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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

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    • 4.7 • 54 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…"

    Christmas Special: 10 years of 361 Podcast [S20E11]

    Christmas Special: 10 years of 361 Podcast [S20E11]

    Happy Christmas Special! The team gather at the (definitely real) Blandford Manor for the annual drinks party and a look back over 10 years of this nonsense as they stumble upon (and through) the 361 archive.


    Clips played in this episode are from:



    Smartphone convergence, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play & a tiny bit of Dom Joly
    361 Degrees, the making of...
    The Great App Store Debate: Fab or Fad?
    Roaming ranting...
    Apple is the next Nokia
    361 Live "Mobile Question Time" Part 1
    Can Facebook make money from mobile?
    Ewan wants a better phone than you...
    Ubuntu Mobile: What and why? (and again, why?)
    What’s the place for Smartwatches?
    It’s a very Echo Christmas
    The on-demand economy & #RubRafe


    As ever (but especially for these episodes) our thanks to Mark Cotton for the buttery smooth audio, Sarah for content far better than we deserve, and the rapidly expanding 'cast'. Thank you all for indulging us.
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Christmas gift guide [S20E10]

    Christmas gift guide [S20E10]

    In a dramatic break with 10 years of tradition, the team share their Christmas gift suggestions actually in time for purchase before Christmas (it will never catch-on). Suggestions range from £5 to £500 including:



    Cases and bags
    Bluetooth trackers
    Books
    Voice assistants
    Noise cancelling headohones
    Computer accessories
    Something Rafe describes as a 'solar powered novelty'


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.
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    Links:
    Woolnut Leather Tech OrganizerPeak Design BagsApple AirTagTile Bluetooth Tracker DevicesNolii Set BatteryAnker PowerCore batteryMu Folding PlugBook: "Framers: The power of mental models to make better decisions"Book: "Rule of the Robots"Book: "We Are Bellingcat"Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)Amazon Echo Show 5 (2021 release)Sony WH-1000XM3 headphonesBose 700 HeadphonesSony WH-1000XM4 HeadphonesPuro BT2200s Kids HeadphonesElgato Stream Deck MiniKeyboard MaestroKikkerland Solar RainbowMakerReindeer on ZoomHue GoPhilips Hue 100w equivalentElgato Key LightDJI Mini 2 droneRaspberry Pi gifts from The Pi HutNintendo Switch OLEDGift a Kindle Book

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Recap: Curve, Chase banking, Amazon Astro, Android 12.1 and Sky's Glass TV [S20E09]

    Recap: Curve, Chase banking, Amazon Astro, Android 12.1 and Sky's Glass TV [S20E09]

    This week the team recap topics from earlier in the season including:



    Curve being blocked by Creation Credit cards - a listener asks if we still want to use Curve
    JP Morgan launches Chase-branded banking in the UK - we try it out in its earliest (and still very limited) form
    Amazon's Astro robot - will we add Amazon's $999 robot to our smarthome security setup?
    15 minute delivery - Rafe updates us on some very high profile ads and promotions in London as the firm's give-away some of their investors' money
    Android 12.1 will (probably) add native support for folding devices
    Sky launches 'Glass' a smart internet-connected TV that you can pay for monthly


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    1 question, 'some' answers: Folding screens [S20E08]

    1 question, 'some' answers: Folding screens [S20E08]

    This week the team break our '1 question, 3 answers' format to look at the subject of flexible screens:



    Why would you buy one?
    Are they any good?
    Should Apple make one?


    We're definitely agreed that - at last - they are worth considering, but beyond that it's more hope than science. And Rafe mentions some Nokia concept devices from years ago... you'd expect nothing less.


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.
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    Links:
    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5GNokia CommunicatorSamsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5GMotorola Razr 5GHUAWEI Mate X2Xiaomi Mi MIX FOLDSamsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5GMicrosoft Surface DuoNokia Morph phone conceptPolymer Vision Readius e-Ink rollable screen phoneLG Rollable OLED TV R

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Covid-inspired tech innovation that could last [S20E07]

    Covid-inspired tech innovation that could last [S20E07]

    This week the team consider all the new ways mobile tech has entered our lives due to Covid and consider which might be here to stay. From apps that use Bluetooth to calculate risk of exposure to a virus to QR codes for 'test and trace', not all the ideas are new but public awareness (and adoption) have hugely changed.


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.
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    Links:
    Gorillas - 'Groceries delivered in 10 minutes'Deliveroo - Food DeliveryNHS COVID-19 appAirTagsWagamamaQkr! by MasterCardBT Hope United - The Wall of Hope

    • 57 min
    App recommendations, nostalgia & some top-tips [S20E06]

    App recommendations, nostalgia & some top-tips [S20E06]

    This week the team look back over (more than) 10 years of mobile, remembering the apps they used before they cam mainstream and sharing top-tips learned along the way, including apps for connectivity, personal finance, news, productivity and a lot of recommendations.


    Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website or Twitter.
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    Links:
    EvernoteCarling iPint (YouTube)Sony Ericsson P800CitymapperWazeSimCity iPhoneFlight ControlKeep ItKindleNew York Times News AppBloomberg AppsShazamUse Apple Shortcuts to quickly control Transparency mode on AirpodsNomad Lightning Battery CableiPhone Back TapMacStoriesHow to forward SMS messages from your iPhone to your MacWhatsApp on webAnyListSpeedifyThree Mobile Mobile Broadband 24 GB data SIMUbigiCurvePlumMonzoIFTTT (If This Then That)Harvard Business ReviewMIT Technology ReviewGoogle AlertsZapierThings to-do list appMütesync virtual mute button

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 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.

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