• The Photo App Everyone Needs To Download Right Now!

    The smartphone has not only revolutionized the way we live but also completely altered the landscape of modern photography. If you have any doubts just go to a concert and try to see past the ocean of glowing screens snapping shots or filming their own shaky and out of focus rendition of the show. Yes, pretty much everybody on the street has a camera on them at all times thanks to their phone. But accessibility is just the surface. If you truly want to see how phones are changing the world of photography you have to look at the apps. While most of the popular photography apps are simply a portal for people to share their photos with friends and family, there’s actually a lot more to be found. When you get beyond the shallow depths of social apps and your phone’s stock camera and find the apps that can be used as actual tools to help you hone your craft and expand your options, that’s when you find out how to really use your smartphone to really change your photography. And hopefully I can help. PetaPixel, possibly the best photo blog on the web, published 5 Essential Photo Apps more »

  • Japan’s Abandon ‘Battleship Island’ is Explored by Google Maps

    A small island off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture, Hashima was populated from the late 19th century to the 1970s as a coal mining facility. The island was then abandon, closing out all access to the public until late 2009, and then now opened up to Google Trekker and the Maps Team. In the most recent Bond film, Skyfall, 007 is taken to an uninhabited, abandon island similar ro Hashima, which was actually the inspiration for the villans secret hideout. With the help of the Nagasaki goverment, Google gained access to even the territories blocked off to tourists. Look closely and you can even get a glimpse of abandon technology, bottles and old TV’s. Click here to access ‘Battleship Island’ 

  • GIVEAWAY: SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks Headphones

    Whether you listen to EDM, country or hip-hop, SOL REPUBLIC’s Master Tracks Headphones are engineered to deliver true sound you can feel. And that is no exaggeration. The headphones were recently voted the top product of CES 2013.  And now one lucky RSVLTS reader will win a pair, all you have to do is enter below.   The Master Tracks, valued at $200, are available at the Apple store online and in stores.

  • For Only $25 You Can Get A Space Selfie

    A radical Kickstarter project called ARKYD could change the future of man-made satellites as we know them.   The project, a brainchild of a company called Planetary Resources, will send a camera into space that can be operated by the public. It’ll allow you to take pictures of really what ever you’d like; aim it into the cosmos and search for Aliens, point it down at Earth, do what ever you’d like but first Planetary Resources needs to get the damn thing into orbit and to raise the multi-millions od dollars it will cost they have a brilliant idea.

  • Instagram Video To Launch On June 20

    According to TechCrunch, Facebook will make a big announcement this week regarding their photo-sharing app Instagram. The move will be an attempt to compete with video-sharing app Vine which has surpassed Instagram in usage since launching in January. 

  • This Is Where Your Facebook Data Is Stored [27 Photos]

    Facebook’s new data center is located in Lulea, Sweden. So far it’s one of the most amazing data centers in the world. The center runs on locally generated hydroelectric energy along with the icy Nordic air to power and cool the masses of servers. The excess heat is harnessed to keep the offices warm.

  • Photographing Earth from the the International Space Station’s Cupola Module

    NASA’s Image of the Day today is a photograph showing one of the best photo op spots to be found on the International Space Station: the Cupola module. The image (shown above) shows astronaut and flight engineer Chris Cassidy pointing a Nikon DSLR and 400mm lens out one of the Cupola’s windows to photograph some location on Earth 250 miles below him. The Cupola is a popular module to shoot Earth photos from due to its seven large windows that offer a fantastic view of the Earth spinning below. One of the 31-inch windows found in the Cupola is the largest window ever used in space. The fantastic photo site PetaPixel gives us an idea of what it looks like when astronauts are observing Earth from inside the Cupola:

  • The Samsung S4 Active: Waterproof and Ready for the Outdoors

    Samsung unveiled the S4 Active today, targeting lovers of the outdoors and active lifestyle. Not only is the S4 a top level smartphone, but it comes equipped with features for the person who’s more concerned with the activity at hand, then the condition of their phone. Samsung introduces the Active with a 5-inch, 1080p screen on with a impressive 443 pixels per inch (ppi). That’s above the 336 ppi found on the iPhone 5. The game changer, however, is the 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, the same as the original Galaxy S4, but with an ‘Aqua Mode’ feature built specifically for shots taken, YES, underwater. Samsung’s new hardware has the ability to protect itself against dust and water. The Galaxy S4 Active offers a fully sealed design, graded at International Protection IP67 – the highest being IP68 – to protect the guts against water damage for up to 30 minutes, at a depth of one meter. We’re sure the target market is for those who work or regularly are in the outdoors in a fast paced, active lifetyle, but it’s also perfect for the younger demographic who regularly attend music festivals and concerts, sporting events or for anyone addicted to taking the perfect snapshot no matter the conditions. And yes, as more »

  • Insiders Look At YouTube’s Impressive California HQ

    YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. is one of the mos eco-friendly buildings in California and also features quirky touches like a fake bonfire made of tablet screens, a mini golf courses, a three-floor slide, an airy cafe, “energy pods” for afternoon naps and a Tiki bar manned by Darth Vader. TIP: NAVIGATE GALLERY USING < LEFT AND RIGHT > ARROW KEYS

  • The Samsung Staring Contest (Video)

    On May 16th, at Zurich Main Station, Samsung unveiled a staring contest simulation to highlight the new S4′s Smart eye detection feature. The phone uses retna scanning technology to detect if you’re looking at the phone to keep the screen from dimming, pause video and even scrolling your browser. The contest rules were simple. Stare at the phone for 60 minutes, and win yourself a free phone. Blinks are allowed, obviously. What contestants weren’t planning on were the distractions that were sure to create a major distraction to the eye.  

  • Vine Now Available On Android

    About damn time! The popular six-second video sharing app Vine is now available for Android smartphones.   Check back soon as RSVLTS will be producing 6 second magic in the coming weeks.  

  • 30 Stunning HQ Photos of Saturn

    While we humans carry on with our daily lives down here on Earth, perhaps stuck in traffic or reading blogs, or just enjoying a Springtime stroll, a school-bus-sized spacecraft called Cassini continues to gather data and images for us – 1.4 billion kilometers (870 million miles) away. Since arriving at Saturn in 2004 NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has made several close flybys of Saturn’s moons, caught the Sun’s reflection glinting off a lake on Titan, and has brought us even more tantalizing images of ongoing cryovolcanism on Enceladus. Collected here are a handful of recent images from the Saturnian system.

  • The Evolution of The iPhone Camera

    The iPhone camera has been one of the most talked about features since the smartphone’s original release. The phone has since been through a night and day evolution of camera phone technology. Tech App ‘Camera+‘ did a fine comparison aligning the same shot of every iPhone since it’s inaugural launch in 2007. Each shot was taken with a first generation iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, and the new iPhone 5, in three situations showing both the original photo and a detailed view (zoomed to 100%) of each photo. Three distinguishable variables were used to show the different photo properties; A well lit macro setting to test detail and quality of the camera, A skyline shot to test sharpness and saturation. A candle lit low light macro photo to test noise.

  • Gmail Launches Money Sending Google Wallet Feature

    Google is just making enemies left and right, announcing a merge of Google Wallet and Gmail, allowing users to send and receive payments using only their gmail. People still haven’t figured out how to use PayPal and now Google has to go and launch, this painfully easy way to exchange tender? I smell world domination. All transactions will be under the super encrypted Google Wallet Purchase Protection also covers 100% of “eligible unauthorized transactions.” They make it so simple, don’t they?

  • Google Launches Streaming Music Subscription Service: Google All Access

    Google made a game-changing announcment today at Google I/O, revealing the launch of a music service, Google Play Music All Access. Set for a Wednesday launch date in the United States for $9.99 per month. People who sign up by June 30 will pay $7.99. The news is a big deal to all users who frequent Spotify, Pandora, Slacker and iHeartRadio, claiming that the platform will be “a uniquely Google approach to a subcribtion music service.” Google is no stranger to music, already having services that allow users to upload 20,000 songs to any android device in Google Locker, and Google Music, a service that allows users to purchase music. Claiming All Access to be the ultimate explorers experience, making the search for any music genre easier than the available networks out there. All Access, creates suggested music for you based on your listening preferences, as well as featured suggestions from the “music experts” at Google. When you drill into the genre section you’ll be able to browse for featured albums, top albums and (what I personally thought was the coolest arm) Key Albums that define a specific genre. Here’s where it gets “Google”. Every Song you play has the more »

  • Kevo: The iPhone-Operated Door Lock

    Your Smartphone is now your key. With Kevo, all you need is your smartphone to unlock your door. You don’t even need to take your phone out of your pocket or purse; just touch your lock, it will recognize your phone and unlock the door. No more fumbling for your keys or memorizing a code… just touch the lock to open. Visit Kevo >>

  • Commander Chris Hadfield Records Epic Version Of David Bowie’s Space Oddity IN SPACE!

    This is definitely up near the top of the list of the most badass videos we’ve seen all year. Commander Chris Hadfield, best know for his awesome space photography and YouTube videos, recorded this amazing amazing amazing version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity while on the International Space Station. The views are spectacular and as if being a genius astronaut wasn’t enough, he also has a ton of musical and video production talent.

  • Pizza Compass (App)

    The most important app in your life (If you’re a Ninja Turtle or myself). This ideal app for connoisseurs of a good slice, locating every vendor of pizza within your area or a specific located area. Sure you can use basically any restaurant locator apps and narrow your search down to pizza, but this app has a little pizza slice icon where said pizzeria is located. There’s also a pizza spinner to point in any direction to find that cheesey goodness. Sold. Pizza Compass $1

  • Photo of the Day: 1200 Mile Wide Hurricane Eye On Saturn

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole. Scientists say the hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of the hurricane are traveling 330 mph (150 meters per second). The hurricane swirls inside a large, mysterious, six-sided weather pattern known as the hexagon. This image is among the first sunlit views of Saturn’s north pole captured by Cassini’s imaging cameras. When the spacecraft arrived in the Saturnian system in 2004, it was northern winter and the north pole was in darkness. Saturn’s north pole was last imaged under sunlight by NASA’s Voyager 2 in 1981; however, the observation geometry did not allow for detailed views of the poles. Consequently, it is not known how long this newly discovered north-polar hurricane has been active. [Source: NASA and Twisted Sifter]

  • 30 NYC Subway Stations Newly Equipped With Wireless – Full List Here

    Subway riders in Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, and 25 other stations throughout New York City now have full cell phone and Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling voice and data functions such as phone calls, text messages, emails, music and video streaming and more, all underground. This development also enables important services that improve safety and security. WAs of now the service is limited to AT&T and T-Mobile customers, but Verizon and Sprint are currently in negotiations to bring service to their customers later this year.

  • Photo of the Day: The Terminator Line

    Explanation: No sudden, sharp boundary marks the passage of day into night in this gorgeous view of ocean and clouds over our fair planet Earth. Instead, the shadow line or terminator is diffuse and shows the gradual transition to darkness we experience as twilight. With the Sun illuminating the scene from the right, the cloud tops reflect gently reddened sunlight filtered through the dusty troposphere, the lowest layer of the planet’s nurturing atmosphere. A clear high altitude layer, visible along the dayside’s upper edge, scatters blue sunlight and fades into the blackness of space. This picture actually is a single digital photograph taken in June of 2001 from the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of 211 nautical miles. See the full size image here >> Additional photos:

  • The Overview Effect: An Out-of-Planet Experience

    The words “awe” and “awesome” tend to suffer from overuse, and people use them to refer to a television show, a pair of designer shoes or even a celebrity crush. Anyone who watches the 19-minute film “Overview,” from the terribly clever people at the Planetary Collective, will surely be reminded of the original definitions of those two words. The Planetary Collective released the film on the 40th anniversary of the iconic photograph of Earth taken from space referred to as the “Blue Marble.” Its intention was to explain the Overview Effect, a term first used in 1987 by space theorist and author Frank White to explain the life-changing and perspective-altering experiences that astronauts have upon seeing the Earth from space. The collective interviewed White, five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect and two philosophers. The astronauts describe looking down at the Earth and marveling at the colors and motion produced from shooting stars, dancing curtains of auroras, thunderstorms and lights from major cities, all of which render the blue marble “hanging there” on this star-covered black canvas alive and, well, awesome. Being outside of the planet and looking down on it is not only an overwhelming experience that reminds more »