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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!
 
British TV past and present digested and discussed, if Gareth Kavanagh and Christian Cawley can tear themselves away from the screen long enough to record anything. Soaps, drama, comedy, sci-fi and even BBC Four documentaries are among the topics.
 
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If you're buying a new computer, there is always the temptation to open it up, plug it in, and start using it. But what you should actually do is spend time installing the apps you'll need and setting up the hardware and peripherals. This week we talked about: Dell G5 5505 Gaming Laptop Review 15 Must-Have Windows Apps and Software for Any New PC B…
 
You've heard of the Nintendo Switch, but what is the Nintendo Switch OLED? And why is Valve launching the Steam Deck portable gaming PC? Ths week's show looks at these two very different developments in mobile gaming, considers the rationale behind both, their potential strengths and weaknesses, and asks: which one would you buy? This week we discu…
 
When open-source software projects are bought by profit-driven software publishers, it's never an easy ride. With the introduction of telemtry to digital audio workstation Audacity, recently, its new owners have discovered just how tenuous a grip on their audience they really have. But what is all the fuss about? What is telemetry, anyway? This wee…
 
Ransomware is huge in 2021, taking down businesses, government departments, gas pipelines, and worse to come. Now is the time to familiarise yourself with ransomware, the risks, how it gets onto your system, what happens to your data if you don't pay, and the risks of actually paying the ransomware. These are the links we used for this week's Reall…
 
This week we take a look at some of the best DIY tech builds and fixes featured so far on the Really Useful Podcast. Featuring contributions from Christian Cawley, Ian Buckley, Gavin Phillips, and Ben Stegner Here are those all-important reference links for this week's show. Build Your Own HDTV Antenna DIY Computer Desk Projects to Save Money Fix a…
 
Are you safe online? Security software is expensive, but you don't have to spend money on it if you follow some straightforward, simple, computer and internet usage tips. This week's Really Useful Podcast looks at link checkers and other easy, "soft" online security tips that you can use to develop safer habits and behaviors online. In this week's …
 
Windows 11 is coming - but what can you expect from it? Is there really any need to replace Windows 10? This podcast looks at the coming Windows 11, what we know, what we can guess at, and what probably won't happen. This week's podcast features these stories: Windows 10 Support Ends in 2025 Windows Start Up Sounds Slo-fi Remix Eduard Khill Trololo…
 
Most new cars feature integration with a smartphone. While Apple iPhones are typically compatible, it's more than likely that you're using an Android phone. Android Auto is a useful handsfree in-car app from Google, designed to integrate your phone's apps with your automobile's entertainment system. You can also make calls using the digital assista…
 
Using technology daily means that the keyboard, mouse, computer screen, earphones, etc., are going to get dirty. Knowing how to clean them doesn't just protect you from infections, it helps to prolong your tech's usable lifespan. In this week's show, we take a look at some of our best tech cleaning tips. This week you'll need to refer to the follow…
 
The age old question: do Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft produce the best console? Well, we're bypassing that and declaring the Nintendo Switch the winner. After all, it's lightweight, flexible, and designed with multiplayer in mind from the ground up. You might not get to enjoy intense single player or some AAA online multiplayer titles, but it is im…
 
The world of cryptocurrency just doesn't seem to stop changing. With over 5000 different cryptocoins in circulation, new digital units of value need to stand out from the crowd in order to generate any sort of traction. In this week's show, we take a look at the resurgent Dogecoin (and learn how to pronounce it) and try to work out if Chia is reall…
 
Brian Terranova makes Doctor Who fan films; he also collects props and cosplays. Christian Cawley and James McLean have worked on fanzines. They all host a Doctor Who podcast. But why do these, and other, Doctor Who fans keep making stuff? In this podcast we look at the various ways fans express their love of Doctor Who and other shows and serials …
 
Vegan headphones might sound like the name of an indie band, but they're real. Headphones made without leather and using sustainable materials are just one of the ways in which using technology responsibly is becoming more important. This week, we take a look at sustainability in technology, and how things might change going forward. Shownotes This…
 
Dashcams might seem an expensive addition to your vehicle, but they are worth their weight in gold. In this week's podcast we look at dashcams, covering everything from looking at the best current models to the reasons to use a dashcam. We also consider the various steps you should take when installing a dashcam for the first time, and how you can …
 
Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Unbound, Blurb... the opportunities for crowdfunding campaigns are massive these days. But if you've never backed a project on Kickstarter and don't really know what crowdfunding is - or if you have concerns over their reliability - we're here to help you out. Shownotes Here are this week's links for everything we discuss in…
 
You've seen the ads, online and on TV. Courses for learning to code, build mobile apps, even start designing video games. But how easy is it really to learn to code? To find out, Ian Buckley - a man with a bit of programing experience under his belt - is here to explain if you should learn to code, where to find good resources, and whether or not y…
 
Heard about Clubhouse but not really sure what social audio is all about? You've come to the right place. In this podcast we take a look at Clubhouse, its "exclusivity" and what alternatives are coming along from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other existing social platforms. Use these links to learn more about Clubhouse in this week's show. What…
 
To celebrate 30 months since the launch of the Really Useful Podcast, we bring you a collection of the top 5 best tips from our most popular episodes. As such, Christian Cawley is joined by various members of the Really Useful Podcast team to cover diverse topics such as Windows keyboard shortcuts, problems with Skype, old PC games, Microsoft Offic…
 
You've seen the term NFT but what does it mean? How can you buy digital art for $1000s without even owning it? What is the real ecological damage of cryptocurrency mining? And why are graphics cards so expensive? In this podcast we explore non-fungible tokens, the madness of this latest crypto bubble, whether cryptocurrency is as bad for the enviro…
 
Released on April 2nd, 2021, 100 Objects of Doctor Who from Candy Jar Books explores the worlds of Doctor Who from a strange new angle, courtesy of Philip Bates. He's the editor of the very popular Doctor Who Companion website and he joins Christian Cawley in this podcast to discuss the DWC, 100 Objects of Doctor Who, and a little bit of recent Doc…
 
The Amazon Fire tablet is one of the most popular alternatives to Apple's iPad. Equipped with the Android-based Fire OS, these are versatile tablets aimed at the whole family. But are you getting the most our of your Amazon Fire tablet? Is the tablet really suitable for children or is it more geared towards a media consuming adult? How do you chang…
 
Some new Xbox and PS5 games are launching at around $70. Game controllers are around the same price. And if you can get hold of a next generation console, that's going to set you back a few hundred dollars too. So: is video gaming becoming to expensive? This week's discussion draws on these resources: Why Are PS5 and Xbox Series Games So Expensive?…
 
You've probably heard of a Raspberry Pi, but how does this single-board computer (SBC) differ from a microcontroller? In this Really Useful Podcast, we discuss the Raspberry Pi and its clones, the Raspberry Pi Pico and other microcontrollers, and the Arduino. How do they differ? What projects suit each type of board? Click play to find out. Some re…
 
Everyone has an old phone or two at the back of a drawer. Your old PC might be stuck under a desk somewhere---meanwhile, you've switched to a laptop. Old hardware takes up space, but simply throwing it away is dangerous. Without the correct recycling techniques, discarded tech can be an ecological nightmare. Fortunately, there are various ways that…
 
If you have a YouTube channel, Twitch stream, podcast, Facebook page, Instagram account, or TikTok, you're probably keen to find and audience. But how do you find followers and build a following? This week, we take a look at the various techniques you can use across several social platforms and mediums. You may be surprised at how similar some of t…
 
Have you updated your phone recently? Is Windows 10 up to date, or do you have updates pending? Why should you have to bother, anyway? In this week's podcast, we explore Windows Update, updating a Mac, iPhone or iPad, Android, and even game consoles. This week's useful links: Windows Update guide Update macOS How to Update Xbox One and Xbox Series …
 
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