Cool knowledge about mobile phones that each of us needs to know! Stop believing these five myths

Let's be clear about one thing: you absolutely can't charge your phone in microwave. But in era of "short videos" and "fake news," misinformation abounds.

Today, there are so many myths about technical knowledge circulating on the Internet that they are hardly noticeable, there is some truth in them, and there is some lie. This article lists five daily mobile phone misunderstandings that everyone should understand!

Cool knowledge about mobile phones that each of us needs to know! Stop believing these five myths
Myth 1: Charging your phone overnight will damage your battery

Many people believe that leaving phone charged overnight can damage or even completely destroy battery of device.

That's not true. Your smartphone is an advanced electronic device that is smart enough to prevent overcharging.

The first thing to understand is that your smartphone battery has a limited lifespan, no matter how you charge it. Current batteries will likely last between 400 and 500 charge cycles; after that, you may start to notice a drop in battery life throughout day.

This myth originated from older nickel ion battery technology, which suffered from a phenomenon known as "memory effect". In short, these batteries "forget" some of their capacity if you don't fully drain them before charging. This is not a problem with modern lithium-ion batteries. However, to prolong battery life, it should be charged between 40% and 80%.

Cool knowledge about mobile phones that each of us needs to know! Stop believing these five myths
Myth 2: X-ray machines at airports can erase files from your device.

We know that X-rays can penetrate our bodies and create ghostly images of our bones. So we might think that airport security X-rays would irreversibly damage files on our laptops and smartphones due to some kind of radiation.

That's not true at all. Yes, X-rays are a type of electromagnetic energy. Yes, your personal devices are complex electronics. But hard drives and flash memory cards are not affected by X-rays. X-rays are not magnetic, and there are no parts in computers and smartphones that are sensitive to light or X-rays.

However, filmmakers have reason to be concerned. It has been known for decades that film, especially at ISO 800 and above, can be damaged by X-rays. But not many people send film anymore.

The only thing you really need to worry about in your laptop is metal detector. These protective devices emit a strong magnetic pulse that can destroy data stored on hard drive.

Myth 3. Cameras with more megapixels take better photos

Many people I've asked agree. When digital cameras were first introduced, camera manufacturers were looking for a way to market new product to a wider audience. Thus began great megapixel wars, with companies touting ever-increasing number of reflective squares (pixels) on camera sensor. A megapixel is one million squares.

However, it turns out that adding more and more megapixels to a camera does not necessarily lead to better photos. Instead, quality of those pixels is more important than their quantity. Increasing size of each pixel improves quality of your photos without increasing number of pixels. Light tends to be easier to find on camera sensors with larger pixels, which also means improved dynamic range, color data, and low-light capabilities. Squeezing more pixels into limited space of a camera sensor can often have opposite effect.

However, you can bet manufacturers will continue to advertise megapixel specs for years to come, if only because it's a proven sales method that won't go away.

Cool knowledge about mobile phones that each of us needs to know! Stop believing these five myths
Myth 4: Turning off computer at night ensures proper operation

Like many myths, this one grew out of reality. Early computers, by their very newness, weren't necessarily most reliable gadgets—they failed on several levels, especially hard drives, which occasionally failed and burned, taking your data with them. As a result, many users start shutting down their computers every night in hopes of extending their lifespan.

Today's computers are (for most part) a more robust set of devices. If you use your computer several times a day, morning and evening, it is recommended that you leave it on all time and put it into sleep mode when you are not using it.

Turning your computer off at night doesn't save much power, and shutting it down and restarting every day is a waste of time. Rebooting periodically—say, about once a week—can clean up machine's memory and stop any unnecessary processes that might be slowing things down.

Myth 5: Macs can't get viruses

In infancy of consumer PC market, there was some truth to fact that Macs were less susceptible to viruses and malware. Why? Since Windows-based PCs make up over 90% of market, much to annoyance of Microsoft and companies like it, they are ones targeted by hackers.

Today, Windows still controls 76% of global PC market, but Apple's share is larger than ever, at almost 13%. This means that malware developers will have a large number of potential victims of Mac attacks. So, while Mac computers have special built-in security features that PCs don't, that doesn't mean that hackers can't create malware for these computers. So, no matter which operating system you choose, stay proactive and protect yourself by using (and regularly updating) antivirus software.

Tips: But today's smartphones may have ability to listen to phone conversations, anyway, every time I chat with someone about something, I will always receive appropriate notifications next time I open application for purchases, not only that someone has a similar experience!