212 episodes

The iTunes 5★ reviewed podcast that reviewers call it "A great British spin on the world of tech", "Informing and entertaining" and "the best tech podcast by far…"

361 Podcast 361 Podcast / Ben Smith, Rafe Blandford & Ewan MacLeod

    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 51 Ratings

The iTunes 5★ reviewed podcast that reviewers call it "A great British spin on the world of tech", "Informing and entertaining" and "the best tech podcast by far…"

    Apple's ecosystem - customer value or lock-in? [S20E02]

    Apple's ecosystem - customer value or lock-in? [S20E02]

    This week the team discuss the wider impact of Apple's spring product announcements:



    Is Apple Card family sharing a sign they will respond to criticism more directly from now on?
    What's the purpose of launching podcast subscriptions if not to make profit?
    How does Apple exploit the 'unfair advantage' of a billion iPhones around the world to make AirTags beat the competition?
    How is Apple's approach differing to its competitors?


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.


    Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard.
    Support 361 Podcast

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Clubhouse and social audio [S20E01]

    Clubhouse and social audio [S20E01]

    This week as we return to our 20th season and our 10th year, the team discuss:



    What excited us since we recorded season 19, including Lego, government websites (no really) and robot vacuum cleaners (honestly).
    The rise of Clubhouse, an 'audio' social network, to prominance and its popularity.
    Whether audio is a product or a feature and the Clubhouse clones springing up in other apps.


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.


    Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard.
    Support 361 Podcast
    Links:
    GOV.UK - PassportsRoborock S7Bloom & Wild: The FernLego Bonsai TreePhilips Hue wall switch moduleEcho Show 10CodaStereoJam ProTwitter Spaces (Techcrunch news)LinkedIn's Clubhouse rival (Techcrunch news)

    • 57 min
    2020 reviewed, 2021 previewed [S19E10]

    2020 reviewed, 2021 previewed [S19E10]

    Obviously recorded before Christmas, despite our attempts to style it out, the team discuss the highlights and lowlights of 2020 from a 'tech' perspective inspired by The Verge's article "Bad Year, Good Gadgets". We discuss homeworking, changing expectations, what worked (and didn't) as we worked from home, and some unusual sources of inspiration. We also look forward to 2021, excited at the prospect of leaving the house again, and anticipating how trends like AI, Apple's new processors and further cross-over of tech from the mobile space to consumer electronics will change everything.


    Keep listening to the end too for the latest installment of the rural estate soap opera of everyday landed-gentry we're calling 'The Blandfords'.


    Thanks for listening in 2020. We'll be back after a short break.
    Support 361 Podcast
    Links:
    Roborock Intelligent Robot Vacuum CleanersLG Ultrafine 5k screenElgato Key Light AirAlpha Gaming on YouTubeDSLR Video Shooter on YouTubeJulie Schiro on YouTubeTom Buck on YouTube

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Blandford Manor Christmas party [S19E09]

    Blandford Manor Christmas party [S19E09]

    This week the team 'gather' at the Blandford Manor Christmas party to:



    Exchange and recommend gifts
    Share suggestions for last-minute gifts that can be bought and delivered online
    Discuss tips, apps and hacks for managing Christmas on 'expert mode'


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.


    Extended until New Year's Eve:



    Leave us an iTunes podcast review or post one to social media;
    Send us the link and tell us your address (by email or Twitter DM); and
    Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard.


    We'll also be sending out 'Secret Santa' gifts and a limited-edition Blandford Estate mug to a few lucky reviewers.
    Support 361 Podcast
    Links:
    Toybox 3D PrinterMario Kart Live: Home CircuitOculus Quest 2Patch plantsElgato Ring LightLibertyShield Lite Peak Design bags and travel pouchesMimeo photo printingMILK photo books and printsChatbooks photo books and cards (from Instagram)Brain.fm music to improve focusKiva cards - Help change a lifeGift a Kindle BookStrava gift subscriptionHasbean coffee subscriptionClifton Coffee subscriptionsMeg Rivers cake subscriptionUrban wellness gift vouchersBloom & Wild flower subscriptionsArena FlowersParcel delivery tracking app for Apple devicesAmazon wish listsCamelCamelCamel Amazon price trackerHotukdeals deals and discounts alertsEvernote note-taking app

    • 1 hr 4 min
    1 Question, 3 Answers: How should I read and buy books? [S19E08]

    1 Question, 3 Answers: How should I read and buy books? [S19E08]

    This week we tackle another '1 question, 3 answers', combining requests from listeners who asked for advice on reading, books and the written word.


    Ben, Ewan and Rafe each give their best answer... The only rule being that they can't agree with any previous answer.


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.


    Extended until Christmas: Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard. One lucky reviewer could also win the last ever Blandford Estate limited-edition mug.
    Support 361 Podcast
    Links:
    Audible audiobooksBlinkistFeedly RSS readerInstapaperApple NewsThe Great CoursesKindle PaperwhiteKindle OasisKindle Unlimited

    • 1 hr 5 min
    All about voice assistants [S19E07]

    All about voice assistants [S19E07]

    This week the team discuss:



    The state of voice assistants and the devices we use at home.
    How Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and Apple's Siri perform and their strengths and weaknesses.
    The future of voice assistants - are they a passing fad or destined to be built into everything?


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.


    Extended until Christmas: Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard. One lucky reviewer could also win the last ever Blandford Estate limited-edition mug.
    Support 361 Podcast
    Links:
    tado° smart heatingEcho Wall ClockEcho FlexGoogle Nest devicesAkinator - Mind-reading skillSamsung BixbyVoice in a Can

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

MotorSportsFan ,

"A podcast about mobile tech" sometimes!

They sometimes talk about mobile tech but are always informative and entertaining.

This is a "two blokes talking" podcast with 50% extra. I'd followed the three hosts individually for years before they started this podcast so although they don't me it's like having old friends popping round whenever they release an episode.

Keep up the good guys

PS the outros from the sound guy are a delight!

PJM15 ,

Roll on series 20

I love this podcast! These guys are generous with their extensive knowledge, the production is top notch, and I always learn something as they find ways to bring their own personal slants to ‘mobile tech and the world around it’...

ilicco ,

Great Podcast

There are podcasts and then there are podcasts. This is a podcast. Come for the in-depth technical discussion about all things mobile and stay for the dad jokes. It’s fun, informative and dare it say it sexy. (The RubRafe episode is an obvious favourite). The Audio engineer is an absolutely whizz as all the voices sound deep and mysterious. I am however surprised HR haven’t been notified of the fact that Ben and Ewen have obviously given Rafe a substandard microphone to make him sound like an angst ridden teenager.

Top Podcasts In Technology

Listeners Also Subscribed To