SpyMeSat iOS app now lets you buy hi-resolution satellite images.

It’s almost like having your own spy satellite. Last year I took a look at the SpyMeSat app, a US$1.99 app that lets you see when you are in range of an imaging satellite. At the time of my review, you could set alerts to let you know when a satellite was near your location, but this new version takes the process a step further, letting you order up recent satellite images of most locations on earth.

“Now SpyMeSat users can download recent satellite imagery as easily as they can download a song or an app,” said Alex Herz, president of Orbit Logic. “This is the same high resolution commercial satellite imagery used by government intelligence agencies, but at a small fraction of the price. SpyMeSat brings satellite imagery to a personal, accessible scale by removing cost and process barriers through technology.”

Prices start at $14.99 for a 1km square image. After your online purchase through the app, the high resolution file can be downloaded. The company thinks with that low pricing, governments and small companies will now have sharp imagery in reach. The images are drawn from the WorldView-1, WorldView-2, and GeoEye-1 satellites.

You can see some sample images of Sydney Harbor and Bilbao, Spain. At a glance the imagery may not appear to be more detailed than Google Map images, but these images are much newer. Almost all are less than a year old, with some being less than a month old. Many of the Google images I’ve looked at are much older and out of date.

SpyMeSat requires iOS 6 or later and is optimized for the iPhone 5.

See what happens when a photographer adds iPhone movie stills to real-life photos.

Francois Dourlen

French photographer Francois Dourlen uses the iPhone for photography, but does so in a very creative way. Rather than using the iPhone to take the photos, Dourlen incorporates the iPhone into every shot, using it to add still images that are appropriate to the scene. More than just a bland image, Dourlen livens up every real life shot with a memorable movie scene. You can check out a sample above and another one below. You also can view the full collection on his 500px profile.

Hate the new Photos app in iOS 7? Here are the best App Store alternatives!

Don't like the new Photos app in iOS 7? Here are the best alternatives!


The Photos app was completely redone for iOS 7 and while some people prefer the new layout, collections, and moments, others would prefer an alternate way to store, organize, and manage their memories. Luckily, there are lots of third party apps available to both keep your photos safe, and let you edit, filter, and keep track of them to your hearts content. Not sure which one is best, or more specifically, best for you? Keep reading!


VSCO Cam not only provides for a Photo app replacement, it can also be a Camera app replacement as well. With more editing capabilities and camera settings than both the stock Photos and Camera app, it packs a mighty punch. The Library section of VSCO Cam is simple but elegant. You can choose list or thumbnail views and adjust the sizes of thumbnails to suit your tastes. The VSCO Grid service is optional but gives you a great way to share your favorite photos with anyone you’d like by simply giving them your Grid URL. They can then access it with any web browser.

If you want an all-in-one solution to take, manage, and share your photos, along with killer filters, VSCO Cam is your best options available.


Flickr provides an insane amount of storage at absolutely no cost to you. A terabyte to be exact. Flickr is also one of the best photo communities on the web so if you like browsing other people’s photos just as much as you like taking your own, Flickr is an awesome option. The fact that the app itself has a great layout and easy to navigate interface makes it a great replacement for the stock Photos app. Heck, Flickr even added auto-upload for iOS 7 users so there’s next to no work involved in getting your photos from your iPhone and onto Flickr.

If you care more about storage space limits than anything else, Flickr is what you want.


Loom is a relatively new service but it’s a great one. You get 5GB of storage space on the Loom service itself for free. From there you can buy additional space. Depending on how you decide to use it, the free space may be plenty. The app itself is gorgeous and is flexible to your needs. Want to view just your iPhone photos? No problem. They’ll be separated from any other iOS devices you might have attached to your Loom account. Want to view a unified library that contains all your photos in one place? Loom can do that too with a functionality very similar to how Photo Stream works in the stock Photos app.

If you want a great interface and design, get Loom.


Photoful isn’t a storage service at all but it can be a complete replacement for the Photos app if you want it to be. Simply grant it access to your Camera Roll and it can auto-import all your photos and sort them by location and date much in the same way the stock Photos app does. The main difference between the two is that some people will heavily prefer Photoful’s interface and additional features such as tags. Photoful also gives you the option to drill down further and more precisely into your collections without having to scrub through thousands of photos like you have to in the iOS Photos app.

If you want more control over searching for and managing your images, Photoful can give you that.


Dropbox can not only save your photos, but any other kind of documents you’d like to store. The instant upload feature can also make sure your photos stay in sync and in Dropbox with little to no effort on your part. You get 2GB for free and can upgrade to a paid account for more storage at any time. Sure you don’t get as much space for free with Dropbox but the convenience of being able to store any kind of file all in one place may appeal to some people more.

If you want to be able to store all your documents in one place, regardless of their type, go with Dropbox.

Source: iMore.

SlowCam brings slow motion video to older iPhones.

If you were feeling bad about not having an iPhone 5s and that cool slow-mo feature, you can now get close with a new US$1.99 app calledSlowCam. The app records to your iPhone storage, then quickly renders it to your camera roll. Rendering of one video clip can take place while you are recording another. An iPhone 5/5c can capture video at 60 FPS, the new iPhone 5s at 120 FPS, and even the older iPhone 4 captures at 30 FPS. The app requires iOS 7.

To get going, you tap and hold the ‘slow motion’ button on screen. Taking your finger off the button gives you regular speed, then pressing and holding again slows things down. Great, for example, at recording a high dive from a diving board. Regular speed as the diver climbs the ladder, slow-mo for the dive.

There is a zoom feature, but I stay away from digital zoom like the plague as it kills image quality. You can tap the screen to set exposure and focus together or separately.

I tried the app on my iPhone 5s, and of course the quality looked just like the Apple built-in slow-mo app. On an iPhone 5, the slow-mo looked almost as good, but the frame rate was reduced.

If you are interested in slow motion videos and don’t have a 5s, SlowCam will do the trick. It’s not going to raise the native frame rate of your iPhone, but it does a nice job of rendering a clean video.

As I said, the app requires iOS 7 and is optimized for the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s. That means to get slow-mo you’ll need at least an iPhone 4. Owners with older phones will get no satisfaction.

Source: TUAW.