Queens of the Drone Age

Rae Johnston, Angharad Yeo, Tegan Jones and Amanda Yeo

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.

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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 feature in this Queens Classic episode. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Nov 28

37 min 3 sec

The Queens have been thinking a lot about combination tech. Gadgets - real or imagined - that smush two things together to provide something superior. Hopefully. In this episode, we share some of our favourites (and not-so favourites). Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Nov 24

15 min 45 sec

Rad gets super into foam and Amanda not only tries a wireless headset, but levels up to being a dual-class Bush and Space Lawyer. Meanwhile, Tegan has the exclusive scoop on a recent telco data breach. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Nov 21

23 min 11 sec

We're rocketing towards the end of the year, which means the holiday season is almost upon us! So this episode the Queens are divulging some of their Christmas gift guide ideas. But really they would work for any occasion, even as a sneaky treat for yourself, because you deserve it. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Nov 17

23 min 19 sec

The Queens inadvertently get fit! Rad tries out the Suunto Peak 9 smartwatch, which can measure some deeply specific exercises like open water swimming (seriously) and exploring the Mariana Trench, probably. Amanda also treats herself to a fancy new desk treadmill after hunting down the best price like Liam Neeson. And if that wasn't enough for you, Rad also gets angry at a speck of dust. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Nov 14

26 min 28 sec

For our 50th episode, we're talking communication - literally. Tegan delves into the past to chat about how carrier pigeons work and Rae explains how the Metaverse is much bigger than Facebook. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Nov 10

23 min 25 sec

Amanda explores wholesome Aussie indie game Unpacking while Rae and Tegan mess around with not one but two headphones: the Logitech G435 and Apple AirPods 3. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Nov 7

21 min 21 sec

From rubber going sticky to still - in 2021 - having to charge all our devices every day: the Queens have a bone to pick with our biggest tech and gadget annoyances But, some solutions may be on the way! Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Nov 3

27 min 56 sec

Rae goes to TV heaven with the the extremely fancy 65-inch LG C1 OLED, Rad treats herself to a life-changing teleprompter and Tegan has a double review of the new Google Pixel 6 phones. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Oct 31

25 min 44 sec

In this deep dive episode, the Queens look at accessibility in tech. Amanda shares her experiences with epilepsy, Tegan looks at some of Apple's accessibility features and Rad explores AI-assisted prosthetics. We also discover what the typewriter was originally invented for! Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Oct 27

25 min 22 sec

This week in tech, Rad has been digging in her girlfriend's ear with a camera-mounted gadget, Amanda busted out a decades-old foot spa (to live her best life) and Tegan has been playing Inscryption, a kinda-deck-builder that will completely mess with your head.  Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Oct 24

26 min 49 sec

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 are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Oct 20

24 min 12 sec

It's time to chat gadgets! Amanda has been up late watching the Dota 2 International, Rad has been using a new cycling app and Tegan has been playing with the new Nintendo Switch OLED. Meanwhile, Rae has blessed her household with her first microwave in a decade. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Oct 17

29 min 32 sec

From zippers and looms to polyester and smart shoes, the Queens are diving into the clothing technology we've tried, tested, love and loathe. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Oct 13

28 min 40 sec

The gadget chat you've been waiting for - everything iPhone 13. From the intimidatingly enormous iPhone 13 Pro Max to the smol boi Mini, the Queens discuss what they like, don't like and which they think is the best one to chuck money at. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Oct 10

24 min 32 sec

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 website.

Oct 6

25 min 41 sec

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 abides by the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics. Any advertising for the show is independent of our editorial opinions, which are not for sale. Any product recommendations we make are honest ones and take them very seriously. Please, enjoy the show, and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss our deep dive episode dropping on Thursday!

Oct 3

26 min 30 sec

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 episode, the Queens reveal their personal online utopias. Full show notes (including the mushroom photos Amanda took during her travels) are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Sep 29

19 min 56 sec

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 TikTok....you can guess what happens next. Maybe. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website. Queens of the Drone Age abides by the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics. Any advertising for the show is independent of our editorial opinions, which are not for sale. Any product recommendations we make are honest ones and take them very seriously. Please, enjoy the show, and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss our deep dive episode dropping on Thursday!

Sep 26

22 min 41 sec

Internet-based conspiracy theories, fridges, vacuums and even printers (in 2021?!) feature in this Queens Classic episode. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Sep 19

36 min 1 sec

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 Queens of the Drone Age website.

Sep 12

30 min 49 sec

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 Age website.

Sep 5

37 min 22 sec

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 on the Queens of the Drone Age Website. Here's a list of all the stuff we talked about this week! We don't earn any commission on these: More words from Amanda on Hoa Canva Tegan's comically large barbell STM Charge Tree Swing 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Stand Belkin Boost Up Charge 3-in-1 Apple Fitness+ Luci Pro 2.0 solar lantern and phone charger Solar Power Bank Wacaco Minipresso portable espresso coffee maker Sawyer Gravity Water Filtration System LifeStraw Personal Water Filter & Purifier Metal Detectors

Aug 29

34 min 38 sec

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 opinions on Humankind While I've had good experiences with Car Next Door over the last couple of years, it's always worth doing your own research. There are some negative reviews over on Product Review worth checking out in regards to damage fees that are worth reading. Like I said in the show, this is why you definitely want to take lots of photos of before and after your trip to cover yourself. Here are some of the bargain hunting tools and websites we mentioned in the episode: Honey, Cash Rewards, Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, staticICE. As always, do your due diligence and research! And of course, as promised, here is the Bag of Delight that COST $75 DOLLARS!?

Aug 22

36 min 29 sec

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 Amanda hacks a treadmill in the most luddite way possible. This episode is sponsored by Shure and Jands Australia. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website: Rae's been using the Forest app to stay more focused on tasks. Rad has been taking some great pics with the Sony A7C during lockdown. Rae did a mini-review of her experience with the standing desk . Rad finally worked out how to get the best results from her Zega pot. Amanda's first impressions of the Foreo Bear (from back in April) ...still stand. Rae's been racing the Deebot T9+ (upstairs) and the Deebot U2 Pro (downstairs). The box for JBL Quantum 600 headphones had a whole episode of QOTDA named after it. 

Aug 15

37 min 23 sec

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.

Aug 8

36 min 49 sec

The Queens dive into some incredible Olympics tech from the past and present, including a sparkly basketball robot and banned swimming suits. Meanwhile, Rad plays with duelling ASUS laptops and Tegan plays with LEGO while dobbing in a free Netflix app. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Aug 1

37 min 24 sec

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 Amanda looks deeper into irradiated food.  Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Jul 25

35 min 51 sec

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 notes can be found at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Jul 18

34 min 31 sec

The Queens are back with some weird as heck medical tech - from using frogs as pregnancy tests to a wellness toilet that analyses your poop. Plus: Amanda got the jab, Rae found a cheap ring light, Tegan played some co-op games (kind of), and Rad fell in love with a mouse. Full notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Jul 11

36 min 48 sec

This week the Queens are getting ripped. Amanda tries some exercise games, and Rae tests a health app that doesn't make you feel bad about yourself. They also all have some very strong opinions about Peloton. Meanwhile, Tegan is sent some 5G Gin, and Amanda gets a very special new shirt. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Jun 27

39 min 15 sec

Robots may be the future, but this week the Queens examine some of the things they're not so good at - from crafting jokes to the nuance of translating languages. Tegan also gets behind the wheel of the MINI Countryman Hybrid and Rad tests out the new EPOS wireless earbuds. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Jun 20

30 min 35 sec

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 wireless noise-cancelling earbuds. Full show notes can be found at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Jun 13

36 min 8 sec

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 estate. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

Jun 6

34 min 7 sec

Tegan and Rae take a flight to the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse while Amanda and Rad check out a fancy Samsung Fridge. We also try out some new Sony TVs and chat about our favourite kitchen gadgets. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

May 30

37 min 54 sec

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 after an invisible man.  Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

May 23

34 min 53 sec

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 Edition. Full show notes can be found at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

May 16

37 min 3 sec

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 toothbrush and Amanda watches a film that centres on a moral quandary in space... because she's a space lawyer. Full show notes can be found at the Queens of the Drone Age website.

May 9

37 min 14 sec

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 notes are on the Queens of the Drone Age website.

May 2

37 min 32 sec

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://queensofthedroneage.com/2021/04/26/episode-16-which-candy-is-the-new-imac/

Apr 25

35 min 43 sec

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 Jands. Full show notes for this episode are available at queensofthedroneage.com.

Apr 18

36 min 38 sec

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 Wearables Required. Rad's review on the original Google Home Max from a few years ago, including her horrifying experience with the volume control: Google Home Max Terrified Me And I’m Into It. MONA's O app is actually fantastic. New Model of Ancient Astronomical Device Reveals a ‘Creation of Genius’. Scientists may have solved ancient mystery of 'first computer'. Forgotten audio formats: Wire recording. More on the Parthian Battery, also known as an ancient battery in a jar. Greek Fire was literally lit. People in the Soviet Union really did bootleg albums onto x-rays to create 'bone music'. More on walls made from blood and sticky rice. Some cool facts about Damascus steel.

Apr 11

29 min 52 sec

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 scam that is posing as Amazon, and here's one from last year where the scammers actually had Tegan's name and tried to phish that way. If you're worried you've been scammed, or just want to report one you've seen, head over to Scamwatch. Tegan's review of the Oppo Reno 5G, AKA the one with the pop-up shark fin selfie cam. The Oppo Find X3 Pro Has A Huge Camera With An Intense Microscope Lens. The All Trails app Rae has fallen in love with. Rae and Rad talk about Quibi on Download This Show. Dummy on Quibi from Cody Heller (partner of Dan Harmon) was genuinely delightful. RIP Quibi. Why 3D movies failed. 3D TV is dead, so what's next? Why 3D glasses stopped being red and blue. Hoverboards aren't actually hoverboards Hoverboard jackings were real! That time Segway sued Not Hoverboards. Russell Crowe's Hoverboard tantrum. Hoverboard causes Melbourne house fire and just kept catching fire in general and eventually got recalled in Australia before being straight up banned. We guess that fire-resistant hoverboard bag wasn't enough. Hoverboard porn sure does exist. That battery invented to stop hoverboards from exploding. Squeeze Out A Bag For Juicero, Which Is Dead Now. Juicero’s Ex-CEO Says He Is Doing Really Well, Also Gets Pretty Mad When Asked About Juicero. That time Silicon Valley re-invented the bus. The ice cream pod machine is very real.

Apr 4

32 min 56 sec

Buying new tech? Here are our best tips and tricks to make sure you get the best deal possible. Plus: Amanda tames cows in the latest Story of Seasons game, Rad isn't impressed by her latest wireless headset and Tegan gets on the space wines. ...   There seriously have been SO MANY Harvest Moon games. This is not a complaint. Give us more. If you haven't cracked open Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town yet, here are some starter tips. Here's a review of the Astro A20 Gen 2 wireless headset. If you wanna know more about Space Wine, Tegan wrote about it! And here's the article about the Eau de Space perfume. If you can be bothered, here's why you should consider changing your NBN plan every six months. If you can't, don't be afraid to look around at competitors and use that to negotiate a better deal with your provider. Here's a good example of tossing up between cheaper prices and more inclusions to work out what you value more: Telstra vs its budget brand, Belong. Learn more about 'Li-Fi' here. Tegan wasn't joking about personally going after retailers with less-than-desirable consumer practices. Here are the mid-range phones we waxed rhapsodic about: Google Pixel 3a (the 4a is also great), the iPhone SE and the new Samsung A series.  

Mar 28

33 min 13 sec

The Queens dive into the world of autonomous and electric vehicles, from legislation and job displacement to off-roading and safety. A koala-seeking drone even sneaks in. Meanwhile, Amanda electrocutes her face on purpose and Rad has a crack at a posture-fixing gadget.

Mar 21

30 min 32 sec

The Queens attempt a digital detox, and all end up feeling like failures - but, it turns out the trend is a little more complicated than it seems. And, by popular demand, we tackle the complex and ethically questionably topic of NFTs. From minting ridiculous memes (including a tweet of Tegan's butt), to the impact on artists and the environment.

Mar 14

30 min 16 sec

Rad gets literally hands-on with her first semi-ergonomic mouse, Amanda gets a rash from her Fitbit and Tegan falls in love with a Samsung 8K TV. Meanwhile, Rae is lured back into the world of smart homes...and has some questions. So Tegan tells us how easy it is to hack unsecured devices through a relatively simple Google search.

Mar 7

31 min 22 sec

Rae experiences some beauty tech, Amanda creates Smart Craft and Tegan gleefully plays with Oppo's rollable concept phone. The Queens also ponder which fictional sci-fi tech they would like to see in the real world - including 'bag babies', Babel Fish and - strangely - Tubby Custard.

Feb 28

33 min 16 sec

The Queens talk ghost tech: learn about 19th-century 'ectoplasm', the Xbox Kinect and other gadgets used by ghost hunters, and how Rad got a haunted knee playing Just Dance. Back in the real world, Amanda plans to farm mermaids, Rad explains mesh Wi-Fi and Tegan gets historically sinful.

Feb 21

33 min 36 sec

The Queens go into verbal battle over Space! The final frontier one, not the physical distance between two objects. Should we be exploring the beautiful and terrifying universe beyond our planet? Would those resources be better spent on Earth? And what surprising inventions have only happened thanks to space exploration? Meanwhile, Tegan nerds out over Elon Musk's Starlink coming to Australia, Rae makes everyone smell PlayStation candles, and the Queens finally get internet.

Feb 14

36 min