The Really Useful Podcast

Christian Cawley

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!

All Episodes

Rounding off the current run of episodes, we bring you some inspiring movies, places to play Tetris online, and PS5 news. We also have tips on how to fix problems with Skype and find an alternative video conferencing app if you tire of it. With Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner.

Mar 2020

26 min 46 sec

Engaging in self-isolation or national lockdown is not easy. If you have children, things are even tougher. Fortunately various tech companies are here to help. Christian Cawley and Gavin Philips look at the latest developments, from free Amazon Prime and Audible to top YouTube channels for 24/7 entertainment. We also have some thoughts on enforced home schooling (as opposed to the planned variety).

Mar 2020

31 min 13 sec

Stuck at home in self-isolation? Restricted to remote working as a precaution? Whatever your situation, we've pulled together a collection of the best tips and tricks to help you maximise production and make the most of your time locked up at home. With Christian Cawley and Gavin Philips.

Mar 2020

28 min 57 sec

Get the most out of Google Assistant, upgrade to Windows 10 for a discount, and get fit with video games in this week's podcast. PLUS: learn how to spot Bitcoin email scams, and understand the US Election 2020 better with Alexa. Christian Cawley is joined by Ben Stegner, James Frew, and Megan Ellis for a show packed with tips and news of new MakeUseOf tech giveaways.

Mar 2020

31 min 29 sec

Should you be using Facebook Lite on your smartphone to save data and battery power? And what can you do with an old router? This week's show also looks at some new smartphone ranges from Sony and Samsung, while giving you tips on the best two-player mobile games to play. Plus we've got some great recommendations.

Mar 2020

41 min 15 sec

You can now enjoy live TV on the Redbox app - totally free! But what if you want to download movies legally? Well, you can! But it's not all good news: if you use Windows 7, your time is up. Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner discuss these and other tips and tricks, plus news of the latest MakeUseOf giveaways and our site recommendations.

Feb 2020

29 min 3 sec

This week's Really Useful Podcast takes a look at Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. You've seen it on the news and on the financial pages of newspapers. It's linked to crime and people seem to be able to actually make it using their computers.But what is Bitcoin? How does it work, what is it worth, and are cryptocoins worth your time? To find out, we welcome regular contributor James Frew, who also contributes to the Blocks Decoded website. Christian Cawley hosts the show and asks the questions.

Feb 2020

30 min 9 sec

Need to understand the difference between a router and modem? Looking for ways to make your mobile data faster? And how can you play PC and Mac games on your iPhone?This week's Really Useful Podcast brings you the answers to all of this and more.

Feb 2020

33 min 17 sec

We're back for a new run of Really Useful tips and tricks from the MakeUseOf team, this week offering some useful house technology repair tips for broken headphone hacks, LCD and plasma burn-in, and the best geeky gifts for Valentine's day!

Feb 2020

37 min 42 sec

In our final show of 2019, the Really Useful Podcast helps you navigate the deals, risks, tricks, and scams of Black Friday. Don't click on that Black Friday bargain until you're sure it's the tip-top deal you think it is. Plus, we take a brief look at Google Stadia, the new console-standard cloud gaming platform from Google.

Nov 2019

37 min 35 sec

We take a look at a bunch of new features on popular services, the Disney+ Europe launch, how to scan old photos, print your own board games, and much more...

Nov 2019

47 min 16 sec

Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner bring you a host of tips, tricks, and news that matters to everyone in the tech podcast for technophobes. This week, we learn about Britbox's UK launch, YouTube's homepage redesign, and Netflix's "skip politics" options. There's also an early look at Google's Stadia gaming platform, some recommended videos, and our regular round up of tips and tricks.

Nov 2019

40 min 31 sec

Want to know more about the Spotify Kids app, how to keep your children safe online using a Chromebook, or find more space on your iPhone or iPad? The Really Useful Podcast is here to help you with these points and more.

Nov 2019

42 min 53 sec

In this week's packed show, Christian Cawley and James Frew cover everything from the Apple TV app on Amazon Fire Sticks to Halloween movies. On the way, free VPNs, record players, giant squids, reducing smartphone use, managing the Screen Time feature on macOS, and the latest installment of Christian's Samsung tablet repair.

Oct 2019

43 min 15 sec

It's time for your weekly dose of tech news made easy with the Really Useful Podcast, the tech podcast for technophobes. This time, Disney+ content announced, how to revive your Mac, top conspiracy websites, and Amazon Price Trackers ahead of Black Friday.

Oct 2019

43 min 15 sec

The tech podcast for technophobes is back with news of the Amazon Kindle for kids, how to maximise gaming on a Mac, and tips for booting your Windows 10 PC into Safe Mode. Plus we take a look at some cash back apps, text adventures you can play in your browser, and Google Maps' new voice guidance feature for visually impaired people. Oh and there's news of Christian's Samsung tablet repair.

Oct 2019

35 min 28 sec

Listen now for another great collection of techy tips and tricks for technophobes. This week: Instagram Restrict, router speed tips, how to upgrade your smartphone, Google password check, add podcasts to Spotify playlists, and find old cartoons online. PLUS: learn how to measure distance and area on Google Maps.

Oct 2019

38 min 11 sec

This week Gavin Philips joins Christian Cawley to mull over some of the important tech news of the past week in the tech podcast for technophobes---the Really Useful Podcast! Tune in for news about YouTube Music, how a Chinese fugitive was found by a drone, as well as tips for recovering data from a scratched DVD and how to stop Facebook from tracking you. You might even hear mention of Peppa Pig...

Oct 2019

37 min 20 sec

Megan Ellis and Christian Cawley catch up to bring you the latest tech news that matters in the Really Useful Podcast, the tech podcast for technophobes.This week, Megan has details about the launch of the Huawei Mate 30, an Android phone that significantly ships without Google apps. We also find out if your iPhone was hacked by a website, how you can get a free Grand Theft Auto game, and the end of MoviePass. Plus some educational YouTube channels, Instagram privacy settings, and amazing discounts you can get with a .EDU email address.

Sep 2019

36 min 51 sec

This week's slightly longer show features a mini debriefing on IFA and what products impressed, and we also look at whether you can trust Huawei products, the Google Photos Memories feature, how to clean your EarPods, and how your accounts are sold on the Dark Web.

Sep 2019

47 min 53 sec

This week's show features Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner discussing what happens at tech trade shows, helping you block Google Calendar spam, some obligatory retro games talk, and a look at some ridiculous EULA clauses you might have inadvertently signed up to...

Sep 2019

34 min 47 sec

The Really Useful Podcast is back for a new run of episodes, kicking off with a back to school special to help students and their parents make the right choices with tech in the new semester.

Sep 2019

30 min

In this Really Useful Podcast we take a look what precautions you can take for travel and vacations and how technology can help.

Jul 2019

32 min 51 sec

Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner compare recollections of retro gaming, How does the retro resurgence affect gamers from different generations? Is it important to have the original hardware? Is emulation good enough?

Jul 2019

39 min 59 sec

The latest news and tips in the tech podcast for technophobes, hosted this week by Christian Cawley and James Frew.

Jul 2019

30 min 15 sec

MakeUseOf's Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner discuss the latest Amazon privacy issue, and discuss how to apologise via email. We also look at how to clean your tech with DIY slime.

Jul 2019

32 min 48 sec

What is Amazon Prime Day, and why are they making it two days long? What is TikTok, and why have your kids got it installed? And what motherboard is inside your PC?

Jul 2019

28 min 32 sec

Want to know how to share Google search results or report suspicious websites? Heard about the Raspberry Pi 4 and want to know more?

Jun 2019

33 min 36 sec

Get the latest tech news that matters and a good selection of tech tips and hints from the Really Useful Podcast, this week looking at Spotify Daily Drive, Google's Anne Frank online exhibit, and ways to reuse an old computer.

Jun 2019

34 min 52 sec

We take a look at the most important Apple news from WWDC 2019, grammar checking tools, positivity apps, and a few other things.

Jun 2019

32 min 18 sec

Returning for a third run of episodes, we take a look at some developments for Minecraft fans, Mark Zuckerberg's new podcast, what apps you should install from Windows 10, and some thoughts on switching from consoles to Windows 10 for gamers. There's also a look at video game ratings in North America and Europe.

Jun 2019

41 min 34 sec

In this Facebook privacy special, we take a look at some of the major privacy issues that have occurred around Facebook in the past six months and ask if it is time to move away from the world-famous social network.

Apr 2019

26 min 4 sec

Lots to talk about this week as Disney+ is given a launch date and YouTube TV increases its subscription again. So it makes sense to talk about IPTV's legality... or otherwise.

Apr 2019

30 min 58 sec

Find out how to set John Legend as your Google Assistant voice, how to play Snake in Google Maps, and learn how to avoid Amazon order scams. Plus: 10 great old PC games you can still play.

Apr 2019

31 min 3 sec

Find out more about wireless charging, Spotify Duo, managing your favorite website bookmarks, and how an IP address can be used to find you.

Apr 2019

33 min 13 sec

This week's show takes a look at Facebook's massive security fail and the latest about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affecting almost every computer, phone, and tablet.

Mar 2019

34 min 53 sec

This week we take a look at keyboard shortcuts you might hit by mistake, and their unintended consequences, and some great YouTube videos for chilling out, cooking, videogame music, and product unboxing.

Mar 2019

40 min 16 sec

This week's show unpacks the Raspberry Pi computer: what is it, how easy is it to set up, and just what can you do with one?

Mar 2019

41 min 6 sec

Want to run your old apps and games on Windows 10? We show you how, plus: watch TV on your PC, learn about the new Samsung S10 phones, and why doesn't your smartphone battery last longer?

Mar 2019

36 min 16 sec

SIM card swapping is a growing risk to smartphone owners, but what is it? And is your smartphone really spying on you? With sleep monitoring tips and a look at Firefox's new sync feature, it's the Really Useful Podcast!

Feb 2019

34 min 55 sec

Find out how to learn new skills online, shop safe with Wish, why you should use portable apps, and how to find free domain names.

Feb 2019

30 min 15 sec

Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner with some tech tips and news that matters to you.

Feb 2019

38 min 16 sec

Christian Cawley and Gavin Philips bring you some of the latest great productivity and tech tips from MakeUseOf.com, bringing you safely and productively into 2019. In this week's show, we discuss using positivity apps to manage depression, how to spot who has viewed your LinkedIn profile, and how to secure your accounts with two-factor authentication (2FA).

Feb 2019

30 min 35 sec

We're back for a special Really Useful Podcast looking back at five of our favourite tips so far. Join Christian Cawley, Ian Buckley, Gavin Philips, and Ben Stegner as they discuss: Why your PC is slowing down How to make a HDTV antenna Deceitful Amazon reviews Building a DIY desk Buying a printer We'll be back in 2019. Have a great holiday!

Dec 2018

38 min 30 sec

Why has the cryptocoin bubble burst, and should you buy a Steam Link while they're going cheap? These questions are discussed in the latest Really Useful Podcast with Christian Cawley and Ian Buckley. PLUS: Tips for buying a new printer and cleaning a laptop keyboard. Shownotes: Valve discontinues Steam Link: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/valve-discontinues-steam-link/ Crypto price crash-what it means: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-46323286 https://blocksdecoded.com/ Checklist for buying a new printer: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/buying-new-printer-checklist/ What to do if your laptop keyboard is not working: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/laptop-keyboard-not-working/

Nov 2018

42 min 23 sec

Thinking about buying gifts for Christmas this Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Planning on wasting the Thanksgiving weekend searching for deals? Funnily enough, so are scammers - only YOU are the deal. We've got some concerning Black Friday scams to look out for this week on the Really Useful Podcast, and we also take a look at what a meme is. Your hosts are Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner. Shownotes https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/netflix-working-nintendo-wii/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/amazon-fire-tv-recast-cloud-based-dvr-cord-cutters/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/xbox-one-keyboard-mouse-support/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-ways-can-use-microsoft-office-without-paying/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-scams-watch-black-friday-cyber-monday/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-is-a-meme-examples/

Nov 2018

33 min 58 sec

We're back with more tips and tricks, including some notes on how to earn money from playing video games---yes, it's possible! As ever, we kick off by breaking down some recent tech news, find out why it matters to you, and help you decide what to do with it. This week's show is brought to you by Christian Cawley and Gavin Phillips. Shownotes: Disney announces streaming service: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disney-plus-streaming-service-2019/ Facebook makes a Portal videophone: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/facebook-portal-devices-available/ Amazon prints a catalog: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/amazon-mails-printed-holiday-catalogs/ File transfer from PC to mobile: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/x-fastest-ways-transfer-file-pc-mobile-device/ Edit PDFs online: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-pdf-editor-websites-create-fill-annotate-alter-pdf-files/ More Windows Update bugs: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-update-october-2018-bugs/ Mobile news apps: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/microsoft-news-app/ Get paid to play games: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/make-money-gaming-5-games-you-can-get-paid-to-play/

Nov 2018

40 min 47 sec

Join Christian Cawley and Ian Buckley as they find the useful aspects of recent tech news and share some tips for affordable printing and DIY computer desks. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/new-apple-macbook-air-mac-mini-ipad-pro/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/flickr-limits-free-users-photos/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5-world-news-websites-guaranteed-free-censorship/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-printer-for-home-use-with-cheap-ink/ https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/diy-computer-desk/

Nov 2018

44 min 25 sec

Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner bring you the latest tech tips and news for technophobes. Make your tech useful and not a headache with these items: WhatsApp Stickers---what are they, and why?: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/send-stickers-using-whatsapp/ Delete Google Search history: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/delete-your-google-search-history/ Sell your phone instantly on eBay: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ebay-instant-selling-sell-phone-instantly/ Get classic SEGA games on your smartphone: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/classic-sega-games-smartphone/ This is why your PC is slowing down: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/pc-operating-temperatures-hot-hot/ Amusing YouTube comments: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/worst-youtube-comments/ Catch us on Twitter, @thegadgetmonkey and @stegnersaurus

Oct 2018

48 min 17 sec

A recording of a special live podcast, looking at some great news about Spotify, how to spot deceitful reviews on Amazon and a great tip to boost storage on Android phones and tablets. With Christian Cawley and Gavin Phillips

Oct 2018

42 min 51 sec