Resetting Your App Preferences

These steps outline on how to reset app preferences and enable you to update your apps.

  1. Go to Settings then System

2. Choose ‘Reset Options’

3. Choose ‘Reset App Preferences’

4. Once you have done this, go back to the audio settings and you should be able to choose ‘General’ and ‘Edit’. Now when you click on the selected Ringtone you should then be shown the below image.

5. Choose ‘Media Storage’ and ‘Just Once’, then you will be shown the list of available Ring Tones to choose

Life360 on G-mee Connect

Life360 is a live tracing and communication service. The app is used by families all over the world in part to assist parents track the movements of the children. The Life360 app requires consistent uploading and downloading data to provide the live update feature. This not only uses data that counts to your monthly allowance, but it can drain the battery more quickly. Your G-mee Connect includes a number of pre-configured power management solutions. You can choose a different solution depending on how efficient your battery drain needs to be. We have tested Life360 on the following battery optimisation level and found the service to work correctly. We also heard from other G-mee Connect users they’ve also enjoy the same success. 

Aim is to achieve an outcome where the device is operating in a power efficient way, but the Life360 app is still operating in the background to provide live tracing.

To achieve the optimum setting of the device we want to select the ‘Smart saving mode’. To find this start in the settings menu and choose the ‘Battery’ option.

Then choose the ‘Battery Saver’ option which is halfway down the list.

Inside Battery Saver you are now being offered three different modes. 

Smart saving mode is the best option to choose. We have found that life 360 works as normal, but you will still likely get over a days use of the device when you start with a 100% charge in the morning.

Power saving mode aims to allow your device to last for around two days before needing to be recharged. It does this by stopping the background function of the bulk of apps that are running. Your email will not automatically download, your weather app won’t get the latest alerts and your Life360 service will definitely not update with the devices current position.

Ultra saving mode uses the least matter power, the place is the greatest amount of restrictions on the performance of the apps on the device. Under this option the G-Mee Connect will essentially be useful for calls and text, but not much else.

Changing Ring Tones on your G-mee Connect

Your G-mee Connect ships with a range of included ring tones. You can either choose from the list of included ring tones provided or add your own ring tone sourced from elsewhere. 

Choose From Included Ringtones –  

  1. To access the ring tone area on the device open SETTINGS/AUDIO PROFILES.

You are now in the ‘audio profiles’ section and can make a range of customisations around how your device will ring or beep or generally make sounds.

3. Under the heading ‘Ringtone’ click on the pre-selected option (for this device ‘Boost Digital Phone) and a pop-up window will display asking you to choose between ‘Media Storage’ and ‘Custom Ringtones’. Choose ‘Media Storage’ and select the option ‘Just Once’. If you are unable to see the ‘Complete action using’ window, you will need to reset your app preferences. Please follow these instructions.

2. To adjust the ring tone the predefined audio profile you are using, and hold it down for two seconds.

A pop-up menu appears showing the word ‘Edit’.

Click on ‘Edit’ and you will be shown further customisations that can be done for the selected audio profile.

4. You will now be presented with a list of ring tones that you can choose from.

Add New Ringtones –

To import a new ring tone to your device click on the ‘+ Add ringtone’.

This will open a new window where you can choose from ring tones that have been either loaded to a microSD card and inserted into the microSD slot on the device OR ring tones that you have downloaded via your browser to the devices download folder.

You can then add these imported ring tones to the list of tones available for selection.

How We Protect Your G-mee

We want you to have a great experience with your G-mee and protecting you, and your device is part of that commitment.

Each G-mee device comes with a clear plastic protective case. This is included in every box and our goal is that you attach the case to your device before you start using it.

Every G-mee also comes with a clear protective film that is stuck to your G-mee touchscreen. This is used so that during manufacture, as lots of sets of hands touch the device, your touchscreen is protected from scratches and blemishes. Please remove this plastic film before use, especially if you use a G-mee Connect as the protective film covers the earpiece and the microphone. With the protective film left on, it may affect the ability of your ear speaker and microphone to operate correctly.

Our commitment to safety goes much further than the inclusions we provide with G-mee devices. During the design phase of G-mee devices we conducted a range of tests across a number of standardised areas of the device. The Wi-Fi antenna, the battery, the power adapter and the circuit board are just some of the areas we test to ensure correct operating behaviour. For the G-mee Connect, we also test the cellular antennas across both 4G and 3G frequencies, and for every transmitting band the device operates to ensure the electromagnetic radiation output is well below the maximum allowable to be considered safe for use.

We do all this because we want your G-mee device to be fun and safe to use.

If you’ve got any questions on safety or have any ideas on we can provide further improvements to benefit customers, we would love to hear from you.

Making the Most of Mindfulness

May is mindfulness month apparently. Unfortunately, I missed it, but smiling mind has an initiative in June. That’s better I thought, we haven’t gotten to June yet.

Taking the time to recalibrate yourself has been one of the things I hope to take away from the lockdown adventure. Each day, at some time during the day, taking 10 to 15 minutes to put on some headphones and shut out the noise is made every day that much better for me. No notifications or calls, SMS or email alerts. Just mind balancing exercise and nothing else.

I use my G-mee, of course I’d use this device, I am the creator of it. However, you can use any device that gives you the same result. The key thing is to shut out the interruptions and give yourself the time to just float.

Smiling mind is a great app to use and they run regular exercises to help specifically in this area. But you can choose from a range of different options. Some days I listen to classical music. I have a playlist on my Spotify that goes for 20 minutes. I slip on my Bluetooth, noise cancelling headphones and press play on the headphones. I lean back in my chair with my feet on the desk and everything else melts away.

Other days I listen to a meditation podcast. There are loads of them around just download a couple and save them on your device. Now regardless of whether you have Internet or not you can play that pod cast.

I’ve also found that it helps to change up your location from time to time. There is a nice spot on my office Veranda that gets full sun around 11 AM. I also like to lie back on the grass, again in the full sun, with my sunglasses on. I leave my G-mee nearby and relax.

By moving away from your desk it does help to cut down external distractions. No phone, no laptop and no alerts.

So smiling mind, a classical music playlist or a meditation pod cast, you choose, but do it every day and try and do it around the same time every day. For me it helped clear my head for the afternoon and provided more clarity between the work I’m doing the morning and the things that are most pressing for me to get to in the afternoon.

Good luck and go find your mindfulness solution.

Harry Potter On Spotify, Read By Beckham, Radcliffe and More

Harry Potter fans take note, you can now enjoy the wonders J.K. Rowling on Spotify and Spotify Kids. Spotify made it clear many months ago they plan to be an audio entertainment platform, not just a place where you listen to music. Podcasts arrived first and now the wonders of boy wizard Harry Potter as an audio book has just been announced.

The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been released on the platform read by well-known stars such as Stephen Fry, David Beckham and of course Daniel Radcliffe.

There are already lots of Harry Potter reading and  commentary on the Spotify platform already, but this is the first time we have seen well-known stars, in their homes, reading to you in your home.

Readings are being released on a chapter by chapter basis, with Daniel Radcliffe the first reader, kicking off with Chapter 1. To find the readings under this promotion, search your Spotify or Spotify kid’s app with ‘Harry Potter At Home Reading’. The first chapter goes for 25 minutes and chapters will be released regularly.

Your G-mee device is a great way to play Spotify and Spotify Kids, and with the out-of-the-box safety features of no camera and built-in app lock feature, you can give the whole family access to these Harry Potter audio experiences via the Spotify and Spotify Kids App.

We are back online!

The last seven days this website and others published by CBN Media have been off-line.

The issue was noticed by our team on Thursday last week and at the time we lodged technical support query with our managed server provider GoDaddy. Over the last seven days we have been in daily contact with GoDaddy as to the planned reactivation of our service. Each day we were told our issue was being ‘looked at’, ‘worked on’ or ‘escalated’. Unfortunately, during this period our websites remained off-line.

As of this morning, we have noticed the websites are once again active and all service disruptions have ceased. We are yet to hear from GoDaddy as to the cause of the issue. We have noticed that domestic and international media reporting a major security breach of the GoDaddy account service. This breach was reported by GoDaddy to authorities late last month. We don’t know whether our managed server incident and this wider GoDaddy incident are related, and regardless the breach to the GoDaddy account service occurred in October 2019.

As such, we don’t see any issues relating to any data residing on our managed server at this time.

That is the update and we are pleased that we can now get back to publishing great content once again.

5 Phones Under $200 That Run COVIDsafe App

The COVIDsafe app is out, letting people track their exposure to Covid-19 via their phones. There’s a few light requirements on the COVIDsafe app – the phone must have Bluetooth enabled, and run Android 6.0 or higher, or Android Go.
If you’ve got a really old phone, it may not be compatible with the app – but there’s still inexpensive options to upgrade to newer platforms. Not only do you get better app compatibility, but fewer security issues and, of course, all the nice features offered on newer versions of Android.
 
The G-mee Connect coming in at $149.95 offers Android 9.0, 32GB of storage, and a range of security-minded features like call and SMS blocking.
 
Nokia’s 1.3 Android Go smartphone is the first to be updated to Android 10, and is designed to be a great barebones smartphone experience for those on a tight budget. It’s available for $169
 
Stepping up to the Nokia 2.3 gets you Android Go like its smaller sibling, but also a larger display and accordingly larger battery. You can get one for $199.
 
The Alcatel 1S provides a smooth experience thanks to an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM – most phones in this budget range offer slightly less powerful internal hardware. The Alcatel 1S costs $199.
 
The Vivo Y12 provides a huge 5000mAh battery that should last most users two days comfortably, along with a big 6.35-inch display, and 64GB of onboard storage, while most other phones in the range only offer 32GB. $199 will get you the Vivo Y12 in your choice of red or blue.
 
Oppo’s sister company Realme offers budget smartphones like the Realme C2 with 64GB of storage, attractive outer design and decent hardware specs. The Realme C2 is available for $199.
 
Budget phones don’t have to mean a poor smartphone experience, and any of these options will get you updated to a newer platform for under $200.
 

4 Ways To Increase Your Mindfulness and Wellbeing With Your Device

Mindfulness and wellbeing are hot topics for people of all ages. It is something that is being taught at schools as it can even make students more focused and more engaged learners, as well as being a resource used at work as it supports stress management, focus and increases connections both at work and at home. 

Here are some options available to help you develop your mindfulness. 

Smiling Mind is a free web and app-based mindfulness meditation program that is developed by psychologists and educators. As the program is not-for-profit, it means that they are focus on being driven by the impact they can have, and not the reoccurring monthly fees. 

In as little as 10 minutes a day, you can have a daily mindfulness and meditation guide at your fingertips and follow the free programs. 

Every time you open the app, you will get a different session to try out with a mix of vocal instructions and background music. 

If you want to subscribe, you can set up a targeted session to focus where you want. Say you’ve been sitting all day and want to target your lower back – no problem. 

The app is currently entirely free until May 1. 

Podcasts

With a wide array of podcasters and podcasts to choose from, you can be lead in daily guided meditations that can help you in different aspects of your life. 

The Daily Meditation Podcast is one that focuses on different styles and techniques to help you manage. Stress, sleep better, gain focus and find clarity in as little as 8-minutes to help you start your day. 


While you may not think of it as a mindfulness and meditation app, but through the streaming service, you actually have access to playlists full of exercises, meditation music, and so much more. 

Get your zen on, focus on your breathing and let the worries just fall away. 

Center your body, mind and spirit with your choice of these services which are all available on G-mee. Tune out the distractions and find your balance. 

The audio platforms that are perfect for the school holidays

From science fiction to education, business development and even kids books, there are a number of audio options available to give your loved ones the audio experience and me time that we all need.

Audible is the world’s largest producer and provider of spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks, so there are bound to be a few in their collection that you are sure to love.

With the ability to set up a monthly subscription to audible, you can purchase audiobooks for half the price with membership setting you back around $16.45 per month. This fee gives you one credit to use on an audiobook of your choice, and exclusive member pricing to buy a second book in the month.

Right now Audible is offering the ability to stream an incredible collection of stories while schools are closed so that they can keep on dreaming. Available across six different languages and everything from Harry Potter through to Peter Rabbit, all the favourites are there and ready to be accessed. https://stories.audible.com/

Did you know that your local library is prepared and has thousands of audiobooks and ebooks available for you to borrow them without an issue?

With an integrated ebook reader and an audiobook player, you can borrow books in just a few taps. Prefer to read your ebooks from your kindle? No issues there as you can send them there for your kindle reading.

Imagine getting the summed up version of your non-fiction books with all the key messages given right to you? Well, Blinkist does just that to provide you with the ability to learn anything anytime, anywhere in only 15 minutes so you can listen to insights from leading thinkers while on the go.


Take complete advantage of all of these platforms with your G-mee now. Which one will you choose?