Rafe Blandford has hosted 81 Episodes.
Dodgy apps & data thieves [S15E03]
13 November 2017 | Season 15 | 39 mins 17 secs
This week the team discuss the ways apps and serv…
The armchair social media experts [S15E02]
5 November 2017 | Season 15 | 54 mins 55 secs
This week the team talk about the state of social…
Back to the smart home [S15E01]
25 October 2017 | Season 15 | 44 mins 36 secs
We're back (sorry for the wait) and this week we'…
Smart things: Buses, Google Home and bees [S14E10]
5 June 2017 | Season 14 | 51 mins 39 secs
After a short break we’re back with the final episode of the season. We’re looking at smart ‘stuff’ again… Ben’s been on the Citymapper smartbus trial run in central London and Ewan’s been doing an extended comparison of Google Home to Amazon’s Alexa. Rafe’s also been messing about with bees.
iPads, ‘transformers’ and ‘real’ work [S14E09]
22 March 2017 | Season 14 | 59 mins 17 secs
This week the team talk about mobile working… Do we still need laptops or is it possible to do ‘real’ work on an iPad. Does the device even matter or is it the software that drives users’ behaviour. We talk about ‘transformer’ devices, young people, keyboards and clipboards. Rafe also provides a duck-house update (so you can stop emailing to ask).
MWC 2017 - the best bits [S14E08]
15 March 2017 | Season 14 | 47 mins 41 secs
Having pioneered previews of events after those events have actually happened (last week), the team look-back at some of the interesting topics from Mobile World Congress 2017. Rafe gets excited about 5G; Ben gets nostalgic for Blackberry keyboards and Nokia snake; and Ewan still thinks it was all a waste of time.
Comments, questions & MWC [S14E07]
5 March 2017 | Season 14 | 57 mins 57 secs
After a brief break (important operational reasons, nothing to see here) the team are back catching up on the news, answering listener questions and taking a quick MWC preview. We cover duck houses (yes, really), how not to be in a 360° picture you’re taking, get an epic home camera review from a listener, cloud vs local smart-home controls, one smartphone hub to rule them all and Samsung taking our advice (sort-of).
Our ‘smart-homes’ a year on [S14E06]
9 February 2017 | Season 14 | 46 mins 57 secs
This week the team re-visit home automation, a year on from our ‘smart-home challenge’. Ewan tells us about a break in (or was it?) and we discuss what we kept from he challenge and what we’ve added since, along with the frustrations of ‘dumb’ systems with apps and new houses built without smart features. This episode was originally scheduled for release in early January - sorry about all that Christmas chat.
What did we learn at CES? [S14E05]
2 February 2017 | Season 14 | 53 mins 13 secs
This week the team look back at Consumer Electronics Show, trying to understand the themes that emerged: voice (and Alexa) everywhere, home automation and ‘emotional’ robots. Rafe, our ‘man on the ground’ gives us his view. Ewan’s still in Denmark and has discovered it has a land border with Germany… who knew?
On the road again… [S14E04]
8 January 2017 | Season 14 | 51 mins 4 secs
Happy New Year! We’re back and - seasonally - talking about our travel experiences again and how mobile influences it. Ewan’s saved from disaster by Amazon Prime Now in San Francisco (seriously, how are they not sponsoring this yet?), Rafe’s excited by a QR code in a cathedral (don’t judge) and Ben wants to talk to Alexa in his hotel room (who needs friends?).
2017: Year of mobile (first) [S14E03]
29 December 2016 | Season 14 | 47 mins 38 secs
This week we look forward to 2017 - we think it’s the year of mobile… again (but this time it’s all about ‘mobile first’). We talk about what this really means, how we know, where it’s happening and why consumers’ preference is a far more important factor than the technology. It’s still a bit chilly in Denmark.
It’s a very Echo Christmas [S14E02]
22 December 2016 | Season 14 | 48 mins 56 secs
This week the team talk about Amazon’s smash-hit home assistant ‘things’ - the Echo and the Dot - and the on-board personality Alexa. We think they’ll sell by the ton this holiday season and wonder why we enjoy them so much compared to Siri. We discuss how we use them, the extra ’skills’ you can add and setting up simple home automation. WARNING - we say ‘Alexa’ a lot this episode so mute your Echo!
Pop goes the phablet [S14E01]
16 December 2016 | Season 14 | 43 mins 28 secs
The team are back, now only two-thirds London-based. Ewan provides in-depth coverage of whether it gets cold in Denmark in winter and we (eventually) turn our attention to the fall-out from Samsung’s disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch. Is the Samsung brand terminally damaged, did they do the right thing and will consumers trust them again after months of negative press coverage?
S02 E10 - Patently Stupid
21 February 2012 | Season 2 | 38 mins 52 secs
In this final episode of season 2 we discuss pate…
S02 E09 - Apple is the next Nokia
30 January 2012 | Season 2 | 37 mins 25 secs
This week we discuss the 'technology cycle' and h…
S02 E08 - Looking forward to 2012
24 January 2012 | Season 2 | 37 mins 20 secs
In our first episode of 2012 we wonder what this …