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Get The Facts about Smartphone Myths

Get The Facts about Smartphone Myths

Brian Wallace
by Brian Wallace — 7 months ago in Gadgets 2 min. read

Myths about common things in our have myths as goodies about them are spread through verbal exchange and are twisted over the long haul. Smartphones are an ideal rearing ground for myths as they are common and smartphone “life hacks” are almost all over the place. Smartphone myths stretch out to about each part of your telephone from handy solutions to simple entry tips. What’s more, since most grown-ups have a smartphone, it’s not hard to perceive any reason why such huge numbers of tips have emerged consistently.

A few myths about smartphones are: that you can cook an egg with radiation from your phone; this is technically true, you would need 7,000 smartphones to do it. That your phone is dirtier than a toilet seat; this is actually true as Americans touch their phones as much as 52 times a day, spreading germs through each touch.

Is it true that removing your SIM card will prevent tracking? This one isn’t true as if your phone still has power from the battery (on or off) it could be tracked by the authorities. But you can prevent tracking by simply turning on airplane mode, disabling GPS, shutting down your phone, or removing the battery.

Do phones interfere with hospitals, planes, and gas stations? The FAA doesn’t want to take any risks about planes, so while your phone doesn’t actually interfere with the aircraft it is best to leave it on airplane mode. And one study showed that medical errors and injury are 6 times more likely to result from delayed communication rather than interference, so that means that having your phone off in a hospital setting could be harmful rather than helpful. Despite warnings to never use your phone at the pump, cell signals cannot spark a gasoline explosion, though it is still best to heed those warnings and leave your phone in your pocket.

One of the basics of smartphone life is its connection. An app store is a centralized portal where users can search for and download software applications to run on their phones.

The following are some of the other key features of a smartphone:

  • Internet connectivity.
  • A mobile browser.
  • The ability to sync more than one email account to a device.
  • Embedded memory.
  • Hardware or software-based QWERTY keyboard.
  • Wireless synchronization with other devices, such as laptop or desktop computers.
  • The ability to download applications and run them independently.
  • Support for third-party applications.
  • The ability to run multiple applications simultaneously.
  • Touchscreen.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • A digital camera, typically with video capability.
  • Gaming.
  • Unified messaging.
  • GPS.

Find out how to keep your phone safe and in its best condition here.

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Brian Wallace

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of Now Sourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, and hosts the Next Action Podcast. Brian has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-present and joined the SXSW Advisory Board in 2019.

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