Best Bluetooth Speakers 2018 You Should Buy

Bluetooth speakers are not new technology, they’ve been around for quite some time now. However, over the last couple years they have seen quite a comeback due to one reason – the technology is much better than it was a few years ago. We now experience reliable connections to our speakers for a lot of cars now, bluetooth comes standard. Now is the time to buy a bluetooth speaker.

In this article we’re going to talk about the 10 best bluetooth speakers that are currently on the market. We have carefully chosen this list based on quality, sound, battery life, and of course, price. Let’s dive into our top 10 list of best bluetooth speakers of 2018!

UE Boom 2

The original UE Boom experience some great success, and the UE Boom 2 adds to that! Are you looking for a speaker with loud capabilities that maintains quality all the way up? Look no further. On top of that, the UE Boom 2 is incredibly portable and durable. On top of that, it is completely waterproof! Great for any occasion, around the pool and IN the pool.

Quality

I’m only going to say this about one speaker. The UE Boom 2 is rock solid, some might even say bulletproof (don’t test this). It can handle wear and tear very well, and if taken care of properly will last a long time. Again, I will mention that it is waterproof. All in all its pretty tough to wear this thing down.

Sound

Loud. Period. The UE Boom 2, just like the original UE Boom packs a huge punch and will impress you with how loud it goes despite its size. While increasing the volume, the most important piece about this speaker is that quality stays intact. You won’t experience noise when on max volume, so turn up!

Battery

Depending on volume of course, you can expect 15 to 20 hours of consistent playback from this speaker – not bad right? Like most, it uses a micro USB to charge and takes roughly 60 minutes to hit full charge.

JBL Charge 3

We see the JBL Charge 3 as an amazing combination of sound, features, and price. Just like the UE Boom 2, it plays very loud while maintaining quality and having zero distortion. A unique feature about this speaker is that it can charge your phone or other device while playing! Like the UE Boom 2 it is also completely waterproof. Even still that isn’t a standard feature amongst most bluetooth speakers, so take advantage of this.

Quality

Compared to most portable bluetooth speakers, the JBL Charge 3 is slightly larger and heavier than most. With a size of 213 x 87 x 88.5mm, The JBL Charge 3 will take up a little more space in your bag than most speakers. If you don’t see this as an issue, then you can take advantage of everything else it does.

Sound

We are very impressed with how the JBL Charge 3 performs on a sound level. You can also connect the speaker to multiple speakers to enhance the sound quality, because who needs stereo? The reason this speaker isn’t number 1 is because based on the size of the speaker, we expected more sound power and quality than smaller speakers. While the quality here is amazing, we feel it should be more for the size of the speaker. Or else what’s the point of it being bigger?

Battery

This speaker, like most, boasts a short charge time. Around 60 minutes as well. You can expect 20 hours of constant playback as well, of course while factoring in volume.

Bose Soundlink Mini 2

To date, I have never given a Bose product a negative review. Today, that statement still stands. Visually, this is my favourite speaker – it looks amazing and will be number 1 on my list when I have a bluetooth speaker beauty contest. However, today, it is number 3 – still very impressive! Being an owner of this speaker myself, I’ll make sure not to make any biased opinions.

Quality

The unibody enclosure boasts an amazing exterior appearance on the Bose Soundlink Mini 2, in my opinion, it looks tough. Do not be fooled by the fact that this speaker is not meant to be thrown around and will not take horseplay very well. Being a speaker, I don’t see this as an issue – think of it as an indoor speaker.

Sound

Like the original SoundLink Mini, which was the best sounding speaker of its time, this version hasn’t changed much other than a few enhancements. You will not be disappointed with how loud this speaker goes while maintaining quality. The base is one of the best I’ve seen too. Sound is not a concern here. Based on our experience, and what we hear, you will not be disappointed of the quality regardless of the volume level.

Battery

The battery life on the Bose Soundlink Mini II was good, but compared to others we found it could be better. 10 hours is what we received on a moderate volume to jam out to. That’s still a respectable number and I don’t see me ever listening to it to 10 consecutive hours. However, the two speakers above it boast 15 – 20 hours in continuous playback time, so I think the next iteration needs to step its game up just a little. Keep in mind that the original was 7 hours, and this speaker is slightly older than the two above it which have a slight technology advantage being newer. I expect the next version of the SoundLink to blow these guys out of the water.

Fugoo Style

The Fugoo Style really stands out with its unique appearance and I feel is given less credit in this market than it deserves. The Fugoo has three different styles: Style, Tough, or Sport. While being one of the smaller speakers on the market, it still competes with those that are larger than it all day. On top of this, you’ll be impressed by the quality this speaker pumps out, its battery life, and lastly, the price!

Quality

This speaker has three amazing styles (Style, Tough, Sport) which allows for some customizability for the end user, awesome right? This speaker is very sturdy and has has a combination of plastic and rubber, and is also shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof. You’d have to try really hard to rattle the Fugoo! Once you squip the sport jacket, more accessories are available such as a strap mount and bike mount. These are completely optional features but help make the speaker more versatile and able to be used in more situations.

Sound

The Fugoo comes with a 6 speaker setup which helps it pump out good quality sound at 360 degrees! Even with its small size, you will be impressed with how loud this thing goes, again, while maintaining extremely pristine quality. If you want a combination of portability and great sound, this speaker is for you.

Battery

The worst thing while listening to music on a portable speaker is when the battery dies. A lot of speakers come to the table with 10, 15 and even 20 hours of battery life. We ran this speaker for a whopping 40 hours on moderate volume until it shut off on us. The best we’ve seen yet. This tells us one thing, based on its size, the other speakers have some serious improvements to make to their battery life!

B&O PLAY A1

We’ve been talking about a lot of huge brands in this article. Let’s take a step back and bring in one of the underdogs who perform at a high level – Bang & Olufsen. They are known for some very well rewarded audio products, and this speaker is next in line.

Quality

The size of the B&O Play A1 Has most questioning the quality of it. At first glance, you may think that its size holds it back in terms of quality and performance. I am happy to announce that it is not even close to the case. Of course, one of its most unique qualities on this list is portability, 10/10 naturally. It is built with aluminum and is rock solid just like the others above it.

Sound

Seriously, how good can a speaker of this size sound? I promise that when you hear it for yourself you will be quite amazed with what comes out. It outputs some of the best quality we’ve seen compared to other speakers – even much larger ones. We must admit that the range and volume do take a slight hit – not to say they aren’t good. Compared to the larger speakers, it lacks. Consider it an indoor speaker. If you want a speaker for the backyard, consider something larger.

Battery

The poor speaker, everyone makes such large assumptions because of its size. I’m happy to tell you that we received 24 hours of continuous playback on the B&O Play A1! Charging time is about an hour too, very respectable numbers. Now remember that there is less going on in the speaker. While it has a smaller battery, it has a smaller speaker and other parts that use up the battery. All in all we’re very impressed with the battery’s performance.

JBL Pulse 2

The JBL name is another one that never disappoints, and that continues legacy moves forward. The JBL Pulse 2, being an upgrade from the original version in terms of sound, quality and battery life, still has a respectable price and keeps core features from the original version. Let’s dive into the features!

Quality

The JBL Pulse 2 is built tough as nails, the exterior quality of this speaker is second to none. The capsule like design of the Pulse 2 helps distinguish it from the rest and even has a slick pulsing light feature, hence its name. While not being one of the lightest speakers we’ve run into, the weight distribution is done quite well so its still comfortable to hold an carry around.

Sound

Just like the original Pulse, the JBL Pulse 2 offers incredible audio capabilities! Where it really shines is bass. If you listen to a lot of bass-heavy music, you may get some amazing benefit out of this speaker. Again I will emphasize the quality, its simply very, very good. For its size you will be very impressed.

Battery

The importance of battery life in a bluetooth speaker is very high, and we made sure every item on this list had a respectable number. With the battery life on some of these models growing, we may start to raise the bar and cut some speakers for next year’s edition. The JBL Pulse 2 provides about 10 hours of continuous playback. Respectable, but we’ve seen 20 hours and even 40 hours on this list. If battery time is a concern, you may want to shop around. This is the only real flaw I see in this speaker. If its for the house, it might not be a big concern. But while bringing it with you places, I’d go for something else.

Bose Soundlink Color

The first word that comes to my mind when seeing the Bose Soundlink Color for the first time is unique. Nothing on this entire list has an appearance even close to it. This is on of Bose’s smaller speakers but don’t underestimate its power. It’s also very colorful, there are 4 variations you can choose from: aquatic blue, coral red, soft black, and polar white. Wait for the section on its battery, you’ll be quite impressed!

Quality

Your typical portable bluetooth speaker has a horizontal design, Bose went thr other way and gave the Soundlink Color a vertical appearance, its just taller than a pop can. Don’t assume that its cheap just because of the plastic exterior, they’ve done an amazing job with a simple and elegant look. On top there are 6 buttons and an LED to indicate battery time. All in all its a pretty robust speaker.

Sound

As mentioned earlier, its really tough to provide any negative feedback on Bose speaker, they’re simply just the best when it comes to quality- even in this speaker which retails for less than $180 now. Want some bass that pumps? Look no further. Bose has never neglected the bass and that lives on through this speaker. While they always excel in lower sounds, it still plays everything else really well – nothing to worry about there. The only flaw with this speaker performance wise if there is the odd muffle at very high volumes depending on the sound.

Battery

Based on its size and power, some might assume the battery lacks, I’m happy to inform you that its the exact opposite. You can expect 10 to 12 hours of constant playback from this beast, who would have thought!? For the price you will pay, this speaker is clearly a great candidate for your next purchase.

Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

This may be the largest bluetooth speaker we would ever recommend. If you need a speaker that brings top notch quality to the table then this is for you. The Zeppelin Wireless is the sequel to their previous speaker which was released about 8 years ago. When you combine its elegant appearance with the insane power and quality it provides, this is simply the best high end bluetooth speaker on the market, period.

Quality

Besides a few small ports at the bottom of the unit, the Zeppelin wireless is practically 100% sealed. As far as connectivity goes, you can tap into airplay, bluetooth, Spotify Connect, and of course, aux.

Sound

When it comes to the sound quality of this speaker, there is so much to talk about. I’ve summarized it as much as possible. At the edges of this speaker, there are two 25mm tweeters to bring you the best possible treble in a bluetooth speaker. The original design of the previous model had reviews of there being too much bass sometimes, in this model they tweaked the design so the twin flow ports were removed from the back of the unit. Don’t take this as a hint of less bass, there is still a lot to go around! Due to the size of the actual speakers and variation, you can expect incredible sound quality compared to smaller portable speakers. Whether you’re listening to extreme bass, high treble, or vocals, the speaker can adjust perfectly for an optimal listening experience.

Battery

This isn’t considered a portable speaker, thus it is required to be plugged in at all times. We would of course consider this an indoor speaker which is in a somewhat permanent spot.

JBL Flip 3

The concept of the JBL Flip 3 is actually pretty slick and is where the name comes from. You can use the speaker either vertically or horizontally, depending on your listening preference. Need range? Flip it vertical and you will experience a larger listening radius. Want more density in a smaller area? Use is horizontally, pretty simple right? Let’s see how the rest of its features stack up.

Quality

The JBL Flip 3 is just as it appears, rock solid. It has a rubber and plastic combination and is flat black, I think this speaker look super mean ready to crush some beats! It is also water resistant, shock resistant, the whole nine yards. It performs at its peak whether it is placed vertically or horizontally. Overall a quality speaker with a cool look!

Sound

Seeing as this is the 3rd generation of its series, you may wonder how good the quality actually is. I can comfortably tell you you it is that much better than the previous versions and will continue to excel. In the 3rd version, JBL has added a larger speaker allowing you to seek higher volume ranges while maintaining quality. The odd song might give you a little feedback at full blast, but its a pretty rare case – not something I would worry about. Note that this is a louder speaker, so in most cases you wouldn’t need full blast. We’ve experienced amazing treble sounds, great bass of course, and the vocals are amazing! This is definitely a great addition to the JBL family.

Battery

While the JBL Flip 3 puts up some acceptable numbers, its nothing to get excited about. We saw an average of 10 hours, which is pretty good. That is 2-4 hours more than its previous version, so its something they are always working on. Keep in mind that this version packs more power than the previous, so I’d say its a step in the right direction and will continue to accelerate! Solid speaker in the end, highly recommended!

V-Moda Remix

The V-Moda Remix is a high-end portable bluetooth speaker for those who want to spend just a little more money (about $300). This speaker boasts its supreme sound quality, its highly customizable, and has a built-in headphone amp.

Quality

The V-Moda Remix comes has two different options: aluminum and vegan leather. The speaker is pretty small compared to others, but not the smallest we’ve seen. You can also change the surfaces of this speaker and you have quite a few options, especially if you want to get fancy or out of the box! Another cool feature is that it has a headphone amp. So if you have some headphones that need a little boost, plug them in here and you won’t be disappointed.

Sound

We found that the Remix doesn’t go super loud, which I feel is by design to enforce quality no matter what song you’re listening to. While testing different songs with both highs, lows, and extreme bass, we were overall very satisfied with what we heard. What really impressed us was the sound radius. If you’re outside or in a fairly large indoor room, this speaker performs phenomenally!

Battery

V-MODA will tell you the battery is about 10 hours, did they ever hit the nail on the head. We experienced nothing less than 10 hours and up to even 15 hours depending on the volume. While again this isn’t a crazy number to get excited about, its respectable and in most cases will be more than enough. Also since it uses a USB-C charging adapter, the charging experience is much better than those who use micro USB. If you’re looking to spend a little more money, we highly recommend ths V-MODA Remix!

Google co-founder Sergey Brin to star in remake of The Jerk

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Remake-obsessed Hollywood has tapped Google co-founder Sergey Brin to star in a reboot of the Steve Martin classic “The Jerk,” which follows the fortunes of a dim-witted inventor who briefly rides high on the success of a line of handle-equipped eyeglasses. The news comes from, well, no one, but Brin certainly looks the part in these hilarious pictures where he sports Google’s prototype smart glasses.

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Gruber: I’ve heard Apple is working on ‘the biggest camera jump ever’ for the next iPhone

In the latest episode of The Talk Show, John Gruber mentions that he’s heard “from a birdie of a birdie” that Apple is working on the “biggest camera jump ever” for the next iPhone.

The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.
What makes Gruber’s comments interesting and possibly true is Sony’s announcement today regarding their new smartphone camera sensor that packs 21-megapixels into a small 1/2.4-inch design. Sony has long been Apple’s supplier for the camera sensors that go into the iPhone.

This also brings up another interesting possibility: interchangeable lenses. Earlier this year, a newly granted Apple patent suggested Apple was exploring the possibility of attaching various small, fixed focal-length lens to the iPhone’s rear camera. Could this also be part of what Gruber meant when he said “DSLR quality”? We’re quite a ways away from the next iPhone announcement, but the idea of an even better iPhone camera makes us drool.

Bollywood vs. Hollywood: Have Indian stars finally made their mark in Hollywood?

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has plenty of experience of red carpets but this weekend was different. Rather than the usual gala premieres, she posed for hundreds of flashing cameras outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood before presenting a golden statuette to Margaret Sixel, Best Film Editing for Mad Max: Fury Road at the 2016 Oscars.
For many, her presence at this glittering event, officially announced the arrival of Indian actors in the Hollywood big leagues. But it’s been a long time coming.
Diversity was the hot topic before and at this year’s Academy Awards. Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith boycotted the ceremony over lack of diversity among nominees, sparking the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. And while Indian actors or actresses have yet to win at the Oscars, their rise in American films and Hollywood overall can’t be overlooked.
Presenting an award at the Oscars is an honour reserved for the select few. It comes hot on the heels of Chopra, 33, becoming the first Indian ever to win a People’s Choice Award for her role in US television show Quantico for which she was reportedly paid $4m. Chopra will also star alongside Hollywood heavyweight Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in the much-anticipated Baywatch movie.
Over the last decade as Hollywood film storylines and cast have become more diverse, career opportunities are finally opening up to this wider pool of talent. As Hollywood casts its net wider India’s talent is benefitting but how well are they being paid?
Eye on the profit pie
Hollywood’s motivation for this crossover into India’s film royalty is partly a shrewd business calculation by film studios and distributors.
“It’s always about the money” said Suhel Seth, managing partner at consultancy firm Counselage India who is also an occasional actor with cameos in several Bollywood blockbusters. “As the Indian diaspora across the world gains more economic stature, there’s an urge for Hollywood producers and foreign studios to then also cater to that market.” US film companies see incorporating popular Indian actors and actresses into their productions as a significant opportunity to reach much bigger audiences in emerging markets.
India represents a vast market of English speakers and a huge untapped opportunity, said Mumbai-based Anirban Das Blah, founder of CAA KWAN, a talent management company that represents several Bollywood stars.
India’s own movie industry produces more than 1,000 films a year, and, together with television and media industries, is projected by KPMG to be worth $28.7bn by 2019. There’s a huge appetite for films in a country with more than a billion people, which analysts expect to mean more multiplex cinemas will be built and more Indians will start regularly viewing through digital media.
“In less than a decade the market could be anything from 20 times to 50 times its current size,” Das Blah said.
A growing demand amongst Indian moviegoers for cinema with less formulaic plots and more global themes is also driving change. “Both the context and the craft have altered to suit more diverse palates, which includes the American palate, the American studio palate,” Seth said.
Breaking barriers
Crossover stars from India are muscling their way in to an industry that has come under fire for being too white — a recent BBC report citing University of Southern California research on Hollywood’s “inclusion crisis” underlined the scale of the problem
Leading the pack is actor Irrfan Khan, 49, who has done more than 100 films during his career, the bulk in Bollywood. He has also spent a decade working in American studio and TV productions. Khan rose to prominence in the US after playing a policeman in the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, which swept the Academy Awards in 2009 winning eight gold statuettes. His most recent outing was in the Universal Pictures- blockbuster, Jurassic World, which took in a record $511m at the box office in its opening week.
Khan and Chopra have opened the gate wider for younger Indian actors like Deepika Padukone, 30, to make their mark. Padukone has just bagged the lead in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, where she’s paired up with action film veteran, Vin Diesel.
Indian faces have become more visible on prime time TV too. Nimrat Kaur and Suraj Sharma (Homeland), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), and veteran Indian actor Anil Kapoor (24) have all appeared on shows that have been global hits, partly driven by the rise of binge-watching via streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
A change of heart?
For many years, Hollywood seemed to hire Indian actors to portray stereotypical parts. Offensive caricatures were common as recently as the late 1990s. “Hollywood is like any other business that has to continue to grow, or be eaten up,” Khan said. “Television and films are flourishing industries in America and they keep looking for new markets.”
Before India, it was all about China, “so Hollywood was incorporating Chinese actors, location, and technicians,” said Khan.
Films like Slumdog Millionaire (2008) helped sell and showcase India to Hollywood heavyweights. “When India-centric films like The Namesake and Slumdog Millionaire came out, they became popular and changed everything,” said Khan. “The entire American entertainment industry started looking at India as a potential new market to explore, and started accepting more stories with the Indian backdrop.”
Big film houses like Fox and Paramount are attempting to offer variety and continue to look for new ground for their stories, said Khan, who stars alongside Tom Hanks in Inferno, due out later this year.
Does Hollywood mean big bucks?
While they’re on the screen, fame and fortune in Hollywood still isn’t bringing in the millions for Indian arrivals. There’s a general consensus among film stars, agents and publicists that Indian actors are not as well paid as US or European actors for comparable work.
Khan, who earned just under $2m in 2015, according to Forbes, said leading Indian actors will make anything from $750,000 to $5m per film in Bollywood.
“For Hollywood films, I don’t get even one fourth of the fee I charge in India,” Khan said. “It’s only when you’re playing the lead in a Hollywood film and you command a wider world market [audience] that you’ll be paid big bucks.”
Seth said while the pay disparity is problematic, the exposure can pay off bigger for Bollywood stars crossing over to American film.  “What Indian actors also gain is a greater brand recognition, which helps them bolster their image and allows them to appeal to a wider international market,” he said.
India’s highest paid actresses Chopra and Padukone have powerful Hollywood agents who ensure their clients get casting calls for films with big names and budgets.
That has boosted their earning power in some instances. Chopra, who charges nearly $1m for her Bollywood projects, was reportedly paid $4m for her Quantico gig.
Big Bang Theory actor Kunal Ayyar, however, takes the salary prize. Born in Britain and raised in India, Ayyar was third on the Forbes list of World’s Highest-Paid TV Actors for 2015 with earnings that topped $20 million.     —BBC

The Best 10 Worldwide Bollywood Movies

The Hindi film industry “Bollywood” is the world’s largest film production center. The first feature film (silent black-and-white) produced in India was the “Raja Harishchandra” produced by Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913. With the passage of time, the industry expanded and the number of films produced.

 

From the 1960s, the industry achieved major commercial success more regularly, and the revenue earned multiplied manifold; The 1975 film ‘Sholay’ earned triple the amount that the previous record-holder 1960s Mughal-e-Azam earned, while Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) more than quadrupled Sholay’s record. Post the “dark phase” of the 1980s, business increased tremendously as is visible from the major success of films like Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha.

 

Initially, the success of a film was determined by box office longevity than revenue. However, due to increasing competition from television and the threat of piracy, and later the advent of alternative media, longevity of films decreased drastically and revenue became the focus of success.

 

Below is a list of top ten highest grossing worldwide Bollywood movies of all time. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (released in 1994) was the first Bollywood film to cross INR 1 billion (US$15 million) worldwide.

 

  1. PK (Peekay)

 

Budget 85 c, Gross: 792 c, India: 489 c, Overseas: 303 c

 

PK is all set to create history by entering the 300 crore club by the end of its 3rd Sunday run. PK,  so far, has collected 326 crores nett at the Domestic Box Office, which takes its Gross total to 470c. And on the overseas front, the movie has earned 156 c gross, that takes its Worldwide gross business to 626 crores at the Box Office. The film stars Aamir Khan in the title role, with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt in supporting roles.

 

The film opened in 22 international markets during its opening weekend and grossed $28.7 million placing at #3 at the worldwide box office behind The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Gone with the Bullets. In North America, the film set an opening weekend record with $3.75 million (previously held by Dhoom 3) placing at #10 at the box office.

  1. Dangal

 

Budget- 70 crore, Gross- 728.26 crore,  India: 529.53c, Overseas: 198.73c

 

Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar.

 

Dangal was released in the United States on 21 December 2016 and worldwide on 23 December 2016. The film was shown on an estimated 4300 screens in India and 1000 screens internationally.

 

  1. Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Budget- 90 crores, Gross: 626 c, India: 433 c, Overseas: 193 c

Releasing on Eid 2015, Salman Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” beats ‘Happy New Year’, ‘3 Idiots’ lifetime earnings. The film has become the first Bollywood film of 2015 to cross ₹300 crore with its net collection at the domestic box office. The movie took just 9 days to earn ₹200 crore from its domestic box office run. It is the third fastest film after “PK” and “Dhoom 3” to earn ₹200 crore in just nine days.

  1. Sultan

Budget- 70c, Gross- 589 c, India: 420.65 c, Overseas: 168 c

Star Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Amit Sadh, Randeep Hooda.

 

Sultan is a mixed bag of emotion, action, love and of course Salman Khan. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner. The film focuses on Sultan Ali Khan, a fictional wrestling champion from Haryana whose successful career creates a rift in his personal life.

  1. Dhoom 3: Back in Action

Budget 1.5 billion (US$23 million) Gross- 542c,      India: 372c,       Overseas: 170c

 

Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Dhoom 3 is breaking all records in India and overseas. Dhoom 3 became the highest grossing Bollywood film in India and around the world by collecting over 533 cr (US$85 million) worldwide in just two weeks. The film beat the INR3.95 billion (US$60 million) record set by Chennai Express according to Box Office India.

 

  1. Chennai Express

 

Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express Movie Release Posters

Budget- 75c,     Gross- 422c,      India: 301c,       Overseas: 121c

Chennai Express is a 2013 Indian romantic action-comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Gauri Khan under the banner Red Chillies Entertainment. The film stars Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. The film currently the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013. The film broke the record held by 3 Idiots (2009) in the domestic market and was declared a Blockbuster in India by Box Office India. It is also the third highest-grossing Bollywood film in overseas markets. Chennai Express went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film worldwide, surpassing 3 Idiots. With worldwide gross INR 422 crore (US$65 million).

 

  1. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

 

Budget- 80c, Gross- 399c, India: 305c, Overseas: 93.70c

 

  1. 3 Idiots

 

Budget- 35 crores,      Gross- 395c,      India: 269c,     Overseas: 126c

Since the year 2013, the film was at top the list of highest grossing worldwide Bollywood movies. The recard was first breaked by Chennai Express than Dhoom 3 and than PK. Now 3 Idiots is at number 6 in the list with worldwide gross INR 395 crore (US$60 million). It is a 2009 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, with a screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. 3 Idiots stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani.

 

  1. Happy New Year

 

Budget- INR 1.50 billion, Gross- 385 c, India: 295c, Overseas: 90c

Directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan, Happy New Year had a bumper opening on day one setting new record by collecting around INR450 million (US$7.3 million) nett, making it the first Bollywood film to reach the figure for a single day. The film released on Diwali, 24 October 2014, in three different languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The film starer Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff. HNY became the 9th Highest grossing worldwide Bollywood movies and collected around INR 383 crore.

 

  1. Dilwale (2015)

 

Budget- 100 crore, Gross- 381 c, India: 213c, Overseas: 168.58c

Star Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Johnny Lever, Varun Sharma, Boman Irani, Sanjay Mishra.. Director: Rohit Shetty.

 

Highest Grossing Worldwide Bollywood Movies

 

  1. PK (2014) – ₹ 792.00 crore
  2. Dangal (2016) – ₹728.26 crore
  3. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) – ₹ 626.00 crore
  4. Sultan (2016) – ₹ 589.00 crore
  5. Dhoom3 (2013) – ₹ 542.00 crore
  6. Chennai Express (2013) – ₹422.00 crore
  7. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) – ₹399.00 crore
  8. 3 Idiots (2009) – ₹395.00 crore
  9. Dilwale (2015) – ₹394.00 crore
  10. Happy New Year (2014) – ₹385.00 crore
  11. Kick (2014) – ₹377.00 crore
  12. Krrish 3 (2013) – ₹374.00 crore
  13. Bajirao Mastani (2015) – ₹367.00 crore
  14. Bang Bang (2014) – ₹340.00 crore
  15. Ek Tha Tiger (2012) – ₹320.00 crore
  16. Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewaani (2013) – ₹318.00 crore
  17. Dabangg 2 (2012) – ₹265.00 crore
  18. Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015) – ₹258.00 crore
  19. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) – ₹242.50 crore
  20. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) – ₹241.00 crore
  21. Airlift (2016) – ₹231.60 crore
  22. Rustom (2016) – ₹218.80 crore

How to stop isps slow youtube

I’ve had TWC for over a year and have been frustrated at the shockingly slow YouTube performance. I never had issues with other streaming, downloads, or web browseing, so I simply shrugged it off and continued with life. A few days ago I came across this video and some discussions on Reddit which prompted me to explore further.

A few terminal commands later and I was back to blazingly fast YouTube streaming. Doing this will cause the stream to take 1-2 seconds to start because of the IP rejection handling, but then you are greeted with a silky smooth, ultra-fast experience.

Open up your terminal and run these commands (you will be prompted for the admin password):

sudo ipfw add reject src-ip 173.194.55.0/24 in
sudo ipfw add reject src-ip 206.111.0.0/16 in

You can check the rules were added by using this command:

sudo ipfw list

Why do these commands create a better streaming experience? TWC is throttling downloads from servers (CDN) that host cached videos. By rejecting these IP address ranges you will force the video to be served to you directly. This harnesses the full download speed of your internet connection. Other people can dive into the complexity much better than I ever could, but that’s the overall theme.

If you’re not using a Mac, here’s some tips to make this work:

  • Linux – instead of ipfw use iptables command
  • Windows – check out this guide
  • Multiple computers – configure the IP blocks via your router.

Did this trick work for you?

EDIT: Great discussion happening over at Hacker News that points to this not being TWC specific. Before posting I did test two other Verizon connections and found that they did not have YouTube issues, so I crafted the title. I feel that the title no longer specifically applies to TWC, and it’s been edited as such.

Emails reveal close Google relationship with NSA

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Email exchanges between National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt suggest a far cozier working relationship between some tech firms and the U.S. government than was implied by Silicon Valley brass following last year’s revelations about NSA spying.

Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s vast capability for spying on Americans’ electronic communications prompted a number of tech executives whose firms cooperated with the government to insist they’d done so only when compelled by a court of law.

Inside the Nintendo NES controller

 

You’ve probably earned more than a few blisters on the NES controller, but what’s going on inside? How does it manage to communicate the state of 8 buttons using only 7 pins on the plug? In this episode we open up the NES controller to learn about the CD4021 chip and how sometime more complex can be better in a design.

The best laptop you can buy is…

 

The options for laptops are seemingly endless and making a decision can be daunting. If you choose the wrong one, you’ll be living with that mistake for years. These are the best laptops you can get, whether you want an Apple computer or a Windows machine.