These Smartphone Technologies Are Only Myths

December 15, 2016

12:45 pm

Back in 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) terrorized cellphone users everywhere when they said the radiation from cellphones are carcinogenic. (Remember?) This was bologna, it turned out. Still, as Max Anderson said, everybody should use them with caution.

From raging lunatics screaming “they cause cancer!” to those claiming “only the rich can buy them,” there are quite a few (unreasonable) myths about smartphones that people latch onto. And some myths are just plain outrageous. Here is a brief list of the most common myths surrounding smartphones.

Myth: You Can Avoid Being Tracked

The first thing that’s important to understand is that unless you’re in a terrorist sleeper cell, or running from the police, law enforcement really has no need or desire to track you.

Unless you’re an Edward Snowden or high-class terrorist who’s committed federal crimes, law enforcement and secret agencies aren’t looking for you. (Although I personally believe Snowden is a hero, lifting the veil on what the U.S. Government was doing to its citizens. I still can’t believe people think he’s a criminal for showing undeniable evidence that the U.S. is a greedy control freak.)

However… that doesn’t suggest that you aren’t being watched. You are. I am, right now, writing this. That’s just plain fact. It’s a reality many people have come to grips with, in every part of the world.

Despite this, the biggest myth involves Airplane mode, and its ability to “magically cloak you.” It doesn’t. Anyone with a satellite can still track you. All Airplane mode does is turn off your Wifi and your phone service.

Same deal with removing the SIM card. Even if you take out the SIM card, the other operating system is still operating – the OS that connects you to your phone.

Myth: Smaller Is Better

If smaller phones were better (as the trend was several years ago), then why are tablets (or silly-termed “phablets,” describing phone tablets) all the rage now?

Because people have grown savvy to the marketing ploy that smaller phones are somehow better. The evidence is there – people prefer bigger screens. Why else do we have 60” plasma TVs in our homes?

I have huge fingers, anyway, and could never come to grips with small devices. They’re ineffective.

Myth: Charging Your Battery Overnight Kills It Long-Term

Because technology advances far more rapidly than humans do, there are devices that don’t die if you charge them overnight. The fact that people still believe this is ludicrous – as it used to be the case that, batteries DID overheat. Not anymore. Those days are gone.

But scenarios where phones explode and batteries melt your precious baby are possible. It’s just a lot less likely now. In most cases, this event happens to people who have cases that don’t properly allow heat to dissipate. Battery University ventured so far as to say that overcharging is not an issue. He goes on to state that leaving our phone or laptop plugged in 24/7 will not kill the battery.

How is this possible? I say again: tech has evolved more rapidly than humans. This means that batteries and chargers are smart; designed to prevent overheating or frying.

Myth: They Have Viruses

The big fear surrounding used phones is they come loaded with viruses. While that may be the case in some regards, pre-owned smartphones can be wiped. Most of them, if they come from reputable sellers, already are. This alone is almost enough to fully erase any traces of viruses or malware.

There are some powerful “wiping” programs out there that does just that: erase all data and revert the device back to factory standards. These heavy programs are used by industry-leading professionals that get rid of viruses.

But (and this is a big but): how you erase that data is just as important as what program you use. Chances are, most “erasing” apps and programs erase your data… without erasing the virus that’s embedded itself deep into your device.

Here’s why: A factory reset, by itself, may not be enough to completely erase all the data the last user had. So, even if you buy from a professional reselling service or business… who guarantees their products are fully wiped… be sure to check out some programs for yourself.

Here are just a few all-is-erased programs you can easily use. All data will be wiped. Only use programs with the strictest precaution, and only in instances you know, for certain, that a virus is still present.

Myth: Larger Specs = Better Performance

Apart from image size, a 12-mp camera could (and has) performed far worse than an 8-megapixel camera – especially where it counts. Without a doubt, 18-mp cameras seem to take better-quality pictures than their “lesser” brethren, but as with any upgrade in technology, each successor has its drawbacks.

On the surface, larger specs MAY be better, but when it comes down to using those devices hourly, on a daily basis, the math doesn’t add up. (This is shown by the hot topic involving multi-core processors.)

As always, the OS plays a monumental factor in the “bigger = better” war. How the person uses their device is another matter entirely.

Last Thoughts

There you have it: common myths debunked when it comes to smartphones. Remember, just because a countless horde of people pine for something… doesn’t mean that “something” holds any weight, or is valuable in any way whatsoever. People will follow the masses like drones: that’s why the common myths I’ve talked about are so common. People still hold onto old, dried-out misconceptions.

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I am a reader, researcher, writer, editor, traveller, yoga-doer, meditation-practitioner & tech-freak. I am movie-buff, cricket-fan & nature-lover. I believe that technology has made our life comfortable and extended our reach but at the same time it has made us addicted to it.

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