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Queens of the Drone Age

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Queens of the Drone Age

Rae Johnston, Angharad Yeo, Tegan Jones and Amanda Yeo

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How is technology impacting our lives, and the world? Catch up with your friends in tech as we share all the latest things we’ve learned and love about technology. Hosted by Angharad Yeo, Tegan Jones, Rae Johnston and Amanda Yeo, Queens of the Drone Age is a peek at the insider conversations happening amongst some of Australia’s top technology experts.
 
Hosted by award-winning leader and conscious career coach, Alison Rice, Offline is a series of honest conversations about True Self Success with the people we follow and the teachers who help us on our way. When we're sitting in our True Self, how does that shape the way we define success? This podcast is a resource for anyone evolving beyond the traditional ideals of success to explore professional pathways that are more aligned to their true nature, unique gifts and passions. Past guests i ...
 
In Accenture’s latest podcast series, Rae Johnston joins some of Australia’s most prominent CEOs to discuss how our nation can emerge, transform, and accelerate beyond the pandemic. Season two is coming soon so make sure you subscribe!
 
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Have you ever thought deeply about why we start businesses or brands? Usually it’s to solve a problem, fill a gap in the market or make money. But how many founders do you know have started something with the intention to exit it? And not “exit” Silicon Valley style with millions of dollars, but exit with nothing but the knowing that they’ve fulfil…
 
Technology has gifted us with alternative ways to be laid to rest. From euthanasia rollercoasters and shovel buddies, to using your ashes to grow mushrooms - the Queens explore some of the cooler options for your mortal form's farewell. If death is a topic that you find uncomfortable or upsetting, we recommend skipping this episode. Full show notes…
 
What we do for a living feels a bit more emotional than it used to. Restrictions to our freedoms have made many of us question what actually makes us feel happy and fulfilled. A sneaky sleep in. A long walk before the workday starts. A home-cooked lunch. Creating just because not for. The time to think more deeply and even change our mind. Many of …
 
We’ve seen the trend of big phones, televisions, and computer monitors ebb and flow over the past few years. We lived through the era of phablets, and now we’re seeing behemoth 85” TV’s become a common size being offered. But is bigger actually better, scientifically (and personally)? Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age web…
 
Amanda introduces the Queens to the action-adventure video game Kena: Bridge of Spirits, which somehow turns into a breakdown of Ghost (1990). Rae shows off the calendar tool that has changed her life, and Rad discovers a new use for...ball hair trimmers. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website. Queens of the Drone Age …
 
Sometimes, online can be a little overwhelming. But it's also a place we're often reliant on for an important part of our wellbeing - connecting with others. So where are the best places to go? What are the communities, apps, and social media accounts that are just beautifully wholesome, and always make you feel less...worse? In this deep dive epis…
 
It's Apple Christmas, and in this episode Tegan reviews the shiny new iPad mini 6, detailing exactly why she has fallen deeply in love. Just don't call it a phablet. Then Rad reviews not one, but three sets of Oppo earbuds - the Enco Air, The Enco X and the Enco Free 2. And speaking of ears, we've been getting ads for an ear cleaning camera on TikT…
 
The Queens get in the bin to talk e-waste. What big companies like Apple and Samsung are doing about the growing problem, and hungry little microorganisms might be able to help. Meanwhile, Rae tries the new Facebook x Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses and Tegan plays with a new De'Longhi manual coffee machine. Full show notes are available on the Queen…
 
The Queens look into the future of food production - including plant-based meat, insect flour and why you should check your soil before planting veggies. Meanwhile, Tegan tests the new Jabra Elite 3 earbuds, Rae uses Plex for social distance movie nights and Rad judges Apple's Spatial Audio. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone …
 
The Queens are coming at you with their Father's Day gift ideas, for whoever in your life deserves a treat. Meanwhile, Amanda checks out gorgeous Vietnamese indie game Hoa, Rad reviews some wireless charging stands and Tegan gets on the Apple Fitness+ hype train. This episode was sponsored by Shure and Jands Australia. Read the full show notes over…
 
This week the Queens reveal their best online bargain hunting tips, from websites and browser extensions to visiting the decrepit bowels of Facebook Marketplace. Meanwhile: Rad has two laptops at once again, Amanda plays Humankind and Tegan tries the Car Next Door app. This episode was sponsored by Shure and Jands Australia. Read more of Amanda's o…
 
Time is a cruel mistress, who will test a product unrelentingly and unforgivingly. In this episode, the Queens chat about their long term experience with some tech they've been using for a while. We're calling it a 'six monthie'. Meanwhile, Rae discovers anti-procrastination app that could save the planet, Rad gets into lockdown photography, and Am…
 
The Queens reflect on remote working tech - both at home and in the stars. Meanwhile, Rad gets a fancy colour calibration tool, Rae gets married in Stardew Valley, Amanda boards the Monster Train and Tegan becomes a Sims 4 sociopath in order to bankroll her Cottagecore dreams. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.…
 
The Queens explore the world of tech...for our pets. What works, what doesn't and what we wish we had - from automatic treat dispensers and barking alert devices to TV streaming services and auto-cleaning kitty litter trays. Also: Rae gets obnoxious in lockdown with a portable speaker, Rad finds the most supple cord on a pair of headphones, and Ama…
 
The Queens explore retro-futurism, including a 'house of the future' from 1950s Disneyland, electro-shock haircuts, Lunar Olympics and what the 1890s thought VR cycling might look like. Plus: Rae gets excited over a bacteria-killing earbuds case, Rad gets real specific about the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Tegan ruins Microsoft's Clippy. Full show…
 
Join Rae Johnston in this episode of the Take It Blak podcast for your monthly hit of the latest STEM news and interviews. There’s news about Tinder’s new feature that lets you block personal contacts and the latest on the new Twitter Blue subscription service. Rae speaks with health expert Edwina Griffin, who has teamed up with Gomeroi man Kevin D…
 
To close season six, host Alison Rice dedicates her Ask Me Anything episode to her little girl, Betty. So often, the stories we hear about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period are negative and fear-based. Alison’s experience has been more soft than hard, and so she hopes that sharing a different perspective might help other women feel more ex…
 
In this episode, Rae Johnston speaks with artist and designer Maree Clarke, a pivotal figure in the reclamation of south-east Aboriginal art and cultural practices with a passion for reviving and sharing elements of culture that were lying dormant as a consequence of colonisation. Then, the Australian Museum is showcasing the cultures of First Nati…
 
In this special Self Care Sundays mini-series produced by Studio Offline and in partnership with Estée Lauder, host Alison Rice sits down with some of the brand’s inspiring ambassadors and friends to have an honest conversation about their careers, businesses, life on the other side of the filter, fashion, beauty and... confidence. What does confid…
 
The Queens explore the wild world of vapourware and look at some of their favourite gadgets and games that never got released, from the infamous Nintendo PlayStation (yes, really) to a printer that used reusable plastic sheets rather than paper. Meanwhile, we've been indulging in some real Dystopian Sci-Fi, and Tegan teases us with Sony's brand new…
 
Host Alison Rice has an honest conversation with Keep It Cleaner (KIC) co-founders and friends, Stephanie Miller and Laura Henshaw. What started as an ebook and a hobby has since grown into a multi-platform offering spanning recipes, workouts, mindful guides, community events and a podcast. But how did they do it? Have they had investment? How did …
 
Rad's vacuuming dreams come true this week as she and Amanda review the Dyson V15 Detect. Then, the Queens head over to the Zero Latency free-roaming virtual reality arena to kill pirates after an island party goes awry in the new Far Cry: Dive Into Insanity VR game. We then chat about all things VR and its use in everything from therapy to real es…
 
In honour of National Reconciliation Week, please enjoy this replay of Alison's honest conversation with proud Wiradjuri woman, mum, award-winning STEM journalist and host, Rae Johnston. It first aired in May 2019. Compassionate, strong and with an incredible sense of justice, Rae is a modern role model for women everywhere. In this episode, Rae sh…
 
If you're feeling a little dirty, the Queens have you covered. This week we delve into the world of germ tech, including anti-microbial phone cases, a bacteria-sucking wound dressing and virus-attacking fabric. Meanwhile, Rad reviews the Fujifilm X-E4 camera, Rae checks out LG's new rollable TV and Tegan discovers how badly the internet thirsts aft…
 
The Queens get behind the wheel to talk about cool car stuff, including the science behind why car trips make you sleepy, that time BMW made a car with an in-built flamethrower and Henry Ford and Thomas Edison being glamping buddies in the early 20th century. Meanwhile, Rad reviews the Oppo Find X3 Pro and Rae dives into Mass Effect: Legendary Edit…
 
Host Alison Rice has an honest conversation with doctor, rocket scientist, author and zero waste life advocate Anita Vandyke. In this episode, Anita challenges the dogma surrounding living a zero waste life, educating us that it’s not about being perfect. It’s about effort. Have you ever found yourself wanting to reduce your personal waste but feel…
 
Join Rae Johnston in this episode of the Take It Blak podcast for your monthly hit of the latest STEM news and interviews. What Twitter's "tip jar" feature means for creators, Rae speaks to Professor Corey Bradshaw about the new research into "Superhighways" used by our ancestors when this continent was known as Sauhl, and research from James Cook …
 
The Queens are firing up the old dial-up modem to regale us with tales of their early years on the internet. Embarrassing childhood email addresses, roleplaying in Yahoo Chat, scamming people on Neopets... it's a wild ride. Meanwhile, Rae tests an app for upgrading your Zoom call game, Tegan has some thoughts on the fancy new Oral-B IO electric too…
 
Rae Johnston catches up with talented and determined all-rounder musician Rhyan Clapham, aka Dobby, to chat about his globe-trotting career, his music being taught in schools, and his upcoming gig at Canberra International Music Festival. Then, actor and singer Shakira Clanton drops by to talk about her new show Still, I Rise which features a range…
 
Mother's Day is around the corner, which means the Queens have some tech gift ideas that have nothing to do with cleaning the house or losing weight. Meanwhile, Amanda has become obsessed with a trapped Russian contestant on a Chinese reality show, Tegan tests the new Nissan Leaf e+ and Rad plays with Logitech's new wireless gaming mouse. Full show…
 
In this special Self Care Sundays mini-series produced by Studio Offline and in partnership with Estée Lauder, host Alison Rice sits down with the brand’s Australian ambassadors, friends and experts to have an honest conversation about life on the other side of the filter. This season, the mini-series continues to explore our collective relationshi…
 
Join Rae Johnston in this episode of the Take It Blak podcast for your monthly hit of the latest STEM news and interviews. Rae speaks to researchers at the Black Dog Institute about how Google is helping people with depression, an innovator reducing food waste using the internet of things drops by, and Brenz Saunders explains how Adelaide’s beloved…
 
This week the Queens get excited about the latest Apple announcements - especially about colours returning to iMacs. What would different Apple products taste like? Then, a trip to the theatre to see Mortal Kombat results in a big discussion about video game movies: the good, the bad and the very ugly. For this episode's show notes, visit https://q…
 
This week the Queens roll around in all things plants, without getting itchy. Grow lights, historical beauty poisons, modern medicinal discoveries – and even how they respond to music. Speaking of music, Rae checks out the high-quality streaming service Qobuz, while Rad takes unboxing to a whole new level. This episode was sponsored by Shure and Ja…
 
Host Alison Rice has an honest conversation with conscious influencer, storyteller and founder of Loudly Quietly, Jess Molina. Have you ever wondered how influencers choose projects and for the more conscious creators out there, the vetting process they go through when deciding whether or not to work with a brand? Jess is a guiding light on these t…
 
The Queens reveal our favourite ancient technology: the gadgets and science lost to time, re-emerging, or reinvented and still used today. Plus: Rad and Rae have a smart speaker showdown between Google and Alexa, while Tegan gets overly excited about MONA's museum app. Show Notes: Google’s New Nest Hub Tracks Your Sleep From Your Nightstand, No Wea…
 
No matter how unlikely the source – be it Star Trek, My Fair Lady or sport – Accenture’s CEO Tara Brady is always learning, and using that learning to challenge the status quo. He discusses how we can apply similar insights to building our nation: we’ve got the resources and skills – now we just need the motivation and investment to maximise our un…
 
Rae Johnston catches up with award-winning poet Evelyn Araluen to chat about the release of her first book, Drop Bear, which 'confronts the tropes and iconography of an unreconciled nation with biting satire and lyrical fury'. Then, Nicholas Richie - who you may know better as @NichTopher - drops by to talk about the role of social media in raising…
 
The Queens reminisce about the most spectacular tech fails over the last few years - like 3D movies and TVs, Juicero, Hoverboards and the ill-fated Quibi. Plus: Rae checks out the AllTrails hiking app, Rad has a play in the Oppo ecosystem and Tegan exposes a new text message scam. ... Show Notes: Here's Tegan's article on the Signal text message sc…
 
Host Alison Rice has an honest conversation with fashion magazine co-founder and creative director, Annika Hein. In this episode, Annika shares the importance of backing yourself and self-finding your idea, the risks involved in starting your own business and how to maintain your creative integrity — especially when there’s real money on the table.…
 
Join Infrastructure Australia’s CEO as she talks about the largest pipeline and infrastructure spend the nation’s ever seen – and how data, digital and decentralisation are going to help shape our future. Romilly also shares how she keeps cool under the pressure of managing a pivotal part of Australia’s economy.…
 
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