Steve Caplin discusses a Saudi-invented car that lets you keep fit with bike pedals as you drive, at robot viticulturists, robot caterpillars that will crawl inside you (for medical reasons), at the moving tail you can control with your phone, a startup that aims to let you live forever, at least in your friends' memories and BAE's wearable cockpit.
Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. In this week's show: Unemployment hits a 49-year low; Tech giants may have been hacked by China; Elon Musk’s tweeting sends Tesla shares lower; Costco struggles with “material weakness”; And Tronc decides to change its name back to Tribune Publishing.
Rachel Kellett has worked in strategic planning and within education throughout her career, and is working on the new T-levels (technical levels) being rolled out from 2020. She is Head of Qualifications and Product Development at the Association of Accounting Technicians. She urges people not be afraid of ‘scaring to fail’, or who might be watching in favour of a bolder approach to career change. She’s also a keen equestrian who harbours an ambition to be a dressage judge.
Adam talks to Douglas Vermeeren, a serial entrepreneur, speaker, film maker and author about his mission to interview 400 of the most successful business people across multiple industries. Douglas was so inspired by the book Think and Grow Rich that he emulated the approach used by Napoleon Hill and updated it for the 21st century. Douglas shares key insights on delegation, finding and keeping talent, marketing and focus in an insightful conversation that will be invaluable to business owners and entrepreneurs.
Political commentator Mike Indian, author of the Groucho Tendency blog, looks back at the Conservative Party Conference. Did Teresa May do enough to save her position as leader and what effect will Boris Johnson's speech have? He contrasts the Tory Conference with the greater energy and youth of the Labour Conference and Party. He also discusses the latest revelations about the cyber activities of the GRU and the concerted effort being made by the West's security services.
The London Investor Show is almost here again, taking place on 19th October, with the Manchester Investor show happening on Friday 9th November. Alex Denny, head of investment trusts at Fidelity International, discusses with Simon Rose what he'll be talking about at the show. He emphasises the vital importance of long-term, consistent saving, particularly for retirement, and the different ways in which people should invest at different stages of their lives. He also briefly touches on his hobby, nautical archaeology. NOTE: Share Radio listeners who book for either show on www.LondonInvestorShow.co.uk should enter the voucher code "SHARERADIO18" and they will get a pair of complimentary tickets worth £50.
Steve Caplin tells Simon Rose about a new app that will sing the words you type - in different musical styles. He also looks at online disasters for Facebook and the Conservative Party, at a bus that cleans up pollution, Amazon's new store, the phone with 5 cameras and an over-complicated, expensive way of cooling drink as you drive.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, topped by the ostensible comedy Night School. James reviews this and laments the difficulty in seeing Oscar hopeful The Wife, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. James thinks she must be a favourite, finally, to lift the statuette. He also looks at the home release of Elvis documentary The King, which he also recommends strongly.
Graham Spooner of The Share Centre discusses the market's disappointment with Tesco's overseas operations, the dramatic fall in Royal Mail's share price and results from plumbing group Ferguson. He also looks ahead to results from Mondi, Martsons and Hargreaves Lansdown.
Child benefit and state pension - It’s not the most obvious link. But if you are a parent who is looking after a child instead of working, you need to register for child benefit in order to build up your entitlement in retirement age. Austerity swept away the universal child benefit and those households where one parent earns more than £50,000 have to start giving it back until it is removed altogether above £60,000. Unsurprisingly, many who fall into this bracket simply opt not to take it and see no point in registering. Unfortunately, mums and dads who stopped work to look after children are now finding they’ve missed building up their state pension. It should be easy to fix, but HMRC and the government have been stalling parents affected. That’s why This is Money has started a campaign to get this mess fixed, before it gets any worse.
On this week’s podcast, Simon Lambert, Lee Boyce and Georgie Frost discuss how this all happened and why it matters to not just those affected. And finally, can you really have a weekend away in Europe, flights and a decent hotel for £57? Yes you can, thanks to a very clever new website we tracked down.