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Queens of the Drone Age

Queens of the Drone Age

Author: Rae Johnston, Angharad Yeo, Tegan Jones and Amanda Yeo

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How is technology impacting our lives, and the world? Catch up with your friends in tech as we share all the latest things we’ve learned and love about technology.


Hosted by Angharad Yeo, Tegan Jones, Rae Johnston and Amanda Yeo, Queens of the Drone Age is a peek at the insider conversations happening amongst some of Australia’s top technology experts.

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Joey Chaos

Joey Chaos

2021-06-2030:35

Robots may be the future, but this week the Queens examine some of the things they're not so good at - from crafting jokes to the nuance of translating languages. Tegan also gets behind the wheel of the MINI Countryman Hybrid and Rad tests out the new EPOS wireless earbuds. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.
The Queens explore the wild world of vapourware and look at some of their favourite gadgets and games that never got released, from the infamous Nintendo PlayStation (yes, really) to a printer that used reusable plastic sheets rather than paper. Meanwhile, we've been indulging in some real Dystopian Sci-Fi, and Tegan teases us with Sony's brand new wireless noise-cancelling earbuds. Full show notes can be found at the Queens of the Drone Age website.
Rad's vacuuming dreams come true this week as she and Amanda review the Dyson V15 Detect. Then, the Queens head over to the Zero Latency free-roaming virtual reality arena to kill pirates after an island party goes awry in the new Far Cry: Dive Into Insanity VR game. We then chat about all things VR and its use in everything from therapy to real estate. Full show notes are available on the Queens of the Drone Age website.
Tegan and Rae take a flight to the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse while Amanda and Rad check out a fancy Samsung Fridge. We also try out some new Sony TVs and chat about our favourite kitchen gadgets. Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.
T-Pose In The Portal

T-Pose In The Portal

2021-05-2334:53

If you're feeling a little dirty, the Queens have you covered. This week we delve into the world of germ tech, including anti-microbial phone cases, a bacteria-sucking wound dressing and virus-attacking fabric. Meanwhile, Rad reviews the Fujifilm X-E4 camera, Rae checks out LG's new rollable TV and Tegan discovers how badly the internet thirsts after an invisible man.  Full show notes are available at the Queens of the Drone Age website.
2 VOOC 2 Furious

2 VOOC 2 Furious

2021-05-1637:03

The Queens get behind the wheel to talk about cool car stuff, including the science behind why car trips make you sleepy, that time BMW made a car with an in-built flamethrower and Henry Ford and Thomas Edison being glamping buddies in the early 20th century. Meanwhile, Rad reviews the Oppo Find X3 Pro and Rae dives into Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. Full show notes can be found at the Queens of the Drone Age website.
Toothamee Chalamet

Toothamee Chalamet

2021-05-0937:14

The Queens are firing up the old dial-up modem to regale us with tales of their early years on the internet. Embarrassing childhood email addresses, roleplaying in Yahoo Chat, scamming people on Neopets... it's a wild ride. Meanwhile, Rae tests an app for upgrading your Zoom call game, Tegan has some thoughts on the fancy new Oral-B IO electric toothbrush and Amanda watches a film that centres on a moral quandary in space... because she's a space lawyer. Full show notes can be found at the Queens of the Drone Age website.
Mother's Day is around the corner, which means the Queens have some tech gift ideas that have nothing to do with cleaning the house or losing weight. Meanwhile, Amanda has become obsessed with a trapped Russian contestant on a Chinese reality show, Tegan tests the new Nissan Leaf e+ and Rad plays with Logitech's new wireless gaming mouse. Full show notes are on the Queens of the Drone Age website.
This week the Queens get excited about the latest Apple announcements - especially about colours returning to iMacs. What would different Apple products taste like? Then, a trip to the theatre to see Mortal Kombat results in a big discussion about video game movies: the good, the bad and the very ugly. For this episode's show notes, visit https://queensofthedroneage.com/2021/04/26/episode-16-which-candy-is-the-new-imac/
This Box Has Me Shook

This Box Has Me Shook

2021-04-1836:38

This week the Queens roll around in all things plants, without getting itchy. Grow lights, historical beauty poisons, modern medicinal discoveries – and even how they respond to music. Speaking of music, Rae checks out the high-quality streaming service Qobuz, while Rad takes unboxing to a whole new level. This episode was sponsored by Shure and Jands. Full show notes for this episode are available at queensofthedroneage.com.
The Queens reveal our favourite ancient technology: the gadgets and science lost to time, re-emerging, or reinvented and still used today. Plus: Rad and Rae have a smart speaker showdown between Google and Alexa, while Tegan gets overly excited about MONA's museum app. Show Notes: Google’s New Nest Hub Tracks Your Sleep From Your Nightstand, No Wearables Required. Rad's review on the original Google Home Max from a few years ago, including her horrifying experience with the volume control: Google Home Max Terrified Me And I’m Into It. MONA's O app is actually fantastic. New Model of Ancient Astronomical Device Reveals a ‘Creation of Genius’. Scientists may have solved ancient mystery of 'first computer'. Forgotten audio formats: Wire recording. More on the Parthian Battery, also known as an ancient battery in a jar. Greek Fire was literally lit. People in the Soviet Union really did bootleg albums onto x-rays to create 'bone music'. More on walls made from blood and sticky rice. Some cool facts about Damascus steel.
The Queens reminisce about the most spectacular tech fails over the last few years - like 3D movies and TVs, Juicero, Hoverboards and the ill-fated Quibi. Plus: Rae checks out the AllTrails hiking app, Rad has a play in the Oppo ecosystem and Tegan exposes a new text message scam. ... Show Notes: Here's Tegan's article on the Signal text message scam that is posing as Amazon, and here's one from last year where the scammers actually had Tegan's name and tried to phish that way. If you're worried you've been scammed, or just want to report one you've seen, head over to Scamwatch. Tegan's review of the Oppo Reno 5G, AKA the one with the pop-up shark fin selfie cam. The Oppo Find X3 Pro Has A Huge Camera With An Intense Microscope Lens. The All Trails app Rae has fallen in love with. Rae and Rad talk about Quibi on Download This Show. Dummy on Quibi from Cody Heller (partner of Dan Harmon) was genuinely delightful. RIP Quibi. Why 3D movies failed. 3D TV is dead, so what's next? Why 3D glasses stopped being red and blue. Hoverboards aren't actually hoverboards Hoverboard jackings were real! That time Segway sued Not Hoverboards. Russell Crowe's Hoverboard tantrum. Hoverboard causes Melbourne house fire and just kept catching fire in general and eventually got recalled in Australia before being straight up banned. We guess that fire-resistant hoverboard bag wasn't enough. Hoverboard porn sure does exist. That battery invented to stop hoverboards from exploding. Squeeze Out A Bag For Juicero, Which Is Dead Now. Juicero’s Ex-CEO Says He Is Doing Really Well, Also Gets Pretty Mad When Asked About Juicero. That time Silicon Valley re-invented the bus. The ice cream pod machine is very real.
Buying new tech? Here are our best tips and tricks to make sure you get the best deal possible. Plus: Amanda tames cows in the latest Story of Seasons game, Rad isn't impressed by her latest wireless headset and Tegan gets on the space wines. ...   There seriously have been SO MANY Harvest Moon games. This is not a complaint. Give us more. If you haven't cracked open Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town yet, here are some starter tips. Here's a review of the Astro A20 Gen 2 wireless headset. If you wanna know more about Space Wine, Tegan wrote about it! And here's the article about the Eau de Space perfume. If you can be bothered, here's why you should consider changing your NBN plan every six months. If you can't, don't be afraid to look around at competitors and use that to negotiate a better deal with your provider. Here's a good example of tossing up between cheaper prices and more inclusions to work out what you value more: Telstra vs its budget brand, Belong. Learn more about 'Li-Fi' here. Tegan wasn't joking about personally going after retailers with less-than-desirable consumer practices. Here are the mid-range phones we waxed rhapsodic about: Google Pixel 3a (the 4a is also great), the iPhone SE and the new Samsung A series.
The Queens dive into the world of autonomous and electric vehicles, from legislation and job displacement to off-roading and safety. A koala-seeking drone even sneaks in. Meanwhile, Amanda electrocutes her face on purpose and Rad has a crack at a posture-fixing gadget.
The Queens attempt a digital detox, and all end up feeling like failures - but, it turns out the trend is a little more complicated than it seems. And, by popular demand, we tackle the complex and ethically questionably topic of NFTs. From minting ridiculous memes (including a tweet of Tegan's butt), to the impact on artists and the environment.
Rad gets literally hands-on with her first semi-ergonomic mouse, Amanda gets a rash from her Fitbit and Tegan falls in love with a Samsung 8K TV. Meanwhile, Rae is lured back into the world of smart homes...and has some questions. So Tegan tells us how easy it is to hack unsecured devices through a relatively simple Google search.
Teletubbies Is Sci Fi

Teletubbies Is Sci Fi

2021-02-2833:16

Rae experiences some beauty tech, Amanda creates Smart Craft and Tegan gleefully plays with Oppo's rollable concept phone. The Queens also ponder which fictional sci-fi tech they would like to see in the real world - including 'bag babies', Babel Fish and - strangely - Tubby Custard.
Your Knee Is Haunted

Your Knee Is Haunted

2021-02-2133:36

The Queens talk ghost tech: learn about 19th-century 'ectoplasm', the Xbox Kinect and other gadgets used by ghost hunters, and how Rad got a haunted knee playing Just Dance. Back in the real world, Amanda plans to farm mermaids, Rad explains mesh Wi-Fi and Tegan gets historically sinful.
The Queens go into verbal battle over Space! The final frontier one, not the physical distance between two objects. Should we be exploring the beautiful and terrifying universe beyond our planet? Would those resources be better spent on Earth? And what surprising inventions have only happened thanks to space exploration? Meanwhile, Tegan nerds out over Elon Musk's Starlink coming to Australia, Rae makes everyone smell PlayStation candles, and the Queens finally get internet.
Dogs Can't Send Emails

Dogs Can't Send Emails

2021-02-0729:19

This week the Queens are going straight to the moon with a dive into the stonk market. We also side-eye the Elon Musk approved Clubhouse app, and discover that spinach can send emails now.
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