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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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The term "supply chain" was largely unknown outside of manufacturing, shipping, and haulage until a couple of years ago. Now, we have a seemingly unending "supply chain crisis" which threatens to disrupt everything from Christmas to weddings to online shopping. In this week's show, Christian Cawley chats with David Savage of Geotab, a fleet telemat…
 
Is Survivors of the Flux the first disappointing episode of Doctor Who Flux? Is the Grand Serpent really the Master, or just too similar? How did Yaz, Dan, and Professor Jericho escape the quantum extraction? Discussing an episode that jumped around and seemed to focus on the wrong story, Christian Cawley and James McLean consider all of the variou…
 
Welcome to the 100th edition of the Really Useful Podcast. To celebrate our centenary show, usual hosts Christian Cawley, Ben Stegner, and Gavin Phillips have got together to chat through a few thoughts about their preferred computer systems. Laptop, or desktop PC? Bought, or self-built? Along the way, they discuss everything from racing games to R…
 
The fourth episode of Doctor Who Flux is Village of the Angels, the first appearance by the Weeping Angels as antagonists since 2012's The Angels Take Manhattan. But was this a return to form for the quantum-locked assailants, or did the episode suffer from inconsistent motivations for the villains? Christian Cawley and James McLean discuss the epi…
 
Black Friday 2021 is set to be the longest yet. But with supply chain issues limiting the production of certain hardware, it could also be the most frought. Will you see the bargain land on your doormat before Christmas? In this Really Useful Podcast we take a look at how you can prepare for the biggest ever Black Friday, help you to grab the deals…
 
Once, Upon Time is the third episode of Doctor Who Flux. Marking a change of pace, the episode has been judged as being complicated by many, despite featuring appearances from Daleks and Cybermen. This podcast looks at Once, Upon Time's key elements, guest appearances, and sub-plots, as well as bringing into the conversation some comments from our …
 
If you've embraced home working, you've probably realised that the kitchen table isn't ideal. You need a dedicated space, which might be a spare room, in the attic, in the basement, or even in your garden. But when that space is set up, how do you get reliable Wi-Fi - and does your home office even have a power supply? This week, we take a look at …
 
Episode two of Doctor Who Flux is War of the Sontarans, which guest stars Sara Powell as Mary Seacole, Gerald Kyd as General Logan, and Jonathan Watson and Dan Starkey as various Sontarans. This podcast takes a look at the episode, with an in-depth chat between hosts Christian Cawley and James McLean as they attempt to get to the bottom of why this…
 
ShownotesKeep hold of these links for Windows 11 coverage on MakeUseOf: How to Upgrade to Windows 11 Free How to Enable TPM and Secure Boot to Install Windows 11 Make an Unsupported Computer Compatible With Windows 11 Why Chinese Users Can't Upgrade to Windows 11 Get Windows 11 Features on Windows 10 Which Is Best for You: Windows 11 Home or Pro? W…
 
Jodie Whittaker is back with the first part of Doctor Who Flux. The Halloween Apocalypse is part one of the six part series, which introduces not only a new villain (Swarm) but also a universal threat (the Flux) that may or may not be related to him. Throw in some Sontarans, Weeping Angels, seven billion dog like aliens, a future friend from the pa…
 
Upgrading to a new iPhone? it can be expensive, not to mention time consuming with so many models to choose from. In this podcast we bring you all the information you need, from recognizing when it's time to upgrade and getting the best deal, to backing up your data and transferring it to a new iPhone. Shownotes In this week's show, we discuss: Sig…
 
This is a jam-packed podcast featuring the latest Doctor Who betting odds for the 14th star of the series, a chat about the new Doctor Who games, and of course Fluxx. Also, the new series of Doctor Who, Flux. They also mull over the Sony Pictures Television purchase of Bad Wolf Productions, terrible Doctor Who reference books, the switch in depth o…
 
Going green is tough, especially if you want to save money. In this episode, we look at the challenges and solutions around recharging phones and laptops. This week, you'll need the following references: How to Check Laptop Battery Cycle Count on Windows Should You Leave Your Laptop Plugged In? Battery Capacity vs. Charging Speed Monitor Battery He…
 
We look at a selection of mobile and browser apps that can help you to improve your physical and mental health. This episode features a chat with Dr Angelica Kohlmann of Bloom Diagnostics, who tells us how their mobile app can be used to diagnose illness and find the right treatment. Shownotes Virtual Fitness Challenges Apps to Keep Fit at Your Des…
 
In this week's show we discuss: Facebook Whistle-blower Goes Public Whistle-blower to Tell Senate Facebook Secrets Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram Go Offline Conspiracy Theories and Mistruths Reasons Online Gamers Should Use a VPN Can Games Consoles Use a VPN? Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner host this podcast. You can contact them on Twitter as …
 
Russell T Davies has been named as the new Doctor Who showrunner following the departure of Chris Chibnall in 2022. But does this mean a return to the show as it was in 2005, or could RTD have something more interesting planned. Well, what do you think? Christian Cawley and James McLean speculate on the future of the show now that it is finally mov…
 
Jodie Whittaker has announced her departure, and Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall is also heading out the door. The cycle of change has once again been initiated, but we haven't got together to make endless speculation about "who's next?" Instead, we're looking at "where and what next?" What can Doctor Who do to survive in a world of Loki, The …
 
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…
 
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