Anyone who has dabbled in tech knows that a proliferation of technology is accompanied by a rapid increase in the number of myths about technology.
While the tech gurus see past these myths, they often delude the layman into misusing technology or taking wrong decisions about technology.
We try to dispel 7 such myths which often mislead users.
Does charging your phone overnight harm batteries?
Warning that overnight charging harms phone batteries is a myth that has plagued humanity since the dawn of the mobile phone.
But really, think about it.
In the age of the “smart” phone, it would indeed be a travesty if your phone couldn’t tell when it’s juiced up and needed to stop charging.
Believe us, it can. So, you needn’t worry about overnight charging.
Do higher megapixels make better cameras?
With most phone companies touting higher megapixel cameras, it’s only natural to believe that higher megapixels make better cameras.
But what a bummer. They don’t.
Megapixels affect detailing in photos, but not quality of photos.
Camera quality depends on size and material of the main camera lens, the light sensor, the image processing hardware, and the software which binds it all together.
Are Apple computers really immune to viruses?
The myth that Apple computers are virus-immune, to an extent, was promoted by Apple itself through ad campaigns.
But the truth is, no computer is immune to viruses – a fact that was abundantly proven by the 2012 Flashback virus crisis which affected over 250,000 Macs.
The reason Macs have a better track record is because attackers target the more widely used Windows OS.
Does network signal strength really affect wireless service performance?
Full signal strength on your phone gives you epic wireless service performance, right? Um…no.
The network signal indicator on your phone shows the proximity of your cellular signal to its nearest tower. This doesn’t indicate the best connectivity, call quality, and download speed.
Loosely speaking, what affects wireless service performance is the capacity of the network, and the number of people connected to it.
Incognito browsing: What it does, and what it doesn’t do
While some may already be aware that incognito or private browsing isn’t really private, this is for those who aren’t.
Incognito browsing prevents a browser from doing its usual job of saving information on sites visited (history), forms filled, search queries etc.
What it doesn’t do, however, is make you anonymous. ISPs, ad trackers, websites, add-ons, can all track your activities in incognito mode.
Does a higher number of processor cores ensure better performance?
Multi-core processors give better performance? Not necessarily.
What multi-core processors do is divide a task among multiple cores, all of which do a portion of the task to finish it faster.
However, most apps today are designed for single or dual-core processors, and thus can’t make full use of extra processing power.
Additionally, build quality of processors and supporting hardware like graphics shape performance.
Are extended warranties really worth that extra pocket pinch?
In today’s age, it’s tough to purchase technology without being offered third-party extended warranties. But really, they just play on your insecurity.
Mostly, these pricey third-party plans run parallel to the warranty offered by the manufacturer of the product you’re purchasing; so, in essence, you’re being duped into paying twice for the same protection.
Research your device’s manufacturer warranty before opting for third-party ones.
This story was originally published in newsbytesapp Entry posted by Shiladitya Ray