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    Hitting a button gets you a number that will help you get your phone back if it's stolen.

    Myth: Pressing *#06# will give you a serial number that you can use to prevent your stolen phone from being used and help investigators find it.

    True or false? Both. Yes, entering the code *#06# on many phones with GSM (those from T-Mobile or AT&T Wireless) will bring up a 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity or IMEI number that is unique to your phone. It's also usually printed underneath the battery. Depending on your carrier, you could use this number, if you wrote it down, to flag the phone as invalid if someone tries to use it with a different SIM card or provider. Unfortunately, this doesn't really do much for you in terms of getting your phone back. The smarter option is to just report the phone as stolen to your service provider, which protects your account from unwanted charges. And invest in some handset insurance since phones just about top the list of most frequently stolen gadgets.

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    Myth: Charging your cell phone every day will reduce the life of the battery.
    Fact: While this is true of older cell phone models, which use batteries like NiCd and NiMH, cell phones which use newer batteries like Li-Ion and Li-Ion Polymer can be charged every day without undermining performance or battery life..

    Ref: http://www.snaphow.com/2127/most-pop...hich-are-false (includes several posts after this)

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    Myth: You get a free phone on a contract/ combined offer when you subscribe to a particular telecom operator’s services for a year or two.
    Fact: No free lunches. Read carefully before you sign – a cancellation of the network provider’s services before the contract expires may lead to a hefty penalty fee.

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    Myth: Since I don’t get network coverage from my service provider within my own home, the service provider is no good.
    Fact: Mobile phones use radio technology. Just like your car radio, your mobile phone may have poor reception in some places. You should also check up on whether it’s your handset that is causing the problem.

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    Myth: Mobile phones fry your brain.
    Fact: While it is true that mobiles phones can produce a little heat, your head is more likely to warm up from walking in the sun.

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    . Myth: Mobile phone use can cause tumors on the side of the head and lead to cancer, particularly in children.
    Fact: There isn’t sufficient proof of this as yet, because mobile phones haven’t been around for too long. However, a precautionary approach is recommended (reduced usage, availing of speakerphone or hands-free options, using the Bluetooth facility, opting for a low SAR phone) especially for children. The most lethal risk of mobiles is using them while driving.

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    Magnets Erase Data
    The Belief: Place a magnet near a computer and you can erase its data.

    The Facts: Solid state drives (SSD) and other forms of flash memory, found in laptops, smartphones and USB thumb drives, use a stored charge in a cell to record bits in a binary code. Data stored on hard disk drives (HDD), however, is stored by changing the polarity of the magnetic bits, creating a binary code. According to Mark Re, senior vice president at drive-maker Seagate, since no magnetic field is necessary to record or store data on an SSD, a magnet would have as much effect on it as a pastrami sandwich. But a strong magnetic force could flip the polarity of the bits on an HDD and disrupt the code. How strong of a magnet? “Greater than 1.1 Tesla,” said Re, “equal to an MRI magnet used for medical imaging. The type of field strength needed to create this type of failure mode requires special equipment.” In other words, a super magnet — even stronger than the juiced-up junkyard car electromagnet used to erase incriminating evidence stored on a police laptop in last year’s “Breaking Bad” season opener. A sledgehammer is more readily available.

    The Rating: Mostly false.

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    Apple Macs are Immune from Viruses
    The Belief: Because Mac operating systems are built on a secure Unix foundation, and because Macs comprise such a relatively small percentage of PCs, they are not only immune to viruses, but hackers won’t even bother.

    The Facts: Apple used to believe this as well. Up until last spring, Apple’s website declared Macs weren’t “susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers. That’s thanks to built-in defenses in Mac OS X that keep you safe, without any work on your part.” But last spring, Apple changed this wording to “OS X is designed with powerful, advanced technologies that work hard to keep your Mac safe.” According to anti-virus software-maker Sophos, based on a study of 100,000 of its users, one in every five Macs carry some sort of malware — these Macs aren’t infected, but they carry malware in much of the same way humans carry dormant viruses such as chicken pox. Apple also has had continuing problems dealing with a security hole in Mac OS X opened by Java, exposed by last year’s attack by the Flashback Trojan infestation. Cupertino went so far as to disable Javascript in Safari to avoid this problem.

    The Rating: False.

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    A Camera With More Megapixels is Better
    The Belief: Perhaps no tech myth is as gleefully perpetuated — or at least intimated — by digital camera-makers that somehow more megapixels equal a better digital photo.

    The Facts: Megapixels have absolutely nothing do with digital photo quality, only digital photo size. The quality of a digital camera photo is determined by a camera’s sensor type and size, its processor and its optics. The only impact the number of megapixels makes is in the quality of a zoomed-in image snapped by a smartphone. Zooming on a smartphone camera is done digitally — the phone simply crops the full resolution image, resulting in a grainy photo. The higher the smartphone’s camera resolution you start with, the less grainy photo you’ll get if you zoom in. For instance, the Nokia Pureview 808 Symbian smartphone snaps stills at a whopping 41-MP, but you can zoom in on a photo up to four times without any loss of picture quality. Other than this narrow exception, feel confident choosing a 16-MP digital camera with a larger image sensor over a 20-MP model with a smaller sensor.

    The Rating: False.

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    Closing Smartphone Apps Saves You Power
    The Belief: All smartphones can multitask, but multiple apps operating in the background drain your smartphone’s battery.

    The Facts: All smartphone operating systems aren’t created equal, making this myth tough to break down. According to iOS developer Fraser Speirs, for instance, when you hit an iPhone’s Home button, an app moves from active to background to suspended in a matter of seconds. Suspended, an app draws neither processing nor battery power. According to Steven Troughton-Smith, CEO/founder of app developer High Caffeine Content, Windows Phone 8 background apps operate in much the same frozen fashion as iOS — but there are exceptions. “For instance, a GPS navigation app that needs to run in the background, or something like a VoIP app that needs to sit and wait for calls,” Troughton-Smith cited. “What both Apple and Microsoft do [is] … implement these background modes, which is easier on performance and power.” Android, however, Smith noted, “lets apps run when they’re not on screen, and do whatever they want.” Background apps on the new BlackBerry 10 can also sap processor and battery resources.

    The Rating: Mostly false (iOS, Windows Phone 8), true (Android, BlackBerry 10).

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    The Government Can Track Your Cellphone Even When It’s Off
    The Belief: A cellphone or smartphone continues to transmit or receive GPS signals that can be tracked by the government even when powered down. In its “Defend Yourself Against Cellphone Tracking” advice, the Electronic Freedom Foundation stated “the government can even track some cellphones when they are powered down.”

    The Facts: Unfortunately, none of the websites repeating this paranoid belief cite a single concrete, documented case of phone-off tracking for one good reason: It’s impossible. “Any signal requires power to transmit,” said Jeffrey Jurist, president of Spy Associates, which makes and sells GPS tracking and other spy gadgets. “There is a product to track phones … BUT [this is] only possible if [the] phone is powered.” The one exception is if you’ve unintentionally installed a piece of malware — a Trojan horse used to control and/or monitor the device — that Vitaly Kamluk, chief malware expert at Kaspersky Labs, said “makes the user think the phone is ‘off’ but it’s not really turned off.” A temporary solution is to remove the battery; a more permanent solution is installing an anti-virus app on your phone. But the bottom line, said Jurist, is “no power equals no electronics can work.”

    The Rating: False.

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    Thanks for that BHP, I'd rather him buy a dumb phone and start his own site.

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    Lol, the more you despise me J, the stronger I became. Now let's get back to the topic of this thread shall we ?

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