Life & Technology – 2GB 15th April, 2023

We invited Sean Fletcher Marketing Manager from TP-Link who shared the latest in Smart Homes and Matter. He mentioned a couple of products to start your journey, like the Smart Plug and Strip Lights. 
Also on the show was Amrit Lall Product Manager, Consumer Audio from Harman Internationalwho discussed a Harvey Norman exclusive JBL Soundbar, the Bar 1300.  The JBL Bar 1300 (soundbar, 2 x detachable rear speakers and subwoofer) brings an extraordinary sound experience to your home entertainment system. It is JBL’s best effort yet and up there with soundbars costing much more. It is part of the new JBL 2023 soundbar range – 5 new Bar models with Dolby Atmos, including three with detachable rear speakers. The new sub-woofer (on four models) is a massive 300W, 10”, 10kg monster capable of room-shaking bass from about 30Hz. READ FULL REVIEW HERE.  You can also check out full range of the new JBL Sound Bars for 2023

Phone ring time too short? Missing calls? Here’s the fix (guide)

Phone ring time is too short? Missing calls? The good news is you can extend it easily at no cost. CyberShack has tested the ‘hack’, and it appears to work on Android and iPhone, as well as NBN landlines.

The problem was caused when Telco carriers agreed to shorten the call ring time to a measly 15 seconds – way too short for all but the most agile! We understand that it was to reduce non-chargeable ‘downtime’ on mobile networks to increase paid ‘talk time’. And to divert more calls to Message Banks, which are tidy earners for the Telcos.

Now here is the rub – it is nothing to do with phone makers. It is purely the ring time before diversion to a message bank. So these Australian codes will extend ring time on any mobile phone – Android, iPhone or a dumbphone. There are different codes for each mobile network, and if you use an MVNO, then use the code for the network it uses.


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