• Why Is This Rock Worth $400,000?

    In 2007 Robert Ward found this 32-pound meteorite in new Mexico. The pallasite, studded with olivine crystals, formed 4.5 billion years ago during a deep-space collision.

  • Movember App

    Get you Mo on the go with the Gen Mo mobile app for iOS and Android. The 2013 Movember Mobile app has been redesigned and improved to keep your Movember journey headed in the right direction. 

  • Incredible Programmable Automaton From 1770s [Video]

    10 Print “Joe Is Cool” 20 Goto 10 With those fine BASIC programming skills, I thought I was some sort of tech genius. Constant struggles operating television remotes that are not my own in the years since have shown me how wrong I was. And after watching this video of a programmable automaton boy, built 240 years ago, whose 6,000 moving parts can be made to write whatever you desire (“Joe is cool” being the obvious choice), I’m aware of how truly simple I am. Protip: If watching this video with headphones on, make sure they’re plugged into the headphone jack and not the mic jack. That problem only took me 3 minutes to solve! Tech genius reconfirmed.

  • What The Next Billion Internet Users Will Look Like [Infographic]

    With 2.7 billion people now on the internet, the perception of a web user being a stereotypical neck bearded, bespectacled nerd in his parents’ basement with a pile of empty Mountain Dew bottles and fingers coated in cheese puff dust is nowhere near accurate. Even handsomely bearded gentlemen, surrounded by empty cans of PBR and fingers coated in pomade, make up a significant portion of users! And as more and more developing nations get connected and add new users, our world grows smaller and smaller. 

  • Get Your Ass To Mars In This Flyover Video Of The Red Planet

    Instead of waiting another 70 years for Rekall to start offering Mars vacations, why not just watch this video? Using information gathered over the last decade from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express, this model of a Mars flyover is probably the closest we’re going to get for a while. It looks like it would be neat to visit, but it’s not the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it’s cold as hell.

  • Antigua’s New Website Will Offer The World America’s Copyrighted Content For Free

    In true David and Goliath fashion, the small Caribbean island of Antigua won the right to suspend US copyright agreement on all forms of media. Will the Pirate Bay set sail to Antigua for totally legitimate and legal hosting? Will an Antiguatown spring up in New York City offering plenty of counterfeit goods? Will any of this make up for the billions they lost since America blocked their gambling sites? Eh, probably not.

  • Goodbye Cruel World: Sun Will End Earthly Life in 2.8 Billion Years

    Well, it was fun while it lasted, but now those buzzkill eggheads at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have gone and figured out that life on Earth will end in 2.8 billion years. It’s probably for the best, considering that the sun will engulf us as a giant red star in just 5 billion years anyway. I guess I won’t be opening that retirement account now. It just all seems so pointless.

  • Never Get Caught Taking Inappropriate Pictures Thanks To The Neurocam [Video]

    Just think of all the photo opportunities you miss out on everyday because you cannot get your phone out in time. Or maybe it’s because you don’t want to look like a creep taking pictures of that bartender who makes sure to casually mention her boyfriend every time you see her but she didn’t charge you for a beer that one time so maybe she is interested after all. Or something. Anyway, with the Neurocam a brain sensor knows when you want to take a picture and activates the camera on your iPhone. Unfortunately, everything is strapped to your head. If these catch on, I imagine seeing a lot more people wearing hoodies around the city.

  • HTC One Max Could Give The Samsung Galaxy S4 A Run For It’s Money

    HTC is going after the Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, with an updated version of their successful  device the HTC One. The latest model being dubbed “HTC One Max” features an aluminum body, stereo speakers and a huge 5.9-inch 1080p screen, which is even bigger than the Galaxy S4 (5-inches) and even the new Galaxy Note 3 (5.7-inches). The HTC One Max also beat the Galaxy to the punch with fingerprint technology. The new device features a fingerprint sensor at the back for locking or unlocking the screen and launching up to three designated apps (by assigning a different finger to each). HTC One max has 32GB of onboard storage and you can also expand the memory via microSD card slot that’s hidden behind the removable back cover. One glaring downside to the HTC One Max is the inability to remove the battery. The Galaxy S 4′s removable battery has been a huge marketing play for Samsung at various events like Austin City Limits and Comic Con where the brand has set up booths to allow Galaxy owners to swap out their dead battery for a fully charged one. This is a huge issue at big events where the network is more »

  • Samsung Gear Commercial Evokes It’s Inspiration

    Samsung is the first of the big tech powerhouses to hit the market with a real life smart-watch. Ever since the days of yonder a wearable smart-watch was something only seen on sci-fi and spy shows. Samsung’s newest spot pays homage to those wrist pieces that were the obvious inspiration for the watch. The spot features devices from The Jetsons, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Knight Rider, Predator and Star Trek followed by a 360-degree look at the Gear with a tagline that reads “it’s finally real.”

  • The Oakley Airwave 1.5 Combines GPS, Bluetooth and Speed Analytics

    The Oakley Airwave revolutionized the performance goggle game last year, with technologies like a heads up display that integrates GPS, Bluetooth, speed, jump analytics and a bevy more of tech forward gadgets and gizmos. This year, they’ve upped the ante with a more fluid interface, WiFi and better connectivity to bluetooth, basically polishing up the original Airwave in the spots Oakley noticed issues.   On top of  the tech improvements Oakley created a more comfortable form fitting goggle. The chassis is made of durable O Matter and Oakley’s O-Flow Arch technology to reduce nasal pressure, so if you’re on the slopes from day break to dusk, your face wont feel like it. The 1.5 also come with Switchlock, a hinge that allows you to change lenses quick and hassle-free to adjust your tints with the elements, which has been Oakley’s forte from the beginning.   ·         Heads-Up Display: Airwave delivers crisp, widescreen graphics. Due to the innovative prism technology, the displayed information will appear as though you’re looking at a 14-inch display from a distance of five feet, so refocusing your eye is not necessary.  The heads-up display is designed for an unobtrusive view, and semi-flush lens geometry ensures wide peripheral more »

  • Professor Says Social Media Makes Us More Socially Awkward In Real Life

    Having a presence on every social media site must mean that you’re incredibly well-adjusted socially, right? A professor at MIT would disagree. She believes communicating mostly through technology has caused us to lose conversational skills. We’ve become simpletons who prefer to carefully construct a reply to a text rather than adapt to the fluidity of a face to face conversation.

  • Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Will Work, Says High-end Aviation software

    Elon Musk, the brilliant billionaire wonder boy, has created a transportation concept called the Hyperloop that we’re sure you’ve heard of already. Naysayers came out of the woodwork to scoff at the beautiful sketches that had no “substance”. The physical prototype is still years away, but Musk might be on to something. Ansys (ANSS), a maker of very  used to design planes, trains, automobiles and all manner of other things, has fed the Hyperloop specifications into a computer and come away impressed. “I don’t immediately see any red flags,” says Sandeep Sovani, the director of land transporation strategy at Ansys. “I think it is quite viable.” The Loop will shoot pods through a tunnel via air pressure at 800 MPH, bolting the pods from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Tweaks, however, must be made in the design and bearings throughout the tube, but in an overall simulation the design and concept works. Advantage Musk.  

  • Real Life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, Channels Iron Man with 3-D Gesture Technology

    If you’re not familiar with Elon Musk yet, he’s a South African born version of Tony Stark, the fictional billionaire, genius, superhero playboy. Though he might not be the playboy socialite Tony is, it’s probably because he’s too busy, building space travel rockets or a Hyper loop train that can take you from San Fransisco to LA in 30 minutes or being the CEO of Tesla Motors. I’m not exactly sure if Musk created what you are about to see as an ironic gag (because of the constant Tony Stark comparisons) or has been working on it for years, but he basically took the hand gesture technology from the Iron Man movies and built a Leap Motion controller to manipulate 3D designs, Musk even notes the film in his dialogue. “If you can just go in there and do what you need to do — just understanding the fundamentals of the thing should work, as opposed to figure out how to make the computer make it work, then you can achieve a lot more in a lot shorter period of time.” Says Musk Musk uses three different type of gesture based design, from a simple desktop to an immersive virtual reality more »

  • Photo of the Day: LADEE Spacecraft Lifts Off Over New York City

    A night launch of NASA’s newest spacecraft to the moon – the LADEE spacecraft – on the U.S. East Coast on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:27p ET prompted many fine photos. The launch took place at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, 200 miles south of New York CIty, but despite this and tons of light pollution former NASA photographer Ben Cooper took an amazing photo from the Top of the Rock.

  • 12 Minute Athlete

    So you don’t have a gym membership, equipment and time to get a total body workout? 12 Minute Athlete is a high intensity interval training program of incredibly effective workouts that you can do in around just 12 minutes a day with minimal equipment and no gym membership.

  • Elon Musk and the Magnificent Hyperloop. Reality or Sci-Fi?

    Elon Musk is the real life Tony Stark, in fact he was the inspiration for the characters demeanor in the Iron Man films. A brilliant man, from South Africa, Musk has managed to hit home runs with some of his larger endeavors including PayPal and more recently co-founded Tesla Motors. Now, the plan is to take the technology of Tesla for a solar-powered, city-to-city elevated transit system that could take passengers and cars from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. There are nay sayers coming out of the woodwork, projecting how the project can and will never be built, but Musk thinks ideas already in motion, such as California’s $70 billion high-speed train, is  too expensive, slow, and impractical. The Hyperloop offers a counter offer, estimating costs could be built for $6 billion with people-only pods, or $10 billion with pods capable of holding people and cars and would be four times as fast as the competing train, at one-10th the price.

  • Lima: The Kickstarter Project That Is Going To Kill Dropbox

    Today, most people have files everywhere. Individual pieces of content spread across multiple devices. So they spend a lot of time just figuring out where their documents are. And they keep moving their files to-and-from tiny Cloud folders. We’re looking at you DropBox. So a crafty company has decided to solve this problem, from its root by redesigned the way your devices store data, from the ground up. With Lima, your devices work as a group. They all contain exactly the same files. Just like if they were one single, unique device.

  • The Perseid Meteor Peaks This Week [21 HQ Photos]

    The Perseid Meteor shower is peaking in the next few days, making it one of the most exciting astronomical events of the year. If you live in a location with extreme light pollution and can’t get a glimpse of the shower here is what you’re missing.

  • What It Looks Like To Leave Earth

    The “MESSENGER” spacecraft bound for Mercury captured stunning images of Earth during a gravity assist swingby of its home planet on Aug. 2, 2005. Several hundred images, taken with the wide-angle camera in MESSENGER’s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS), were sequenced into a movie documenting the view from MESSENGER as it departed Earth.

  • Watch Facebook’s Slow Creep Toward Total World Domination

    Via Gizmodo: As of last month, Zuck’s Empire can proudly call itself the reigning social network in 127 out of 137 polled countries. That’s a lot of selfie uploads. What’s more, this a huge leap from where Facebook ranked just three years ago. As you can see below, it could barely hold onto a full continent and was nearly nonexistant in Asian countries. Now, Facebook’s even overtaken Orkut, the once (relatively) hyper-popular social network for Brazilian and Indian tweens everywhere. Qzone is, of course, still dominating in China, whose people have to make do with their own version of popular sites in the notoriously internet restrictive country.

  • Starbucks To Add Phone-Charging Stations

    Ever notice how you can always use the bathroom at a Starbucks? Or hop on the free Wi-Fi, no questions asked? In its continuing quest to provide more than coffee, some of the chain’s stores will now also charge your phone. Last fall, 17 Starbucks shops in Boston placed Duracell Powermats on tables so customers could come in, plop their phones onto the mat—no wires required—and grab a drink while they waited for their devices to charge. Yesterday the company announced it is now adding Powermats to 10 or so stores in Silicon Valley. Other locations will be listed on Poweruphere.com as they come onboard, including those in other cities, eventually. The mats only work with compatible devices, or devices outfitted with a compatible accessory. There will be about a dozen in each store, depending on size.

  • How To Go Completely Invisible On Facebook

    Facebook doesn’t exactly make it easy for you to stay off its radar. Some people don’t like getting random friend requests or awkward messages from long-forgotten friends. Some people just want to use Facebook to keep up with others, but don’t want others to be able to keep up with them. Want to stay hidden on Facebook? We can help you out. When you’re finished, no one but you will be able to see your Facebook activity, view your photos, or see where you’ve checked in. Your current friends will still be able to view your basic profile — there’s no way around this — but all your activity will be blank.

  • No Strings Attached Free WiFi Coming To 31 San Francisco Parks

    TechCrunch.com is reporting that thirty-one San Francisco playgrounds, plazas, recreation centers and parks are getting two years of free Wi-Fi, thanks to a $600,000 gift announced by Google today — with no strings attached. Pending approvals, installations could start in November and be done by April 2014. The gift is designed to empower citizens and community groups, and serve as a pilot for city-wide free Wi-Fi. Come on New York City! Step your game up.

  • 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.