212 episodes

Struggling with your tech? Don't understand what's going on in social media? Just want to use your phone, tablet, laptop, or even your TV without losing your grip?

We're here to help you out!

Our team of inspirational technology writers are ready with words of encouragement to help you through any problem you're facing with your PC, social media account, home theater, whatever!

Want to get to grips with your tech? Hit play!

The Really Useful Podcast Christian Cawley

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Struggling with your tech? Don't understand what's going on in social media? Just want to use your phone, tablet, laptop, or even your TV without losing your grip?

We're here to help you out!

Our team of inspirational technology writers are ready with words of encouragement to help you through any problem you're facing with your PC, social media account, home theater, whatever!

Want to get to grips with your tech? Hit play!

    Nintendo Switch 2 2024 Release Rumours and Modern Handheld Gaming

    Nintendo Switch 2 2024 Release Rumours and Modern Handheld Gaming

    In this week's show, we look at how Nintendo gave the handheld gaming market a shot in the arm, and where it might go next...
    This week, we will discuss the following:

    Nintendo Switch 2 Rumours DownplayedWorldwide Game Console Comparison 2023@CentroLeak on TwitterIs Microsoft Preparing a Handheld Xbox?Christian Cawley and Gavin Phillips host this podcast. You can contact them on Twitter: @thegadgetmonkey and @gavinspavin, with your suggestions for future topics. Oh, and don't forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    You can subscribe to the Really Useful Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and Audible, Player FM, or copy the RSS feed into your podcast player.
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    • 32 min
    What Are Smishing, Phishing, and Vishing?

    What Are Smishing, Phishing, and Vishing?

    One of the main purposes of this podcast is to help you get to grips with the risks scammers pose. As such, this week's show sheds light on phishing and its variant scams: smishing, vishing, and quishing. What are they, and how can you spot these scams?
    Before we get to that, we've got the following tech news that matters:
    Elon Musk says Neuralink implanted wireless brain chip (BBC)TikTok pulls Taylor Swift and The Weeknd's music (BBC)Spotify's content filter fails to block explicit lyrics in dozens of hits (BBC)We bring you these tips and tricks:
    Smishing, Phishing, and Vishing: What's the Difference?How to Uninstall Unwanted Apps on AndroidThe show closes with the following recommendations:
    ASUS ROG Asoth White Gaming KeyboardSamsung Galaxy Z Fold 4Christian Cawley and Gavin Phillips host this podcast. You can contact them on Twitter: @thegadgetmonkey and @gavinspavin, with your suggestions for future topics. Oh, and don't forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    You can subscribe to the Really Useful Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and Audible, Player FM, or copy the RSS feed into your podcast player.
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    • 31 min
    Water-Resistant and Rugged Phones Explained (PLUS: Pokémon vs. Palworld)

    Water-Resistant and Rugged Phones Explained (PLUS: Pokémon vs. Palworld)

    No so long ago, phones would be dead as soon as they were dropped, or got a bit wet in the shower. These days, they can withstand high impacts and remain undamaged underwater for hours. 
    This week, we look at water-resistant and rugged phones, exploring what was behind this design change and which highlighting which phones are particularly hardy.
    As ever, we kick-off with the tech news that matters:
    Pokémon Company Investigates PalworldWhat Is Palworld?Netflix Enjoys 13.1m New Subscriptions What Is the Best Streaming Service for 2024?These waterproofing and ruggedisation explainers will come in useful:
    What Do Waterproof and Water-Resistant Mean?What MIL-STD-810G Is and Why It Doesn’t Mean What You Think3 Important Features That Make a Smartphone Rugged and DurableDoogee S95 Pro Modular Rugged PhoneBlackview BL8800 Pro Review: Thermal Imaging and Great Battery, but Not Much ElseThe show closes with the following recommendations:
    Witch Rise (Nintendo Switch)Palworld (PC/Steam)Christian Cawley and Gavin Phillips host this podcast. You can contact them on Twitter: @thegadgetmonkey and @gavinspavin, with your suggestions for future topics. Oh, and don't forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    You can subscribe to the Really Useful Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and Audible, Player FM, or copy the RSS feed into your podcast player.
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    • 29 min
    Are AAA Game Publishers Just Getting Too Big?

    Are AAA Game Publishers Just Getting Too Big?

    This week's show is a discussion around the recent comments from Ubisoft executive Philippe Tremblay concerning the future of game subscriptions.
    Our conversation covers:
    @WeirdBongs' take on game ownership vs purchaseThe "process" behind unlinking Epic Games from Rockstar GamesSmall Kingdoms on SteamWe finish this week's show with these recommendations:
    Dave the Diver (Steam | Switch)LEGO Insiders (previous LEGO VIP)Christian Cawley hosts this week's podcast, and is joined by Ben Stegner. You can contact them on Twitter: @thegadgetmonkey and @stegnersaurus, with your suggestions for future topics.
    You can subscribe to the Really Useful Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and Audible, Player FM, or copy the RSS feed into your podcast player.
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    • 33 min
    Which Is the Best Video Streaming Service for 2024?

    Which Is the Best Video Streaming Service for 2024?

    This week we discuss the news that Amazon Prime Video is adding adverts and a new ad-free tier.
    We then spin this off into a discussion about which is the best video streaming service in 2024.
    Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon PrimeNetflix vs. Apple TVFool Me OnceWelcome to WrexhamDisney+ vs. NetflixFinally, a recommendation!
    Xbox 360 titles on Xbox Cloud GamingChristian Cawley and Gavin Phillips host this podcast. You can contact them on Twitter: @thegadgetmonkey and @gavinspavin, with your suggestions for future topics. Oh, and don't forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    You can subscribe to the Really Useful Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and Audible, Player FM, or copy the RSS feed into your podcast player.
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    • 33 min
    Our Ultimate Collection of PC Hardware Maintenance Tips!

    Our Ultimate Collection of PC Hardware Maintenance Tips!

    This week, we've got the following tech news that matters:
    Wi-Fi 7 Officially LaunchesTesla Recalls 1.6 million Cars in China (BBC)Microsoft Launches an AI Key on Windows Keyboards (BBC)Google Chrome Phases Out Third-Party CookiesThis week, we bring you these PC maintenance tips and explainers:
    How to Check CPU TemperatureSigns Your Motherboard Is DeadCommon GPU Problems and How to Fix ThemHow to Fix RAM Not Detected ErrorsWarning Signs Your SSD Is About to FailThe show closes with the following recommendations:
    The Retro Hour BookGamesir G8 GallileoChristian Cawley and Gavin Phillips host this podcast. You can contact them on Twitter: @thegadgetmonkey and @gavinspavin, with your suggestions for future topics. Oh, and don't forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    You can subscribe to the Really Useful Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and Audible, Player FM, or copy the RSS feed into your podcast player.
    Christian Cawley and Gavin Phillips host this podcast. You can contact them on Twitter: @thegadgetmonkey and @gavinspavin, with your suggestions for future topics. Oh, and don't forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    Image: Roman Samborskyi/Shutterstock

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

techn0 b4be ,

Love this !!!

Really insightful and interesting !

Bazzap1976 ,

Interesting

Helps explain a lot of things clearly

Atomickarma ,

Really really useful stuff

I like this podcast as they get on with the job without wittering on about cats.

Seriously though, this is a nice idea for a podcast, highlighting the tech stuff that affects everyone (social media, cloud storage, privacy) and talking about it in simple terms, with some useful ideas thrown in to help you use tech better.

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