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An ancient memorization strategy might cause lasting changes to the brain

Using the memory techniques of the pros alters patterns in brain activity, new research says<p><i>Update May 29th 11:40AM ET:</i> <i>This article was originally published on March 16</i><i>th</i><i>,</i> <i>2017. It</i> <i>has been updated to include video.</i><p>Weird as it might sound, there are competitive rememberers out there who can memorize …

Humanity

This Marimba ringtone remix will blow your mind

Apple’s iconic Marimba ringtone has been remixed a countless number of times since the original iPhone came out, but a new remix inspired by composer Steve Reich will leave you totally hypnotized.<p>Created by artist Seth Kranzler, “Marimba Ringtone Phase” replicates Reich’s style by playing the …

Make your MacBook chime like an iPhone when you plug it in to charge

The iPhone and iPad have made a cute little chime noise when plugged it into charge since their inception, but the Mac has no such noise as it uses the MagSafe light indicators to show charging status. This changed with the new 12-inch Retina MacBook which doesn’t have MagSafe so it uses the iOS …

This intricately engraved Apple Watch is absolutely crazy

MadeWorn made a name for itself putting insanely detailed engravings on expensive Rolexes for celebrities willing to shell out thousands of dollars for the custom timepieces. Now the Los Angeles-based company has put founder and artist Blaine Halvorson’s touch on the Apple Watch — and it looks …

If you think Apple’s packaging is good, wait until you see these

Opening a new Apple product for the first time is pretty close to a holy experience. Part of that is because Apple spends so much time perfecting product packaging so it’s simple, elegant and secure without compromising on intuitiveness.<p>However, it’s a mistake to think Apple is the only company …

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Even more essential Mac keyboard shortcuts

There are a ton of Mac keyboard shortcuts to make your digital life easier and more productive. Last week, we showed you 10 of the best shortcuts to keep in mind when using your Mac, and you responded with even more.<p>Here are Cult of Mac readers’ suggestions for even more fantastic Mac keyboard …

This is how rich people watched Furious 7 last weekend

If you've got $35,000 to spare, PRIMA Cinema is a big deal<p>In the world you and I know, there are basically two legitimate, legal opportunities to catch a new flick. First, of course, there’s the theater, where we pay anywhere from $10 to $30 for the privilege of sitting in a velour seat of dubious …

Samsung Gear Fit review

Advances in technology have certainly played a big role in making our lives a whole lot easier, but with almost everything now available at the tip of your fingers, it has also been a contributing factor in making us a lot lazier. Various tech companies are now taking up the cause for our health …

Free movies and games for some Sony Xperia Z1s, Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet owners

Sony is giving away more than a dozen free movies and games to owners of Xperia Z1s, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablets in a small handful of countries. In total, 6 movies and 8 PlayStation Mobile games will be available through the Xperia Lounge application on your device, but only after you install …

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet arrives to the U.S., priced at $499

Although the Sony Xperia Z2 has yet to arrive in the United States, at least Sony fans will now have the opportunity to grab the Xperia Tablet Z2. The tablet Z2 is available for pre-order through Sony’s website as we speak, with an estimated shipping date set for May 4th.<p>At MWC we noted that the …

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5S

Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet review: One Sony, two devices

After years of extensive testing, I have determined the perfect screen size for watching YouTube videos in bed. It's just over 5 inches. Anything larger and you have to hold the device too far from that ideal chest-perching point, anything smaller and you might as well not bother. Obligingly, Sony …

Hands On With The Xperia Z2 Smartphone And Z2 Tablet, Sony’s Waterproof Wonders

Both Samsung and HTC have new flagship Android phones out in the U.S., but Sony isn’t just sitting back and doing nothing. The company has its new 5.2-inch Z2 smartphone launching soon in select markets, including in Canada in May. The waterproof glass-encased handset has a lot in common with last …

The Sony Xperia Z2's impressive camera tests

Slick style and blistering performance from the Sony Xperia Z2

With a brilliant screen, great camera and gorgeous design, the Sony Xperia Z2 provides everything you'd expect from a top-end phone. Check out our video review.

Sony Xperia Z2 crowned new king of mobile photography

The Sony Xperia Z2 has supplanted Nokia's 808 Pureview as the best smartphone for mobile photographers, according to an organization that analyzes camera quality.<p>Sony's latest flagship handset scored a 79 out of a possible 100 on the DxOMark Mobile scale, beating out Nokia's 808, which landed a …

Mobile Photography

Sony Xperia Z2 camera wins top spot by DxO benchmark

The folks over at DxO Labs like to put our favorite smartphones through some rigorous photography and videography tests. They recently put the Sony Xperia Z2 through the ringer, and with a score of 79, it came out in top spot of all mobile devices tested to date.<p>The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s flagship …

Sony Xperia Z2 review

Sony announced itself as a major player in the flagship smartphone market last year with the Xperia Z, which featured a beautiful all-glass design, and was the first true flagship to offer protection from dust and water. The company continued to build on a fantastic platform with the Sony Xperia …

Phones

Sony Xperia Z2 Unboxing and First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy S5 triumphs in battery life tests

Battery life is an important but difficult to gauge aspect of modern smartphones, especially when it comes to devices with powerful processors and large power hungry displays. The Samsung Galaxy S5 might not have the largest battery on the market, but it’s scored some impressive results in a range …

Galaxy S5 vs One (M8) vs Xperia Z2 vs G Pro 2 nighttime photo samples

We’re treated with some great smartphone cameras this season, between HTC’s Ultrapixels, Samsung’s Isocell technology, and Sony’s large sensors.<p>One area where smartphone makers have focused their attention is low-light photography. And rightly so – no matter how great a camera is in broad daylight, …

Sony puts their new Xperia Z2 Tablet up for sale in the UK

The Xperia Z2 Tablet is up for sale on Sony’s UK website. UK customers can order now, choosing the 16GB WiFi only unit for £399, upgrade to the 32GB model for £449 or grab up the 16GB LTE version for £499.<p>For those with slippery fingers, order before March 24 straight from the Sony online store and …

Sony shows (and tells) us why 4K on a phone isn't crazy

At Sony Mobile's HQ in Tokyo, Kichiro Kurozumi is itching to go into detail about the new flagship Xperia Z2. The VP says it's "all in the details." We really hope so, because it's getting increasingly hard to tell Sony's recent smartphone iterations apart, especially when it comes to the Xperia Z2 …

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit Prices Confirmed

Samsung unveiled a bevvy of new gadgets at Mobile World Congress last month, but most came without a price tag. Slowly but surely the Korean firm is filling in the gaps, starting with the Gear 2 and Gear Fit, which will retail for $295 and $197 respectively — there’s no price for the cheaper Gear 2 …

This is Motorola's new Android Wear smartwatch: Moto 360

LG went first, and now it's Motorola's turn to unveil its Android Wear smartwatch: the Moto 360. Putting an emphasis on the tried-and-true design of classic timepieces, Motorola's crafted a smartwatch that hews closely to a more traditional, premium look. The Moto 360 boasts a circular, digital …

Sony Xperia Z2 20.7MP camera and 4K video shown off in shots of Tokyo at night

The Xperia Z2 went for a little walk about Tokyo, snapping up beautiful photos of the night and some 4K video too. The Chinese blog Ring HK shared the 20.7MP photos and short 4K video clip on their site. They were sure to let us know that the Z2 in use was an engineers test unit, not the finished …

Sony says their Live Colour LED technology delivers the deepest and most vibrant colors available on a smartphone

Who produces the best smartphone display? If you did not answer Sony, they are hoping that their new Live Colour LED technology will change your mind. Sony’s new screen tech is found on their latest flagship device, the Xperia Z2, which was announced at MWC last month. The phone represents the best …

Xperia Z2 tested in audio comparison with HTC One and Xperia Z1

Superior sound quality is one of the main features that Sony promotes when it comes to the new Xperia Z2. According to the company, the Xperia Z2 delivers “a crisp and clear audio experience,” with its stereo speakers that offer “a more dynamic sound with a depth that replicates real, natural …