The 5G 'Health Hazard' Was a Misinterpretation

· Andrew Orr · Link

In 2000 a physicist was asked to study the health risks of wireless networks. He found [PDF] that there “was likely to be a serious health hazard.” Except he was wrong.

In his research, Dr. Curry looked at studies on how radio waves affect tissues isolated in the lab, and misinterpreted the results as applying to cells deep inside the human body. His analysis failed to recognize the protective effect of human skin. At higher radio frequencies, the skin acts as a barrier, shielding the internal organs, including the brain, from exposure. Human skin blocks the even higher frequencies of sunlight.

Despite all the studies showing a link between smartphones and cancer being debunked, I don’t think this idea will ever go away.

U.S. Might Ban 5G Tech Made in China

· John Martellaro · Link

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It could be a political move, a ploy, amidst tariff tensions between the U.S. and China. Or it could be something else. USA Today reports:

The U.S. is considering a requirement that next-generation 5G cellular technology for domestic use be made outside of China, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing sources.

WWDC 2019: Releasing Mac Pro Details is Essential

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Concept video - modular Mac Pro

WWDC 2019, like all WWDCs, will be full of interesting developer details and new Apple initiatives. But to be truly magical, Apple will just have to mesmerize us with details of the new Mac Pro—even if it’s not ready to ship.

First T-Mobile 5G Test Reaches 493 Mbps in New York

· Andrew Orr · Link

During the first T-Mobile 5G test in New York City, the service scored 493 Mbps using a Verizon phone.

T-Mobile’s feat becomes greater when you understand that the carrier is using much less spectrum than Verizon is. Allnet Insights says T-Mobile is using 80MHz of spectrum in New York, which would make its theoretical maximum speed 500Mbps, but I’ve also heard that T-Mobile is using 100MHz, which would make the theoretical maximum 625Mbps.

Vodafone Confirms UK 5G Launch

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Vodafone will switch on its 5G network on July 3 in seven cities across the UK, the company announced. It will use Huawei equipment.

Russian Network RT America Wants You to Distrust 5G Networks

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Russian network RT America recently aired a segment called “A Dangerous Experiment on Humanity” to get people to distrust 5G. The segment links 5G to brain cancer, infertility, autism, heart tumors and Alzheimer’s disease, none of which are backed by scientific evidence.

Yet even as RT America, the cat’s paw of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has been doing its best to stoke the fears of American viewers, Mr. Putin, on Feb. 20, ordered the launch of Russian 5G networks in a tone evoking optimism rather than doom.

Russia is definitely not the first to attempt to link certain cellular frequencies to health problems, but a it’s an interesting new twist in the matter.

Apple Earns Money, Services vs. Hardware, and AT&T's Fake 5G with Ken Ray - ACM 511

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Ken Ray for a spirited look into Apple’s earnings report. The two also weigh the real meaning behind Apple’s outward emphasis on services and what that means for Apple hardware. They cap the show with a rant about AT&T’s fake 5G. Spoiler: AT&T’s claims of a “5G” network are fake.

Apple Poached Lead 5G Intel Developer Umashankar Thyagarajan

· Andrew Orr · Link

Just weeks before Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement, Apple poached Intel employee Umashankar Thyagarajan.

Mr. Thyagarajan’s departure is understood to have been a setback to Intel’s efforts, forcing the company to reshuffle the 5G project. Shortly afterwards, Intel said it would not be able to release a 5G smartphone chip until 2020, more than a year after Qualcomm.

Very interesting. More and more pieces of the puzzle are being revealed.

The Merge That's Not a Merge: iOS and MacOS

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple project Marzipan

macOS and iOS need not merge in order to lead the way forward. Perhaps all that’s required are shifting perspectives by the primary generation of users.

Intel Exiting 5G Smartphone Modem Market

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Intel is exiting the 5G smarptphone modem business. The announcement came shortly after Apple and Qualcomm settled their legal dispute.

Huawei Wants to Sell Apple its 5G Modems

· Andrew Orr · News

Huawei says that it’s open to selling its 5G modems, but only to rival Apple. Meanwhile Apple is considering Samsung and Mediatek.

Fake AT&T 5G E Could Be Slower Than 4G

· Andrew Orr · News

A new study from OpenSignal claims that AT&T’s fake 5G E network could in fact be slower than existing 4G networks.

MWC 2019: 5G Announcements by Each Carrier

· John Martellaro · Link

5G wireless and iPhone

Digital Trends writes:

At Mobile World Congress, a spotlight usually shines on new and improved smartphones, and this year was no different. From the LG V50 ThinQ to the Sony Xperia 10, a number of handset announcements were made at MWC. But handsets are only part of the news from the show. Carriers made some big announcements too — especially when it comes to the deployment of 5G.

AT&T and Verizon are off to the races.