in 22 initial markets, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States on Oct. 22 and China in early November. Additional markets will be announced in the coming months.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 each benefit from significant updates, including improvements to processing power and battery life, to display and camera resolution, and to the Kickstand, now with dual angles, so it’s more comfortable for you to use your Surface on your lap or at your desk. Enhancements in Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro make Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 even more powerful and customizable.

Pre-order Surface

Customers can pre-order Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 starting at 8 a.m. EDT on Sept. 24, 2013, at http://www.MicrosoftStore.com, Microsoft Stores, and Best Buy in the U.S. and Canada, as well as select retailers in most Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch markets.

Value-added services

To help people get the most out of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, customers purchasing either device will receive free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for one year, unlimited Skype WiFi on their Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 at more than 2 million hot spots worldwide for one year, and 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years.

Surface 2

Surface 2 is the most productive tablet for personal use. It offers all the entertainment and gaming capabilities you expect from a tablet, along with the ability to get work done. Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, making apps run faster and smoother and increasing battery life to up to 10 hours for video playback. The 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display now renders 1080p video for enjoying shows and movies, and its full-size USB port has been upgraded to USB 3.0 for up to four times faster file transfers. Camera resolution has also increased, with a 3.5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera, both capable of capturing 1080p video and featuring improved low-light performance, making face-to-face conversations with your favorite people crisp and clear. Even with these and other upgrades, Surface 2 is slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

Surface 2 will ship with Windows RT 8.1, bringing improvements in key areas such as personalization, search, multitasking, built-in apps, the Windows Store experience and cloud connectivity. The new Xbox Music allows you to stream millions of songs for free, and an updated Video app and great games from the Windows Store such as “Halo: Spartan Assault” will ensure that you never run out of ways to play. When it’s time to get serious, Surface 2 is pre-loaded with Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT; simply click in a Touch or Type Cover and get to work.

Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB configurations[1]; it will start at $ 449.

Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro and, like its predecessor, is a true laptop replacement, capable of running virtually all your Windows software including the full Microsoft Office suite,[2] as well as apps from the Windows Store. Surface Pro 2 offers the portability and simplicity of a tablet when you want it and the power and flexibility of a laptop when you need it. It is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor which, combined with other improvements, delivers increased performance and up to 75 percent longer battery life than Surface Pro.

Starting at $ 899, Surface Pro 2 will be offered in 64GB and 128GB configurations with 4 GB of RAM and 256GB and 512GB configurations with 8 GB of RAM.[1]

Full specs are available at http://www.Surface.com/pre-order.

New Accessories

Today’s announcement also includes seven new accessories that will make Surface even more flexible, more portable and more productive:

• Touch Cover 2. Thinner and lighter than the original Touch Cover, measuring only 2.75 mm thin, Touch Cover 2 features backlit keys for even better readability. Touch Cover 2 is more rigid, registers keystrokes with greater accuracy and features updated sensors that support a variety of gestures across the entire keyboard. Touch Cover 2 has an estimated retail price of $ 119.99. It will be available for pre-order on Sept. 24 in all markets where Surface devices are available for pre-order.

• Type Cover 2. Type Cover 2 features the same super-thin, lightweight design of the original Type Cover, but it’s now backlit and will be available in Cyan, Magenta, Purple and Black in the coming months. It’s also more rigid, providing a better lap-typing experience, and is designed to be noticeably quieter when striking keys. Type Cover 2 will have an estimated retail price of $ 129.99. It will be available for pre-order on Sept. 24 in all markets where Surface devices are available for pre-order.[3]

• Power Cover. Power Cover delivers the same great typing experience you get with Type Cover while extending the battery life of your Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 by up to 50 percent to help you make it through that late-night meeting or the entire flight. Power Cover will have an estimated retail price of $ 199.99 and has a projected release date of early 2014.

• Docking Station for Surface Pro. The Docking Station for Surface Pro lets you quickly connect Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 to desktop PC peripherals in a single step, taking you from laptop to desktop in an instant. While Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 is docked, it can connect with an external monitor, Ethernet, speakers and power supply. PC peripherals connect via its one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports. The Docking Station for Surface Pro will have an estimated retail price of $ 199.99 and has a projected release date of early 2014.

• Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers. The Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers connects magnetically to any Touch or Type Cover, letting you type from anywhere in the room using Bluetooth technology, so it is even easier to connect Surface to a TV or monitor[4] and type from another location, such as the couch. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers will have an estimated retail price of $ 59.99. It will be available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada beginning Sept. 24.

• Car Charger with USB. Car Charger plugs into most cars’ power or lighter ports and charges Surface without the need for an additional adapter. It also features a USB port to allow simultaneous charging of a phone or other device. Car Charger will have an estimated retail price of $ 49.99 and has a projected release date of early 2014.

• Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition. This special-edition Arc Touch Mouse has been updated to match the look of Surface. Like other Arc Touch mice, it is designed for comfort and flattens for portability. It connects via Bluetooth 3.0, freeing Surface’s USB port for use by other devices. Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition will have an estimated retail price of $ 69.99 and will be available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 24. Distribution in additional markets is projected to begin in the coming months.

More information on Surface is available at http://www.Surface.com.

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

The information contained in this press release relates to pre-release software products that may be substantially modified before their first commercial release. Accordingly, the information may not accurately describe or reflect the software products when first commercially released. The press release is provided for informational purposes only, and Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the press release or the information contained in it.

[1] System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See Surface.com/storage for more details. Initial quantities of Surface Pro 2 with 512 GB will be limited.

[2] Office sold separately.

[3] The Black and Purple Type Cover 2 will be available for pre-order. Other colors will be available in the coming months.

[4] Adapter required; sold separately.

For broadcast download: Visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/surface for b-roll clips.

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postheadericon Microsoft acquires Parature to add leading customer self-service suite to Microsoft Dynamics CRM

REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 7, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Parature, a leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement solutions. The acquisition will add world-class customer self-service capabilities to further accelerate the Microsoft Dynamics vision of helping organizations deliver amazing customer experiences.

“Customers are more connected and better informed than ever before. Organizations are looking for business solutions that can strengthen their ability to connect with customers on their own terms, using whatever device and whatever channel they prefer,” said Bob Stutz, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “Parature is a perfect fit for every business and will enable us to offer customers one of the best cloud-based solutions for customer self-service. This is a compelling combination for organizations committed to delivering the best service experience that consistently exceeds their customers’ expectations.”

As a provider of cloud-based customer service software to midsize and enterprise organizations, Parature has a well-earned reputation for outstanding customer service with 70 million users worldwide and more than 500 well-known brands, including Ask.com, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, IBM, Saba Software Inc., Tagged Inc. and Threadless. The company also received the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement Award for using social media to help organizations deliver outstanding customer service.

Parature’s approach to its solutions enables organizations to take advantage of an extendable knowledge base available through self-service portals on the Web and Facebook, support ticketing, mobile customer care on virtually any device the customer chooses to use, social customer support, and chat for both traditional customer service scenarios and proactive sales engagement to create new, revenue-generating opportunities for the business. These capabilities complement the existing Microsoft Dynamics CRM customer-care solution with core strengths in workflow, extensibility and process-driven user experiences that allow contact center agents to do their best work.

Microsoft will continue to offer Parature solutions and support all new and existing customers as the company works to further enhance these offerings.

The terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. More information on this announcement, including product integration plans and timeline, will be shared at Parafest 2014 (Feb. 24–25) in Las Vegas and Convergence 2014 (March 4–7) in Atlanta. A blog by Bob Stutz speaking about this announcement Tuesday can be found at https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crmconnection/archive/2014/01/07/microsoft-dynamics-crm-and-parature-a-match-made-for-you.aspx.

More information about Parature is available at http://www.parature.com, and more on Microsoft Dynamics CRM can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/crm.aspx.

Those interested can follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics community on Twitter at @MSDynamicsCRM, hashtags #MSDynCRM and #CRM2013, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/msftdynamics.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

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.

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postheadericon Most Popular VPN Router & VPN Service Providers in 2013

FlashRouters Best Selling VPN Routers - Cisco LInksys, Asus, Netgear

VPN Router Best Sellers – 2013

2013: what a news filled year for privacy, security, and the expansion of connectivity in our daily lives.

At this point, we’re sure you’re sick of post-mortems about last year; we understand, and we are too. Nonetheless, we’d be remiss if we didn’t briefly reminisce about the banner year 2013 was for FlashRouters: we greatly improved our line with a steady stream of powerful and fast router additions,  integrated homegrown videos into our repertoire, and added VPN after VPN to our official supported provider list. Everything just clicked for us.

So while you probably don’t need anymore best-of lists clogging up your browser, we thought it necessary to highlight some of the top DD-WRT & Tomato VPN routers and VPN service providers that helped us make 2013 such a memorable one for us.

The Benefits of a DD-WRT or Tomato Firmware Upgrade

Of course, we wouldn’t miss an opportunity to tell you about what we do to make our routers are so great. It’s right there in our title.

Every router we sell is flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that boost every router’s functionality. With DD-WRT and Tomato, a whole world of advanced options open up for the user, such as premium security features, extendable wireless range, and the ability to control the allocation of one’s bandwidth.

Let’s not forget all this:

  • Built-in OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP Settings which allows you to utilize your VPN subscription with multiple devices as well as popular streaming players like Rokus while saving you the trouble of installing the VPN connection on each single device!
  • Dual WAN and 3g/$ G USb Failover options.
  • Major security holes removed like WDS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) which lets you take over the process of allocating your bandwidth for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.

Still a little fuzzy about what a FlashRouter does? Check out this handy video (this came out in 2013 too)!


Most Popular Wireless VPN Router of 2013

No matter how many new Wireless-AC VPN Routers we added in the past year, with their dizzying speeds and tremendous performing power, it would seem nothing could unseat the much-beloved Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT FlashRouter. But we think this time next year, a new king of the hill will finally be crowned.

Yes, the E4200 held strong, as did the towering Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato router, but our first DD-WRT Wireless-AC router did make it’s way to the number three position (possibly because it’s been around longer). We’ll see what the coming year has in store for these excellent devices, but for now, here’s to the E4200!

  1. Cisco Linksys E4200 N750 DD-WRT VPN Router– Best Overall DD-WRT Router
  2. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router – Best Overall Tomato Router
  3. Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC1750 DD-WRT Router – Our first Wireless-AC FlashRouter with an amazing price!
  4. Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – The most affordable dual band Tomato firmware option at under $ 100.
  5. Cisco Linksys E1200 N300 DD-WRT Router – Our economy, do-it-all model. Popular as a wireless repeater or client bridge.
  6. Asus RT-AC66U Tomato OpenVPN Router – For those looking for next generation Wireless-AC support with full OpenVPN support.
  7. Cisco Linksys E4200 Tomato Router – The Tomato version of a popular favorite.
  8. Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT – The long-standing DD-WRT classic single band with external antennas.
  9. Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router – A great mid-range choice for heavy users of streaming HD video.
  10. Cisco Linksys E1200 Tomato VPN Router – The newly added OpenVPN economy option.

Most Popular VPN Service Providers in 2013 – By User Request

HideMyAss VPN & FlashRouters

HideMyAss VPN & FlashRouters

As we mentioned above, we added a lot of VPNs to our supported provider list in this past year, and boy, is that reflected on the list of most popular VPN router service provider set-ups. About half of the list were not supported providers at the beginning of this year!

Nonetheless, the old guard held down the top slots. Maybe that will change in due time, but for now, people still can’t get enough of the tremendous US & UK server selection offered by HideMyAss. So congratulations to them! Here’s to a great 2014 with all of them!

  1. HideMyAss – Top overall US & UK server choices.
  2. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  3. Overplay – Easiest setup for your DD-WRT router and utilizing OpenVPN.
  4. IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide, and popular in the Middle East.
  5. StrongVPN – A popular choice with those in Latin America & Asia. Excellent across-the-board router support.
  6. IVPN Top VPN service provider for privacy-minded citizens, foreign journalists, human rights activists, etc.
  7. EarthVPN – An affordable addition with excellent worldwide VPN coverage, starting around 5 per month.
  8. CyberGhost – Most popular European VPN, especially in Germany.
  9. VPNSecure.Me – Popular Australian-based VPN provider with excellent support.
  10. Proxy.sh – A newcomer to the list, rising fast due to their excellent worldwide server selection.

The FlashRouters Difference

Fastest Routers 2014- Best VPN Router 2014

As we’ve demonstrated above, there are a lot of features on our devices waiting for a user to come along and take advantage of them, but some of these features may require a bit more technical expertise than your average user necessarily has. We want our customers getting the most out of their devices; that’s why we offer:

  • An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
  • Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide: A FlashRouter configuration specialist will personally contact you to tailor your new router to your networking plans if you don’t tell us in your order comments.
  • Dual VPN Router Network Setup – Your router will be configured to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
  • Free VPN Service Integration: We offer setup guides for just about every VPN service, including: OverPlayVPNHide MyAss,  IPVanish, PrivateInternetAccessStrongVPN, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, VyprVPN, plus many more.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS.

Please feel free to contact us by opening a support ticket or e-mailing us, no matter how big or small the issue. Our friendly support staff is always there to answer any and all of your questions.

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postheadericon Microsoft achieves FedRAMP JAB P-ATO for Windows Azure

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 30, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. announced Monday that its public cloud platform, Windows Azure, has been granted Provisional Authorities to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB). Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables customers to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

Windows Azure is the first public cloud platform, with infrastructure services and platform services, to receive a JAB P-ATO. This level of federal compliance helps assure Microsoft customers that Windows Azure has undergone the necessary security assessments. This opens the door for agencies to quickly meet U.S. government Cloud First Computing initiatives and realize the benefits of the cloud using Windows Azure.

“Given the rigorous process involved in achieving this level of FedRAMP compliance, which includes a greater depth of review than that of an agency-level authorization, Microsoft customers using Windows Azure can trust it meets FedRAMP’s rigorous standards,” said Susie Adams, chief technology officer, Microsoft Federal. “This is the highest level of FedRAMP ATO available, and it is a great honor for Microsoft to receive this certification. In addition, the pragmatic and holistic approach we took in achieving the provisional ATO for Windows Azure and its underlying datacenters will help pave the way for FedRAMP P-ATOs for even more Microsoft cloud services.”

“With the June 2014 FedRAMP security requirements deadline rapidly approaching, it is paramount for cloud service providers and agencies to get compliant ATOs in place,” said Matt Goodrich, program manager for FedRAMP’s Program Management Office at the U.S. General Services Administration. “The announcement today of Microsoft’s provisional authorizations for Windows Azure demonstrates that different types of cloud services — public to private and infrastructure to software — can meet the rigorous security requirements for FedRAMP.”

FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The JAB is the primary governance group of the FedRAMP program, consisting of the chief information officers of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. General Services Administration.

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

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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 New research highlights potential for technology to help fuel significant revenue and job growth by SMEs

Denpasar , Bali, INDONESIA Oct . 5 , 2013 Tech-savvy small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) created more new jobs and drove more revenue gains over the past three years than SMEs using little technology, according to new research commissioned by Microsoft Corp. and independently conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and a leading adviser on business strategy.


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The BCG report, Ahead of the Curve: Lessons on Technology and Growth From Small Business Leaders, which is being published Saturday, found there is potential for SME revenue to grow by a combined $ 770 billion in the five primary countries if more SMEs could achieve the growth rates of those SMEs that use modern IT. These same SMEs could add some 6.2 million new jobs in those countries alone. What’s more, BCG believes that this association between IT adoption and growth would be consistent in countries across the world.

“SMEs are a critical growth engine for jobs and economies today, and we wanted to better understand the impact of technology on these small businesses,” said Orlando Ayala, corporate vice president and Microsoft chairman of Emerging Markets. “Since the economic crisis, many economies have struggled to return to strong economic growth and to create new jobs, and this research suggests strongly that greater use of advanced IT by SMEs can potentially boost both growth and employment.”

BCG’s research found that over the past three years, IT-enabled SMEs, which BCG refers to as “technology leaders,” grew revenues 15 percentage points faster and created twice as many jobs as SMEs that use less technology. The research also revealed that across nearly all product categories, these fast-growing SMEs use more Microsoft solutions than any other products, and that SMEs view Microsoft as the top partner for new and future technology needs. In fact, when asked what technologies survey respondents could not live without, they chose Microsoft Office as the top productivity application over all others. What’s more, SMEs that adopted Microsoft Cloud services grew faster than SMEs that do not use any Microsoft products.

“The BCG research revealed that Microsoft products and services are the No. 1 choice of these technology leaders,” said Vahé Torossian, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Worldwide Small and Mid-Market Solutions and Partners organization. “Microsoft is the brand that small businesses trust and use to power their growth.”

The BCG report argued that the latest wave of technological advancement, such as cloud services, brings potential for the most far-reaching innovation and business growth ever, creating an opportunity for more SMEs to achieve the growth rates of technology leaders by leveraging technology to fuel productivity and growth. The research revealed that high-performing SMEs stayed ahead of mainstream IT adoption, riding new waves of advancement to improve productivity, connect with new customers and markets, particularly outside their own region or country, and compete with much larger players. These companies employ the full range of available tools — from productivity software to Internet connectivity and cloud-based services.

But at the same time, the research revealed a risk, because SMEs’ adoption of IT is decidedly uneven. Across the world, many SMEs, and their customers, don’t have access to modern broadband networks, and many lack the skills to get the most out of IT. Many SMEs are also still using large amounts of old and less efficient hardware and software. New devices are also sometimes very expensive due to high import duties, and SMEs are concerned about online security and privacy. But the growth prospects described in the study are too important for governments and the IT industry to ignore.

The risk of a growing technology gulf is relevant to governments looking to maximize economic growth, and it is an opportunity for policy-makers and the IT industry to implement strategies to remove barriers to IT adoption by addressing small businesses’ top concerns about using more technology.

“Our objective is to help more SMEs transition to, and benefit from, modern IT,” Torossian said. “For customers, it means providing product training and helping SMEs understand the full range of available devices and services, but it also means community investments such as skills training and partnering with governments and communities to remove the bigger, systemic barriers that hold SMEs back.”

The results of the BCG survey of more than 4,000 SMEs in five of the world’s largest and most diverse economies were consistent across all industry sectors, but there were some surprises from emerging markets and with women-owned firms. Technology leaders in emerging markets grew jobs and revenue faster than in developed markets and are even quicker than their developed market counterparts to embrace new tools, and women-owned firms are among the most technically advanced, innovative and successful firms interviewed.

“What we are seeing is that technology can help level the playing field for groups with historical disadvantages in business, and we would like to see more SMEs benefit from being technology leaders,” Ayala said. “Microsoft is committed to enabling people from all over the world and bridging the gender gap in computing careers with tools and programs to provide opportunities in the computing field for business growth and innovation.”

A copy of the report can be downloaded at http://www.bcgperspectives.com.

More about how Microsoft is working with SMEs can be found at

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/SMETechLeaders/default.aspx .

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