28 May Top 7 Technology Mythbusters
On this episode of Mythbusters, we’ll be bringing you a comprehensive list of recommendations regarding technology usability from the tech-savvy team here at Swipestation. We’re what you call “experts”, and unlike the recommendations from Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, you probably should try these ideas at home.
This technology filled bubble that we’re all living in has enabled us to grow new instincts regarding our selfie angles and choice of filter. One might regard these instincts and skills as completely useless, and to some degree they certainly are. Particularly if you’re concerned with your phone’s location services being the reason why you’re so easy to track down. If you are worried about how you’re using your spicy new piece of tech, we’ve created a menu filled with weird and wonderful myths and recommendations to bust these myths. First on the menu are the small-unknown secrets that your mobile device carries. Apple iPhone lovers, listen up;
1) Your iPhone keeps a log of everywhere you go and how long you stay there for. This feature joined the iPhone family when Apple made it possible for us to track our phones down if we were to ever lose them. Downside is that if you ever get up to anything noteworthy on police records, your phone can easily be used against you. If you want to see all the information that your phone’s harbouring, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations.
2) According to a 2010 post on gawker.com your iPhone signal bars have been, and could still be, a lie! If you have ever owned an iPhone 4, you may remember the case of the mysterious reception problems. This all happened because the formula that Apple had been using to calculate signal bars had been wrong and had gone undetected for years!
3) Penny for your thoughts, did you know that the signal bars at the top of your screen are not an indication of how much coverage you have, but they are in fact an indication of how close you are to your mobile service provider’s tower?
Next on the menu, we have a list of wonderfully eccentric myths that our tech guys have contributed in exchange for a batch of brownies.
4) “Rubik’s Cube” is in actual fact how you spell the name of those multi coloured cubes that no one of average intelligence is able to solve without the help of the Internet. Also, the highly reliable and recommended team has informed us that solving one of these frustrating little cubes is actually pretty easy.
5) Remember that 1982 film Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford? Remember the scene where Harrison Ford’s character uses image optimisation after zooming into an image he finds on the video of a crime scene? When the film was first released some of us were convinced that such technology would be available to use in the near future. 33 years later, that technology still does not exist despite what every episode of CSI tells us.
6) Have you ever found yourself annoyed at the speed of your WiFi connection before exclaiming that you “don’t know why the Internet doesn’t work when the WiFi connection is clearly fine”? Here’s a little unknown myth, your Internet and WiFi are two completely separate things. While the Internet connection is the link between the outside world and your router, it’s the WiFi that connects your device to the router.
7) Before we round off this episode of Mythbusters we’d also like to inform you that nothing is ever deleted. If you think that dragging and dropping into your trashcan is enough for all evidence to disappear. You couldn’t be further from the truth, even if you empty the trashcan and re-format your computer. Digital fingerprints are far more intricate than human fingerprints; if you don’t want something to exist, don’t create it.
That’s all from us on this episode on Technology Mythbusters; tune in next time to see what information we can squeeze out of our tech team with a batch of cookies.