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What the Really Useful Podcast Wants for Christmas 2020

We're bringing you a shorter Really Useful Podcast this week, taking a look at what tech we'd most like to find in our stockings for Christmas 2020.

What Is the Dark Web, How Do You Reach It, and Is It Safe?

You've heard of the Dark Web---but how do you access it, and is it illegal? Is it even safe to use, and what happens there? It's time to find out.

Defeat Planned Obsolescence and Embrace the Right to Repair

When was the last time you repaired any of your gadgets, computers, or other hardware? Or did you pay for a repair with an approved dealer, perhaps covered by device insurance? Technology companies are increasingly removing the right to repair, by introducing planned obsolescence into designs.

How to Buy the Right Headphones

Unsure which headphones to buy? With so many models available, it can be a tricky decision. We're here to help you identify your next headphones.

How to Stay Positive Online and Improve Mental Health With Apps

This podcast considers various apps and ideas to stay positive, avoid anxiety caused by social media, defeat doom scrolling, and improve awareness of successes over perceived failings.

Tweaks and Customizations to Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Totally "You"

Bored of the default Windows 10 desktop? So many tweaks and hacks and customizations are available, and in this week's podcast we take a look at the ones we think you should really try. Want to turn your Windows 10 desktop into a unique reflection of your personality, click play.

How to Choose a New Games Console: PS5 or Xbox Series X?

Looking for a new games console? Need to make the right choice for your family, or looking for a console for single and online multiplayer? We look at how to buy the right games console for you.

Everything You Need to Know About 3D Printing

Interested in 3D printing but don't know where to start? Here's what you need to know.

How to Buy Online Safely, Securely, and Confidently

Whatever you're planning to buy online, buying with confidence is vital. Learn how to spot scams and fake reviews in this week's podcast.

How to Play Awesome Games on Any Budget

The MakeUseOf podcast takes a look at the various ways you can play the best games for as little money as possible on any platform.

What Is a VPN and Why You Should Use One

Want to know more about VPNs? In this week's show we explain what the term means, why you need one, how to sign up to a VPN, and why you should avoid free VPNs.

Why You Should Stick With Facebook in 2020

Lockdowns, social distancing, and a need for communication - we look at how Facebook is the hub of global communication in 2020.

What You Need to Know About Buying a New Laptop

Christian Cawley and Ian Buckley discuss what you need to know about choosing and buying a laptop.

Get Inspiration from Movies, Fix Skype Problems and Find Alternatives, Play Tetris Online

Rounding off the current run of episodes, we bring you some inspiring movies, places to play Tetris online, and PS5 news. We also have tips on how to fix problems with Skype and find an alternative video conferencing app if you tire of it. With Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner.

Lockdown Entertainment for Families in Isolation

Engaging in self-isolation or national lockdown is not easy. If you have children, things are even tougher. Fortunately various tech companies are here to help. Christian Cawley and Gavin Philips look at the latest developments, from free Amazon Prime and Audible to top YouTube channels for 24/7 entertainment. We also have some thoughts on enforced home schooling (as opposed to the planned variety).

Make It Through Self Isolation and Remote Working

Stuck at home in self-isolation? Restricted to remote working as a precaution? Whatever your situation, we've pulled together a collection of the best tips and tricks to help you maximise production and make the most of your time locked up at home. With Christian Cawley and Gavin Philips.

Get Fit With Video Games, Cheap Windows 10 Upgrades, Google Assistant Reads Aloud

Get the most out of Google Assistant, upgrade to Windows 10 for a discount, and get fit with video games in this week's podcast. PLUS: learn how to spot Bitcoin email scams, and understand the US Election 2020 better with Alexa. Christian Cawley is joined by Ben Stegner, James Frew, and Megan Ellis for a show packed with tips and news of new MakeUseOf tech giveaways.

Switch to Facebook Lite, Reuse an Old Router, Samsung Galaxy S20 Latest

Should you be using Facebook Lite on your smartphone to save data and battery power? And what can you do with an old router? This week's show also looks at some new smartphone ranges from Sony and Samsung, while giving you tips on the best two-player mobile games to play. Plus we've got some great recommendations.

Redbox Free TV, Download Movies Legally, Windows 7 Ends---What Next?

You can now enjoy live TV on the Redbox app - totally free! But what if you want to download movies legally? Well, you can! But it's not all good news: if you use Windows 7, your time is up. Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner discuss these and other tips and tricks, plus news of the latest MakeUseOf giveaways and our site recommendations.

What Is Bitcoin, How Is it Worth So Much, and How Can You Spend It?

This week's Really Useful Podcast takes a look at Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. You've seen it on the news and on the financial pages of newspapers. It's linked to crime and people seem to be able to actually make it using their computers.But what is Bitcoin? How does it work, what is it worth, and are cryptocoins worth your time? To find out, we welcome regular contributor James Frew, who also contributes to the Blocks Decoded website. Christian Cawley hosts the show and asks the questions.

Steam Link for iPhone! Speed Up Mobile Data! Why Are Kids Using Facebook Messenger?

Need to understand the difference between a router and modem? Looking for ways to make your mobile data faster? And how can you play PC and Mac games on your iPhone?This week's Really Useful Podcast brings you the answers to all of this and more.

Fix Broken Headphone Jacks, LCD Burn In, and Geeky Valentine's Gifts

We're back for a new run of Really Useful tips and tricks from the MakeUseOf team, this week offering some useful house technology repair tips for broken headphone hacks, LCD and plasma burn-in, and the best geeky gifts for Valentine's day!

Google Stadia, Black Friday Shopping Tips, Tricks, Deals, and Scams

In our final show of 2019, the Really Useful Podcast helps you navigate the deals, risks, tricks, and scams of Black Friday. Don't click on that Black Friday bargain until you're sure it's the tip-top deal you think it is. Plus, we take a brief look at Google Stadia, the new console-standard cloud gaming platform from Google.

New Google Translate Tricks, Android Apps on Windows, Lower Your Rent

We take a look at a bunch of new features on popular services, the Disney+ Europe launch, how to scan old photos, print your own board games, and much more...

Britbox, Douglas Adams, Morse Code Apps, How to Clean an LCD Screen

Christian Cawley and Ben Stegner bring you a host of tips, tricks, and news that matters to everyone in the tech podcast for technophobes. This week, we learn about Britbox's UK launch, YouTube's homepage redesign, and Netflix's "skip politics" options. There's also an early look at Google's Stadia gaming platform, some recommended videos, and our regular round up of tips and tricks.

Spotify for Kids, Chromebook Parental Controls, Increase iPhone Storage

Want to know more about the Spotify Kids app, how to keep your children safe online using a Chromebook, or find more space on your iPhone or iPad? The Really Useful Podcast is here to help you with these points and more.

Apple TV on Fire, Reduce Smartphone Use, Awesome Halloween Movies & Makeup

In this week's packed show, Christian Cawley and James Frew cover everything from the Apple TV app on Amazon Fire Sticks to Halloween movies. On the way, free VPNs, record players, giant squids, reducing smartphone use, managing the Screen Time feature on macOS, and the latest installment of Christian's Samsung tablet repair.

Disney+ Content, Revive Your Mac, Conspiracy Websites, Amazon Price Trackers

It's time for your weekly dose of tech news made easy with the Really Useful Podcast, the tech podcast for technophobes. This time, Disney+ content announced, how to revive your Mac, top conspiracy websites, and Amazon Price Trackers ahead of Black Friday.

Amazon Kindle for Kids, Improve Mac Gaming, Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

The tech podcast for technophobes is back with news of the Amazon Kindle for kids, how to maximise gaming on a Mac, and tips for booting your Windows 10 PC into Safe Mode. Plus we take a look at some cash back apps, text adventures you can play in your browser, and Google Maps' new voice guidance feature for visually impaired people. Oh and there's news of Christian's Samsung tablet repair.

Beat Instagram Bullies, Speed Up Your Router, Upgrade Your Smartphone

Listen now for another great collection of techy tips and tricks for technophobes. This week: Instagram Restrict, router speed tips, how to upgrade your smartphone, Google password check, add podcasts to Spotify playlists, and find old cartoons online. PLUS: learn how to measure distance and area on Google Maps.

Christian Cawley