Latest Episodes

Mobile Couch 82: Puts Me in Work Mode

2 May 2016 • 48 minutes, 54 seconds

Both Ben and Jelly have worked from home for many years, so they explore the benefits and disadvantages of remote working. Together, they discuss the things you need to do to ensure stuff actually gets done, what your team can do to help you succeed, and why you’d even consider this in the first place.

Topical 60: Electric Cars

29 April 2016 • 23 minutes, 57 seconds

Cars are at a tipping point right now, where electric motors are starting to be more and more common. The question is, however, when will buying an electric car be as reasonable and normal as buying a fuel-powered car, and will the concept of self-driving cars be ushered in as part of this move towards an alternative power source?

Silver Screen Queens 154: Eddie the Eagle

27 April 2016 • 38 minutes, 8 seconds

Based on the true story of British skier Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards who became a sensation as the only British ski jumper at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Starring the charm offensive of Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, this is a classic underdog sports movie in the very best sense. Two of the happiest hours you could spend at the movies. This episode contains zero chill and several excellent puns.

Topical 59: Cars

22 April 2016 • 26 minutes, 46 seconds

Cars are a fairly big part of most adults’ lives, and it’s almost like they live a life of their own. Jelly and Russell share stories about the cars they’ve had over the years, their first experiences buying a car, and the accidents they’ve had.

Silver Screen Queens 153: The Jungle Book

20 April 2016 • 40 minutes, 2 seconds

The first of two live action (CGI-assisted) adaptations of The Jungle Book due out this year, this version is from Disney and features Neel Sethi in the lead, with vocal assistance from Idris Elba, Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley. A thoughtful adaptation featuring excellent visuals and great acting, it’s another great family film from the house of mouse.

Mobile Couch 81: Just Makin’ It Rain

18 April 2016 • 43 minutes, 5 seconds

Jelly walks Ben through the ins and outs of implementing In-App Purchases in your “freemium” or “paymium” apps. IAPs are deceptively annoying to get right, but Jelly covers everything, including you need to do in iTunes Connect, how the StoreKit framework works, and finally, how you validate the receipt to prevent piracy.

Topical 58: Software Scheduling

15 April 2016 • 24 minutes, 54 seconds

If you’re a software developer, and you’ve ever been asked how long it’ll take to build an app, your reaction was probably to back away slowly… or maybe to just turn and run. But why is it so hard to figure out how long it takes to write software, and what can you do to avoid the process being drawn out indefinitely?

Silver Screen Queens 152: Eye in the Sky

13 April 2016 • 35 minutes, 11 seconds

A thoughtful film that gives us the last live action performance of the great Alan Rickman, EYE IN THE SKY takes a well-researched deep-dive into the ethics of drone warfare. Helen Mirren is the bellicose British colonel in charge, Aaron Paul pilots a drone from the Nevada desert and Rickman’s General tries to convince his political overlords of the merits of a military solution. Meanwhile, newcomer Aisha Takow humanises the people in the collateral damage radius.

Topical 57: User Experience vs. the Bottom Line

8 April 2016 • 24 minutes, 59 seconds

Apple’s caught flak for both not innovating enough, and also not spending enough time nailing the bugs in their software. But are these two issues contradictory? Russell and Jelly look at their experiences as product developers, why hard calls have to be made, and how all this relates to the issues Apple faces with their software.

Silver Screen Queens 151: Fruitvale Station

6 April 2016 • 29 minutes, 46 seconds

We go back and look at the first film of hot young director Ryan Coogler, and his first team-up with Michael B. Jordan. Fruitvale Station tells the story of the last day of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by police in Oakland in the first hours of 2009. The film is affecting, charming, humanising and real, and should be compulsory viewing for law enforcement and in classrooms everywhere.