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The Conspiracy That 5G Is A Money-Grabbing Ploy Is Actually Pretty Legit

Should've known there was a catch with this high-speed mobile network business.

Australia’s internet/NBN situation is a dumpster fire, that much is true. But while our broadband is second-rate, our mobile network is actually pretty good and it’s about to get even better as 5G gradually replaces 4G as the telecommunications standard.

But there’s one big problem with 5G at the moment and no it’s got nothing to do with 5G hurting you. That’s complete bollocks.

The issue has to do with 5G’s data plans and how they’re nothing more than a money-making ploy for the rich daddies upstairs right now.

5G offers incredible speeds up to just under 500Mbps (but can “theoretically” reach up to 2Gbps), which is nearly 10 times faster than the fastest 4G speeds we’re getting right now. This means downloading movies and games will take seconds instead of hours, and streaming shows on Netflix at the highest quality possible will be a cinch.

However, using 5G will burn through your data like a hot knife through butter. Let’s say you have a generous 20GB monthly data plan with your 5G connection and you want to download a couple of 1GB movies, a 3GB TV show, and a 5GB game.

That’s 10GB of stuff and downloading everything on 5G will take you… 20 seconds.

Even if you limit yourself to just everyday stuff you do, such as using Instagram, tweeting stuff, emails, browsing the web and random YouTube videos, you’re going to chew through your 20GB of data in mere days.

Visual representation of your data being used up.

Now some might say “why not just get the biggest data plan?” but that’s only viable if you’ve got dosh overflowing from your pockets.

There are only a limited number of devices that support 5G right now, all of which are quite expensive, and the most data you can get right now is 150GB, which will set you back $172 a month. Throw in all the excessive data usage fees you’ll inevitably get and that $172 a month will likely double.

Of course, you could just not use 5G but that’s just ludicrous because why wouldn’t you use it if you have it?

As it stands, 5G is a great idea on paper but without reasonably priced unlimited data plans, the technology is nothing more than a way for telecommunications companies to line their pockets with your moolah.

Having said all that, we’re still a little while away from 5G becoming standard as coverage is still relatively limited at the moment. Here’s hoping that they figure out whole cheaper unlimited data issue before 5G is available everywhere or we’ll be stuck with all this great tech with no viable way to use it.

Apple Needs You To Return Your MacBook Pro ASAP Because It Might Catch Fire

Turning it off and on again won't fix this issue.

Love them or hate them, it’s hard to deny that Apple products are pretty damn good when it comes to build quality. When you’ve made Airpods poo-proof, you know you’re doing something right.

Yep, there’s no way an Apple product could possibly be faul- *checks notes* oh wait, your trusty MacBook Pro could possibly be faulty and catch fire.

In a press release from Apple, a “limited number” of older model 15-inch MacBook Pros have a slight overheating issue with the battery and could “pose a fire safety risk”.

As for what models have this possible lap-burning problem, Apple states that the affected units were “sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017.”

Luckily for all those who might own a MacBook Pro that could spontaneously combust at any moment, Apple are offering to replace the battery free of charge. To check whether your MacBook Pro has the faulty battery fault, just pop the unit’s serial number into Apple’s handy little verification program right here.

Once you’ve checked your MacBook’s eligibility using the program, all you have to do is head over to an authorised Apple store and make an appointment for someone to fix your laptop, which will take around a week or so.

As for the chance that your laptop could be affected, well a year and a half is a long time but there shouldn’t be too many affected units as Apple only sold, uh, 40ish million Macs during that period.

Okay, that number is every kind of Apple Mac product sold so it’s not accurate. If we be conservative and divide that by 6 – which is the number of different Mac products on sale – then the potential number of affected MacBook Pros is only around… 6.6 million.

Righto, so um, best check your laptop ASAP. If your MacBook Pro is indeed affected, back up all your data, stop using it and keep it away from your lap just in case.

The Way Websites Manipulate You Into Buying Stuff You Don't Want Is Chilling

One minute you're online window shopping, the next you're hundreds out of pocket after buying ethical homewares.

Let me throw a scenario in your direction, you’ve finished watching Good Omens and need to pass the time somehow so you decide to check out a bunch of online retailers. It’s all just internet window shopping though because you’ve blown all your money on beer and you’re adamant that you won’t buy anything you don’t need.

But the next thing you know, you’ve spent money you don’t have because you just had to buy some ethical homewares and Toy Story 4 merch, all of which cost far more than advertised.

If that’s been the case then you’ve been a victim of some subtle, creepy manipulation that tricks you into buying stuff and you probably didn’t even notice.

These little manipulative tricks are called “dark patterns” and are sneaky online versions of classic techniques used to influence consumer behaviour, such as putting impulse purchases near the cash registers.

While no one is sure how prevalent dark patterns are, a study from Princeton University analysed over 10,000 websites using software and found that over 1,200 used some variation of these dark patterns to ensnare customers.

Some dark patterns are pretty obvious, others are pretty impressive at how well they can hook people in, and some are just pure evil. Examples include:

  • Sneaking products into a customer’s shopping cart without their consent or preselecting more expensive versions of a product
  • Hidden costs and subscriptions
  • Imposing deadlines on deals and sales
  • Misdirection and manipulative language, such as “confirmshaming”, having opt-out options greyed out, and trick questions
  • Fake testimonials or activity messages such as “*insert name* just saved 15% on her order!”
  • Low stock messages
  • Making it annoyingly difficult to cancel a subscription or order
  • Forcing customers to create accounts or share info just to do what they set out to do
So messed up.

While you’re always going to have a target on your back whenever you shop online, it’s pretty chilling to know just how far certain sites will go just to get you to hit that “place order” button on stuff you don’t really need or even want.

So keep on your guard next time you’re shopping online or you’ll end up buying weird backwards bikinis when all you wanted was some ideas on what to get for lunch.

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