Latest Episodes

Mobile Couch 87: A Game of Strategy and Trust

11 July 2016 • 41 minutes, 59 seconds

Since the announcement in the WWDC keynote, Ben has been working on a couple of Messages apps, so he and Jelly go through all the ins and outs. Together they look at the super-easy Sticker pack apps, the more complex implementation details for custom apps, and even a few gotchas you might run into while developing.

Topical 70: Hobbies

8 July 2016 • 19 minutes, 3 seconds

Building Lego sets, reading books, and playing video games are hobbies that many people enjoy around the world, but exactly what people enjoy differs wildly from person to person. Russell and Jelly look at their own hobbies and consider some of the deeper questions about the things we love to do.

Silver Screen Queens 164: Warcraft

6 July 2016 • 34 minutes, 34 seconds

The popular and enduring strategy game finally gets a film. It’s at the hands of the always-interesting Duncan Jones (Moon), so we were intrigued. Reviews of this film have been universally terrible, except among hardcore gamers, but despite not being Warcraft players, we found soaring ambition and technical excellence beneath the clear problems with script and story. Non-fans will find it difficult to follow, but if you are into Warcraft, it’s probably worth your time.

Topical 69: Elections

1 July 2016 • 24 minutes, 34 seconds

On the eve of the federal election in Australia, Russell and Jelly turn their focus to politics. Together, they discuss the concept of preferential voting, referendums and the way that government works… or doesn’t work, depending on your point of view.

Silver Screen Queens 163: Finding Dory

29 June 2016 • 35 minutes, 6 seconds

13 years after the release of the classic Finding Nemo, Pixar has made a sequel focusing on the film’s most interesting character, the forgetful blue tang fish Dory. As expected, it’s beautiful, funny and has a great message. It doesn’t quite reach the heights of the original film, but it’s certainly charming and sweet.

Mobile Couch 86: Yeah, Something’s Wrong There

27 June 2016 • 49 minutes, 41 seconds

With WWDC done and dusted for another year, Ben and Jelly discuss their experiences queueing for the keynote, attending side conferences, and getting the most out of the week. They then turn their attention to an quick overview some of the key things that Apple introduced for developers with iOS 10, including Siri and Messages Apps, and finally they pine for the thing they still wish they’d seen: improvements to Radar.

Topical 68: Campuses

24 June 2016 • 23 minutes, 45 seconds

Having just visited the—strikingly different—campuses of Facebook and Apple during their recent visit to San Francisco, Russell and Jelly think back to the various campuses they’ve worked and studied in. Together they compare their experiences and mostly just try to make sense of things.

Silver Screen Queens 162: Now You See Me 2

22 June 2016 • 33 minutes, 9 seconds

The surprise hit of 2013 is back, and the four horseman are recruited into the wacky schemes of an eccentric billionaire. A few new faces have come along for the ride, namely Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan, and it’s pretty fun, if a little overlong and flimsy of plot.

Topical 67: The Big Question

17 June 2016 • 19 minutes, 45 seconds

Russell’s ready to finally tackle the big philosophical questions that people ask: How did we get here? Why are we here? What happens after we die? He and Jelly look at where we turn for the answers, and how these questions are tied to our beliefs, our biology, and society itself.

Silver Screen Queens 161: Money Monster

15 June 2016 • 33 minutes, 19 seconds

Jodie Foster is back behind the camera and Julia Roberts is back in front of it, playing, er, the woman behind the camera for George Clooney’s wacky cable money show host. Production is held up when a young man burned by the show’s financial advice takes the host hostage. The film has some serious points to make about the collapse of institutions and the role of the 1%, but suffers from some confused storytelling and feels like the world’s longest 90 minute movie.