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8 Android Apps To Boost Internet Speeds (& Help You Survive The Holidays)

The holidays are coming and you know what this means — everyone who came home is helping to hog the home Wi-Fi. It is also the time of the year when we are treated with plenty of online content which can zap your data plan faster than you can say "What’s for dinner?".

Despite the availability of 3G and 4G cellular communication technologies which allow us to have access to the Internet wherever we are, it doesn’t hurt to get a bit of a boost when it comes to getting a faster Internet connection.

Here are 8 Android apps that can help boost speeds to tolerable levels, and help you survive the long holiday gatherings. Note that some of them only work with rooted devices.

Internet Booster & Optimizer

Internet Booster & Optimizer is an Android app thatcomes with a series of commands that prioritizes the browser among the other applications that are using the Internet. This means that one can dig out more speed from the available Internet connection. It usuallypauses the secondary apps that are using Internet, cleans RAM & cache memory and flushes the DNS to make sure that most of the Internet speed is utilized by browser only. [Get it here]

Faster Internet 2X

Faster Internet 2X provides a convenient way to get more speed from 3G and 4G cellular networks. The app is designed using special programming scripts that will boost the Internet speed to approximately twice of what’s available. This provides a better Internet user experience.It works fine with both rooted and non-rooted Android phones. The app displays ads that can be disabled. [Get it here]

Internet Speed Booster

Internet Speed Booster isan easy-to-use app with a sleek and minimal design. It uses a unique algorithm that can increase the Internet Speed of your Android device with a single tap of your finger. Internet Speed Booster app is designed in a way that has it working impeccably with rooted as well as non-rooted Android devices. [Get it here]

Internet Booster (Root)

Internet Booster (Root) uses a different method for getting more out of the available Internet connection. It basicallychanges the configurations of system ROM to increase the Internet speed to 40% to 70% higher than before. Internet Booster (Root) only works with Rooted Android Devices which means one shouldallow the Super User privileges to run this application properly. [Get it here]

Free Internet Speed Booster

Free Internet Speed Booster is another Android app which could possibly help you get rid of the slow Internet speed. It increases the Internet speed from 40% to 80% more than usual byimproving the Ping latency, halting the unnecessary background apps and managing a balance between parallel connections. Free Internet Speed Booster does not require a rooted Android device. [Get it here]

Internet Speed Booster 3G/4G

Internet Speed Booster 3G/4G appenables a user to load websites and stream videos at a speed which is equivalent to 3G/4G Internet speed. It may increase the Internet speed from 30% to 40%. This depends on the strength of the signal available to the Android phone at that time. This app works for both rooted and non-rooted Android phones. [Get it here]

Internet Speed Master

Internet Speed Master is a nice app with around 1 million installs from around the globe. The app adjusts the TCP/IP settings by modifying the system files to improve the Internet speed of one’s Android device. It is advised to make a backup of your device’s content before trying this app. It isdesigned for almost all types of ROM and can be used for all Android devices. [Get it here]

3G Speed Booster

3G Speed Booster is a small sized app that helps you get more speed from your 3G. There are some background apps that consume Internet bandwidth excessively, 3G Speed Booster scans all the background apps that are using Internet and disables them to give twice the Internet speed to your Android device. This app works efficiently with 3G networks only. [Get it here]

Watch a man in a DIY Iron Man suit survive a storm of fireworks

Colin Furze has a thing for superheroes. The British inventor has already used his engineering talents to build DIY devices inspired by the X-Men — including retractable Wolverine claws — and his latest project looks like a cut-price Iron Man. Furze put together a metal suit for the express purpose of getting within exploding distance of a fireworks display, the results of which can be seen in his latest video. His creation isn’t particularly scientifically advanced, being little more than a suit of rigid armor, but it’s probably got more applications than the fart machine he aimed at France earlier this year.

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These phones will survive the apocalypse

There are few things more depressing than losing your beloved electronics to a spill or short fall. Fortunately, devices are starting to trickle out with the ability to survive such dangers. But what if you need something even more resilient to life’s little accidents? Rugged phones are nothing new, but now they’re becoming more widely available and — more importantly — beginning to look like something you’d actually want to use.

These phones each meet the two most common industry standards for toughness, IP-67 and MIL-810G. That first certification means no dust or liquid will be able to get inside your phone. MIL-810G, on the other hand, is a set of specifications set up by the US military to ensure a device works after hard impacts…

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Learn How to Survive in the Modern Multi-Device Web Development Space

Peter Gasston’s book is a kind of guide that will teach you how to work with the latest and the most important tools of device-agnostic web development, including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. All explanations are written in plain-English and supplied with practical examples which emphasize the techniques, principles, and practices you’ll need to easily transcend individual browser quirks and stay relevant as these technologies are updated.


NW Alpine: Stripped-down technical mountain gear, built in Oregon, to survive the harshest alpine environments

NW Alpine

Bill Amos was working as a climbing instructor, substitute teacher and ski patroller when he became frustrated with the quality and utility of commercially available climbing apparel. As outdoor companies began catering to a more diverse audience, their clothing lines gradually became more…

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Peter Higgs says he’s not ‘productive enough’ to survive modern academics

Theoretical physicist Peter Higgs is best known for the work that lead to the discovery of Higgs boson particle, but he believes that in today’s academic climate he would never have had the same kind of breakthrough. In fact, he says that in a modern system that puts a high value on productivity, he probably wouldn’t even find work. “Today I wouldn’t get an academic job,” he tells the Guardian. “I don’t think I would be regarded as productive enough.”

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Survive in Style with this Vintage Themed Survival Kit by Katie Tonkovich

 The design brief for this project was to create a collection of survival kits based around a fictitious brand. My approach to this project was to try and find a solution that promoted sustainable practices. The idea behind the Mend kits was to promote the practice of consuming less: Don't buy more stuff. Mend what […]

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Royal Caballito: The new Madrid-based label produces locally and features minimal yet playful prints to survive the winter

Royal Caballito

Though born and raised in Madrid, Diana Saldaña is very much an international figure. As an art historian who specializes in self-portrait photography, she’s worked at PHOTOEspaña Festival in Madrid, Magnum Photos in Paris and LA’s Getty…

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5 Smartphone Cases to Survive (Almost) Any Drop

Editor’s note: This is a contributed post by Kelsey Libert, a speaker, entrepreneur and Internet enthusiast. She’s the chief development officer for a diverse website portfolio, where she runs the content development strategy and execution for several websites.

Afraid to take your smartphone anywhere because dropping it means a painful $ 500 bucks? Fear no more, here are many options for keeping your phone safe from drops, rain, dust, and the rigorous conditions faced by first responders, industrial workers, extreme sports enthusiasts, and even parents. In this post, we’re featuring a few good cases to safeguard your valuable investments.

Most of the manufacturers make cases for some of the hottest models, the iPhones, Samsung Galaxy S3, iPads, but don’t worry as a few also feature phones from HTC, Blackberry, LG, Sony and Motorola among others. Check out the sites for a protective case suited for the model you are carrying.

Not interested? Let’s just watch the videos of these phones being pummeled, dropped and tested to the max!

1. Tank by Case-Mate

The Tank is designed to meet or exceed the standards of the U.S. Military. Constructed with a rugged polycarbonate exterior and a soft, cushioning silicone interior, it features a retractable screen and a holster clip.

The case is tested to endure shocks, drops, vibrations, wind, rain, sand, and dust, which makes it ideal for environmental workers with extreme working conditions.

In Case-mate’s product testing video "Tank Takes a Beating", the company reported that 67% of iPhone failures are due to cracked screens.

Well, if you can’t even crack your phone by running it over with a car (seen in the video), you should be safe. The Tank study reported that the case was 2.5x more impact resistance when compared to the leading brand.

In the video below, you’ll see plenty of extreme circumstances where this phone case is put to the test.

2. Otterbox Defender

Otterbox has a wide range of rugged cases for smartphones and tablets, in particular the ones from the Defender series.

This case for the iPhone comes in three parts: a polycarbonate outer casing, a silicone cushioning inside, and a thick, durable clip.

It includes covers for the phone ports and buttons, and the design of the case allows you to place the phone facing inside or outside: you can offer the screen of the phone extra protection in extreme conditions or turn it facing outward so you can see your calls, messages, and alerts.

In the video "Otterbox Defender Series 23 Floors Ultimate Drop Test" one man drops his phone 23 floors from his hotel room.

Watch the video to see what this phone is really capable of.

3. Tough Xtreme by Case-Mate

Case-Mate has plenty of rugged cases available; we look at this one in the Tough Xtreme series. There are cases for the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3 as well as the iPad Mini and pictuere here is one for the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia phone.

It features a snap-on frame to support the sides and front, as well as a multi-layer outer casing made of DuoFlex and PolyCore. The DuoFlex is designed to provide cushioning and a solid yet comfortable grip.

This layer also protects the phone's ports. The PolyCore layer is a hard inner shell which snugly holds the phone and provides durable protection.

4. G-Form Extreme

This XTREME iPhone 5 Case by G-Form raises the bar to a whole new level. This case features the company’s patented Reactive Protection Technology™ which "stiffens on impact in order to absorb over 90% of the force from an impact". Not bad.

The case offers two more layers of protection: the rigid outer polycarbonate shell plus an inner TPE insert for more shock absorption.

Shock-proof, pocket-friendly made possible by low-profile RPT ™ accents, the open frame allows full use of the touch screen. Raised edges on the front side gives extra protection to the screen.

When Felix Baumgartner set the record by jumping from 128,000 feet, G-Form was inspired to raise the testing its iPhone case to new heights. And tested it they did. The company dropped their Extreme iPhone Case from a balloon100,000 feet in the air.

Interested to see the results? Check out the video below.

5. Ballistic Hard Core

Designed with four protective layers, the Ballistic HC series feature an optional outer layer for use during your most rigorous activities, a screen protector, a soft silicone shock absorbent layer, and a clip-on attachment. Unlike many of the protective cases, this case only allows you to turn the phone facing inward, toward your body.

It is thicker than many selections, but does comprise four separate layers of protection. Check out the video of the "Uncut live footage of the new Ballistic HC Case for the iPhone 4" to see how this case performed when pushed to the limits.

If that wasn’t enough, see how durable the accompanying holster is in this following video.