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No, 5G Cannot Give You Covid-19!

Moe from Mondo / 04-11-2020 / Tech news Fibre

When COVID-19 unexpectedly hit, the world came to a grinding halt and billions of people were gripped by fear and uncertainty. From this came a truly mind-boggling conspiracy theory that tried to link the emergence and spread of the coronavirus to 5G towers and the “frequencies” at which this technology operates. So, how did this conspiracy theory really get started?

It all started on January 22 when a Belgian newspaper, Het Laatste Nieuws, published a sensational interview with General Practitioner, Kris Van Kerckhoven. The article was littered with Kerckhoven’s claims that 5G was dangerous and may be linked to the dreaded COVID-19. The article’s striking headline, “5G is life-threatening, and no one knows it,’ inevitably drew global attention. But it was the insinuation that 5G cell towers may have caused the infections in the city of Wuhan that set the wheels in motion for a new conspiracy theory to emerge.

Thanks to social media, the message quickly spread, and many people began believing that the global rollout of 5G was causing or accelerating the spread of COVID-19. Those on the bandwagon included many influential voices, from talk show hosts and vloggers to celebrities and anti-5G campaigners. In April, events took a dark turn when more than seventy 5G masts were set on fire in the UK in an attempt to eliminate the so-called virus causing technology.

The madness needed a rational voice, and this is when the expertise of scientists was summoned to explain why 5G could not possibly cause or accelerate the spread of COVID-19.

Myths and science collide

There are various myths that support the conspiracy. The first states that frequencies transmitted by 5G allows the virus to penetrate human skin and infect the host. This is impossible because frequencies transmitted by 5G, or any other network technology for that matter, is within a range known as non-ionising electromagnetic radiation. This range does not have enough energy to penetrate human tissue, making infection impossible. But, even if the frequencies were above this range, infection will still not occur as the virus cannot hijack radio signals since they exist in different forms that do not interact. In other words, the virus is biological while 5G is electromagnetic.

Even more outrageous is the belief that viruses use electromagnetic signals to communicate with each other and choose new hosts, resulting in the faster spread of the virus. But as mentioned, since their forms do not allow them to interact, this belief belongs in imagination land.

What 5G really is

Now that it’s proven that the network is not a sophisticated biological weapon, people can start appreciating the technology without fear.

5G is the 5th generation mobile network and is the new universal wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G networks. The technology enables it to deliver faster peak data speeds, close to non-existent latency, and a massive network capacity. A new chapter of connectivity will also be introduced as 5G is able to connect virtually with everything and everyone including devices, machines, and objects. This opens up the possibilities for new industries, smarter cities, and a world more integrated than ever before.

Although 5G had a tough introduction to the world, it is now part of our lives and here to make it better. In South Africa, various major operators have launched the new network and it is gradually gaining traction around the country.


Apple iPhone 12: Even More Choice for 2021!

Apple decided to launch a new range of Apple iPhones towards the latter part of 2020. However, South Africa only received the latest batch of these beloved smartphones in late December. Users are now eager to find the ideal iPhone 12 for them, but with the biggest range ever launched, it may be tough to decide. The four new iPhones are the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Let’s take a closer look at the entire range on offer from Apple. Under the Hood All four devices have the latest A14 Bionic chipset. This is Apple’s latest and best chipset available and rivals any Android option. It’s an upgrade from the A13 that was in the iPhone 11 range. Apple hasn’t disclosed the RAM for each device but it is rumoured to be 6GB for the Pro models and 4GB for the others. In terms of storage, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini are available in 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB while the Pro models offer 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations. Screen and Body The whole iPhone 12 range has a similar physical appearance with a front that consists mostly of the screen with a notch at the top and a Ceramic Shield. It is strikingly similar to the industrial design introduced with the iPhone 4 and 5 lines. The large camera cluster is at the rear left corner of the device while the glass back is standard. The difference comes in the frames as the Mini and standard 12 models get aluminium frames while the Pro models are equipped with stainless steel frames. All iPhone 12 models are IP68 certified with a water-resistance depth up to 6 metres for 30 minutes. The major differences between the devices are their available colours and size: While the screen on all four models are OLED with similar pixel densities, their difference is purely in size. Naturally, the iPhone 12 Mini has the smallest screen at 5.4-inches while the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro feature a 6.1-inch screen with the iPhone Pro Max sporting a huge 6.7-inch display. iPhone 12 Cameras The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini have the dual-lens rear camera setup with a main 12MP lens and an ultra-wide 12MP lens. The Pro models have a triple-lens rear setup which includes what the basic models have with the addition of a telephoto camera with a 4x zoom in the iPhone 12 Pro and 5x zoom in the iPhone Pro Max. The two high-end devices have a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner, for improved augmented reality and low light performance. All four devices sport a 12MP front-facing camera and they can all record in up to 4K quality at up to 60fps. Furthermore, they can all record in Dolby Vision. iPhone 12 Battery Apple never releases the battery capacity but we know that all models are capable of 20W fast charging and wireless MagSafe charging, although the fast chargers are sold separately. In terms of video playback, the iPhone 12 Mini can offer up to 15 hours while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro deliver up to 17 hours. The iPhone 12 Pro Max tops the charts at 20 hours. Other Features All models support dual-SIM along with Face ID and the TrueDepth camera for facial recognition. Verdict Apple delivered four different options for users who want various experiences via their smartphones. Multiple price options are depending on the model and size you choose.


Huawei P40 Lite: Another Win for Huawei

Huawei had their work cut out for them launching the P40 Lite as part of their first major smartphone range from the tech giants without Google Mobile Services. There was no room for error and the company more than made up for it with this strong mid-tier smartphone from their flagship P range, featuring the all-new AppGallery app store and Huawei’s own version of the Android OS. Under the Hood Processing power is where the P40 Lite smashes its rivals. Sporting a home-grown HiSilicon Kirin 810 Octa-Core processor, it’s a massive step up from the previous Kirin 710. Huawei paired the processor with 6GB of RAM which makes for a speedy, responsive experience. You can take on HD gaming or play multiple HD videos without any lag. On the storage front, you get 128GB of onboard capacity with the possibility of adding a microSD card up to 256GB. Since there’s no Google Android, you get the EMUI operating system, which is similar to the Android 10 experience. Screen and Body The P40 Lite has a distinct appearance and stands out from the rest of the P40 range. This version has more rounded corners which makes it user-friendly and comfortable to use. The front-facing camera is situated in the left corner which disappears under the phone’s black status bar. The device feels sturdy in the hand and is available in Sakura Pink and Midnight Black. In terms of the display, you can expect a 6.4-inch FHD+ LCD screen which produces striking colours with sharp clarity. Quad Camera Setup The Huawei P40 Lite sports four rear camera lenses which are perfect for the budding photographer. Users have become accustomed to Huawei’s quality cameras and won’t be disappointed with the primary 48MP camera that handles most of the heavy lifting. The 8MP Ultra Wide Angle lens offers a 120-degree view while the 2MP Macro lens allows you to snap clear close-ups. You can take cinematic portraits with the 2MP Bokeh lens while the selfie camera is a 16MP lens that offers a fantastic Night Mode. Battery Huawei paired the P40 Lite with a 4,200mAh battery which can run two full days with normal use. You get the benefit of fast charging with a 40W fast charger included in the box. According to the company, they estimate a full charge from zero within an hour. Other Features You’ll be pleased to know that Huawei has kept the 3.5-millimetre headphone jack and have included a fingerprint sensor on the side power button. Verdict The Huawei P40 Lite is a strong mid-tier competitor that offers you a fantastic camera experience on a budget. It will take some getting used to not having Google services but the device punches above its weight and is well worth a look.


Samsung Galaxy A12: A Worthy Budget Smartphone!

Samsung recently launched the successor to the Galaxy A11 - the Samsung Galaxy A12. The Korean manufacturer states that this device is a combination of Samsung’s best smartphones in an affordable package. Once again, the company has demonstrated its commitment to creating entry-level smartphones that pack several high-end features. Under the Hood In terms of performance, you can expect the Galaxy A12 to combine an Octa-Core processor with options of a 3GB, 4GB or 6GB of RAM which ensures a smooth and efficient response. Three internal storage options include the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB with an additional microSD slot supporting 1TB capacity. Screen and Body On the outside, the Galaxy A12 is compact with smooth curves and a comfortable grip. Its classic design and colour are refreshing and it’s available in Blue, Black, White and Red. Samsung equipped the A12 with a 6.5-inch HD+ Infinity-V display which is great for watching videos, playing games and browsing social media. The selfie camera is situated in the teardrop notch at the centre of the screen with a fingerprint sensor on the side of the device. Quad Camera Cameras are a huge deal in any smartphone, so by packing four lenses into the Galaxy A12, Samsung haven’t disappointed. The primary lens is a whopping 48MP camera which is the headline act of this device. The 5MP Ultra Wide Camera is similar to the human eye and it catches a 123-degree angle of view. As a result, you can cram much more into each shot. If you love photography, the 2MP Macro camera will help you discover fine details with objects of interest. It applies a Bokeh effect to your pictures allowing the subject to stand out of the frame. Finally, the 2MP Depth Camera gives you the ability to adjust the depth of field in your images. Selfie fanatics get to enjoy the 8MP front-facing camera with Live Focus that places the spotlight on you instead of the surroundings. Battery Battery life is a critical deciding factor with regards to smartphones. Samsung has powered the Galaxy A12 with a 5,000mAh battery which is sufficient for an entire day of average usage. Furthermore, it supports 15W Adaptive Fast Charging to power your device quickly, which is great if you’re always on the go. Other Features Aside from the fingerprint sensor, it has an Accelerometer, Grip Sensor, Virtual Light Sensing and Virtual Proximity Sensing. Verdict For an entry-level device, the A12 packs a significant punch, especially when you consider the camera options and battery power.