361 Podcast
361 Podcast / Ben Smith, Rafe Blandford & Ewan MacLeod

The iTunes 5★ reviewed podcast that reviewers call it "A great British spin on the world of tech", "Informing and entertaining" and "the best tech podcast by far…"

This week the team consider all the new ways mobile tech has entered our lives due to Covid and consider which might be here to stay. From apps that use Bluetooth to calculate risk of exposure to a virus to QR codes for 'test and trace', not all the ideas are new but public awareness (and adoption) have hugely changed. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

This week the team look back over (more than) 10 years of mobile, remembering the apps they used before they cam mainstream and sharing top-tips learned along the way, including apps for connectivity, personal finance, news, productivity and a lot of recommendations. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

This week the team return to their '1 question, 3 answers' format to answer a combination of listener questions: How do we choose smart-home tech or brands based on security and privacy? Ben, Ewan and Rafe each give their best answer... The only rule being that they can't agree with any previous answer. Also, having tested the Getir delivery app in the last episode the team try to order #RafeRations again this week to compare 'delivery in minutes' shopping apps Zapp (promised 20 minute delivery, took 16), Weezy (promised delivery in 'minutes', took 23) and Gorillas (promised delivery 10 minute delivery, took 25). Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

Due to the 'unique' way 361 is produced, this episode was recorded approximately 2 months before release. This week the team discuss app-based on-demand shopping services that promise to get things to you in minutes. We try Getir which promises to deliver a range of groceries within 13 minutes. Also, this week (while we wait for our delivery) the team catch-up on: The new Amazon Echo Show 10 (the one that turns to face you). Does it work and is it useful to have a screen on an Echo? The Samsung Frame TV's smart home integration. Hue's new wall switch module which (finally) lets you control the smart bulbs with built-in wall switches. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast). Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard. Special thanks to our editor Mark Cotton who put in a super-human amount of extra work on this episode.

Recorded 10 years to the day from our first ever episode, the team tackle a listener question from last season, should they continue to buy Sonos audio devices for their home? The question is prompted by the recent outcry when Sonos attempted to end support for their original device range with an ill-judged trade-in scheme that insisted on destroying working hardware. Ben, Ewan and Rafe each give their best answer... The only rule being that they can't agree with any previous answer. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

This week the team discuss the wider impact of Apple's spring product announcements: Is Apple Card family sharing a sign they will respond to criticism more directly from now on? What's the purpose of launching podcast subscriptions if not to make profit? How does Apple exploit the 'unfair advantage' of a billion iPhones around the world to make AirTags beat the competition? How is Apple's approach differing to its competitors? Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast). Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard.

This week as we return to our 20th season and our 10th year, the team discuss: What excited us since we recorded season 19, including Lego, government websites (no really) and robot vacuum cleaners (honestly). The rise of Clubhouse, an 'audio' social network, to prominance and its popularity. Whether audio is a product or a feature and the Clubhouse clones springing up in other apps. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast). Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard.

Obviously recorded before Christmas, despite our attempts to style it out, the team discuss the highlights and lowlights of 2020 from a 'tech' perspective inspired by The Verge's article "Bad Year, Good Gadgets". We discuss homeworking, changing expectations, what worked (and didn't) as we worked from home, and some unusual sources of inspiration. We also look forward to 2021, excited at the prospect of leaving the house again, and anticipating how trends like AI, Apple's new processors and further cross-over of tech from the mobile space to consumer electronics will change everything. Keep listening to the end too for the latest installment of the rural estate soap opera of everyday landed-gentry we're calling 'The Blandfords'. Thanks for listening in 2020. We'll be back after a short break.

This week the team 'gather' at the Blandford Manor Christmas party to: Exchange and recommend gifts Share suggestions for last-minute gifts that can be bought and delivered online Discuss tips, apps and hacks for managing Christmas on 'expert mode' Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast). Extended until New Year's Eve: Leave us an iTunes podcast review or post one to social media; Send us the link and tell us your address (by email or Twitter DM); and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard. We'll also be sending out 'Secret Santa' gifts and a limited-edition Blandford Estate mug to a few lucky reviewers.

This week we tackle another '1 question, 3 answers', combining requests from listeners who asked for advice on reading, books and the written word. Ben, Ewan and Rafe each give their best answer... The only rule being that they can't agree with any previous answer. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast). Extended until Christmas: Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard. One lucky reviewer could also win the last ever Blandford Estate limited-edition mug.

This week the team discuss: The state of voice assistants and the devices we use at home. How Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and Apple's Siri perform and their strengths and weaknesses. The future of voice assistants - are they a passing fad or destined to be built into everything? Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast). Extended until Christmas: Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard. One lucky reviewer could also win the last ever Blandford Estate limited-edition mug.

This week we tackle another question in our new '1 question, 3 answers' format. Combining requests from several listeners who asked for advice on: Wearable devices that don't look masculine? A great 'first' smart watch? Which is the 'best' smart watch? Wearables that aren't for sport? Ben, Ewan and Rafe each give their best answer... The only rule being that they can't agree with any previous answer. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast). Also, 'leave us a podcast review and Rafe will send you a postcard'... Leave us an iTunes podcast review, tell us (by email or Twitter) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard. One lucky reviewer could also win the last ever Blandford Estate limited-edition mug.

This week the team discuss: Subscription services from XBox to washing machines and Volvos to magazines, we look at how many firms are experimenting with providing their services as subscriptions. Long-term reviews on our most important working from home kit, including desks, chairs, screens, lights and more. What turned out to work well and what would we recommend? Video conferencing tips for people working from home. We discuss tips for better video calls and some interesting experiments in making video conferencing work better. We also launch our 'leave us a podcast review and Rafe will send you a postcard' campaign (the PR team are still working on the name). Leave us an iTunes podcast review (https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201859#more), tell us (by email (https://www.361podcast.com/contact) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast)) and Rafe will send you an exciting (and probably concrete-themed) postcard. One lucky reviewer could also win the last ever Blandford Estate limited-edition mug (https://www.instagram.com/p/BG6AW9JqmFp/). Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

This week we tackle another question in our new '1 question, 3 answers' format. Long-time listener @martineyles (https://twitter.com/martineyles) asks: I see lots of rollout of 5G going on, but there are still populated areas where I can't get any data coverage at all. Other listeners wrote in to ask if 5G handsets were good buys. We combined them all into a single question: Is 5G worth it? Ben, Ewan and Rafe each give their best answer... The only rule being that they can't agree with any previous answer. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

This week the team discuss: Apple's early-Autumn (OK, 'Fall') announcements including their new Fitness+ service and One bundle (plus some new iPads and Watches). The things we've crowdfunded and kickstarted, including Ewan's tendency to be the kiss of death to any business he backs. Also, are these campaigns about more than fundraising now and are they worth backing? App recommendations - inevitably shaped by spending more time at home - the new services we're finding useful. This episode was recorded before the merger of Crowdcube and Seedrs was announced (https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/05/crowdcube-and-seedrs-agree-to-merge-creating-a-significant-private-equity-marketplace/). Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

This week we tackle the first question in our new '1 question, 3 answers' format. Twitter user @monkeyandweasel (https://twitter.com/monkeyandweasel) asks: Will Fortnite (Epic) win against Apple, and what will be the impact? Ben, Ewan and Rafe each give their best answer... The only rule being that they can't agree with any previous answer. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

We're back and as we start our 19th season (and is it 8th or 9th year...?) the team discuss: How robots, clever sensors and AI are revolutionising some unexpected industries Taking health and fitness apps to the next level with machine learning An update on how our automated homes have responded to us being.. well... home more. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

It's the last episode of the season and in an extended episode the team discuss: Why we're abandoning out Tik Tok trial and the ongoing concerns with the platform's approach to privacy. The apps (and 'not apps' in Rafe's case) that we're using as we spend more time at home. Our online 'identities' via websites and profiles. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

This week, in addition to Rafe Blandford's pet duck (please use the official #duckfollowup hashtag for follow-up), the team discuss: Apple's annouced Macs running on its own ARM-based chips dubbed 'Apple Silicon'. Wirecard, the fintech world's 'secret' plumbing that suddenly became very visible when a UK financial regulator forced it to stop its services. HEY (yes, it's all capitals...) the 'opinionated' email service from the team behind Basecamp Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).

This week the team discuss: Follow-up on photo back-up, Disney+, budget syncing, news, 'good' screens and more. Ewan's success with 'photo healing' on his iPhone and iPad that enabled him to 'fix' and share photos 'in the moment. Our hopes for WWDC, incluing what Apple might announce and the effect on teh mobile industry that might have. Let us know your thoughts on these subjects or anything you'd like to hear covered in future via the website (https://www.361podcast.com/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/361podcast).