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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!
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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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Incredibly, it is 25 years since The Phantom Menace hit cinemas and launched a revival of Star Wars that continues to this day. Inspired by the discovery of a 4K vs 35mm comparison video on YouTube, Christian Cawley and James McLean discuss The Phantom Menace. From watching it for the first time, to modern questions and inconsistencies, this talk h…
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We're back with a new, later-than-planned podcast with guest Philip Bates of The Doctor Who Companion. Philip chats to Christian Cawley about some projects he's working on with Candy Jar Books, which includes some books on The Racoons, an update to Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants called Companions: Sixty Years of Doctor Who Assista…
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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 Downplayed Worldwide Game Console Comparison 2023 @CentroLeak on Twitter Is Microsoft Preparing a Handheld Xbox? Christian Cawley and Gavin Phillips host th…
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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 …
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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…
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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 purchase The "process" behind unlinking Epic Games from Rockstar Games Small Kingdoms on Steam We finish this week's show with these recomme…
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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 Prime Netflix vs. Apple TV Fool Me Once Welcome to Wrexham Disney+ vs. Netflix Finally, a recommendation! Xbox 360 titles on Xbox…
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The Church on Ruby Road is reviewed in our latest Doctor Who podcast. Christian Cawley is conducting other activities this week, so James McLean is joined by "Magnus" to discuss the 2023 Doctor Who Christmas special. But who is Magnus, and will you ever find out? Probably not, but it's an interesting conundrum to consider as you listen to this chat…
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This week, we've got the following tech news that matters: Wi-Fi 7 Officially Launches Tesla Recalls 1.6 million Cars in China (BBC) Microsoft Launches an AI Key on Windows Keyboards (BBC) Google Chrome Phases Out Third-Party Cookies This week, we bring you these PC maintenance tips and explainers: How to Check CPU Temperature Signs Your Motherboar…
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This week, we bring you these tips and explainers: View Passwords for Saved Networks on Android How to Get Verified on Twitter Information You Should Never Post Online We also have a couple of behind-the-scenes chats around these topics: How to Install Microsoft OneDrive on Ubuntu What Is Video Game Preservation? Christian Cawley hosts this week's …
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Our final Christmas-themed podcast for 2023 looks at the impact of eating too much, sitting around a lot, and what apps and websites you can use to combat the post-Yuletide bulge. Worried you'll pick up a spare tire? Concerned about feeling too lethargic to enjoy the holiday? This podcast is for you. Shownotes This week, we bring you the following …
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Admittedly later than planned, we're back for our review of the third Doctor Who 60th anniversary episode, The Giggle. Guest starring Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howzer MD, How I Met Your Mother, etc.), the episode reintroduces Bonnie Langford as Melanie Bush and brings us our first look at the 15th Doctor Who, Ncuti Gatwa. Quite a bit of him, in f…
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In our second seasonal podcast for 2023, we look at the ways you can save money on unique Christmas gifts bought online. We also tell you where to find gifts for electronic tinkerers and makers. This week, we bring you the following seasonal tips: Ways to Save Money Christmas Shopping Online Christmas Gift Ideas for Makers and Electronic Tinkerers …
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This week, we bring you the following seasonal tips: Ways to Make Your Own Christmas Lights 3D Printing Christmas Ideas for Christmas Create a Holiday Spotify Playlist Microsoft Christmas Sweater Atari Club attire Top Sites to Listen to Christmas Music Online Christmas Carols and Karaoke Sites Christian Cawley and Gavin Phillips host this podcast. …
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We're back with a discussion about the latest Doctor Who 60th anniversary episode, Wild Blue Yonder. Christian Cawley and James McLean discuss various elements of the story, how it came across and compared to the previous episode (The Star Beast), and spend a few minutes slagging off the Power of Three. Oh, and we're very pleased to tell you that t…
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Ever been accused of oversharing? Have you been labeled a "sharent" after posting pics of your children on social media? In this week's Really Useful Podcast, we take a look at online oversharing, its consequences, and what you can do to minimize "sharenting." This week, we've got the following tech news that matters: Ex-Nvidia "caught" with sensit…
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The first part of Doctor Who's 60th anniversary has aired - but what did the Kasterborous team think of The Star Beast? This week, Christian Cawley and James McLean are joined by Philip Bates, the driving force behind The Doctor Who Companion. We cover everything from steelworks in North London (!) to Miriam "Margoyles" with gender transitions and …
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It's Doctor Who's 60th anniversary today, but how does the promotion and hype compare with other years? Christian Cawley and James McLean look back at 1998, 2003, and 2013 to contrast and discuss how things were very different in Doctor Who celebrations in landmark years gone by. Shownotes: Russell T Davies and David Tennant on The One Show Russell…
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This week, we've got the following tech news that matters: Meta demands political ads declare deepfake use Deepfakes Explained We've also got these tips and explainers: Completely Remove Norton and McAfee Antivirus from Your PC Examples to Help You Spot Fake Emails What Are Gaming IEMs? The show closes with the following recommendation: TAITO Super…
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In a special edition of our weekly tech podcast for technophobes, hosts Christian Cawley, Gavin Phillips, and Ben Stegner go head-to-head in a never-before attempted quiz. This week's edition is episode 200, and just a few weeks ago the show marked its 5th anniversary. So, what better way to celebrate than with a quiz, pitching the three hosts agai…
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John Kenneth Muir and James McLean's deep dive into Star Trek continues in our latest podcast. John Kenneth Muir and James McLean finish off their discussion on 57 years of Star Trek with a reflection on Star Trek's impact in the 21st Century... desperately, needfully, and irresponsibly seeking to conclude what the franchise means to them. If you m…
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Need a Windows antivirus tool? The chances are you already have the best option installed. That's the focus of this week's podcast, which also looks at accusations against Amazon concerning price manipulation in the online retail market. This week, we've got the following tech news that matters: Amazon's "Project Nessie" Manipulated Prices Elon Mus…
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What does the Whoniverse bring to Doctor Who? 60th anniversary celebratory wonder! We're here; it's November 2023, it is the month of Doctor Who's 60th anniversary, and the BBC has gone all-out to provide celebratory media in all shapes and sizes. Central to all of this is The Whoniverse, the BBC iPlayer hub of Doctor Who episodes, documentaries, s…
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Getting data off an old HDD is easier than you think, as demonstrated in this week's podcast. Plus, we look at the best uses for a Raspberry Pi, consider the arrival of rules and guidelines for AI, and celebrate the end of the PlayStation 5 shortage. This week, we've got the following tech news that matters: AI Governance Announced by President Bid…
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Between May and September 2023, the "Hollywood double strike" - joint industrial action by the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA - halted production of TV and movies (and some video games). The reason for this was generative AI - artificial intelligence that has been programmed to produce text, art, video, and audio material from text prompts.…
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This week, we've got the following tips and explainers: The Best AI Apps Why Your Smartphone Needs a Screen Protector Should You Trust AI Crypto Trading Bots? Alternatives to Stumbleupon The Most Useful Websites You're Not Already Using What Is Brave Search Engine? Christian Cawley, Gavin Phillips, and Ben Stegner host this podcast. You can contact…
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This week, we've got the following tech news: Google Causing Internet to Fall into a "Spiral of Decline" Minecraft Becomes First Video Game to Hit 300m Sales Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Purchase Cleared by UK Govt We've also got these AI tips and explainers: Public AI vs. Private AI vs. Personal AI: What's the Difference? Photoshop Generative E…
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This week, we've got the following tech news: Raspberry Pi 5 Announced, Available This Year Snapchat AI Bot Could Be Banned AI Facial Recognition Risks Chromebook Plus Hardware Standard Announced We've also got these tips and explainers: How to Spot a Fake SSD Is Your Smartphone Listening to You? Should You Use Facebook Marketplace? We finish the s…
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James McLean and cult writer and critic John Kenneth Muir return with a new episode of the podcast that focuses on American cult film/television of the late 20th century (and beyond). In the first installment of a two-part chat, James and John discuss the biggest sci-fi phenomenon to come out of 1960s TV: Star Trek. (Yes, Doctor Who fans, you read …
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This week, we've got the following tech news: Amazon Prime Video introducing ads in 2024 George RR Martin sues OpenAI UK approves Microsoft/Activision Blizzard merger We've also got these dark mode tips and explainers: Light Mode vs. Dark Mode on iPhone Enable Dark Mode on Google Chrome for Android Enable Dark Mode on Windows Notepad Enable Dark Mo…
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As we've just been blessed with an amazing Doctor Who trailer for the 60th anniversary, Christian and James have got together to discuss what we saw. But it's not all about the Celestial Toymaker! Our existing podcast was due to go live yesterday, so we hurriedly recorded some extra material - found in the first 15 minutes of the episode - to discu…
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