Technology has become well-entrenched in modern living, but a good amount of myths continue to befuddle us as end-users. Many common misconceptions are rooted in half-truths, or facts that have since become outdated. We debunk the most common tech myths below.

  • Apple computers are virus-proof
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  • This is probably the most common misconception on this list and can be attributed to the fact that Apple computer users used to account for just a sliver of the market. As of 2018, however, Macs accounted for one in every 10 personal computers. It’s not a stretch to imagine how enterprising hackers would see this (and the public belief that Macs are immune to hacking) as a juicy opportunity to target iOS users. In fact, a statement was made in 2015 by senior e-threat analyst Bogdan Botezatu of Bitdefender saying “Mac OS X software has more high-risk vulnerabilities than all versions of Windows put together.” While Mac users do face less security-related issues on the whole, they are certainly anything but insulated from them.
  • PCs need to be shut down overnight
  • This tends to be a bigger concern with the office crowd, where the fear is that leaving a computer running overnight (even in standby/sleep mode) could result in permanent damage and consequently the loss of data. Modern computers now come with more robust power management systems to help mitigate this. Mechanical wear and tear is still a concern (particularly with hard disk drives) but spin up/down and heat-related issues become less alarming with this handy feature. Performance-wise, having the occasional reboot can indeed be helpful. Truthfully, the only benefit gleaned from regularly shutting down one’s computer is a leaner electricity bill.
  • Burying your soaked phone in rice will help to dry it
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  • The issue with this belief is efficacy. Yes – burying your moist phone in a coffin of rice can help to draw moisture out of it – but silica beads are even better at this. Regardless, just because your phone is now dry doesn’t mean that it’ll work properly. Water damage to electronics is often instantaneous. Unless your phone comes with an IPX water resistance rating or uses special internal seals, any level of submersion can often spell the end of your beloved smartphone.
  • Closing your phone apps conserves battery
  • Microprocessors (the brains that go into your smartphone) are designed with multitasking in mind. In fact, it happens to be one of the key metrics of a smartphone’s performance. They are designed to run consistently, regardless of whether you have one app open or a dozen. In other words, closing all of your background apps won’t make a lick of a difference in terms of extending battery life. If your smartphone’s battery readout goes into the red, lowering your screen’s brightness instead will do more in granting you a few extra minutes.
  • Private browsing is anonymous
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  • Despite the label, you’re not truly incognito when you engage the privacy function on your browser. While there certainly won’t be a localised record of your browsing history, your digital identity and ISP information will remain accessible. Private browsing works better as a partition for multiple users sharing a single computer. If preserving digital anonymity is a priority, you’d be better off installing a VPN instead. As far as tech myths go, this would arguably be one of the more important ones to note.
  • Charging your phone overnight damages the battery
  • This bit may have been true back when cellphones used nickel cadmium batteries, but the newer lithium ion batteries used in modern smartphones are a lot more robust than their antiquated cousins. Overheating is no longer a concern due to Newer battery management systems and lack of the dreaded “memory effect” older batteries used to suffer from. Furthermore, a plugged-in battery’s power level will remain constant once it reaches 100 per cent – any excess will simply dissipate.
  • More megapixels equate to a better camera
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  • Despite being the first technical specification that is listed when it comes to smartphone cameras, the megapixel count is not the be-all-end-all for quality. Tech myths such as this gained prevalence when smartphone camera technology was still in its infancy and was pretty much uniform across all models. Things have picked up considerably since. Specifications like the aperture (f-number), lens, pixel size and sensor have greater impact on the quality of images you’ll be able to capture with your camera.
  • Higher screen resolution means better display quality
  • Like the megapixel myth, a higher numerical readout doesn’t always equate to product superiority. With regard to screen quality, a higher resolution doesn’t mean squat if the display panels are of a shoddy make. Typically, smartphone companies play around with different panel types like OLED and LCD to emphasise things like contrast, colour depth and intensity. Some employ proprietary technology, like Apple’s iPhones True Tone feature that adjusts the white balance of the screen in accordance to the device’s surroundings, which make for a more accurate and consistent colour reproduction.
  • Technology’s ever-evolving nature means that it will always be open to speculation and hyperbole. With consumer electronics in particular, users are determined to maximise the value of their purchases. Whether it’s about claiming the most technologically advanced product on the market or making it last as long as possible, tech myths become a convenient way for us to justify our actions. Separating truth from fiction however, grants us a clarity that prevents us from lapsing into senseless behaviour.
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Evigan Xiao
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Evigan is an avid fan of bench-made boots, raw selvedge denim, single malt Scotch and fine watches. When he's not busy chuckling over image dumps on Imgur, he can be found lifting heavy objects in the gym or fussing over his two dogs, Velvet and Kenji. He dreams of one day owning a cottage in the English countryside and raising a small army of Canadian geese to terrorise the local populace.

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