Archive for March, 2014

postheadericon Community Healthcare Network provides reliable, quality care with Office 365 despite extreme weather

REDMOND, Wash. Feb. 2 5 , 2014 Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a group of nonprofit community health centers providing medical, dental and social services in neighborhoods throughout New York, has selected Microsoft Office 365 and email in the cloud to keep its business and healthcare teams running smoothly and to help enable seamless communication in crisis situations.

“Prior to selecting Office 365, in emergency situations, our health teams were more at risk of losing communication with each other and not being able to help those most in need,” said Catherine Abate, CHN’s president and CEO. “With Office 365, if a weather emergency hits, we’re able to use the power of the cloud to help maintain email and server connectivity, keep our operations moving forward, and stay in contact with our staff members and other organizations so we can focus on helping patients.”

When Hurricane Sandy hit, CHN lost its on-premises email communications, which wreaked havoc on an organization that relies heavily on email to coordinate with health teams and manage healthcare operations. Once the storm was over and email was restored, CHN decided to look at moving the entire organization to the cloud permanently to help avoid similar adverse situations in the future. Office 365 not only provided virtually anytime, anywhere access to an increasingly mobile workforce, it also helped ensure HIPAA compliance and a commitment to maintaining the highest security and privacy standards. In addition, Office 365 has helped improve the efficiencies of CHN’s electronic medical records (EMRs).

“Even since the beginning of 2014, we’ve experienced some significant winter weather here in New York, but despite the weather, we’ve been able to keep everything up and running thanks to the cloud,” said Jason Pomaski, CHN’s assistant vice president of Technology. “Office 365 has really transformed how our organization is able to provide care and respond to emergencies by keeping us connected in a highly secure, user-friendly way.”

CHN provides confidential care to men, women and children, regardless of citizenship status or ability to pay. The nonprofit has a mobile workforce that serves four boroughs with 11 health centers, along with a mobile medical van, and it helps more than 75,000 people per year. CHN is also called upon by state and local governments as a responder to natural disasters and potential health emergencies, which makes reliable communications imperative.

Microsoft and CHN made the announcement as part of the annual HIMSS Conference, the nation’s largest health IT event of the year. From empowering easier collaboration among healthcare teams to securing virtually anytime, anywhere access to vital health information, Microsoft Office 365 capabilities are better equipping healthcare organizations to deliver care for patients.

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom. For more information on Microsoft’s presence at HIMSS 2014, visit the Microsoft in Health newsroom.

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 March Madness/Spring Cleaning Flash Deals on Premium Wireless Routers

Flash Deals on the Best WiFi Routers!

The clocks have moved ahead. The temperatures are rising and that pull of the outdoors is increasing. But you are probably tired of your underwhelming wireless performance that can’t reach your backyard and the security holes of outdated routers… In honor of the the NCAA Tournament, for the next few weeks, we will be rolling out unannounced flash pricing on some of our most popular routers at amazing prices to fully revive your network. Just in time for a good spring cleaning!

Keep an eye on this post for the latest in March Madness Spring Savings on FlashRouters! Maybe it will be some huge price discounts or a bundle deal, who knows how mad we will get?

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postheadericon Microsoft Office showcases future of work

LAS VEGAS — March 3 , 20 14 Microsoft Corp. kicked off its SharePoint Conference 2014, highlighting new ways Microsoft Office 365 will enable people to accomplish more with new experiences for users, developers and IT pros. In a keynote speech to approximately 10,000 customers and partners, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper showcased innovation that brings together the power of the cloud, enterprise social, big data, machine learning and mobile capabilities into an experience made personal for every Office 365 user. These new technologies will enable a networked way of working together in teams, in groups and across organizations that can result in better customer responsiveness, collaboration, information sharing, discoverability and more.

“Today, the world has become a giant network where connections make information more relevant and people more productive. Most companies, however, are not working like a network, which we believe is vital for their ability to improve collaboration and respond to customers, competition and market changes,” Teper said. “The new Office 365 experiences powered by cloud, social, mobile and big data technologies enable people and teams to find the right connections and most relevant insights to get more done.”

Delivering on this vision, Microsoft showcased new innovations for end users, developers and IT pros coming to Office 365 in the near future, with an emphasis on the trusted platform fundamentals of security, privacy and industry compliance.

For end users, Microsoft demonstrated new personalized experiences that integrate social capabilities throughout Office 365, to help people spend less time trying to find information or looking for people working on similar projects and more time getting things done. Powering these new user experiences is the Office Graph, a new Office 365 intelligence fabric that remains unseen to the user but is constantly analyzing content, interactions and activity streams and mapping the relationships using machine learning to intelligently connect and surface the most relevant content to each user. These new experiences include the following:

  • Oslo (code name). A new application powered by the Office Graph and code-named “Oslo” was previewed onstage. It uses personal interactions and machine learning to surface a view of the most relevant, timely information for each individual using Office 365 across SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Yammer and Office.

  • Groups. Groups is a new feature unifying people, conversations, calendars, emails and files across the Office 365 suite, enabling a seamless collaboration experience across applications. Creating a Group anywhere in Office 365 will automatically provision a corresponding Yammer conversation feed, calendar, document library and inbox where members can collaborate and work as a team. Just like in Yammer, Groups are open by default but can be made private if necessary, enhancing discoverability and sharing.

  • Inline Social. Microsoft is bringing the power of social collaboration and conversations to everyone by offering Inline Social experiences throughout Office 365. The first experience planned for introduction is the ability to have social conversations inside documents stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

  • Office 365 Video Portal. Today, Microsoft previewed the new Office 365 Video Portal to support upload, storage and discovery of videos in a secure manner. Businesses will be able to categorize videos into channels for specific business needs and stream them on mobile devices, with all of the video compression, optimization and rendering work done by Office 365.

“Many organizations struggle with bringing together their content creation, collaboration and core business applications,” said Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst, Constellation Research. “Today’s Office Graph and ‘Oslo’ announcements describe an integrated future that could greatly improve the way Microsoft Office 365 users will get their work done, with easily discoverable insights about important activity across their organizations that personally affect or may be interesting to them.”

With more than 3.4 million Office and SharePoint developers and counting, Microsoft also announced investments that open more doors for customers and partners to build contextual productivity solutions across browsers, PCs and mobile devices. On the Office 365 platform, developers can build integrated solutions and mobile apps to reach today’s leading businesses.

  • Exciting mobile possibilities. Today, the release of Office 365 SDKs for Windows 8 and Android will help developers build mobile productivity solutions powered by Office 365. Windows and Android developers can now connect to Office 365 data and services, including files, calendars, contacts, tasks and email.

  • Seamless Office 365 integration. Enhancements to Office 365 APIs for PowerPoint and Outlook give developers the control to build new, sophisticated solutions. PowerPoint presentations can be extended to surface poll or survey data directly within a deck, and Outlook Compose apps offer helpful insight alongside an email as it is written.

  • Robust APIs. In a continuation of Office 365 API growth, new APIs for files, people, email, calendar and tasks bring new light to the service with an intuitive, open- standards approach. The APIs also feature popularly requested enhancements, including self-service site provisioning and support for OneDrive for Business file actions.

  • Sharing power. Office 365 documents that include app information can now be more seamlessly activated by recipients. PowerPoint apps travel into the PowerPoint Online experience, allowing customers to share their favorite apps in a more viral way. Later this year, Office Online will bring similar capabilities to Excel.

For IT pros, Microsoft announced new capabilities that enhance Office 365 security and privacy, giving IT pros the tools they need to help protect their organizations. In addition, with the Office 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1 release, it is now easier than ever for organizations to take advantage of Office 365, whether that means making a comprehensive move to the cloud, adopting a hybrid deployment, or making a gradual transition through easy on-ramps such as OneDrive for Business and Yammer.

  • Dataloss prevention. Microsoft demonstrated new data-loss prevention capabilities for Office content, enabling organizations to manage, track and audit content, while not getting in the way of user productivity.

  • OneDrive for Business. In April, businesses can purchase OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro) as a stand-alone SKU providing secured file, sync and share in the cloud with all the benefits of integration with Office. Also, with SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1, Microsoft introduced new admin controls to “turn on” OneDrive for Business in the cloud directly from the SharePoint Server 2013 admin console. This enables customers to keep their on-premises infrastructure intact, while still getting the benefit of cloud-based file storage and sharing.

  • Easy SharePoint social transition to Yammer. In Service Pack 1 Microsoft is making it easy for IT pros to replace the out-of-the-box SharePoint Server 2013 social experience with Yammer. Through simple controls in SharePoint Server 2013 central administration, IT can choose to activate Yammer, redirecting users to the organization’s Yammer network.

More information about today’s news can be found on the Microsoft Office blog.

The SharePoint Conference 2014 is the largest Microsoft SharePoint event in the world, offering developers, IT professionals and executives a range of presentations, workshops, Q&A sessions and networking events. More information on the news at the event can be found at the Microsoft Office virtual pressroom.

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 Discounted Open Box Routers Now Available From FlashRouters!

Bargain hunters rejoice!  FlashRouters is now offering open box routers at discounted prices!

The Cisco Linksys E1200

Cisco Linksys E1200- Now Available In Open Box

Open Box Routers Now Available!

These open box routers are returns that have been inspected by our team of advanced configuration specialists. They then fully restore these routers to near perfect condition. Cosmetic defects such as light scratching might appear, but it’s what’s inside that counts! All the open box routers have been load tested for functionality and connectivity and have been updated with the latest recommended firmware build of DD-WRT or Tomato. We also included all of the necessary accessories that you will need to get your router up and running.

To order one of the open box routers, select “Open Box” from the Condition tab on the product page for the router. These open box routers are in limited supply, so they will run out quickly!

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The Benefits Of Open Box Routers

Upon purchasing an Open Box FlashRouter you will receive the same FlashRouter support that comes with any other router sold on our website. This includes full support for Internet, wireless, and VPN client connection setups for any providers that we support, such as PrivateInternetAccess, HideMyAss, Proxy.sh, and IPVanish.

Open Box items must be returned within 14 days from the date you received your router based on official tracking information in order to receive any refund. You can find this information on our Warranty and Return Policy page.

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postheadericon Microsoft, Intel and the Kenya Private School Alliance announce 4Afrika Youth Device Program

NAIROBI, Kenya — March 3, 2014 — Microsoft Corp., in association with Intel Corporation East Africa and the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA), on Monday announced the launch of the 4Afrika Youth Device Program to provide a bundle of affordable devices, educational applications, online services, affordable data plans and smart financing to Kenyan learning institutions. This will deliver an immersive learning experience to institutions of primary, secondary and higher education at an affordable rate.

The 4Afrika Youth Device initiative is part of the Microsoft 4Afrika Youth Program, which was unveiled earlier this year to provide scholarships, fellowships and internship opportunities to thousands of African youth. The device program will be piloted in Kenya with plans to expand to the rest of Africa including South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria. It aims to promote digital inclusion among Africa’s youth and educators across the continent, providing them with affordable access to the latest devices and services on the Microsoft platform coupled with popular learning applications.

“Through the program’s pilot in Kenya, we want to equip youth with critical 21st century ICT skills that will contribute to the growth of Kenya’s knowledge economy and facilitate the use of e-government services,” said Patrick Onwumere, director of youth enablement for Microsoft 4Afrika. The devices on offer include Windows-powered smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs. “The biggest value the Microsoft platform brings is our ability to offer a wide range of devices that deliver a connected experience across platforms and the services we provide,” said Onwumere.

Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative is currently piloting three TV white spaces projects on the continent to deliver low-cost, high-speed, broadband Internet access to schools in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

Microsoft has also partnered with Intel to offer training for teachers on information and communications technology (ICT) integration via the Intel Teach curriculum and Microsoft’s Teaching With Technology course, which leads to the Microsoft Certified Educator certification. “Our goal is not only to offer a range of affordable devices with educational applications and online services, but to deliver experiences that students and educators love through strategic cost of ownership and training and support for the education partner ecosystem,” said Onwumere.

“At Intel, we believe the right technology can be transformative, driving student achievement and lifelong learning. That’s why we are focused on designing tools that bring learning to life, helping to make students more engaged. The devices under the program are part of the flexible, holistic Intel Education Solutions that includes a range of devices from tablets to laptops to two-in-ones, software, content services and professional development for teachers. We are committed to working closely with the Kenya Private Schools Association to promote digital education for the 21st century,” said Alex Twinomugisha, business manager, Intel Corporation East Africa.

“These devices based on Intel Architecture are purpose-built for education, are student-friendly rugged designs that can withstand dropping off a desk (from 70 cm), and provide water resistance and dust resistance to promote anytime, anywhere learning. The devices all come with Intel Education Software, a suite of eLearning tools including the newly launched Intel Explore and Learn, designed to promote deeper engagement with content, plus apps that enable science exploration, data analysis and promote creativity. These devices are available from a number of manufacturers and will be distributed locally by Mitsumi Distribution, one of Africa’s largest ICT distributors,” added Twinomugisha.

The 4Afrika Youth Device bundle also includes tailored data offerings from Safaricom, consisting of 5 gigabyte and 10 gigabyte packages for PCs and laptops. Financing will be available through Kenyan institutions in a variety of formats, including bank loans from Equity Bank and contributions through M-Changa, a mobile money-based way to contribute toward the purchase of the devices.

“We would like to thank our partners Microsoft, Intel, M-Changa, Equity and Safaricom, who have come together to help us supplement the government’s efforts in providing quality and affordable devices for use in e-learning,” said Peter Ndoro, CEO of KPSA. “The choice of Microsoft applications, including the latest and most security-enhanced versions of Windows 8.1 and Office 365, and content from Intel and other parties, will go a long way in providing a wholesome, quality education to our students. Kenya Private Schools Association is committed to integrate ICT in our schools with an aim of providing quality, holistic basic education.”

Devices on offer

Devices on offer include the following:

iSurf Windows Tablet and Detachable Tablet

iSurf Windows Educator Laptop

iSurf Windows Portable

Acer Iconia W511

ASUS Transformer Book

Samsung ATIV Tab 3

Windows 8-powered Nokia smartphones

Intel Classmate PC

Educational applications

Educational applications include the following:

Intel Explore & Learn

Intel Classmate

Khan Academy suite, a personalized learning solution providing more than 100,000 exercise problems and over 4,000 micro-lectures via video tutorials, digital books and educational games

Microsoft Office 365 including PowerPoint, Excel and Word delivered via cloud-based services

Skype in the classroom

Digital books

Educational games

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 Feeling Lucky? Free US Shipping On Orders Over $150 Until St. Patrick’s Day!

Now that we are in the month of March, it seems appropriate to spread the feelings of joy that can come with the change towards warmer weather, especially after the brutal “polar vortex” that made this winter season rather unmanageable. And what better time to express these feelings of joy than the luckiest day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day!

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Free Shipping – Shamrock Style

From now through March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, FlashRouters will offer free United States shipping on all orders over $ 150. Just use the coupon code Irish when checking out.

DD-WRT is not just for VPN but for better networking security too. If you are in the market for a new router that does away with all the recent security problems Asus & Linksys default routers have had lately, DD-WRT is tested and secure.

Looking to boost your streaming speeds on your Apple TV? Use your VPN provider on your Roku to watch Torchwood or Doctor Who on the BBC? Now is the perfect time to order that super-powered DD-WRT or Tomato router you’ve been dreaming about, and with those pesky shipping fees removed, why not?!

Are you feeling lucky? You should be! Now is the opportunity to have the ultra high-powered Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk  or many of our top selling DD-WRT  or Tomato routers delivered right to your door with free shipping. Or head over to the FlashRouter Deals page for a list of some top router choices.

Most Popular VPN Providers For Watching UK TV/Telly

Need a VPN specific router for HideMyAss, IPVanish, PIA, or Overplay? Look no further! How about one of the 30+ VPN providers we support? Place an order for over $ 150 anytime before St. Patrick’s Day and receive free shipping for anywhere in the United States!

It’s time to get lucky.

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postheadericon Microsoft takes a stand on student privacy with best-in-class education solutions

BARCELONA, Spain — March 12, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday opened its annual Microsoft in Education Global Forum by emphasizing the importance of student privacy and reaffirming its commitment to helping ensure that student data is never mined for advertising and marketing purposes. The opening keynote speech, which took place in front of an audience of 1,100, including innovative educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries, also saw Microsoft highlight its end-to-end, best-in-class solutions with student success and career and college readiness at the forefront.


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Microsoft’s global commitment to education
March 11, 2014
Microsoft leaders from around the world share their thoughts on the importance of empowering students and educators with technology and training.
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“Privacy concerns are holding educators back from making the most of modern technology and preparing students to succeed in today’s workplace. At the same time, many solutions being used in the classroom are unintentionally putting student data at risk,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “The private sector has a responsibility to give educators the tools and resources that inspire real learning and have a real impact, while ensuring privacy isn’t a barrier to bringing new and innovative technologies into the classroom. This is why Microsoft is committed to taking every measure it can to ensure student information remains safe around the world. We will not, under any circumstance, mine students’ data.”

Microsoft technology is used in 98 percent of schools worldwide. The company’s end-to-end education solutions take the risk out of deploying the latest technologies and solve educators’ most pressing challenges across the following key areas:

Productivity and creativity. Microsoft Office 365 Education, an enterprise-quality communication and collaboration tool available in the cloud, is currently used by 110 million students, faculty and staff. This always-on cloud service guarantees that student data will never be mined for advertising. Student Advantage, available for free through qualifying institutions, includes the entire Office suite and more than 4 million students are already getting Office 365 Professional Plus from their schools since it was launched in December 2013. Microsoft Office has also proved valuable to students; a recent IDC study found Microsoft Office proficiency is among the top 20 skills required for high-growth/high-salary occupations.

Safer, more private search. Bing for Schools ensures students don’t see search ads when using Bing and also enhances their privacy by preventing the use of data to create ad profiles — all with no compromise on the exceptional search experience delivered. No other major search engine can make the same promise.

Management. Windows Intune is a cloud service that allows school IT administrators to manage Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices connected to their network over the Web, eliminating the need to own each device or to use onsite servers.

Professional development. Microsoft offers resources to train teachers on new technology, including the Partners in Learning Network that reaches nearly 1 million educators worldwide and includes online professional development, how-to tutorials, and learning activities created by teachers for teachers.

Technology training. The Microsoft IT Academy provides industry-leading technology skills to more than 8.5 million teachers and students in 130 countries to help bridge the technology skills gap. In addition, Microsoft has helped educators around the world successfully incorporate technology into the classroom to enhance the learning experience for their students through programs such as Teaching With Technology.

Device choice. Microsoft works with its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners to bring better choice and quality and more affordable devices powered by Microsoft software and services to market for educators and students around the world.

YouthSpark Initiative. Microsoft’s focus on privacy in education is part of its overall commitment to empowering youth through opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.

“We’ve chosen Microsoft because the company provides an end-to-end solution that meets all our needs — innovative and secured devices, best-in-class productivity, and collaboration apps and comprehensive management capabilities. In addition, the company provides the training and resources our educators need to ensure that our technology investments are successful,” said Clayton Carnes, school leader, Hermit Park State School in Australia. “Microsoft’s unwavering commitment to student privacy is also extremely important to us because we can rest assured that our students’ data isn’t being mined for advertising and marketing purposes. This commitment really sets Microsoft apart in the market.”

Other news announced today included the following:

• Pearson and Microsoft are joining together to create new applications and advance a digital education model that prepares students to thrive in an increasingly personalized learning environment. One of the first collaborations in the U.S. between the two global companies will combine Pearson’s Common Core system of courses with the groundbreaking capabilities of the Windows 8 touchscreen environment.

• Interactive education technology company Promethean World plc has committed to developing innovative Windows 8 apps and Office 365 integration for its platform ClassFlow, a cloud-based, classroom tool that enables teachers to create lesson plans, connect and deliver interactive content across multiple devices, and assess student understanding.

• BrainPOP has released its third Windows 8 app, BrainPOP ESL. BrainPOP ESL is a comprehensive English language learning program that uses engaging animated movies to model conversational English.

• In support of its long-term goal to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone, Wolfram|Alpha will deliver 22 Windows 8 apps for tablets, including the Wolfram|Alpha App,16 Course Assistant Apps, and 5 Reference Apps.

• Knewton Inc. and Microsoft announced a global alliance to promote adaptive learning and support Microsoft’s partner and publisher ecosystem in personalizing content for students.

• A global partnership with CK-12 Foundation supports the development of innovative Windows 8 apps to provide students and teachers with access to a rich library of K–12 STEM content at no cost.

Now in its 10th year, the Microsoft in Education Global Forum brings together more than 1,100 of the most innovative and committed educators, school leaders and government officials from around the world — including more than 250 Expert Educators and 75 Mentor School leaders. Each year, the Global Forum provides an opportunity for education’s best and brightest to learn from their peers, share classroom triumphs and challenges, and collaborate to help transform education for the 21st century.

Microsoft’s focus on privacy in education is part of the YouthSpark initiative, our global commitment to empowering youth through opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. In its first year alone, YouthSpark created new opportunities for more than 103 million young people in over 100 countries around the world.

The Microsoft in Education Global Forum is supported by Platinum- and Gold-level sponsors Pearson, Promethean, Dell Inc., Intel Corporation, Acer and the School Improvement Network.

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 About the security content of iOS 7.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 7.1.
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postheadericon Understanding Home Sharing

Home Sharing in iTunes lets you share your iTunes media libraries between up to five computers in your household. You can also use Home Sharing to play your iTunes content on your iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation) if they are connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
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postheadericon Best New Shows on 4oD of 2014 & How To Access 4oD Abroad

One Born Every Minute - Channel 4od- Streaming Online

One Born Every Minute – Channel 4od

The UK’s Channel 4 and its streaming counterpart Channel 4 on Demand (4oD) are legendary channels for cutting edge UK comedies with a propensity towards adding new and interesting content. Some of these programs like Peep Show have become cult classics in their own right, while newer shows like Live From Space show the increased variety of what Channel 4 continues to offer its viewers.

Let’s take a look at some of the other more interesting shows coming to 4oD in early 2014.

Upcoming Shows/New Seasons on 4oD

Live From Space – A true can’t-miss television event. Framestore, a British VFX company that just won at the Academy Awards for their work on Gravity, helmed this program designed to get involved with astronauts in ways never before seen on camera. Suffice to say, this jaw-dropping series is waiting to be watched in HD.

Strippers – As its title suggests, Strippers isn’t exactly suited for the whole family. The show’s creators set upon a different Scottish strip club week to week and interview as many people as possible, in an attempt to learn more about the lifestyles of those involved in this trade. The title figures in Strippers differ from episode to episode, but include a former gold-medal wining gymnast, a nurse, and an arts student trying to fund her master’s degree. Fascinating stuff.

Peep Show Now Streaming On 4od

Peep Show – Streaming on 4od

Peep Show – If you have just finished binge-watching a comedy and looking for something new to fill the void , Peep Show should be top of your list. Already eight seasons in, this award-winning sitcom chronicles the lives of Mark and Jez, two flatmates who manage the transition from their twenties to their thirties with varying degrees of success and plenty of awkward comedic moments.

One Born Every Minute – The show that exists at the intersection between chaos and sweetness: One Born Every Minute is a documentary series takes place in a maternity ward and, as you can imagine, there are equal parts drama (i.e. labor, c-sections, and various complications) and poignancy (the happiness of these parents experiencing the arrival of their children into the world). One Born Every Minute is filmed with an elaborate camera set-up that allows for the most perspectives possible in these very intense situations. The show is set to begins its 5th series in March.

Access 4oD Abroad With A VPN

Most Popular VPN Providers For Watching UK TV/Telly

As mentioned in FlashRouters’ previous 4od article, accessing 4oD is only something those in the UK can do. So if you’re a UK-expat living in the states or elsewhere, maybe you’re a TV Anglophile curious about these new shows on 4oD, or you’re just getting homesick for The Inbetweeners, we want to make sure you can access 4oD abroad with ease.

Enter VPN services. VPN services, or Virtual Private Network services, are subscription-based services that are designed to boost user’s online protection. Logging into a VPN means that all of your online information is tunneled through secure servers set up all over the world. This keeps your sensitive information – like credit card numbers and private e-mails – are kept away from the prying eyes of snooping governments, hackers, and identity thieves.

Better still, using a VPN allows you to access geographically restricted material from anywhere in the world. When you log into your VPN provider, you’re allowed to choose the location of your network, which means you get assigned a new IP address. This effectively tricks your computer into thinking it’s somewhere that it’s not.

So if you want your computer to think it’s in England or Scotland or Wales, just pick a UK-based server, and you’ll be able to access 4oD abroad on your laptop, tablet, phone, etc. before you know it!

Popular VPN services for UK IP addresses include IPVanish, Proxy.sh, PrivateInternetAccess, and VPNSecure.me. If you want to get a better look at some of the best VPN service providers around, we recommend checking out our official supported provider list.

Access 4oD Abroad On Roku

As you may have heard, 4oD is now available for streaming on Roku. As you cannot use a VPN directly on a Roku, the only way to enjoy 4oD on your Roku outside the UK is using a FlashRouter.

What’s a FlashRouter, you might be asking? Why don’t we show you!

FlashRouters takes already powerful routers and supercharges them by replacing their stock firmware with DD-WRT or Tomato. These replacement firmwares do many things including increase a router’s speed, power, and versatility. A DD-WRT or Tomato router allows you to access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated (particularly useful for streaming HD video).

And the benefits keep on coming. Customers that are subscribed to any VPN on our official provider list can have their VPN account pre-installed on their router, saving them the trouble of dealing with the tricky VPN installation process. You can even hold on to your old router and use our popular dual router setup to switch back and forth between your local network and your VPN, so you could use a UK IP on your VPN to access 4oD abroad and go about your everyday business on your local network.

FlashRouters range from inexpensive and perfectly suited to access 40D abroad (like the Cisco Linksys E1200 Tomato and the Netgear WNR3500L v2) to major networking beasts that can handle any amount of traffic you throw at it (like the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT Nighthawk and the Asus RT-AC66U AC1750 Tomato). To research our full range of VPN ready routers products, check out our best-sellers from 2013.

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