Look around and you’ll find that we are surrounded by gadgets. So much so that before calling it a day, you glance at a gadget and the first thing in all probability you look at in the morning is a gadget. It’s a tad ironic that despite gadgets – especially smartphones – have become all-consuming device for us, most of us remain unaware about what goes inside them.
Take the case of a simple question like, should we charge our phone when the battery completely runs out or should we charge it now when it’s battery level reading is anywhere below 100 per cent? Or do more network bars mean better mobile service? Is charging your phone overnight harmful for your battery?
It remains clear and the truth lies somewhere between myths, perceptions and realities. Here we attempt to would shatter some of the most common tech myths (or dilemmas) that we face on a day-to-day basis.
1. Myth: More bars on your cell phone means better signal.
The network bars on your screen do not truly indicate signal strength. They merely show the proximity of your cellular signal to its nearest tower. The number of people connected to the same tower at the same time is huge.
2. Myth: Charging your phone overnight harms the battery
It’s a myth that has plagued humanity since the dawn of the mobile phone. Time to debunk it. Your phone is smarter than you think. Your device is engineered in a way that it knows it has to stop charging once it’s fully juiced up.
3. Myth: Private/Incognito browsing keeps you anonymous
There’s a misconception that ‘incognito’ and ‘private’ are synonymous with anonymous. Every Web browser has a private mode. If you’re using Incognito Mode in Google Chrome or Private browsing in Safari, it simply means the browser won’t keep track of your history so other users don’t know what you were doing. But it won’t keep your identity hidden from the sites you visit or your ISP (Internet Service Provider) — so keep that in mind if you’re visiting sites you shouldn’t be. In Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari, you enter the private browsing mode using the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + P (CTRL + OPTION + P on Mac). In Chrome, you use CTRL + SHIFT + N.
4. Myth: More megapixels means better camera
Don’t let that manufacturer hoodwink you into buying a device on the basis of megapixels. What are megapixels though? Pictures are made up of little dots called pixels. Put enough of them together and you have a picture. A megapixel is one million tiny coloured dots in a photo. It seems logical that more megapixels would mean a sharper photo. In truth, though, it could just mean a terrible photo made of more dots. Instead the far more important ingredients for a good photo comprise size and material of the main camera lens, the light sensor (the bigger it is the more light it will capture), the image processing hardware, and the software that ties it all together. That is the reason why iPhone 6, which comes with an 8-megapixel shooter, gives far better results than other 13 megapixel phone cameras available in the market. Where megapixels do matter is the size you want your final picture to be. The extra pixels on a smartphone camera might be useful if you want to print your images. If your megapixel count isn’t enough for the size of the image you print, the images won’t look sharp. Also, let’s settle this once and for all: phone cameras can’t replace the DSLR models.
5. Myth: Apple computers are virus-proof
To put it clearly, there is no computer system in the world that’s immune to viruses. Apple’s Mac computers have a good track record compared to Windows PCs because there just aren’t as many Macs out there as Windows PCs.
6. Myth: You can use any charger for your phone
You can use any charger to juice up your battery as long as it’s genuine. Knock-off chargers may entice you with low pricing but can inflict serious damage on your device’s battery and can even cause a fire.