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Are Android devices really easier to hack than their iOS-based counterparts? Will a magnet actually destroy your hard drive? Find answers to those questions and more in our ‘Ask an Expert’ series.

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Should you turn your computer off at night? We asked an expert

The question of whether you should leave your computer on all the time or shut it down while you're away from it, especially at night, has been the subject of debate for years now. We decided to ask an expert to weigh in.
Smart Home

Silverware handles up or down? Dishwasher experts settle it once and for all

When it comes to loading dishwashers, are you on #TeamHandlesUp, or #TeamHandlesDown? We asked some experts to find out which is the correct way of doing it to settle the debate once and for all.

Does wireless charging degrade your battery faster? We asked an expert

Wireless charging has been steadily growing in popularity. Even though it’s slower that plugging in, the convenience makes it attractive, but is there a hidden cost for battery life? We asked the experts to find out.
Emerging Tech

When will your phone charge wirelessly in your pocket? We asked an expert

The prospect of true wireless charging across distance, powering our phones, smartwatches, remote controls, and gamepads without wires or contact is creeping ever closer, but there are still some challenges to overcome.

How do people really use apps? We asked an expert

The app explosion drove the humble smartphone to giddy heights, but just how often do people use apps, what do they use, and how much time do they spend on them? We asked App Annie CEO, Bertrand Schmitt, all that and more.
Android Army

Can you really trust app store ratings? We asked the experts

With millions of apps to choose from, the review system is important in helping you find the best. But just how trustworthy is the typical app store review? Fake, paid, and incentivized reviews are all too real.

Will we ever have unbreakable smartphone glass? We asked an expert

Cracked and broken smartphone screens are common, but cover glass is getting tougher all the time. We spoke to Corning, makers of Gorilla Glass, about what’s coming for smartphone glass.

Can facial recognition really replace fingerprints? We asked the experts

With Apple’s Face ID as a headline feature in the iPhone X, facial recognition may be poised to take over from fingerprints. We look at how secure facial authentication is and what advantages it offers.

How do you crown the best smartphone camera? The experts share their secrets

We sat down with DxOMark to find out exactly how it tests smartphone cameras and distills those tests down into a single score to create a chart of the best.

How much RAM does a smartphone actually need? We asked the experts

The RAM inside our smartphones has rocketed to 6GB or 8GB in some of the latest flagships. Do we actually need that much RAM? What does it do? We asked some experts for their opinions on how much RAM a smartphone really needs

Why don’t we pay for everything with our phones now? We asked the experts

We delve into the world of mobile payments and grill some experts on why they’ve yet to see widespread use. Are people worried about security, availability, technical issues, or is it something else entirely?

Are Android devices really easier to hack? We asked the experts

The world’s most widely-used mobile operating system has a reputation for malware and vulnerabilities, but is it deserved? We spoke to some experts to find out.

When will every smartphone survive a swim in the pool? We asked an expert

Water damage is the second biggest cause of smartphone death, so why isn't every phone waterproof? We spoke to water resistant coating specialist P2i to find out when we can expect water resistant phones as standard.

Are smartphones killing the art of face-to-face conversation? We ask the experts

There’s a lot of hyperbole about the negative impact of smartphones on conversations. Are we really losing our conversational skills and choosing text over face-to-face chats?

Is your smartphone listening to everything you say? We asked the experts

Are you worried about your smartphone eavesdropping on your conversations? We spoke to some experts to find out whether you should be, and to learn what you can do to safeguard your privacy.

What do military drop test certifications really mean? We asked the experts

The nightmare of a cracked or shattered smartphone screen is all too real, but a tough case that meets military drop test standards can prevent that from happening to you. Can’t it? The truth isn’t as clear cut as you might hope.

Who certified the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 safe? Samsung did

You may assume anything you can buy in a store is safe, but safety certifications like UL are actually totally voluntary, and some of them don't mean nearly as much as you think they do.

How young is too young for a smartphone? We asked the experts

When is your child ready to own a smartphone? It’s a difficult question and a topic of serious debate for many parents. We asked some experts and gathered together some stats, opinions, and advice to help you decide.