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Wolf Hall – Best UK Shows of 2015

As we’ve discussed in the past, the UK is home to some of the finest television programming available. From the BBC to Channel 4, you can find beloved sci-fi institutions, gripping police procedurals, and deft mysteries.

So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best UK shows of 2015, see what we can look forward to this year, and show you how you can watch these fantastic shows from anywhere.

Best UK Shows of 2015

Wolf Hall – For those of you who miss having Homeland‘s Damien Lewis on your TV screen (yes, his presence on the show did coincide with the show’s decline in quality up through the 3rd season, but it could hardly be considered his fault), get ready to watch him assay the role of the marriage-happy King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall. This six-part adaptation of Hillary Mantel’s novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, has been earning rave reviews since it premiered on BBC Two earlier this year. We suggest you catch up.

Luther – The tortured genius detective trope has certainly been worn to tatters lately, but somehow a combination of Idris Elba’s steely charisma and a daringly pulpy sensibility elevated Luther above the pack. It seemed like the show would be on hiatus indefinitely. Then last year, we found out that the show would be returning to BBC America for a two-part miniseries. So yeah, we’re psyched.

Sherlock – Okay, maybe this one is a little bit of a cheat considering that the show is only offering a Christmas special, and will thus be out of the picture for most of 2015, but we couldn’t resist. Fiction’s greatest detective will be returning in one of his most entertaining incarnations (that offered by the effortlessly compelling Benedict Cumberbatch) and bringing Watson (Martin Freeman) and the rest of the gang along with him. Details about the special are scant, but we’re excited nonetheless.

Doctor Who returns for its ninth season.

Doctor Who – Best UK Shows of 2015

Doctor Who – Okay, it’s likely that fans need no reminders that their favorite time-traveling doctor will be returning for a season nine this fall, but any list of the best UK shows of 2015 would be incomplete without it. And the great Peter Capaldi (the twelfth doctor, for those counting) will be back as well. That’s all we need to hear.

Orphan Black – The third season of this tremendously popular series is just getting underway over at BBC America, so time is of the essence if you wish to stay caught up. As ever, Tatiana Maslany dazzles in nine distinct roles as clones at the center of a secretive government program. Catch up on one of the most buzzed about shows on television.

Broadchurch – Admittedly, season two of this show has already aired in its entirety on ITV, but again, this is a list of the best UK shows of 2015, not the list of the Best UK shows of 2015 yet to come. So yes, season two of this gripping crime drama is already several months past its airing, but it deserves recognition nonetheless. And season three is already promised, so get yourself up to date.

Babylon – Here’s another one where kind of have to fudge the rules a little. Technically, the first season of this critically acclaimed show (co-created by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones, Jesse Armstrong, and Sam Bain) aired last year on Channel 4, but it was such a hit that SundanceTV in the US decided to start airing it in 2015. Either way, this comedy-drama that divides its attention between the police officers at the Metropolitan Police Force, and the PR department that has to account for their behavior, is essential television.

Watch the Best UK Shows of 2015 From Anywhere

As we mentioned above, not every one of these shows is available to international audiences. So if you want to be able to access these shows from anywhere in the world, you’re going to need a VPN.

A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service designed to make your sensitive online information as secure as possible. When you log into your VPN, all of your data is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the globe, thus keeping them away from cyber-criminals and snooping governments.

But what does this have to do with watching UK shows outside of the UK, you may be asking. Well, VPNs are also useful for accessing geographically restricted websites. When you log into your VPN, you have the option of choosing the encrypted server of your choice. When you do, you’re given an IP address in the country of the encrypted server you chose, which makes your internet-capable device think it’s in that country.

So all you have to do is log into your VPN, pick a UK server, and voila! You’ll be streaming the BBC and Channel 4 as much as you’d like.

Just about any VPN worth its salt will offer plenty of UK servers, and we’re affiliated with A LOT of them (as our official supported provider list attests). If we had to pick favorites, we’d tell you that terrific VPN service providers like Overplay, HideMyAss, IPVanish, and PrivateInternetAccess are serious favorites around the FlashRouters office, and offer top-notch UK coverage.

Enjoy the Best UK Shows of 2015

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postheadericon Texas Home Invader Dies On The Job

CLEAR LAKE, TEXAS — We cover quite a few home invasion stories, and most of them are stories of armed occupants taking care of criminals who enter (or try to enter). This story is different, though, because the alleged intruder … Continue reading
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postheadericon Adult dating site hacked, leaking private information

Casual dating website ‘Adult FriendFinder’ has been hacked, leaking data from as many as 3.9 million accounts, according to an investigation by Channel 4 News.

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postheadericon Google reveals failure of ‘secret question’ password recall

A research paper from Google has looked into the difficulties of standard ‘forgotten password’ personal information verification.

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postheadericon 77-Year-Old Florida Resident Defends Home And Self Against Two Intruders, Killing One And Injuring Another

REDLAND, FLORIDA — On May 18th, just after noon, an elderly man of 77 was forced to defend himself when two yet unidentified male suspects allegedly invaded his home. One intruder was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at … Continue reading
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postheadericon The wider world of security research output: webinars

Security research is published in many forms. For example, there are live and recorded webinars that cover a range of cybersecurity topics.

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postheadericon CareFirst data breach leaves 1.1m health insurance customers vulnerable

More than 1.1 million health insurance customers have been left vulnerable by a vast data breach, after criminals gained access to a CareFirst database in a “sophisticated cyberattack.”

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postheadericon A Couple That Shoots Together, Stays Together: And Stops Thugs

THOMASTON, GEORGIA — A pair of robbers targeted a home for a 2nd time, but this time the homeowners were prepared to fight back. Here is what happened to the retired couple, just a month after their home was broken … Continue reading
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Best Price on Best Routers of 2015

We all get excited for the long weekend, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but as we all know, Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those in our armed forces.

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REDMOND, Wash. — May 20, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced the recipients of the 2015 Microsoft Supplier Program (MSP) Excellence Awards. The MSP Excellence Awards recognize superior performance, exemplary service and innovation by suppliers that demonstrate what it means to be a preferred supplier at Microsoft. The purpose of the MSP is to build long-term relationships with a select group of strategic suppliers that create long-term value for Microsoft.

Winners of the 2015 MSP Excellence Awards were nominated by employees of Microsoft in various business units, MSP suppliers and Microsoft Procurement Professionals. An extensive panel of Microsoft employees and external judges selects all final awardees.

Award winners were based on excellence in a number of areas, including quality, value, service and innovation. Winners were announced during the 13th Annual MSP Summit on Microsoft’s main corporate campus in Redmond, Wash.

“I am very pleased to recognize this year’s Supplier Program Excellence Award winners for their outstanding performance,” said Mike Simms, general manager and chief procurement officer at Microsoft. “Every year our suppliers continue to impress us with their commitment to excellence, innovation and collaboration. The award recipients delivered high-impact results and contributed to the success of Microsoft. On behalf of Microsoft, I want to thank the award winners for their significant contributions and partnership and also acknowledge all of the nominees.”

Winners were announced in three categories: Supplier Diversity, Responsible Sourcing Leadership (Bridging the Opportunity Divide, Climate Performance and Impact Sourcing), and MSP Supplier of the Year.

MSP Supplier Advisory Board

Every year, Microsoft leverages the services of thousands of third-party suppliers. The MSP was created more than 13 years ago as a methodology focused on supplier management to foster a strong supplier community. It would be difficult to do that without input from the suppliers that make up that community. For the first time since its inception in 2012, Microsoft would like to acknowledge and thank the 24 companies that make up the MSP Supplier Advisory Board.

The MSP Supplier Advisory Board’s charter is to serve as the informed voice of the supplier to Microsoft to enable long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Without the dedication and time commitment from these companies, the Microsoft Supplier Program would not be what it is today. Microsoft would like to thank the following:


Zones Inc. — recipient of the 2015 Supplier Diversity Award

Zones manages hosted product catalogs in 32 company codes across Canada, Europe and India. Zones also manages strategic partners in the Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions in support of its global enterprise client base.

Zones is one of the fastest-growing IT solutions providers on the market today. It is highly focused on ensuring customers’ successes as it works to tackle their most pressing IT challenges. Zones is a global organization with offices or strategic partnerships established in over 60 countries and growing.

Zones was integral to the launch of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 products for Microsoft’s internal Cost per Head hardware procurement. On May 20, 2014, Microsoft announced the launch of the newest member of the Surface family of products, the Surface Pro 3.

Zones has been providing significant savings to Microsoft over the past five-plus years, supplying Third Party Peripherals, Consumer IT Hardware standards, and nonstandard hardware to Microsoft.

Zones captured cost savings of 25 percent of applicable spend in the U.S. for Microsoft’s 2014 fiscal year. Over the first half of FY15, U.S. savings are tracking at 53 percent.

Sutherland Global Services — recipient of the 2015 Responsible Sourcing – Bridging the Opportunity Divide Leadership Award

Sutherland Global Services is a global provider of business process and technology management services. It employs more than 36,000 employees and has been in business since 1986. For more than a decade, Sutherland has been providing Microsoft with mission-critical customer management and back-office services under several longstanding, performance-driven engagements. With nearly 60 operational centers across the world, Sutherland continues to grow. In 2014, Sutherland formed the first foundation dedicated to the advancement of youth worldwide. The Sutherland Foundation for Education and Enrichment actively supports and respects the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights and the advancement of youth in technology. The Sutherland Foundation stands for the creation of sustainable workforces, the abolition of child labor and the elimination of discrimination, and it stands against corruption in any and all forms. Further, the Sutherland Foundation supports and undertakes initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

Sutherland was recognized by Microsoft at its 2015 annual Global Supplier Conference for achieving the milestone of training more than 30,000 disadvantaged learners through Microsoft YouthSpark Community Technology Centers. The judges for the award were “impressed with Sutherland’s management commitment applied to a multigeographic program with very significant, measured impact that sets a high bar for other companies.”

The following were the Bridging the Opportunity Divide Leadership Award judges:

  • Brian O’Kennedy, CEO of Clearstream Solutions and Steering Committee member at Verego
  • Chris Worman, senior director of Global Media at TechSoup Global
  • Jo Aggarwal, senior advisor at Silatech
  • Jeffrey Avina, lead manager of Citizenship for Middle East and Africa at Microsoft
  • Peter Shiras, executive vice president of Business Development at International Youth Foundation

Akamai Technologies — recipient of the 2015 Responsible Sourcing – Climate Performance Leadership award

Akamai is a cloud services provider dedicated to helping companies provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. Akamai is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., has more than 5,100 employees worldwide and generated $ 1.96 billion in revenue in 2014. With more than 170,000 servers in 102 countries and over 1,300 networks, Akamai has deployed the most pervasive cloud-optimization platform. Akamai delivers between 15 and 30 percent of all Web traffic. It delivers daily Web traffic reaching more than 25 terabits per second (Tbps). Eighty-five percent of the world’s Internet users are within a single “network hop” of an Akamai server. Akamai delivers more than 2 trillion daily Internet transactions. Akamai has a relationship with Microsoft dating back to 1999, and the partnership has grown to where Akamai now provides over 30 cloud-based services to more than 125 Microsoft groups.

In 2014 Akamai made significant strides with its climate change management strategy and mitigation, which directly translates into long-term reduced energy consumption and carbon footprints for Microsoft. The judges for the award were “impressed with Akamai’s commitment to climate risk management and the progress it has made on its 30 percent year-on-year goal to reduce energy and greenhouse gas intensity relative to network traffic, which it has largely achieved with innovations it will publicly share in peer forums.”

The following were Climate Performance Leadership Award judges:

  • Betty Cremmins, senior manager of Supply Chain at CDP
  • Timothy D. Juliani, director of Corporate Engagement at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • TJ DiCaprio, senior director of Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft
  • Michael Mondshine, vice president of Sustainability and Energy at WSP
  • Susan Wickwire, chief of the Energy Supply and Industry Branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Compass Group PLC — recipient of the 2015 Responsible Sourcing – Impact Sourcing Leadership Award

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Compass Group North America leads the industry in food service management and support services. Compass Group North America serves clients such as IBM, United Technologies Corp., SAP, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University and District of Columbia Public Schools. Compass Group provides catering to special events such as the U.S. Open and the Academy Awards. Compass Group was the official catering services supplier for the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Compass partnered with Microsoft’s Real Estate & Facilities group, establishing a leadership position with respect to the recruitment, onboarding and continued placement of associates with disabilities. Compass was awarded Supplier of the Year and Technology Award for 2009. Compass has also won awards such as the William O. Ellison Award, the Governor’s Employee Award, and the Community Employment Alliance’s 2014 Community Innovation Award.

In 2014 Compass Group enabled 91 associates with disabilities, representing 8 percent of all associates at Microsoft, to experience a smooth and positive transition into Microsoft’s campus services work environment. The judges for the award were “impressed with Compass Group’s local stakeholder engagement coupled with a vision and model to scale that can be replicated by other companies.”

The following are Impact Sourcing Leadership Award judges:

  • Eric Simonson, managing partner for Research at Everest Group
  • Gloria La Cava, coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Youth Program at The World Bank
  • Craig Osborne, engineering manager of the Open Solutions Group at Microsoft
  • Rene Yoakum, general manager of Global Consumer Support at Microsoft
  • Jane Hwang, chief operating officer at Social Accountability International
  • Mamadou Biteye, managing director, Africa at The Rockefeller Foundation

Wipro Ltd. — recipient of the 2015 Supplier of the Year Award

Wipro is a global leader in providing IT services, outsourced R&D, infrastructure services, business process services and business consulting. Across more than 16 geographies, Wipro specializes in IT consulting, product engineering services, business process outsourcing, cloud services and eco energy, to name a few.

Wipro services clients from more than 72 centers, located in 59 countries, employing 99 nationalities. Wipro is headquartered in Bangalore, India, and around 60 percent of its people are located across its development centers in India, including Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi and Bhubaneswar.

Wipro is globally recognized for its innovative approach toward delivering business value and its commitment to sustainability. Wipro champions optimized utilization of natural resources, capital and talent. Today it is a trusted partner of choice for global businesses looking to differentiate at the front and standardize at the core through technology interventions.

Wipro demonstrated excellence at Microsoft across multiple disciplines including Process Transformation (reducing time for development, human interaction and optimizing costs by tearing down deployments that are no longer needed), Product Quality Improvement (significantly reduced cycle times, cost savings, quality assurance rates exceeding expectations and increasing test efficiency by 110 percent), and Cost Optimization Efficiency Improvement and Automation (eliminated post-release issues, improved real-time end-user coverage and elevated product quality assurance). Through Wipro’s long history and broad engagement with Microsoft, it has repeatedly shown that it strives for excellence in everything it does for Microsoft. Microsoft would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our Supplier of the Year award recipient Wipro Technologies.

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

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