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postheadericon Sony agrees to $8 million settlement over 2014 data breach

Sony Pictures Entertainment says that it will pay out $ 8 million to its employees, over a data breach last year. The studio was attacked by cybercriminals over the release of the movie The Interview.

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postheadericon Weakest, common passwords of 2014 revealed

A study of more than 3.3 million leaked passwords in 2014 has been released, exposing the most overused, predictable passwords.

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postheadericon 2014 Security Lessons: Making 2015 More Secure

A few days ago, I gave a webinar titled Make 2015 More Secure: Lessons from 2014, which was a follow-up to the 2014 Mid-Year Threat Report webinar from this summer.

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postheadericon Bing shares the top searches of 2014

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 30, 2014 — 2014 was a year full of celebrity stargazing, sports spectating and high-end designers according to Bing search data. As we look back at the billions of searches conducted on Bing this year, we get a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the people, moments and events captivating people’s attention in 2014. The complete list of Bing Search Trends is available at http://www.BingTrends.com.

All in the family

After spending last year in the No. 2 spot, Kim Kardashian dethroned Beyoncé Knowles as the most-searched person in 2014. From her buzzworthy Vogue cover and extravagant wedding to her photos that “broke” the Internet, Kim and her famous family held our attention throughout the year. Keeping up with the family business, little sister Kendall Jenner broke into the top 10 for the first time. All of the 10 most-searched people are entertainment-focused as President Barack Obama didn’t make the list this year, a change from 2013 when he was No. 10.

A year for remembering

Comedic legends Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, and American author and poet Maya Angelou passed away tragically this year. News of each passing had people taking to the Internet and searching for their favorite moments of each star’s life.

News that impacted us

Sports dominated the news in 2014, between the long-awaited World Cup, a surprising Super Bowl performance and the controversial Winter Olympics. The mystery behind the missing Malaysia Airlines jet captured our attention as we craved answers to the tragedy and speculated on what may have happened. In addition, the worldwide Ebola outbreak drove headlines this year as global health authorities worked to contain the pandemic.

Other top search results in the U.S.

Most-Searched People
2014

  1. Kim Kardashian
  2. Beyoncé Knowles
  3. Miley Cyrus
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Justin Bieber
  6. Joan Rivers
  7. Jennifer Lopez
  8. Kendall Jenner
  9. Kaley Cuoco
  10. Robin Williams
2013

  1. Beyoncé Knowles
  2. Kim Kardashian
  3. Rihanna
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Madonna
  6. Justin Bieber
  7. Nicki Minaj
  8. Amanda Bynes
  9. Miley Cyrus
  10. Barack Obama

 

Most-Searched Athletes

  1. LeBron James
  2. Michael Jordan
  3. Lamar Odom
  4. Danica Patrick
  5. Tim Tebow
  6. Peyton Manning
  7. Colin Kaepernick
  8. Serena Williams
  9. Derek Jeter
  10. Tom Brady
Most-Searched Politicians

  1. Barack Obama
  2. Hillary Clinton
  3. Chris Christie
  4. Eric Holder
  5. Michele Bachmann
  6. Rick Perry
  7. Nancy Pelosi
  8. Harry Reid
  9. Michael Grimm
  10. Bernie Sanders

 

Additional top results from around the world including the most-searched technology, musician, movie and designer are available at http://www.BingTrends.com, an engaging Web experience powered by Internet Explorer.

About Bing

Bing is the search engine from Microsoft. It was introduced in 2009 with a mission to empower people with knowledge — to answer any question and provide useful tools to help you best accomplish your goals, from the everyday to the extraordinary. Bing continues on that mission today by moving beyond the search box to power intelligent experiences across a range of devices and services from Microsoft and third parties.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices 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://news.microsoft.com. 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://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

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postheadericon Microsoft Convergence 2014 Europe

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 30, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Thursday announced the details of the live webcast for Convergence 2014 Europe, Microsoft’s premier conference for the business community, from Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 4 through 6.

Microsoft will kick off Convergence 2014 Europe with an opening keynote highlighting the uniqueness of Microsoft Cloud for business as well as announcing new versions and updates to key Microsoft Dynamics business solutions. Microsoft customers will share the stage with Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions, and discuss how their businesses are thriving. Tatarinov will also use the keynote to share a vision of how organizations can grow and succeed by connecting in new ways with their customers.

What:  Microsoft Convergence 2014 Europe

Who:  Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions

When:  Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, 9–10:30 a.m. CET (12–1:30 a.m. PST and 3–4:30 a.m. EST)

Where:  Fira Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre, Barcelona

Live Webcast Information:  The live webcast of the keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. CET. Viewers may access the webcast at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence/europe14.                                             

Transcript Information:  A replay and transcript will be available by the end of the week on the Microsoft Dynamics newsroom.

More information and news from Convergence 2014 Europe is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/dynamics and the Microsoft Dynamics blog. You can also read about this year’s Customer Excellence Awards winners and how each company is achieving business success with the help of Microsoft solutions at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence/europe14/Customer-Excellence.aspx?p=button#fbid=PhbuOEGjmhH.

Those who want to follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics Twitter community can do so at @MSDynamics using #CONV14.

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postheadericon Microsoft announces winners and finalists of 2014 Sales Achievement program

REDMOND, Wash. — July 29, 2014 Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the winners and finalists of the Sales Achievement program. Winners and finalists were recognized at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014, the company’s annual event for industry partners, July 13–17 in Washington, D.C. The Sales Achievement program recognizes global Microsoft partners for achieving exceptional sales results in fiscal year 2014.

“Partners that won this year’s Sales Achievement recognition have demonstrated extraordinary commitment in transforming their businesses to support customers worldwide with Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft. “As customers’ needs evolved, these partners made the right investments to grow their businesses with Microsoft and are now well-positioned to take advantage of new opportunities in fiscal year 2015 and beyond.”

Categories, winners and finalists appear below:

Azure Sales Achievement
Winner: Softbank
Finalists: ATEA and NEC Corp.

Cloud LSP Sales Achievement
Co-Winners: Insight Enterprises and SoftwareONE
Finalist: Bytes Technology Group

Corporate Accounts LSP Sales Achievement
Winner: Crayon
Finalists: Comparex and PC Connection

EPG Global ISV Sales Achievement
Winner: Redknee
Finalist: Jeppesen, A Boeing Company

EPG System Integrators Sales Achievement
Winner: Hewlett-Packard Company
Finalist: Dimension Data

Office 365 Sales Achievement
Winner: CDW LLC
Finalists: Adelior France and Phoenix Software Ltd.

OEM MNA Sales Achievement
Winner: Fujitsu
Finalists: Dell and Panasonic

OEM Named Sales Achievement
Winner: Trigem
Finalists: Seiko Epson and Wortmann

SMB Distribution Sales Achievement
Winner: Tech Data Europe
Finalists: ComPortal and Synnex, US

SMB RESELLER Sales Achievement
Winner: PERSPICUITY
Finalists: CCB and Palmetto Technology Group

About the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference provides Microsoft’s partner community the opportunity to interact with leaders from around the globe: innovative partners, Microsoft team members and tech visionaries. Partners have access to key marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, marketing, services and technology, the Worldwide Partner Conference is an ideal setting for to network with thousands of partners from across the world. Attendees come from over 150 countries and represent many of the most successful, top-tier Microsoft partners. More information can be found at http://www.digitalwpc.com.

About Microsoft

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

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

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postheadericon Microsoft demonstrates new ecosystem opportunity and unveils the latest partner devices at Computex 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan June 4, 2014 Wednesday during a keynote address at Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president responsible for Microsoft Corp.’s device partnerships, demonstrated the breadth of innovation happening across Windows and the Windows device ecosystem. He was joined during his keynote by Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Windows Marketing, and Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia and distinguished scientist at Microsoft, who provided evidence of how Microsoft is innovating to deliver opportunity for partners and value to customers in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

Parker opened the keynote talking about Microsoft’s vision for devices in a rapidly changing market and how Microsoft is innovating across its products, partnerships and business model to create opportunity for partners. Parker also talked about Microsoft’s device partner strategy to drive scale and innovation with Windows, through new partnerships and new technology that delight customers.

To talk about how the Windows team is operating with new speed and agility to deliver enhancements to customers and partners, and how Microsoft and its partners can build the next 1 billion devices together, Parker invited Tony Prophet to the stage. Prophet talked about how recent Windows enhancements including $ 0 Windows for devices smaller than 9 inches, relaxed certification requirements, the release of Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows universal apps all make building incredible Windows devices easier for a broader ecosystems of hardware partners and ultimately more valuable and affordable for customers. He talked about the value of Microsoft cloud services across devices and shared the latest momentum:

  • 2 billion Skype minutes per day

  • 4.4 million Office 365 Home subscribers

  • 400 million active Outlook.com users

  • 250 million OneDrive users

  • 48 million Xbox Live members

  • 18 percent share of U.S. search market for Bing

He also shared momentum on apps and announced that Kabam, a leader in free-to-play games, will deliver its lineup of hit games to Windows tablets and phones over the next year, including “Fast & Furious 6: The Game,” “Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon” and “The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth.” Moving forward, Kabam games will be available for Windows in the same timeframe as for other platforms.

Prophet was joined on stage by Nick Hedderman, group manager in the Windows Product Management team. Hedderman demonstrated the latest capabilities in Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Phone 8.1, showing a number of new experiences that were built based on customer and partner feedback, including improved mouse and keyboard navigation in Windows and enhanced notification, personalization and file management options in Windows Phone. He finished the demo with a look at Cortana, Microsoft’s new personal assistant on Windows Phone, and spoke about its upcoming availability in both China and the U.K.

Microsoft and its hardware partners announced new designs, price points and markets for Windows devices. Parker had nearly 40 brand-new devices on stage, including all-in-ones, laptops, 2-in-1s, tablets and smartphones. He gave the first sneak peek of Toshiba’s 7-inch tablet that will be available in the coming months at a value-driven price point that is very competitive to any other 7-inch-class device and unveiled the HP Pro x2 612 2-in-1 that is packed with business-ready capabilities including security features, a Wacom stylus, and dual batteries in the tablet and the power keyboard. He demonstrated an expanding ecosystem with new partner devices including numerous tablets from partners in the China technology ecosystem in Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai, including Haier, VIDO and Luckystar. Parker also showcased a breadth of smartphones from value to premium from new partners including BLU, InFocus Corp., Prestigio and Yezz. These new devices are the result of Microsoft’s expanded collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. on its reference design program, which enables device manufacturers to quickly and efficiently broaden their portfolio with Windows Phones.

Dr. Hon joined Parker on stage for a discussion about the future of computing and key areas of investment for Microsoft Research that include big data, machine learning, datacenter, sensors, computer vision and natural user interface. Dr. Hon talked about advancements in computer science and provided examples of how technology coming out of Microsoft Research ends up in products such as Xbox, Bing and Skype. He concluded by sharing his thoughts on how computing is evolving to become more human-centric, which provides a more personal and contextual user experience for people to do more, know more and be more.

Computex is the second-largest computer exhibition in the world, drawing a range of manufacturers and developers each year for a look at the latest upcoming devices and technologies. Microsoft products and partner devices can be seen on display in the Microsoft booth in Nangang Exhibition Hall, L Area-#0110. More information is available at http://www.computextaipei.com.tw/.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices 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 Best VPN Routers & VPN Service Providers of March 2014

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FlashRouters Best Selling VPN Routers and VPN Setup Requests – March 2014

Fire up your wireless networks, folks. It’s MLB season, and FIA Formula 1 season, and the 2014 World Cup is right around the corner. You want seamless streaming of all of these events? Then it’s time to get familiar with FlashRouters and the many VPNs we support.

Benefits of a DD-WRT or Tomato Upgrade

In case you didn’t take the time to watch that video, let us explain what we do here at FlashRouters:

It’s right there in the title: we flash routers. And the next logical question is…what do we flash them with? Open-source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato.

These replacement firmwares supercharge the speed, power, and overall functionality of routers, and every FlashRouter we sell greatly benefits from this process. With a DD-WRT or Tomato router, you can enjoy:

  • 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/4G 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.
  • Extendable wireless range

And that’s just the beginning! A FlashRouter is truly a gateway to a safer, more dependable, and more versatile wireless network. Now we’re going to tell you which ones our customers love the most lately…

Most Popular Wireless VPN Routers of March 2014

To no one in the FlashRouters office’s great surprise, the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT router jumped to the very top of our bestsellers list, upending longtime favorites like the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight and the Linksys E4200. They had a great run, those two.

It’s easy to see why the Nighthawk swooped into the top spot: it has best0class just about everything – 1 GHz processor perfect for high quality streaming, and USB 3.0 networked port. But no matter your feature-preferences or price range, there’s bound to be a VPN router on this list that matches your needs. Happy hunting!

  1. Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – Our highest powered router, best router for gaming.
  2. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router – Most popular Tomato VPN Router.
  3. Linksys E4200 N750 DD-WRT VPN Router– The long time most popular DD-WRT model.
  4. Linksys E1200 N300 DD-WRT Router – Our economy, do-it-all model. Popular as a wireless repeater or client bridge.
  5. Asus RT-AC66U Tomato OpenVPN Router – For those looking for next generation Wireless-AC support with full OpenVPN support, meet the lone Wireless-AC Tomato router
  6. Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – The most affordable dual band Tomato firmware option at under $ 100.
  7. Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT – Best in class Asus model, a new addition to our line that will surely be jumping up the list before you know it.
  8. Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router – A great mid-range choice for heavy users of streaming HD video.
  9. Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT Router – The long-standing DD-WRT classic single band with external antennas.
  10. TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT Router – A sleek, peppy router that’s one of our go-to high-powered dual band N600 devices.

Most Popular VPN Service Providers of March 2014 – By User Request

Private Internet Access VPN: The Most Popular VPN Service Provider of March 2014 for FlashRouters

Private Internet Access VPN

Maybe it was our recent announcement that we now offer DD-WRT Private Internet Access VPN routers with OpenVPN protocol that launched PIA to the top of our VPN service provider setup request list. Whatever the case, congratulations to PIA! Their fantastic service makes them more than worthy of the top spot.

  1. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  2. HideMyAss – Top overall US & UK server choices.
  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. EarthVPN – An affordable addition with excellent worldwide VPN coverage, starting around 5 per month.

The FlashRouters Difference

FlashRouter VPN Routers Advantages

FlashRouter Upgrade Benefits

We like discussing the many, many features available on our VPN routers, but we understand that, for an open-source novice, installing these kinds of features can be intimidatingly tricky. But if you’re a rookie or a pro, we want you to be able to get every last bit of functionality out of your router, so 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, PrivateInternetAccess,  CyberGhost, ExpressVPN,VyprVPN, plus many more.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS. We now also offer overnight and international express shipping.

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.

For more DD-WRT & Tomato VPN routers, as well as VPN Service Provider updates, product updates, and limited-time specials, follow us (@flashrouters) or like us on Facebook.

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postheadericon FlashRouters’ Security & Internet Privacy News Roundup (April 2014)

Internet Privacy and Online Security News

FlashRouters’ Internet Privacy & Online Security News Roundup

In the ever-shifting landscape of internet privacy and online security, it’s important to stay informed. You can never really predict what form of malevolent online forces will take. Technologies specifically designed to increase internet security can be the perfect solution one day and totally invalid the next.

That’s why we’re happy to do this Internet Privacy & Online Security news roundup; in the interest of keeping our customers and readers fully aware of what new or recurring dangers exist on the web and offering the best possible solutions to maintain the integrity of their networks.

Top Internet Privacy & Online Security News Stories

Governmental Snooping Stories

NSA’s UK Partner Targets German Companies (CNET) – It’s been revealed that the NSA’s UK counterpart, the British Government Communications Headquarters (or the GCHQ), has been spying on German internet companies. Much like many of the similar revelations we’ve seen in the last year, these come straight out of the leaked Snowden files.

President Obama Calls for an End to NSA Bulk Data Collection (New York Times) – In related news, perhaps finally galled by the extent of the NSA’s tremendously invasive breaches of privacy, President Obama is calling for an end to the security agency’s bulk data collection. It’s certainly a move in the right direction.

China Tightens Internet Security to Protect from US Cyber Attacks  (Reuters) – Despite President Obama’s vows, China has developed a little edginess about the NSA’s roving eye, and has decided to beef up their internet security. China reportedly made this decision in light of the revelation that the NSA managed to infiltrate the servers at Huawei Technologies Co. The Chinese Defense Ministry claims this move laid “bare the United States’ hypocrisy and despotic rule.” Let that one sink in for a while.

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FlashRouters Internet Privacy Roundup: Governmental Snooping

Turkey Hijacks Google’s Internet Domain (The Sydney Morning Herald) – Google has accused Turkey of redirecting users away from their site and sending them to Turkish servers that serve as phony version of Google. This is, of course, all part of Turkey’s larger plan to limit the free web activity of their citizens, a plan which has thus far included banning YouTube (for sharing incriminating audio files of a Turkish state security meeting, involving plans to invade Syria) and Twitter (as we’ll discuss more below).

Government-Sponsored Hackers Attack Journalists (CNET) – Google security engineers Shane Huntley and Morgan Marquis-Boire recently spoke at the Black Hat hackers conference in Singapore and revealed that 21 of the 25 top news organizations in the world have been targeted by hackers. Though there’s no confirmation of this, Huntley and Marquis-Boire seemed fairly certain that these hackers are working on behalf of governments searching for information.

Why Privacy Is Actually Thriving (Wired) – Okay, this one isn’t really news, but Wired’s Nathan Jurgenson wrote an op-ed claiming that the ways in which we use social media to constantly reveal things about ourselves doesn’t really limit our privacy so much as re-contextualize it. It’s worth a read.

Watch Every Cyber Attack in the World in Real Time (Gizmodo) – This one has the benefit of being both terrifying and kind of cool: Kasperkspy Labs has developed an interactive map that allows you watch every cyber attack across the globe as it’s happening. Obviously, the implications are scary, but damn, if they didn’t create a really cool looking map.

Technology Fights Back (For the Most Part)

Turks Circumventing Twitter Ban with a Simple App (Tech-World) – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may need to figure out another way to limit his citizen’s right to free speech (that’s meant as mocking sarcasm, not a real suggestion), as his critics are proving resilient against his attempts to shut down Twitter in Turkey. By using a simple security and internet privacy Google Chrome app, ZenMate, Turkish citizens are bypassing Erdogan’s censorial decrees. Others are relying on VPNs (such as our good friends at Overplay or HideMyAss) to get around this ban.

No-Card-No-Button ATMs (ZDNET) – Click on the link and watch a video of one of these things in action. Diebold has taken the ATM card and all of the buttons out of the ATM scenario, opting instead to allow users with smartphones to simple perform all of their ATM tasks through their phones. There are any number of benefits to this, such as being able to allow other people to use your ATM account by putting them through a brief, but safe, verification process.

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FlashRouters Internet Privacy Roundup: Dirigible Drones

Dirigible Drones (Wired) – On the less promising front, here we have StratoBus, a dirigible drone the length of a football field that is designed to hover 13 miles up. On the plus side, StratoBus is a satellite meant to reinforce communications, facilitate navigation. But, of course, there’s also the more sinister element that involves surveillance and the admittedly often beneficial world of border security monitoring. Whatever you focus on, a hundred yard dirigible drone just sounds ominous.

 And Finally…

Thank Plato for Encryption (Slate) – A video from the Royal Institution (animated by 12foot6 and Phoebe Halstead) demonstrates the ways in which the ancient Greeks set into motion every mathematically-reliant technological advance we have in our midst today, including encryption. Take a look below:

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postheadericon How to Watch the World Cup 2014 Live Streaming From Anywhere (Updated)

Get Your Network Ready for World Cup 2014 Live Streaming

Get Your Network Ready for the 2014 World Cup

You’re excited about the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil; of course, you are. We all are. Why else would we be posting about it almost three months the first game starts? The World Cup will be pumping up emotions around the world from June 12-July 13, 2014.

Anticipation is at a fever pitch. Ticket sales in Brazil are breaking records. FIFA’s issuing warnings about buying tickets from unauthorized sources.

Of course, most of the world won’t even try to get tickets, and will happily settle for watching it on TV or streaming it over the web. This also applies to restaurants and bars trying to show matches to their patrons that aren’t streaming on available TV channels.

If you are in the United States, trying to watch the England, Italy, or Japan game while the US game is playing on television may not be possible, unless you are web streaming. If you don’t have cable or an ESPN 360 account, you will need to an alternate way to ensure you will be able to watch all of the matches.

Below is a guide that we will be continually updating the make streaming the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil streaming is as fluid and hassle-free as possible.

How to Watch the 2014 World Cup Online

World Cup 2014 Draw- How To Watch 2014 World Cup Online

2014 World Cup Draw

Just looking at the results of the World Cup 2014 Draw is enough to get us worked up. Looks like our home team will be facing Germany, Portugal, and Ghana in Group G, with the No. 2-ranked Germany posing biggest threat to the US squad. Host country Brazil will facing off with Croatia, Mexico, and Cameroon when everything kicks off on June 12th. This could get interesting.

If you don’t miss a minute of it, and if you want to know who has the rights to stream the World Cup in your country, it would be best to consult this list of broadcasting rights. In addition, here are a few choice sites and apps that will allow you to access World Cup 2014 live streaming for every game that your heart desires.

Best VPN Service Providers for World Cup 2014 Free Live Streaming

Best VPN Services for Watching World Cup 2014

For the uninitiated, a VPN service (or Virtual Private Network service) is a subscription-based service that accomplishes the dual purpose of making your online activity secure and allows you to have access to a freer, more open internet. It accomplishes the former by securely tunneling all of your online activity through encrypted servers set up all over the world, thus keeping your sensitive information (e-mails, credit card numbers) out of the view of prying eyes.

As for giving you a more open Internet, a VPN also allows you to access geographically restricted material like the World Cup from anywhere in the world. When you log in to a VPN, you’re allowed to choose the country in which your encrypted server is located. When you do so, your computer is given a new IP address in that country, which effectively makes your computer think it’s in a different country.

Want to stream the BBC from Mexico? Choose a UK server and you’re all set. The same trick applies if you want to watch Netflix from New Zealand or visit Google from China.

How to Stream World Cup 2014 on Any Device

On the other side of things, even if you are have chosen the right VPN of your choice to watch the World Cup 2014, you still may have issues with the actual live streaming of the games on your different devices. That is why a powerful router for integrating VPN through your entire network is a necessity. Using a better router could give you streaming HD quality World Cup action like you never imagined.

Using a VPN router means you set up the VPN provider once and any device that connects will now be using that country you have selected. iPad, Ps4, Roku, AppleTV. You name it and it’s covered.

Some of our most powerful VPN ready routers include the Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter & Asus RT-AC66U Tomato FlashRouter which offer top end processor and wireless speeds. If you are looking for a basic router upgrade to get your network more prepared for a streaming future, might we suggest the Linksys E1200 Tomato FlashRouter or the Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router.

Watch Fifa World Cup with VPN

Best Free World Cup 2014 Live Streaming – FIFA.com

FIFA – Who can do a better job of covering the FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil than FIFA themselves? In fact, FIFA’s live streaming service is available in the following (admittedly, all European) countries:

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

How to Stream the World Cup on FIFA Outside of Europe

So if you want to access FIFA or BBC Sport or any other site streaming World Cup games that is not available in your country, hop on to your VPN and pick a server in a country that will allow you to watch the game. you can use the following list of Top Recommended World Cup VPN Providers and the servers countries they offer.

  • IPVanish – Own their own Tier one VPN Servers with major coverage all throught Europe. Out of the FIFA list: IPVanish offers servers Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark (2 servers), Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary (3 servers), Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom (6 servers). Any of which are FIFA.com accessible.
  • Overplay – Popular VPN provider with server locations from the countries from FIFA list in Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
  • PrivateInternetAccessTop low cost VPN provider. Limited country selection but available in the following countries from the FIFA list: Germany, Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Best Sites & Apps for Streaming Live Football/Soccer

Watch World Cup 2014 on BBC Sport

BBC Sport/iTV: BBC Sport is a free streaming sports treasure trove and your best bet for World Cup 2014 live streaming would be through BBC Sport. In conjunction with ITV, BBC has the online streaming rights to World Cup games. All matches will be split between these two UK services. Unfortunately, both BBC Sport and ITV only available in the UK- unless you are subscribed to a VPN service that can help you get around these pesky country restrictions.

Streaming World Cup Live in the USA

WatchESPN: If you’re watching from the US, as we are, then you can count on 271 hours of World Cup 2014 live streaming from Brazil courtesy of ESPN. WatchESPN will be airing simulcasts of the games and that’s likely where you’ll find us. However, unless you are a cable subscriber, using ESPN to watch the World Cup not be possible.

FOX Soccer 2Go: This is a US subscription-based streaming service devoted to all things Soccer and Rugby. They’ve maintained solid coverage on this upcoming World Cup, so you can be certain that FOX Soccer 2Go will stay on the ball when the real action starts. There’s even a Watch on Demand function in case you miss the game you want to see. It all depends on whether or not you want to pay the subscription fee and if your local provider can bring this service to you.

  • Available in: United States, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, USA Minor Outlying Islands, Virgin Islands, U.S.
  • Top Recommended US VPN Providers: HideMyAss, Proxy.sh

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