ITy Bytes 16 August is a short, curated collection of news you may like to know
JBL Tunes in with Tune 120TWS
These days it is all about that Bass! Well for $149.95 JLB Tune 120TWS will send you to heavy metal heaven. And for a limited time, you get a free JBL Go 2.
5.8mm drivers with JBL Pure Bass tuning
True wireless (BT 4.2 SBC codec talks concurrently
to each bud)
Hands-free stereo calls with Voice Assistant support
4-hour playback and 12-hour charge case with two
hour charge time
96dB SPL and 20Hz-20kHz frequency response
Black, white and blue
Marcus Fry, Brand Activation Director of AUNZ at HARMAN says,
“The popularity of true wireless headphones is getting bigger every year. We want to stay ahead of the trend and have introduced Tune 120TWS to do exactly that. Suited for every-day use, you can now enjoy music with crisp audio with an on-trend look anywhere you go.”
JBL Link Bar finally here – yes really after waiting a year
The Australian Website is here. The promise is that it will be in stores for Father’s Day.
Here is what we know. The $599.95, 100W Dolby Audio, Link Bar has 2 x 20mm tweeters, and 4 x (44 x 80mm) racetrack drivers. That sounds like a 2.0 system. Frequency response is 75Hkz to 20kHz, and optional wireless, 250mm, 300W Sub-woofer JBL SW10, frequency response 35-120Hz is an extra $399.95 although early reviews suggest you may not need it. It is 1020 x 60 x 93mm x 2.5kg.
Ports: Optical in, Aux-in, Bluetooth 4.2, Ethernet (and Wi-Fi), 3 x 4K HDMI inputs and a 4K Passthrough HDMI ARC. It can be wall or shelf mounted and has a full remote. It does not have a TV Tuner – ordinary free to air still uses the TV OS. All the Android TV OS apps are here, and more of the TV channel streaming apps are coming.
You buy this to add Google’s Android TV OS and all its apps
to your existing smart or dumb TV. You can read more here, but I find it very easy
to use, very intuitive, and updates are via Google. It also adds Google Assistant
and Chromecast to the Link Bar. We are not sure if it supports all Google Assistant
functions – indeed any that don’t require Voice Match are fine. It is a clever
if niche product. If you really want to add rocking 5.1 sound, the JBL
Bar 5.1 is our long-term favourite.
IKEA and Sonos – no Allen key required
IKEA Australia has unveiled the highly
anticipated SYMFONISK collection, in collaboration with Sonos,
before it is available to buy in-store and online from 27 September 2019.
SYMFONISK Table Lamp with Wi-Fi Speaker: $269: Combines
light and sound into one product to de-clutter the home with fewer devices and
cords. The table lamp looks to challenge the traditional high-tech aesthetics
and design without compromising on the sound quality.
SYMFONISK Wi-Fi Bookshelf Speaker: $149: Easily blends into
the home and doubles as a shelf that holds up to 3kg with the bracket.
Accessories including the wall bracket ($20), sound remote ($20)
and speaker hook ($10) are also available.
The future: IKEA’s exploration of sound is part of a bigger
journey towards smarter homes. SYMFONISK will join IKEA Home Smart, the new
collective name for the range of smart products from IKEA.
IKEA does not make review units available so you will need
to listen for yourself.
JURA claims coffee breaks sending business broke
Innocent 15-minute coffee breaks are costing Australian
businesses much more money in lost time than they realise. But offices with a
coffee machine claw back some of that valuable work time and make workers
While the small company statistics may be scary – for larger companies with 50 employees, coffee breaks can cost the business an average of $46,000 and 1,350 hours in lost time each year! In this case, the cost of a JURA coffee machine would pay for itself within only a couple of months of use.
GadgetGuy has been impressed with Jura automatic coffee machines and calculates that you can make a barista quality black coffee for under 50 cents a cup – a saving of $2.50 from your local coffee shop.
We are currently testing the fully automatic Jura E8 at $2099 that is more than suitable for a 120-15 person office and has the milk capacity to deliver both heated portions and froth – perfect for cappuccino, latte macchiato and flat white.
NETGEAR gets serious about AX (WI-Fi 6) routers – huge range
Wi-Fi 6 is here, and it is sufficiently faster and better – enough
to justify throwing every old router out.
NETGEAR has released its RAX120 (12-stream), RAX80 (8-stream)
and RAX40 (4-stream) Wi-Fi six routers and they are ‘smokin’ (figuratively, not
GadgetGuy has proven that for most large Aussie households,
you are better with ‘V8’ grunt and range extenders than several mesh routers.
These routers support the uber-fast Samsung Galaxy S10 (or later) AX speeds as
well as stream 4K effortlessly. They are 100% compatible with previous Wi-Fi,
upgrading to a Wi-Fi 6 router now will ensure that your network is good for
years to come.
David Watkins, director, Intelligent Home Group for Strategy
Analytics says, “While previous Wi-Fi has been largely about improvements to
speed, Wi-Fi 6 promises several other benefits such as lower battery
consumption, increased capacity and reduced latency. The enhanced capacity of
Wi-Fi 6 will ensure that consumers experience great performance across all their
devices even as those devices demand more data from ever richer media
Mophie does Apple
Apple iPhone 8+ uses 7.5W Qi charging, but it can use up to 25W charging via the Lighting cable (see our tests here, so it needs specific chargers to work. Available from Apple stores and online.
Wireless charging pad ($62.95): Features a
smooth, polished finish and will charge through cases up to 3mm thick.
Car Chargers: Made of premium anodised aluminium,
both models safely recharge iPhone, iPad and AirPods.
USB-A car charger ($39.95) – single USB-A port
with 12W charging output
Dual USB-A car charger ($46.95) – USB-A ports to
deliver 12W charging output to two devices at once (24W total output)
Cables: Have a braided nylon exterior to reduce tangles and
USB-A cable to Lightning connector (1/2m $31.95/46.95)
USB-C cable to Lightning connector (1/2m $31.95/54.95
USB-A cable to USB-C connector (1/2m $31.95/39.95)
USB-C cable to USB-C connector (1/2m $31.95/39.95)
ITy Bytes 16 August is a short, curated collection of news
you may like to know.