The Chancellor recently pledged to boost Britain's broadband network, though pledged no money to do so. Dave Millett of communications consultancy Equinox, laments the way the UK is falling behind every European country in broadband provision and speed. In fact, he says, we're doing so badly we don't even register in the league table of fibre provision to the home. We need desperately, he says, to stop relying on the technology of previous centuries such as railways and copper wiring, abandon HS2 and switch the money into creating a proper fibre broadband network.
Helal Miah of The Share Centre discusses recent statements from packaging group RPC, W H Smith and Auto Trader and looks ahead to what we might expect from Tesco, still losing market share, and BAT, feeling the impact of declining tobacco sales.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University examines the virtually-unreported battle in Syria earlier this year between US commandos and Russian mercenaries. He also discusses recent statements from Michael Gove and Priti Patel and asks what the Conservative Party actually stands for and poses the question everyone wants the answer to, what IS going to happen with Brexit.
James Cameron-Wilson casts his eye down a subdued UK box office chart with new Star Wars film Solo dropping almost 50%. He reviews Book Club, starring the likes of Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen, as well as On Chesil Beach with Saoirse Ronan. He also discusses Francois Ozon's new movie, L'Amant Double, which he believes may have one of the most controversial openings in the history of the movies!
Steve Caplin scrutinises a Japanese digitizer that makes it easier to get shoes that fit first time, VR Boggle, hostage-takers thwarting the FBI with drones, why Octopi come from outer space, Uber delivering food by drones and an app that tells you what a song is when you lift and lower your phone - IF it's a Norwegian folk song!
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Mike Indian, political commentator and author of the Groucho Tendency blog, discusses the hot political topics of the moment. He looks at what could happen to the Euro and the EU in the light of Italy's political crisis and whether there will be another election soon. With President Trump imposing steel and aluminium tariffs on US allies, what effect will the EU's tough response have? Will the chaos over Govia Thameslink's timetables increase support for rail nationalisation? And will Ruth Davidson's call on Theresa May to abandon the net migration target bear fruit?
Ian Forrest of The Share Centre looks at recent stock market ructions and reviews results from Dixons Carphone and Photo-Me International, both of which fell sharply on their announcements, as well as Johnson Matthey, struggling with the shift in emphasis from diesel to electric cars.
James Cameron-Wilson casts his eye over another dismal week for the UK cinema box office, with the new Star Wars film Solo disappointing, despite the last minute arrival at the helm of Ron Howard. James also reviews Show Dogs - a contender for the year's worst film - and recommends Downsizing, now out for home viewing.
Steve Caplin delves into facial recognition technology, with Amazon under attack for selling its software to the police, Orwellian moves in China in the classroom and Facebook being urged to adopt the technology for its ads by Martin Lewis. Also a cautionary Kickstarter and Indiegogo tale, the Florida zombie power outage, an app to relight photos and how to track others without a phone.