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11 common technical myths in which to believe

Despite the fact that we use smartphones and other gadgets every day (if not every minute), many still remain questions on their work. And considering what a lot of information on this subject is available on the Internet today, it is difficult to understand what is true and what is not. In General, if you want to understand the electronics, see our issue. Today we will dispel some of the most common of the many myths.

1. “Macs” can’t get viruses.

Nothing like this, Apple computers are also subject to virus attacks. Apple, of course, boasted that their creations are more reliable in this respect than Windows PC, but representatives of Apple, the company had to bite my tongue when, in 2012, thousands of Macs were infected with a Trojan.

2. If you open the browser in incognito mode, it guarantees full anonymity.

If you use incognito mode in Google Chrome (or private mode in Safari), it just means that the browser doesn’t store history, your bookmarks, and you do not go automatically to their accounts. Of course, this is good if you don’t want others to see what you do online. But in the sites themselves your “personality” remains open, so keep this in mind if you go to the site, which, in theory, should not go.

3. Leave the phone charging all night — means to ruin the battery.

Most of us leave the phone to charge overnight. Some argue that it harms the battery, but in fact there is no evidence and never was. Modern smartphones run on lithium-ion batteries — smart enough to stop charging when it’s not necessary.

4. Charge the phone only if it is almost on the verge of discharge.

Another popular myth about lithium-ion batteries. To charge your phone even 30% is fine, maybe even better than to charge it at 5%. Batteries have a limited number of charge cycles before losing the ability to hold a charge. A charge cycle is charging the battery when its capacity is almost zero. The reason that your phone’s battery “dies” over time, is that he has already used up its charge cycles. So feel free to charge it at any percentage.

5. The more megapixels the better the camera.

What is the difference between a camera in a 12 megapixels camera and 8 megapixels? It turns out, not so much. Image quality largely depends on how much light is able to perceive the sensor. Larger sensors can have a large number of pixels, and the larger the pixel, the more light it absorbs. Therefore, the value has a size of pixels and not their number (a megapixel is a million pixels).

6. A higher resolution display on the phone is always better.

Some believe that the resolution of the display on a smartphone does not matter. Experts say that the human eye is unable to make out fine details on display in over 300 pixels per inch. Earlier this year LG unveiled its first smartphone Quad HD resolution of 2560 × 1440. This is much higher than the average smartphone, which usually fit into 1920 × 1080. But it is unclear whether it affects image quality, because our eye is not able to parse the individual pixels beyond a certain resolution. Many argue that the difference between the G3 and Galaxy S5 are almost there. Therefore, companies like Apple are trying to pay more attention to brightness, not totally displays.

7. You cannot charge your iPhone with an iPad charger.

On Apple’s official website says that the adapter iPad 12W can charge both iPad and iPhone. However, Steve Sandler, founder and chief technician of the company AEi Systems involved in the analysis of technology, said that over time it could still damage the battery of your iPhone if you charge it constantly. However, it may take at least a year before you notice changes.

8. You cannot turn off the computer every day.

Someone believes that to turn the computer off for the night bad for the computer, but actually regularly turn off the computer — it is even good. Of course, it is easy to simply drop the lid and enter sleep mode, so you can quickly open and go back to work. But if you turn it off when you don’t need it, you will save energy and save the electronic components a little longer.

9. A magnet beside your computer will erase all data.

Technically that’s right — remember how easy it was to erase the data on the disk using a regular magnet? But you will need a very large magnet to erase data from the hard drive of your computer. Experts say that hard drives on modern computers can only suffer from the very powerful magnets with a focused magnetic fields. So your magnet from the fridge hardly capable of it.

10. Frequent use of cell phone leads to the development of brain cancer.

Although mobile phones emit radiation which can be absorbed by human tissues, evidence that smartphones cause cancer, no.

11. The more sticks of the signal, the better the connection.

Yes, it helps, but does not guarantee good signal. These “sticks” only indicate how close you are to the nearest tower. But there are other factors that can affect Internet speed on your phone, such as the number of people who currently use the network.

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