The best explanation of crypto-currencies you'll hear by a geographer this week [S15E06]

Recorded in mid December 2017, the team talk about their progress with their 'Crypto Challenge' and the dawning realisation that Bitcoin (and the like) might not be as usable as money. We learn a little about how this technology works, how (and why) its value might change, and share our own tentative first steps of buying and selling for ourselves.

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Festive Winterval special [S15E05]

This week the team tell bad Christmas cracker jokes and discuss gift ideas for last-minute shoppers. We look back at the topics we discussed in December 2012 (including - would you believe - Snapchat) and confirm with Ewan that, yes, it's also Christmas in Denmark. You heard it here first...

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Who can beat the banks? (FinTech special) [S15E04]

This week the team discuss 'FinTech' - the apps and services hoping to displace traditional banks and their products. We look at some of the most interesting offerings for consumers for everyday spending, foreign exchange and borrowing, considering which firms have what it takes to be successful. We also talk about AirPods, briefly.

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Dodgy apps & data thieves [S15E03]

This week the team discuss the ways apps and services fail to keep our data safe. From deliberate data theft to bad design we discuss the worst we've known and how the Apple and Android ecosystems are adapting to these threats. We also launch this season's challenge on crypto-currencies.

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The armchair social media experts [S15E02]

This week the team talk about the state of social media and how it's changed since we were early adopters. We talk about how and why we use various networks and how that's changed over time and our reactions, from quitting to shopping. We cover the services we know well and some newer ones we - well some of us - struggle with. Could it be Snapchat isn't for us?

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