Latest Episodes

Topical 52: Beta Testing

4 March 2016 • 25 minutes, 17 seconds

Jelly and Russell have been on both sides of the beta testing process, and talk about what it’s like across the spectrum: from those that just post new builds and are otherwise quiet, to the betas that are more like being a part of a community, with Slack channels and cats.

Silver Screen Queens 146: Spotlight

2 March 2016 • 36 minutes, 25 seconds

Less than 24 hours before it was named the year’s Best Picture by the Academy, we watched and effusively praised SPOTLIGHT, a subtle, clever, well-told look at the journalists who uncovered the story of systematic child abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church in Boston.

Topical 51: Encryption

26 February 2016 • 23 minutes, 8 seconds

The topic on everyone’s lips is the case of Apple vs. the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone formerly used by a terrorist. With the government wanting Apple’s assistance bypassing some of iOS’s security features, the case has potential for consequences that reach much further than what’s apparent at first glance. But how far?

Silver Screen Queens 145: Hail, Caesar!

24 February 2016 • 31 minutes, 37 seconds

The Coen brothers take on Hollywood with an absurdist 1950s-era tale of a guy who ‘fixes’ the messes made by his high-strung talent. When his top star is kidnapped (George Clooney, charming but not fully realised), madcap antics ensue. If you’re a Coen brothers fan, you’ll probably love it, and we sure got some good laughs out of it, but it’s a fairly flimsy effort that could have used its talent and ideas more effectively.

Mobile Couch 77: The Green Ladybug

22 February 2016 • 1 hour, 1 minute

Jelly’s been using JetBrain’s AppCode to get some work done in the last few weeks, and he and Ben go over the overall experience. Together, they discuss some of AppCode’s best features: inspections, the incredible level of customisation it provides, and best of all, Swift refactoring. It wasn’t all happy though, and Jelly also spends some time unloading on Ben about the issues he faced, how he dealt with it, and what JetBrain’s support is like.

Topical 50: Television

19 February 2016 • 27 minutes, 12 seconds

Television has changed a lot over the years, both in regards to technology and also how we watch it. Russell and Jelly take a look back at the sorts of things that have impacted the shows they love, like how stories have become more and more continuous in nature, how things have started to transition to the internet, and how the advent of high-definition affected things.

Silver Screen Queens 144: Deadpool

17 February 2016 • 40 minutes, 14 seconds

After an decade-long struggle to get this character to the screen, Ryan Reynolds and crew deliver a Deadpool movie that appeals to fans and newcomers alike. Reynolds messes up his pretty, pretty face and gives us a sweary, bloody, convention-defying twist on the superhero genre.

Topical 49: Pronouns

12 February 2016 • 20 minutes, 35 seconds

Pronouns are something you learn about as part of basic English, but they play a big role in people’s lives. Russell and Jelly look at how pronouns can make people feel excluded—or worse, offended—and discuss how simple changes can make big differences.

Silver Screen Queens 143: Zoolander 2

10 February 2016 • 29 minutes, 28 seconds

15 years after their first walk-off, Derek and Hansel are older, but not much wiser, as they are pulled back into the world of modelling.

Mobile Couch 76: For That Cinematic Experience

8 February 2016 • 1 hour, 3 minutes

This past week, Ben attended the Apple TV Tech Talks in Sydney. Meanwhile, Jelly didn’t get the opportunity, so Ben covers of a lot of the major points he learned on the day, covering concepts like the “Focus Engine”, and discussing talks like the one given by the App Store Review team (a.k.a. the best talk ever). It turns out there’s a whole lot of stuff that can be easily missed when creating apps for tvOS, and if you missed the tech talks, you’ll want to listen to the end!