Georgie Frost is joined by consumer writer Megan French for our weekly check in with Money Saving Expert. On the agenda this week the building society customers facing account closures and mobile phone contract hikes. Plus as ever a roundup of the best deals the eagle-eyed team have come across this week.
With the array of websites and apps on offer more and more people are turning to technology to find love. As a result the dating economy is booming with one survey from TSB suggesting it contributes 14.5 billion pounds to the UK economy every year. To find out more Share Radio's Sara Macham spoke to Nicola Forsyth from TSB and serial dater Louise Yearnshire about the research.
Shopping via smartphone has become more and more popular with mobile sales set to treble in the next four years. However the UK is still lagging behind rivals in Asia and America with factors such as slow loading speeds to blame. That's according to joint research from Google, PayPal and OC&C Strategy Consultants. To find out what it will take to harness this growth sector Share Radio's Tom Hill spoke to UK mobile commerce director at PayPal Rob Harper.
The face of high-street banking is rapidly changing, given the number of branch closures and the introduction of robo-advisors that are slowly disrupting the industry. Yet when it comes to buying a mortgage or making a large investment, most people prefer face-to-face advice. So, what is the future of banking? Raj V S, Head of Financial Services at the technology firm Syntel, joined Juliette Foster on Share Radio Breakfast to discuss.
A website for fashionable mums and dads has compiled a list of 10 key parenting trends for 2017. TantrumXYZ say gender-neutral clothing and toys will be top of the shopping lists, while homeschooling and flexible working will become more popular for the mums and dads.
Meanwhile Parents apparently believe their children are more confident than them at operating home entertainment technology by the time they're 10. Sue Dougan was joined by
Co-founder of TantrumXYZ, Ben Wynne Simmons, to find out more.
Sue Dougan is joined in the studio by Share Radio's Senior Analyst Ed Bowsher. On today's show they discuss the latest offers in the credit card price war as well as the harmful effects of overwork. Plus the latest predictions for food price inflation in 2017. All these stories and more on The News Review.
So you've had Christmas and you've received that electrical item you've been pining for.
But what do you do if your electrical good is faulty? Phil Buckle Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First spoke to Sue Dougan to offer some advice.
Cyber-insurance was an incredibly niche sector, but after high profile cyber attacks, such as the recent Yahoo scandal, where the company revealed a billion users' details had been compromised, businesses may be looking into cyber-insurance as a new norm. To understand the ins and outs of this pioneering part of the traditional insurance sector, Matt Cox has been speaking to tech consultant, Chris Green.
With declining sales and some well publicised product disasters, 2016 was a difficult year for smartphone manufacturers. But analysts are predicting 2017 could be even tougher even as one old name, Nokia, prepares to enter the market once again. Share Radio's Robert Van Egghen reports.
Blippar are a leading visual discovery app using augmented reality and artificial intelligence to unlock interactive experiences from the physical world. Linda visits Covent Garden for an innovative AR shopping experiment and to meet with Danny Lopez, to find out how this British company is leading the way in AR branding and merchandising.