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postheadericon If you can’t send or receive messages on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 
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postheadericon Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT AC2400 WiFi Router – The Best DD-WRT Router of 2015?

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT OpenVPN Router

While FlashRouters highlighted some of the best and most popular DD-WRT routers of 2014 but we thought it is time to give attention to our latest DD-WRT WiFi router likely to lead this list in 2015…

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to introduce our newest WiFi Wireless-AC crown jewel: the Asus RT-AC87U AC2400 DD-WRT FlashRouter.

Asus RT-AC87U AC2400 Nighthawk DD-WRT Specs

Let’s take a minute to talk about what makes the Asus RT-AC87U AC2400 so special, even before it is flashed with DD-WRT open source firmware for advanced customization and security options.

  • Unrivaled 5000 square feet Wireless-AC coverage with speeds up to 2400 Mbps.
  • Our first router with 4 powerful external antennas that can be adjusted to improve your wireless range.
  • Runs on a Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU internal processor.
  • Best-in class RAM (256), 128 MB of active flash memory.
  • A Networked USB 3.0 port for the fastest high-speed data transferring available.

That’s a lot of top-of-the-line  wireless coverage, processing power, not to mention future-proofing for high end Wireless-AC speeds for those looking for the best of the best. Add in the amazing features included with a DD-WRT firmware upgrade and it doesn’t get any better than this when it comes to SOHO routers!

Sold on the RT-AC87U?

Well, I must say that’s an excellent choice!

And because you are getting in right at the ground floor, use the coupon code AC87U to save an extra $ 50 on the the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT FlashRouter VPN Router today. This intro deal is only valid through Jan. 15 2015.

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The Advantages of Wireless-AC

If you’re not familiar with Wireless-AC, here’s all you need to know: as the latest wireless draft for exponential signal capacity, for sheer transmission speed, Wireless-AC smokes the competition.

Where Wireless-G topped off at 54 Mbps and Wireless-N landed in the 450-900 Mbps range, Wireless-AC blows right by both, tripling Wireless-N’s fastest speeds. In the case of the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT Router FlashRouter, this is a dual-band device with the ability to offer 2400 Mbps (600 2.4 GHz & 1800 5.0 GHz)! There’s nothing else on the market that can compete with that.

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT Features

The hardware specs of the Asus RT-AC87U are only part of its appeal. at does it matter if the firmware is missing the features you want or has security holes/backdoors you don’t want. The real fireworks occur when DD-WRT open source firmware is flashed onto this remarkable device.

If you’ve struggled with streaming movies or TV broken up by stalls or aggravating freezes, then the RT-AC87U DD-WRT is the router you’ve been waiting for. No need to worry about interruptions during Game of Thrones on HBO Go or House of Cards on Netflix; the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT will keep your streaming services working.

And there’s so much more that DD-WRT brings to the Nighthawk. There are features galore, performing all sorts of advanced functions like:

You get all of these features – advanced networking modes and security, flawless streaming, WiFi Hot Spot capabilities – and so much more with a DD-WRT upgrade. Don’t settle for anything less.

Best Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT VPN Options

One of the best advantages of owning a Nighthawk DD-WRT is the built-in VPN capability.

If you subscribe to a VPN service, or are planning to, FlashRouters can set up your brand new Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT to work with your VPN account straight out of the box. Skip over tricky VPN installation processes and let us take care of the hard stuff.

Plus, with the RT-AC87U, you will get the best speeds of any VPN router. Speeds in a router are based primarily on the processor strength and how much encryption/decryption it can handle. The Asus RT-AC87U 1 GHz is the most powerful processor we now offer.

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How To Use a FlashRouter in a Two Router Setup

Purchasing a Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT FlashRouter doesn’t mean you will have to get rid of your current router setup. Take advantage of our popular dual router setup, which lets you have one dedicated VPN router, and one for local, day-to-day usage. Switching back and forth between your regular network and your VPN has never been so easy.

Our list of official supported VPN service providers grows longer all the time, and you can’t go wrong choosing from it. That said, these are some of our more popular VPN providers:

  1. HideMyAss – Top number of servers and IP addresses in US & UK server choices.
  2. IPVanish – Keeps adding more & more servers with some of the fastest server speeds worldwide.
  3. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  4. Overplay – Easiest setup for your DD-WRT router and utilizing OpenVPN. Includes SmartDNS subscription.
  5. CyberGhost – The go to European based VPN provider.

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FlashRouter VPN Routers Advantages: Protect Against Snooping Agencies like the NSA

The FlashRouters Service Difference

Though our staff has always been available to help our customers when they needed help, we’ve recently upgraded our already superlative customer service in a couple of important ways…

Knowledge Base & Help Desk: Our site has a handy Knowledge Base and support desk to better handle the many requests and inquiries we receive. If you have any questions, concerns or are just looking for a recommendation on the best device for you and your setup, click the Support button on the left hand side. Our DD-WRT specialists are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right device.

Support Plans: FlashRouters now offers advanced DD-WRT support plans. Different routers come with slightly different plans. Users looking for support for their own routers can visit the FlashRouters Support Plan Center.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code AC87U through 01/15/2015 and get an extra $ 50 off!

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postheadericon North Korea falls off the internet – is the United States to blame?

Barack Obama promises that the United States will respond to the Sony hack, and North Korea drops off the internet. Is there a connection?

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postheadericon UK Broadband ISPs hijacking browsers to push porn blocks

A host of UK broadband providers are hijacking people’s browsers mid-session to force them into making decisions on adult content filters.

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postheadericon UK Office of Communications reveals nature of recent cyberattacks

A Freedom of Information request to the UK’s Office of Communications has revealed exactly how persistent hackers are at attacking government departments in the country.

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postheadericon Even skateboards can be hacked

It seems even the humble skateboard isn’t immune to hacking, as The Register reports that the ‘Boosted’ brand of electric skateboards has been hacked by a pair of hackers.

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postheadericon Accenture and Microsoft launch new hybrid cloud platform to accelerate enterprise-wide adoption

Editor’s Note: Updates to this press release were made post-publication to clarify details about the Accenture Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure being piloted at Freeport-McMoRan.

NEW YORK and REDMOND, WA – Accenture and Microsoft Corp. have expanded their long-standing strategic alliance with the introduction of the Accenture Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure, a powerful hybrid cloud platform designed to bring new capabilities, economics and innovation to the enterprise. Working with Avanade, the companies are co-funding and co-engineering this platform with new hybrid cloud technologies and services to help enterprises build and manage enterprise-wide cloud infrastructure and applications.

“Our expanded relationship with Microsoft represents a game-changing proposition that addresses the biggest concerns and complexities our clients face as they look to leverage the cloud,” said Pierre Nanterme, chairman and CEO, Accenture. “With new demands being placed on IT departments every day, enterprises need to smartly connect their infrastructure, software applications, data and operations capabilities in order to become agile, intelligent, digital businesses. This unique collaboration with Microsoft and Avanade is one of Accenture’s most strategic and important initiatives for driving enterprise-wide cloud adoption.”

“Enterprises around the globe are looking for the right platforms and partners to help them transform and thrive in a mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “The Microsoft cloud, combined with Accenture’s industry knowledge and implementation expertise, accelerates our customers’ cloud adoption and unlocks new benefits, including powerful new applications, data-driven insights and increased productivity.”

This agreement is the most far-reaching collaboration between Accenture and Microsoft since the 2000 joint venture to launch Avanade, a leading Microsoft solution provider with more than 22,000 employees and US $ 2 billion in global sales.

The Accenture Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure delivers new technologies to migrate and manage applications between private and public clouds in a controlled, seamless and automated way – on demand, at speed and from a single console. The solution integrates and builds on key capabilities from the three companies to help enterprises deliver “everything as a service,” including:

  • The Microsoft cloud platform of Microsoft Azure providing enterprise performance, hyper-scale and hybrid capabilities connected to Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack running in customer data centers.
  • The Accenture Cloud Platform which supports multi-platform environments with self-service provisioning for any application. Its central dashboard controls cloud brokerage and management capabilities, and provides the enterprise-grade governance, reliability, security and operations enterprise clients expect.
  • An end-to-end spectrum of professional services to help clients define and execute against their cloud goals, based on Accenture’s specialized industry knowledge and proven business transformation experience — from strategy and transformation to migration, deployment and managed services.
  • Avanade’s deep bench of skilled professionals equipped with broad expertise in Microsoft technologies and a laser focus on unlocking business value in the enterprise.

One example of how the Accenture Hybrid Cloud Solution-Microsoft is being piloted is at Freeport-McMoRan, one of the largest international natural resource companies. The company is leveraging the solution to prototype a new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform to improve mining operations by securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from the trucks, drills and other assets in the mine. The resulting platform will provide operations supervisors with a role-based mobile dashboard to analyze and react to near real-time situations in the mine. This capability will enable supervisors to take immediate action on items that impact mine production, which ultimately drives revenue.

“As our business makes the transformation to digital mining, we are looking to capture the benefits of hybrid cloud and engaged Accenture and Microsoft to explore how we can accelerate our journey,” said Bertrand (Bert) Odinet, VP and CIO, Freeport-McMoRan.

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postheadericon How to Stream College Basketball Online & Unblock NCAA Basketball Outside the USA

Learn how to stream college basketball online

How To Stream NCAA College Basketball Online

The 2014 NCAA Basketball season is currently underway. Will Kentucky roll through the rest of the country this season or will the always powerful but recently non-title winning Dukies gonna bring it home this year? How about Wisconsin, Ohio State, Kansas, Maryland or Rutgers? (Ok Rutgers isn’t going to do anything but an alumnus can dream!) So many questions, so much pressure, and so much excitement?

Looking for the best places to stream college basketball and how to use a FlashRouter to watch these games from anywhere? This post has you covered.

So if you are aching to watch your alma mater or hometown heroes rise up the bracket of the Big 12 or the Big East conference, but stuck outside of your home market or country, we may just have some solutions for you for the best college sports streaming services. Plus you may just learn how to unblock your favorite online sports streaming hubs from outside the US at any time. Plus out solution offers more clear streaming video, better WiFi range, plus amazing security/privacy features.

Not only will it benefit you for streaming the best college sports games online from now through March Madness but access Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant and anything else from anywhere!

Enough preamble, let’s get down to the games…

Best Sites for Streaming Live College Basketball

WatchESPN – As we usually do, we will start this list with WatchESPN, as it generally tends to be the best option for streaming live sports. If you are looking to stream college basketball, they do not disappoint, especially if you are interested in watching SEC, Big 12, and ACC teams. From Oklahoma to Kansas, UNC to Wichita State, WatchESPN has the largest array of college sports streaming online anywhere.

For an example, check out this list of games that are available within the next couple of days. Sure, you’ll need a cable subscription, so this is by no means a substitute for that, but if you want a good online supplement to your cable package while on the road or to share with family , getting this app is the way to go.

Fox Sports Go – Again, this is one where you’ll need a cable subscription. There’s also the issue that, if you don’t have a VPN (which we’ll explain the necessity of later in this post), you’ll only be able to watch local college basketball games. Still, there are plenty of games to watch, with Fox concentrating mostly on the Pac-12 conference.

Use WatchESPN to stream college basketball

WatchESPN – How to Stream College Basketball

Wiziwig – Less officially, we once again remind you of Wiziwig. We’re always a little hesitant to recommend something like this since sites like this are operating outside conventional bounds and could potentially include malware in the software that you need to download in order to use it.

Then again, free options for those looking to stream college basketball are hard to come by these days. Enter at your own risk. Back to the conventional choices with…

CBS ollege Sports Live –  We saved the best for last with this one. This is sort of in the spirit of NFL Game Pass in that you’re basically paying for a whole season to stream without the added hassle of needing a cable subscription. In that way, College Sports Live is far and away the best option for cord-cutters looking to stream college basketball.

Stream College Basketball Online with a VPN-Ready FlashRouter


Of course, relying on streaming does have its drawbacks. For example, what if your router isn’t strong enough to handle a consistent live stream? Are you really going to be okay with non-stop stutters in your service and buffering? What if you’re out of the country on business or vacation and your streaming college basketball site of choice has some geographical restrictions?

This is where FlashRouters and our VPN service provider affiliates come in to save the day. Not only does FlashRouters offer the finest routers on the market to ensure that our customers get powerful, consistent performance from their wireless network, we’re aligned with some of the best VPN service providers out there to guarantee that your online safety, privacy, and freedom are protected at all times.

VPN services, as the link above explains in further detail, protect your WiFi network by tunneling all of your online information through encrypted servers and allow you to access any website from anywhere in the world, allowing you to stream college basketball from Korea, Brazil, Germany, or anywhere else you might happen to be.

FlashRouters provide you with the certainty that your network will never underperform by offering top-of-the-line routers flashed superlative replacement firmware like DD-WRT and Tomato. Featuring premium stability, superior performance and exceptional security options, using the Internet without a FlashRouter is like going out into the snow without a coat. Unprotected and asking for it!

FlashRouters and VPNs go hand in hand. If you’re subscribed to any VPN on our official supported provider list, we’ll send you your FlashRouter ready to work with your VPN service, allowing you to enjoy your new router without putting yourself through aggravating VPN-installation processes.

Better yet, hold on to your old router and enjoy our dual-router setup, which allows you to have one dedicated VPN router and one local router for more simple, day-to-day usage.

Best Router for Streaming Sports Video

Want to know which FlashRouters and VPNs are right for you? We recommend you start by looking at our most recent bestsellers list, which features the most popular routers and VPN service providers available on the FlashRouters website.

There’s everything you might need: terrific VPN service providers like PrivateInternetAccess, IPVanish, and CyberGhost, as well as dynamite routers from all price ranges like the excellent economy Linksys E1200 Tomato or the all-mighty Netgear R7000 DD-WRT.


We even have a brand new Wireless-AC model that costs half the price of most other Wireless-AC devices (the Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT Router).

Streaming college basketball has never been so easy, and with the right FlashRouter and VPN on your side, you’ll never have to worry about it again. And with the holiday season approaching very soon, a FlashRouter is the perfect last minute gift for any students abroad or military service people looking to stream college basketball.

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postheadericon Mobile security: flaw allows hackers to read texts and listen to calls

Hackers can eavesdrop on your phone calls and text messages even with cell networks using “the most advanced encryption available” according to The Washington Post.

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postheadericon Uber considers biometrics in bid to improve safety

The ride-sharing app Uber has unveiled new security plans to screen drivers, helping ensure passenger safety, Engadget reports.

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