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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…"

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    • 4.2 • 6 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…"

    1 Question, 3 Answers: Is 5G worth it? [S19E04]

    1 Question, 3 Answers: Is 5G worth it? [S19E04]

    This week we tackle another question in our new '1 question, 3 answers' format. Long-time listener @martineyles asks:



    I see lots of rollout of 5G going on, but there are still populated areas where I can't get any data coverage at all.



    Other listeners wrote in to ask if 5G handsets were good buys. We combined them all into a single question:



    Is 5G worth it?



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


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    Links:
    St. Jude Children's Research HospitalEwan guests on Fintech Daydreaming podcastApple Watch 6STREAKS habit trackerCARROT WeatherWeather LineThings to-do list appWidgetsmithCharty app to create graphs from shortcutsStarlink

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Apple bundles, what we crowdfund & app recommendations [S19E03]

    Apple bundles, what we crowdfund & app recommendations [S19E03]

    This week the team discuss:



    Apple's early-Autumn (OK, 'Fall') announcements including their new Fitness+ service and One bundle (plus some new iPads and Watches).
    The things we've crowdfunded and kickstarted, including Ewan's tendency to be the kiss of death to any business he backs. Also, are these campaigns about more than fundraising now and are they worth backing?
    App recommendations - inevitably shaped by spending more time at home - the new services we're finding useful.


    This episode was recorded before the merger of Crowdcube and Seedrs was announced.


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    Links:
    We're all working from Rafe Blandford's home office now (on Zoom)Set up an Apple Watch for a family memberApple OneApple Fitness+SeedrsCrowdcubePlantaPatch - Indoor plant and houseplant deliveryQuibiDraftsZapier

    • 52 min
    1 Question, 3 Answers: Apple vs Epic [S19E02]

    1 Question, 3 Answers: Apple vs Epic [S19E02]

    This week we tackle the first question in our new '1 question, 3 answers' format. Twitter user @monkeyandweasel asks:



    Will Fortnite (Epic) win against Apple, and what will be the impact?



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


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    Links:
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthMacStadium - Mac hostingGrannySmith – tyler.io

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Robots, clever fitness tech & automated homes update [S19E01]

    Robots, clever fitness tech & automated homes update [S19E01]

    We're back and as we start our 19th season (and is it 8th or 9th year...?) the team discuss:



    How robots, clever sensors and AI are revolutionising some unexpected industries
    Taking health and fitness apps to the next level with machine learning
    An update on how our automated homes have responded to us being.. well... home more.


    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:
    Small Robot CompanyGraze Autonomous MowingHampshire County Council & PA Consulting trial 'cobots' in care sectorLumen metabolism trackerFocalPoint - more accurate GPS tracking for wearables

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Tik (Tok)-ed off, apps for time at home & our online profiles [S18E10]

    Tik (Tok)-ed off, apps for time at home & our online profiles [S18E10]

    It's the last episode of the season and in an extended episode the team discuss:



    Why we're abandoning out Tik Tok trial and the ongoing concerns with the platform's approach to privacy.
    The apps (and 'not apps' in Rafe's case) that we're using as we spend more time at home.
    Our online 'identities' via websites and profiles.


    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:
    ‎TouchRetouch - Photo-cleaning app‎Snapseed - Photo touch-up appThe Phones Show by Steve LitchfieldPhones Show Chat podcastHEY email from Basecampeufy RoboVacMX Keys keyboardMagnetic laptop stand (also for keyboards)Microsoft Edge browseriMessage 2FA Workflow for AlfredAlfred - Productivity App for macOSBen's blog on essential apps and utilities for a new MacTikTok accused of secretly gathering user dataApple Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying On Millions Of iPhone UsersKudoboard - Group Card For Special OccasionsMonocle magazineDelayed Gratification magazinePopshot Quarterly magazineOffscreen magazineBackstage Talks magazineManyCammmhmm - Clear, compelling communication for everyonerafeblandford.comewan.netabout.me - Personal homepage serviceCarrd - One-page sitesbensmith.ukGhost - Blogging platform‎Universe — Website Builder on the App StoreFruition: Free, Open Source Toolkit for Building Websites with NotionHosting Potion for NotionHostNotion - Custom domains for your Notion pagesMicro.blog - Indieweb bloggingOne Page Love - One Page Website Inspiration and Templates

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Rafe's duck, Apple's silicon, Wirecard's melt-down & Basecamp's HEY email [S18E09]

    Rafe's duck, Apple's silicon, Wirecard's melt-down & Basecamp's HEY email [S18E09]

    This week, in addition to Rafe Blandford's pet duck (please use the official #duckfollowup hashtag for follow-up), the team discuss:



    Apple's annouced Macs running on its own ARM-based chips dubbed 'Apple Silicon'.
    Wirecard, the fintech world's 'secret' plumbing that suddenly became very visible when a UK financial regulator forced it to stop its services.
    HEY (yes, it's all capitals...) the 'opinionated' email service from the team behind Basecamp


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    Links:
    Rafe Blandford's quality Instagram duck contentCalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 DockXioami Mi BoxLenovo Smart Frame on IndiegogoApple announces Mac transition to Apple siliconWirecard: Cardholders' money locked as FCA freezes UK subsidiaryCurve - App & Cardonfido - Document and facial biometrics verification servicesHEY by Basecamp

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Alcarnor ,

Excellent views on technology

Very informative and entertaining. Each podcast published exactly on time, though it appears they are using a schedule similar to one British rail uses.

N9Andy ,

Just fantastic

Every single episode is liquid gold, you can’t go wrong listening to this extremely well presented and utterly entertaining podcast. These chaps are the Top Gear of the mobile industry. Highly, highly recommended! :^)

Tales-JF ,

Great

Awesome podcast!

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