Latest Episodes

Mobile Couch 89: Invisible String

8 August 2016 • 43 minutes, 3 seconds

Dependency injection is a simple programming technique with a bit of a scary name, but it turns out that it’s excellent for highlighting the connections between classes within an app. Ben walks Jelly through the basics of using dependency injection, why singletons are bad, and places you might already be using this techique without even knowing it.

Topical 74: First Impressions

5 August 2016 • 19 minutes, 20 seconds

First impressions count. The judgements we make about people or things when we first encounter them can sometimes stay with us for a long time, and colour our perceptions. Russell and Jelly take a hard look at their first impressions of each other, how they watch movies and TV shows, and why first impressions can often be completely and utterly wrong.

Silver Screen Queens 168: Central Intelligence

3 August 2016 • 38 minutes, 36 seconds

This has been out for a while, but in the midst of summer blockbuster season, we had missed it until now. The Rock continues his string of feel-good flicks, this time showing his comedy chops alongside Kevin Hart. Despite the wink wink nudge nudge tone of the marketing, the film is kind-hearted and open-minded, celebrating the victories of ordinary folk over their bullies. The Rock remains our fave, while Kevin Hart gets a couple of new fans.

Topical 73: Hackintoshes

29 July 2016 • 22 minutes, 57 seconds

With Apple’s hardware in a state of stagnation, more and more people are revisiting the idea of the Hackintosh—custom-built PCs running OS X—which boast superior performance, but require additional maintenance and care. Russell’s a little scared that he’s missing out on the fun, so he and Jelly discuss what building one entails, whether it’s really worth it, and whether Apple cares about this resurgence.

Silver Screen Queens 167: Star Trek Beyond

27 July 2016 • 41 minutes, 20 seconds

The JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot turned us both into Trekkies. So does the third film in the series, this time with Fast and Furious saviour Justin Lin at the helm, live up to the lens-flared glory?

Mobile Couch 88: My Stuff Always Goes Wrong

25 July 2016 • 54 minutes, 40 seconds

Jelly’s had a bit of a computer disaster (which he totally got from Ben), so they talk a little bit about mitigating disasters as both users and developers. Then they cover off a little bit of follow-up about monetising Messages apps, before discussing the fun and horrors of migrating your codebase to iOS 10.

Topical 72: Pokémon Go

22 July 2016 • 23 minutes, 11 seconds

Russell and Jelly discuss the social phenomenon that is Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game that has players everywhere going out into the world, collecting digital creatures and meeting real-life people. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this isn’t really that big a deal, but with so many stories of the community coming together, is there more to this game than just catching ‘em all?

Silver Screen Queens 166: Ghostbusters

20 July 2016 • 48 minutes, 30 seconds

The Ghostbusters reboot we have been waiting for is here! SSQ fave Melissa McCarthy joins Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and breakout star Kate McKinnon in Paul Feig’s take on the classic franchise and it (oh thank goodness!) does not disappoint. Ghostbusters ever-so-gently resets the formula for summer blockbusters with humour, panache and fabulous outfits. In a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, charm, laughs and a cast having the time of their lives (we see you trying not to crack up, Chris Hemsworth) ensure a fabulous cinematic experience, even as some storytelling snafus distract from the finale’s emotional weight.

Topical 71: Getting Things Done

15 July 2016 • 17 minutes, 22 seconds

There’s a plethora of management tools and methods dedicated to getting things done, and so Russell and Jelly throw it all out the window to talk about how they approach the things they need to remember to do, appointments the have coming up, and bills they need to pay.

Silver Screen Queens 165: Everybody Wants Some!!

13 July 2016 • 38 minutes, 21 seconds

Richard Linklater’s latest has been billed as ‘the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused’. Starring former Glee-ster and Mr Supergirl, Blake Jenner, as a baseball-playing freshman, it’s a charming slice-of-life set over the weekend before the start of college. While this is not new territory for Linklater, and not without its downsides, it’s clear that he’s in the sweet spot of his wheelhouse, and these boys are a fun enough way to spend a couple of hours.