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Do You Nonetheless Imagine These 16 Ridiculous Tech Myths?

Heard the one about how charging your telephone in a single day destroys its battery? How about this whopper: Macs can’t get viruses? There’s loads of pretend tech information floating round; every new era of know-how services begets much more false beliefs. A variety of these are fairly simple to discredit, however we discovered just a few for this story that may make even our readers do a double-take! 

It’s doable you’re fearful about one thing that isn’t true—or possibly one thing that was true however isn’t now, as new discoveries and updates cleared up the issue. 

Undergo our record beneath and see if there’s one thing you thought was true however, nicely, isn’t. Then move on the true deal to your folks, household, and social following, so that they received’t fall prey to tech disinformation.

Lots of people have positioned a variety of hope in Starlink, the satellite-based web supplier from Elon Musk–owned SpaceX. We’ve seen stats that extra individuals in America would select Starlink service than 5G in-home web service; 76% of respondents in a PCMag survey stated they’d be considerably or very more likely to take into account a change to Starlink if it turns into accessible of their space. 

Thirty-five % of Individuals don’t even have broadband, in keeping with the FCC. For individuals residing in disenfranchised areas, a lot of them rural, with subsequent to no decisions on the subject of web entry, Starlink guarantees to be transformative. However the chance that it will possibly or ought to exchange your cable or fiber connection, irrespective of how crappy the service, is slim. 

One of many points will probably be congestion. One report says that even with 12,000 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites within the sky, the Starlink service would be capable to deal with solely about 485,000 customers—but 500,000 orders have already been positioned, and fewer than 2,000 Starlink satellites are at present in orbit. SpaceX needs to get to 42,000 LEO satellites. Ultimately. 

Even Musk himself has stated the service will probably be finest for locations with low to medium inhabitants density—in cities, he stated, 5G will probably be higher. Starlink finally isn’t meant to interchange something: It’s a complement. And never a really reasonably priced one, at $99 monthly plus the price of tools. 

The larger situation could also be that each different LEO satellite tv for pc web firm that attempted this has died. Final summer season, Musk stated Starlink wanted $30 billion to keep away from going bankrupt. A leaked e-mail of his stated that, whereas unlikely, the entire enterprise may go stomach up by the tip of 2022. 

Cutting the Cord Will Save You Tons of Money

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Slicing the Wire Will Save You Tons of Cash

This could nonetheless be true, however provided that you’re prepared to accept utilizing a few streaming providers and maybe throwing up an HD antenna to get your primary networks over the air. 

Now, nevertheless, all of the media firms have created walled gardens of content material and made a lot of it unique (particularly if it’s new). If you’d like NBC stuff (say, The Workplace reruns), you want Peacock. If you’d like CBS exhibits (and Star Trek), you want Paramount+. Wish to watch Fixer Higher? You require Discovery+. ABC has caught with Hulu as a result of Disney owns a lot of the streamer—however then Disney launched Disney+ for every thing else. Netflix and Prime Video and HBO Max additionally all attempt to entrance you with zeitgeisty authentic content material. 

The price of having even the minor tier on all these providers is round $980 per 12 months (as of Might 2021). Which will nonetheless be cheaper than cable and a DVR or a live-TV streaming service, however you continue to received’t have entry to every thing irrespective of which means you go. Who has the time (or the cash) for that? 

Privacy/Incognito Mode is Totally Private

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Privateness/Incognito Mode Is Completely Non-public

Do you are feeling slightly safer from spying while you put your internet browser of alternative into privateness/incognito mode? It helps, nevertheless it’s removed from 100% privateness and anonymity.  

The mode erases cookies and monitoring information after you shut a window. However it doesn’t cease web sites and even your ISP from understanding the place you’re going. For instance, your browser has a singular fingerprint that has nothing to do with recordsdata or data (equivalent to cookies) positioned by the positioning. The fingerprint is extra like revealing the very DNA of your browser. Websites can and do use that. Even utilizing a VPN whereas going incognito can’t masks all of it. 

One of the best answer is to change to a security-focused browser equivalent to Courageous, or use the Tor Browser, a system that bounces your connections round as you surf. (Each can notoriously decelerate your web expertise, sadly.) Some providers may even inject false data into your fingerprint to obfuscate who you’re. 

For extra suggestions, learn The way to Utterly Disappear From the Web

You Are Small Potatoes and Not a Goal of CyberCrime 

Why would anybody attempt to hack you for those who’ve received nothing to cover? Maintain on: All of us have one thing to cover. Particularly, non-public private data (PPI)—the type of information utilized in id theft. It will probably break your life.  

In the event you do any type of work on authorities web sites, your Social Safety quantity could also be used or saved there. Your bank card quantity is tied to each on-line buying spree. It might sound protected, however that type of non-public information goes public on a regular basis as a consequence of huge and frequent information breaches. It’s possible you’ll certainly be small potatoes, however that does not imply your PPI received’t be discovered, offered, and resold to dangerous actors. And lots of the instruments doing this are automated: They’ll scrape for no matter they’ll use and promote it, hitting as many targets as doable. 

One factor you are able to do to assist your self is to ensure you have a special password for every web site and repair you employ on-line. Sure, it’s a large ache to recollect all of them (which is why we advocate you employ a password supervisor), but when your password is present in one breach, then the dangerous guys may have entry to each account for which you employ that single password. 

Batteries Develop a ‘Reminiscence’

Within the olden days, when gadgets had been powered by nickel-cadmium (NiCad) batteries, they may certainly develop a reminiscence that by no means allow them to cost previous a sure threshold. That’s the place the entire “I need to discharge my battery all the best way to zero” perception got here from—it might act as a type of reminiscence reset. That’s not the case with the fashionable lithium-ion battery. 

The issue for lithium-ion batteries is capability and degradation. In the identical quantity of charging time, a brand new telephone would possibly hit 100% when an older telephone can handle solely 80%. Some name it “outdated man syndrome.” Youthful batteries are hungrier for energy, very like an adolescent at a buffet. 

It doesn’t matter what, the extra cost cycles you set a battery by way of, the much less capability it has in the long term. So-called “quick charging” on telephones makes the degradation occur even sooner. Persist with the same old in a single day charging—simply use a sluggish cost, be it plugged in or wi-fi. 


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You Ought to Cost a Telephone Solely From Zero %

Nope: Working a contemporary lithium-ion battery right down to 0% on a regular basis is dangerous. It wears them out sooner. What you need to do is a partial discharge. 

That is one other capability situation. With the insides of a battery just like the one in your smartphone in a relentless state of decay, the supplies merely maintain much less energy over time. It’s why your outdated telephone lasts fewer and fewer hours, in contrast with the total day you get from a brand-new gadget. The capability goes down. 

Some individuals nonetheless imagine that working a telephone right down to zero sometimes helps as a recalibration of kinds—say, in case your telephone exhibits it’s at 30% however then promptly dies. However the issue is that trendy telephones seldom get to the tip of battery life. They’ll do an auto-shutdown with a trickle of cost left inside. In the event you suspect that, let the telephone sit just a few hours earlier than you plug it in. 

One of the best technique: By no means let the telephone get beneath 20%, then cost it as much as round 80%, which occurs rapidly on a quick cost. Conserving it all the time between 30 to 80% is an effective option to enhance a battery’s lifespan.

Charging Smartphones In a single day Overloads the Battery

Your smartphone is wise sufficient to have additional safety, so when the lithium-ion battery hits 100%, it stops charging. It can by no means overload. These tales of somebody’s telephone catching hearth spring from defective batteries. 

But additionally, don’t put the telephone underneath your pillow—it will possibly get sizzling and even burn you after which burn itself out. A telephone must dissipate some warmth, one other factor that hurts batteries. You wouldn’t sleep in your laptop computer, so don’t sleep in your smartphone.

It’s doable that when a telephone is plugged in to cost all evening lengthy, it’ll use some juice and drop to 99% and cost up once more to 100%. That’s not nice, however don’t lose any sleep over it. In the event you ought to get up in the course of the evening, unplug it or take it off the wi-fi charger. It received’t lose a lot earlier than morning. 

For extra, learn Charging Your Telephone In a single day: Battery Myths Debunked.

Smartphones Take Pictures as Well as Full-Frame Cameras

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Smartphones Take Photos as Properly as Full-Body Cameras

One of the best digicam is the one you’ve gotten with you, after all, and the digicam we all the time have readily available is the smartphone. You possibly can take a look at the wonderful specs of a contemporary smartphone digicam—the Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 108-megapixel sensor!—and really feel excellent in regards to the photographs you’ll take. Simply don’t child your self that you would be able to’t do higher with a devoted interchangeable lens digicam. 

The “extra megapixels means a greater image” fable is one we attempt to dispel typically (it is the sensor dimension contained in the digicam that issues extra). It is one motive so many individuals—as many as 86% in a survey carried out as not too long ago as 2019—assume their high-MP smartphone may beat a professional-level digicam. Maybe extra doubtless lately is the assumption that each one the revolutionary tech inside a smartphone digicam makes it simply pretty much as good. That tech falls underneath the umbrella of computational pictures, the place imaging tech enhances or extends your digital pictures capabilities. Capturing a 360-degree view of the panorama, or getting the shallow depth of discipline bokeh impact, all with out a massive fancy digicam, are good examples of what computational pictures can do.

That is all nice, however give it some thought. Have you ever ever seen an expert photographer use a smartphone at a marriage, on the sidelines of the large recreation, or at a mannequin’s photoshoot? Unlikely. 

In fact, professional tools can require professional abilities. It’s important to study publicity, shutter pace, aperture, and ISO settings. And the lens choice on a smartphone is, nicely, restricted. In the event you can’t grasp a high-end digicam, utilizing a telephone digicam would possibly certainly imply higher photos—from you, not less than. Learn 10 Simple Suggestions and Methods for Higher Smartphone Images. 

Premium HDMI Cables Present a Higher Image

There’s one thing to be stated for magnificence and sturdiness in a cable. And typically, you get that with an costly HDMI cable (we discovered one 20-meter cable priced at $10,500!). However it’s exhausting to imagine any cable that prices as a lot as a automobile goes to be definitely worth the cash. 

Finally, a digital sign is a digital sign. And a $10 cable versus a $1,000 cable of the identical size (not less than beneath 75 toes lengthy) and specs requirements isn’t going to alter the image in your TV. 

However you ought to be conscious of the totally different HDMI requirements (not that it issues a lot proper now). The 1.4 specification dates again a decade and handles every thing as much as 4K video. Each HDMI cable helps it. In the event you’re one of many few with an 8K setup, get a cable supporting HDMI 2.1, which can be supported by the overwhelming majority of TV fashions from the final couple of years, whether or not 8K or not. Extra essential is the pace score (Commonplace, Excessive Pace, Premium Excessive Pace, and Extremely Excessive Pace). The latter three can deal with 4K at 24 frames per second, however you want Premium or Extremely to get the max body fee for gaming. 

Cable size is usually a issue when your parts are far aside. Over distance, cables should be higher shielded to keep away from interference. So that you would possibly certainly pay extra for that—however at a sure level, you’d be higher off utilizing Ethernet. For extra on the subject, learn What You Have to Know About HDMI Cables.

5G Towers Can Make You Sick

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5G Towers Can Make You Sick

Sure individuals have lengthy been fearful that mobile indicators, Wi-Fi, and doubtless even radio again within the Thirties are making them sick. 5G is just the latest over-the-air “villain.” In our conspiracy-laden instances, the place outright lies can masquerade as the reality even when info smack them within the face, 5G will get a variety of consideration. 

Our pals at Mashable have coated a few of the conspiracy theories: say, 5G being “turned up” will trigger people who find themselves vaccinated for COVID-19 to spontaneously combust. (This was alleged to “occur” on January 5, 2022. It didn’t.) 

Moreover, there’s no scientifically validated connection between 5G and COVID-19. None. 

The January 5 date was for the (later postponed) rollout by carriers Verizon and AT&T of latest 5G providers, which was postponed to January 19. That occurred as a result of the FAA turned fearful about C-band service inflicting interference with plane. That is perhaps the one means 5G may influence your well being: by crashing a airplane. (Earlier than we create a brand new fable, please know that situation can be extremely unlikely.) 

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What it boils right down to is that 5G is, as our mobile-tech knowledgeable Sascha Segan has stated earlier than, “based mostly on radio frequencies which have been used for many years.” It’s like anticipating to get a headache from UHF. The World Well being Group says the low-level electromagnetic fields from towers (“in the event that they exist in any respect”) are a minor menace in contrast with the on a regular basis dangers of driving in a automobile, or, ahem, not sporting a masks throughout a respiratory-illness pandemic. For extra, learn Is 5G Secure?

Airport X-Rays Erase Laptop and Smartphone Memory

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Airport X-Rays Erase Laptop computer and Smartphone Reminiscence

Airport safety can do many issues, equivalent to pour out your water, make you’re taking off your belt and footwear, and blast you with air in the hunt for explosives residue. However the conveyor belt scanners it makes use of to have a look at your belongings received’t erase your information. The parable is a holdover from the times of movie cameras: The electromagnetic radiation of an X-ray may certainly do some harm to undeveloped negatives, particularly to high-speed movie that’s significantly photosensitive. However the photons scanners in use received’t harm a tough drive (although an enormous magnet may, so don’t take your laptop computer into an MRI machine). 

TSA scanners additionally received’t do something to a solid-state drive, which is the one type of storage you’ve gotten in a smartphone. Not as a result of they couldn’t, in principle, in the event that they had been highly effective sufficient. However the TSA machines aren’t that intense. 

So why does the TSA make you’re taking out your electronics and put them in a separate bin? As a result of they’re so dense that brokers can’t see by way of them on a display, probably obscuring the view of your 4 ounces of forbidden shampoo. 

Take into account that the radiation publicity you and your electronics get from the solar and past at 36,000 toes on a cross-country airplane journey is in regards to the equal of two chest X-rays. It’s probably not that harmful (except you’re a crew member), however possibly it’s best to take into account driving as a substitute. 

Product Radiation Is Making You Radioactive

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are all over the place, as a result of nearly every thing with energy has such a discipline, from the solar and lightning right down to your Airpods. We’re not speaking in regards to the equal of sitting subsequent to a mound of uranium. Because the World Well being Group says, “Everyone seems to be uncovered to a fancy mixture of weak electrical and magnetic fields, each at dwelling and at work.” 

The principle impact of a low- to mid-frequency EMF on organic programs is to trigger them to warmth up, however most individuals by no means encounter ranges excessive sufficient for that to occur. (Excessive-frequency EMFs are the ionizing variety that do extra harm, equivalent to X-rays, CTs, and even UV rays from the solar and tanning beds.) 

WHO has had an EMF Challenge in place since 1996 assessing what frequencies as much as 300GHz can do. Much more analysis needs to be carried out. Some reviews name non-ionizing EMFs a doable carcinogen; others don’t. However even with the huge proliferation of gadgets over the past 20 years, most cancers dying charges have declined because the early Nineteen Nineties. 

A complete world of merchandise to guard you from this invisible radiation exists. From beanies in your head (the fashionable model of a tin-foil hat), to “anti-EMF” stickers you may put in your telephone, to a router cowl that most likely does extra to stop mud than radiation, most are utter grifts provided by schemers to make the most of individuals’s fears. Some so-called negative-ion jewellery claiming to “block 5G” was discovered to truly emit ionizing radiation that was actually harmful.  Just a few merchandise would possibly do what they declare, however when the EMF is blocked, so is the sign used for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G, and so forth. It’s possible you’ll as nicely put them in a Faraday cage to make them inert. In the event you’re that scared about EMFs, simply cease utilizing your telephone and the web. 

PCs Ought to Be Correctly Shut Down Each Night time

This one has been debated for years. The explanations to close down computer systems in a single day are quite a few—they’ll use much less power, transferring elements equivalent to followers and drives received’t spin up, you received’t obtain in a single day notifications and alarms, and a each day restart helps the OS. However there are additionally causes to depart it on all evening—distant entry is feasible, it will possibly run background updates, you don’t need to look forward to a restart, and a chilly reboot causes an influence surge that appears pointless with any frequency. Each factions declare their observe results in an extended lifespan for a PC. 

Panda Safety surveyed individuals on this subject in 2020 and located that, for work computer systems not less than, 37% shut down nightly, 23% by no means shut down, and 15% would solely flip the machine off if it stops working. 

In keeping with Panda, it’s best to shut down at evening provided that your PC has delicate data on it and the community isn’t secured, otherwise you don’t have to run backups or remotely entry the drive. In any other case, go away it on, and restart sometimes to clear the RAM and do OS set up updates. 

Apple Slows Outdated Gadgets to Get You to Purchase New Ones

When a brand new iPhone comes out, your present, older telephone by some means appears much less responsive. As if, maybe, one thing has occurred to it that may drive you to make a brand new buy. 

At one level, Apple admitted to this. In 2017, the Batterygate fiasco revealed that Apple did throttle CPUs on older iPhones to assist handle the getting old of iPhone batteries. Individuals didn’t like that, states sued, and Apple received fined $113 million. Apple’s excuse is it did this for our personal good—to stop crashes, to not enhance gross sales. (I’m positive the latter was only a coincidental facet impact.) All the opposite telephone makers additionally say they don’t scale back telephone efficiency with age. At the very least not on objective. 

So is your telephone actually getting slower? The reply most likely has extra to do with the updates to your cellular OS and all of the apps put in. Every part is optimized to run on the most recent {hardware}. In the event you’re making an attempt to run iOS 15 on the iPhone 8, which got here with iOS 11 in 2017, even working newer up to date apps with it, the chips inside aren’t what that software program was designed for. 

Apple’s Macs and iPhones Can't Get Malware

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Apple’s Macs and iPhones Cannot Get Malware

The evil individuals who write viruses need to maximize the return on their funding: that’s, to contaminate as many individuals as doable. That’s one motive Home windows programs and Android gadgets are the same old targets; there are only a helluva lot extra of them. 

However since you don’t hear lots about macOS and iOS assaults, that doesn’t imply they don’t occur. Whereas the walled-garden side of Apple’s merchandise makes it tougher for dangerous actors to load your gadgets with malware, typically even Apple leaves safety holes in its merchandise’ defenses. Take as an example the IOMobileFrameBuffer downside of July 2021 that struck iOS, iPadOS, and even watchOS. Had it been discovered by the improper individuals and never patched with an replace, it may have been a straightforward exploit. Maintain your gadgets updated to keep away from such points. 

You’re much more more likely to be contaminated with a jailbroken iPhone or iPad. But when jailbroke your gadget, you’re most likely tech-savvy sufficient to know the dangers that go along with utilizing apps and software program that haven’t been vetted. Like these of us who’ve been utilizing Home windows for many years. 

The Cloud Is in the Sky

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The Cloud Is within the Sky

We didn’t notice the tech time period “cloud” was being taken so actually, however this fable exists, popping up in lists sometimes. Apparently, some individuals assume references to the cloud or cloud computing point out that information is being saved within the precise sky by some means. And that stormy climate can intrude with it. 

No. “The cloud” is a metaphor for the web, taken from the cloud picture utilized in flowcharts again within the day to signify the web’s amorphous nature. Extra particularly, cloud computing refers to huge information farms run by the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, not just for on-line storage and file sharing but additionally for entry to and improvement of merchandise. Gmail, Netflix, OneDrive, and Amazon AWS are all totally different types of cloud computing. You possibly can learn all about it What’s Cloud Computing? Relaxation assured, your capacity to entry cloud computing information and providers isn’t going to go away due to clear skies or wet days. 


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