Common technology myths, facts & misconceptions busted!

Common Myths About Technology You Should Stop Believing Today. We use technology like smartphones and social networks on a daily basis. Popular technology myths and misconceptions.
The pace of technology is surprising. It is not surprising that myths emerge in light of surprising, almost magical, progress every day. It seems that every time technology evolves and leaves us speechless, some detractors come to warn us of the dangers of innovation. So here are some common myths about technology you should stop believing today.
Common technology myths, facts & misconceptions busted!

Myth 1: The higher the megapixel number of your camera, the better the image.

Truth: Don't let the manufacturer trick you into buying a megapixel-based device. What are megapixels? Images are a combination of small dots called pixels. Put them together enough and you will have a photo. A megapixel is a million small colored dots in a photo. It seems logical that more megapixels mean a sharper photo. In truth, however, it could mean a terrible photo taken from multiple points. Instead, the much more important ingredients for a good photo include the size and material of the camera's main lens, the light sensor (the bigger it is, the more light it will capture), hardware and image processing software matters that unites everything. That's why the iPhone 6, which comes with an 8-megapixel shooter, offers much better results than other 13-megapixel phone cameras available on the market. Where megapixels count is the desired size for the final image. Additional pixels in a smartphone camera can be useful if you want to print images. If the megapixel count is not sufficient for the size of the printed image, the images will not look clear. Also, let's fix it once and for all: telephone cameras cannot replace DSLR models.

Myth 2: More signal bars on your phone mean better service.

Truth: The bars indicate signal strength, not the quality of service available. You might get full signal on your area but if network congestion is very high during peak hours you will face issues while using your phone for calls or for any sorts of online activities. If many people connected to the same cell tower than you will face network issues at that time it will not matter whether the network bar is showing full or less.

Myth 3: Do not use third party chargers on your phone or tablet.

Truth: The charger supplied with a phone or tablet can provide efficient charging than a third party charger and therefore charge more rapidly. The second problem is the quality of the charger always use branded & genuine chargers from reputed brands, it is recommended to use original chargers provided, but in some case, original charger gets damaged then we look for new charger there are a lot of cheap chargers available in the market it is advisable to go for branded chargers, cheap chargers can damage your phone's battery or cause a fire. You can use Third-party chargers only the catch is used branded one with good quality & also check the ratings before purchasing like voltage-current some case it matters.

Myth 4: Leaving the phone connected to the charger will destroy the battery.

Truth: Modern smartphones are powered by lithium-ion batteries and are advanced enough to stop charging when the battery is charged. There is no real risk of damaging the battery if you keep it connected after a 100% charge.

Myth 5: Better specifications mean better devices.

Truth: If you're looking for a new laptop or a new smartphone, you've probably been tempted to throw money on the top model and save the mental gym on specs and features. It is natural: we often hope that spending a little more to make the phone faster can last longer or make the computer faster with more memory and storage space. It's not just you: manufacturers depend on customers to think that way and evaluate the models accordingly.

In reality, top-notch specs don’t guarantee that your phone or computer will work any better for you than one with more modest features. If you take an example like spending more on a laptop with the fastest and powerful processor won’t matter unless you’re doing processor-heavy tasks like editing video or encoding music. Similarly, if you worry about whether your smartphone has the latest processor versus the one in last year’s model probably won’t matter as much as more practical details, like what specs required that fit your needs.

Myth 6: "Planned obsolescence" is why your phone slows down just before a new model is released.

Truth: It happens every year or so just before the last and biggest phone comes out, your phone suddenly starts working slowly. Maybe it starts to crash or the apps you use slow down. However, if you can relate, you can probably understand the common feeling that this is all a plan of a technological society that forces you to update, a trick called "planned obsolescence". While this is a real problem in some specific cases, supposing that's why everyone's old phones slow down before new ones are announced is, well, a bit of oversimplification.

It's not really a conspiracy, and it's not a corporate trick to force it to the latest technology or capture it on the consumer treadmill. It is only a side effect of an industry in constant evolution and improvement. When these new phones launch, they come with more memory, better displays, faster processors, and other specs that generally shouldn't interest you, unless the developers start developing their apps around them. When they do, they optimize their apps for newer devices, leaving the older ones in the dust.

Therefore, when apps update to take advantage of all the features of these new devices, they seem to slow down on older phones. And unless the developers worry enough about making sure their old phones are compatible, the problem gets worse over time. The annoying end result may be the same, but you can at least rest comfortably knowing that there is no massive conspiracy (here, however) to make you spend money.

Myth 7: Private/incognito mode in the browser keeps you anonymous.

Truth: There is a misunderstanding that "incognito" and "private" are synonymous with anonymous. Each web browser has a private mode. If you're using the incognito mode in Google Chrome or private browsing in Safari, it simply means that the browser won't monitor your history, so other users don't know what you were doing. But you won't keep your identity hidden from the sites you visit or from your ISP (Internet service provider), so keep that in mind if you visit sites that you shouldn't visit. 

Myth 8: More cores in the processor means better performance.

Truth: The multicore processor helps to divide phone activities between multiple cores that do their part of the job and try to complete a task faster. The terms dual-core, octa-core, and quad-core indicate the number of processor cores in a CPU (central processing unit). Double is two, octa is eight, the quad is four. So far so obvious. But a quad-core processor is faster than a single-core or dual-core processor only when it runs an application developed to take advantage of its capabilities. Most applications made today are designed for devices that run on single or dual-core processors. Therefore, they cannot harness the additional processing power of octa-core chips. In addition, the extra cores do not improve the user experience. For example, the quality of a high definition video on an octa-core device will be negative if the phone has weak integrated graphics. In addition to the number of cores and their speed, the integrated quality of the processors is also important. IPhones perform better than other smartphones with dual or more cores.

Myth 9: Internet & World Wide Web-WWW are the same.

Truth: The terms Internet and World Wide Web are often used interchangeably but have very different meanings. The Internet is known as the network of networks, Basically, it refers to the infrastructure that connects networks around the world. Such hardware includes cell towers, servers, computers, routers, satellites, cables, etc. World wide web is a huge database & combination of resources available on the internet.

Myth 10: Leave your phone in the car or outdoors.

Truth: Extreme cold or heat can cause irreparable damage to the smartphone. Remember, cell phone components are delicate and prolonged exposure to intense temperatures can cause serious damage.

Myth 11: Typing URL directly into the browser doesn't mean you're safe from phishing attacks.  

Truth: The Best way hackers use to steal your identity is to click on a link in a phishing email and naively hand over your personal information. But typing in a browser does not guarantee that it will frustrate phishers.
There are still at least two dangers lurking, says Dave Jevans, president of the Task Force Phishing. 

The first is "pharming" or "domain name poisoning" attacks, which intercept legitimate URLs on the way to their destination and redirect requests to fake sites.

Always keep your system up to date with the latest Antivirus & keep your firewall active.  Free programs like Spybot Search & Destroy or WinPatrol help protect your Host's file. 

Myth 12: If someone has hacked your PC or turned it into a zombie, you will know it. 

Truth: If hackers have turned your computer into a spam bot, for example, the taskbar may warn you that your computer is sending hundreds of emails, but only if you have security software that scans your email. output. The malware often stops the antivirus software, the firewall, or the Windows update service so that it can run without restrictions on the system. Many users ignore until their ISP informs them that a bot has been detected in their IP address or that their email starts to be rejected because their address is on a list of spam blocks or calls.

So how do you know if your PC has been compromised?

If your machine suddenly becomes slow or takes too long to start or shut down, it could be infected or if some unwanted files or software are downloaded or installed automatically, then it is sure that your PC is in danger, in that situation you have two options disconnect your PC from the Internet and format or scan your PC using good antivirus software

Myth 13: It won't Matter if You Keep Your Laptop Always Plugged In.

Truth: Speaking of lifespan, When your laptop is plugged in it gets hot while you using and the battery is charged fully, all you're doing is exposing the battery to heat, which will make it age more quickly. Besides heat, the other reason that shortens Li-ion battery life is a high voltage, like the high voltage maintained by a charger, after the battery is full. Keep the battery just below a full charge by keeping it active, and when you do charge it for a long time, do it when your laptop is off or kept idle to avoid excess heat. 

You should be careful about charging only if your computer doesn't include battery management software, as many of those made by Lenovo, Sony and Samsung do. For computers that don't automatically optimize charging, tips on how often batteries are charged and discharged vary. Apple recommends running the juices of the battery using the computer from time to time disconnected, although not too often since lithium-ion batteries have limited charge cycles (each cycle goes from full charge to full discharge). However, whatever happens, lithium-ion batteries will eventually lose capacity; Expect to get two to three years of good positions.

Myth 14: Jailbreak and rooting are illegal.

Truth: Smartphone owners can unlock their iOS devices and root their Android phones to avoid restrictions from manufacturers and operators.  The word jailbreak itself makes it appear that the process is illegal. It is actually more complicated: the technique is not illegal under United States copyright law. Just you will face one issue if you do it under warranty then the warranty will void.

Myth 15: Cell phones cause cancer.

Truth: Mobile phones emit electromagnetic radiation in the form of non-ionizing radiofrequency waves. To date, the only known side effect of these waves on people is that they can generate a small amount of heat in the part of the body closest to the phone in use. This is the principle of operation of microwave ovens, which generate considerably more powerful waves than those emitted by a mobile phone. While dozens of studies have found no link between cell phone use and cancer.

Myth 16: Magnets will erase your data.

Truth: It would need a really large magnet and again it would only affect some types of data storage. Solid-state drives (SSDs), such as USB memory drives, are secure. Hard drives, such as those on your computer, are at risk, but only for really powerful magnets, such as those used in MRI machines or other specialized equipment.

Myth 17: Using high-speed flashcards in your digital camera allows you to take photos faster. 

Truth: High-speed memory cards allow a digital camera to save files faster, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can take photos faster. "When you take a photo, the camera needs to capture and process the image, then save it to the card," says Mike Wong, public relations manager for the memory card maker SanDisk.

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