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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: A dog airline, AI does 3D modelling, AR laptop projection & a Spanish housework app

Simon Rose
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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: A dog airline, AI does 3D modelling, AR laptop projection & a Spanish housework app
Steve Caplin enlightens Simon Rose on the latest tech. Which? says that facial recognition on cheap smartphones can be unlocked by photos. Disney is shutting its Star Wars hotel, K9 Jets will let you travel with your dog – for a price, Tesla's bot Optimus is upgraded, AI can now create 3D-models, even from text, Google's AI is having trouble creating music, free WiFi on trains may disappear and the Spanish government want to develop an app to ensure that husbands do their fair share of housework.
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Steve Caplin


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Simon Rose

The Business of Film: Fast X, Are you there, God? It's Margaret and Close

Simon Rose
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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Fast X, Are you there, God? It's Margaret and Close
An ebullulient James Cameron-Wilson guides Simon Rose through the UK box office chart, welcoming FastX, the 10th in the franchise, to the #1 spot. He found it has plenty of laughs, shocks, surprises & thrills, though its opening of £5.9m is well down on previous iterations. He also recommends Are You There, God? It's Margaret, which opened at #4. Based on the Judy Plume novel, he thought it a touching and charming gem. His DVD of the month is the Belgian Oscar-nominated drama Close, which won last year's Grand Prix at Cannes. James thought it one of the most remarkable films he has seen for some time.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: Immigration soars, Boris Johnson's WhatsApps, Suella Braverman & Ron DeSantis

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Immigration soars, Boris Johnson's WhatsApps, Suella Braverman & Ron DeSantis
Political commentator Mike Indian discusses the news that net immigration hit 606,000 last year and explains why the UK is proving such a magnet for incomers. He looks at the call from the Covid inquiry for Boris Johnson to hand over his WhatsApp messages and the controversy over Suella Braverman and her speeding offence. And he looks across the Atlantic at the malfunctioning Twitter interview with Ron DeSantis and considers how unlikely it is that he can unseat Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential candidate.
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Mike Indian


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Gavin Oldham

Thought for the Week: Don't waste the Child Trust Fund harvest!

Gavin Oldham
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Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week: Don't waste the Child Trust Fund harvest!
“The [Child Trust Fund] scheme has been closed to new entrants for over 12 years. In this time HMRC has been focusing resources on evaluating and improving existing schemes. We will continue to keep the need to evaluate old schemes under review.” So said Andrew Griffith MP, Economic Secretary to HM Treasury in reply to a parliamentary question from John Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. But this is not an 'old scheme' — there is currently over £1.7 billion sitting in mature accounts belonging to over 900,000 mainly low-income young adults throughout the UK who don't know anything about their good fortune! Their Child Trust Fund harvest is seeing too little action at present: but it's not too late to get it sorted, and the current focus from the National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee will certainly help. Background music: 'Hopeful Freedom' by Asher Fulero

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Gavin Oldham

Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Child Trust Funds — Public Accounts Committee Hearing Part 1

Gavin Oldham
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Child Trust Funds — Public Accounts Committee Hearing Part 1
Young adults with Child Trust Funds are personal investors, but over 40% of them don't know it. On Thursday 18th May the Public Accounts Committee met to find out more: this is the first half of their hearing following the March 2023 publication of a National Audit Office landmark report and its investigation into the Child Trust Fund scheme. Witnesses who took part were, for HM Revenue and Customs, Jim Harra and Emily Antcliffe, and for The Share Foundation, Gavin Oldham and Anthony Walker. Members of the Public Accounts Committee (all MPs) who attended were Dame Meg Hillier (chair), Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Deputy Chair), Olivia Blake, Flick Drummond, Peter Grant, Jill Mortimer and Nick Smith. The hearing ran for over an hour and a half: this is the first 48 minutes.

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Gavin Oldham

Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Child Trust Funds — Public Accounts Committee Hearing Part 2

Gavin Oldham
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Child Trust Funds — Public Accounts Committee Hearing Part 2
Young adults with Child Trust Funds are personal investors, but over 40% of them don't know it. On Thursday 18th May the Public Accounts Committee met to find out more: this is the second half of their hearing following the March 2023 publication of a National Audit Office landmark report and its investigation into the Child Trust Fund scheme. Witnesses who took part were, for HM Revenue and Customs, Jim Harra and Emily Antcliffe, and for The Share Foundation, Gavin Oldham and Anthony Walker. Members of the Public Accounts Committee (all MPs) who attended were Dame Meg Hillier (chair), Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Deputy Chair), Olivia Blake, Flick Drummond, Peter Grant, Jill Mortimer and Nick Smith. The hearing ran for over an hour and a half: this is the second 48 minutes.

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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Should we stop dragging people into tax designed for the rich?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Should we stop dragging people into tax designed for the rich?
Almost five times as many people will soon be paying 40% tax than in the early 1990s, when it was seen as a tax bracket reserved for the rich, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warned this week. It said that fiscal drag triggered by freezing the higher rate tax threshold would pull 7.8 million people into its net by 2027. The study suggested that the threshold would have to be almost doubled from its current level, at £50,271, to almost £100,000 to return the tax band to the level intended for it. Alongside the report, came the IFS’s warning that 40% tax had stopped being the preserve of high-earning professionals and was now hitting electricians, plumbers, teachers, nurses and more. The taxman nabbing 40p of every pound earned from a pay rise rather than 20p comes at a time when workers are running to stand still, with inflation at just above 10%. So, is it time the government stopped taxing by stealth and using tools like fiscal drag – instead raising thresholds with inflation or wages? And is it time to hike the higher rate threshold and pull people back down to basic rate tax? Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert discuss the thorny issue of tax and who counts as wealthy. The debate moves on to inheritance tax – another levy designed for the very rich but now hitting the wealthy middle classes. Why is IHT so unpopular when most don’t pay it and does it need reform? Plus, how much have you lost to inflation, will you get Nationwide’s new £100 Fairer Share bung, and finally, would you buy food two years past its best before date for big savings?

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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: Managing Cash Amid High Inflation (20/5)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: Managing Cash Amid High Inflation (20/5)
The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates 10 times since 2022. But you probably wouldn’t notice those hikes in a traditional savings account. Dylan Lewis caught up with Robert Brokamp to discuss how banks benefit from your inertia, and how that costs you, ideas for managing cash for the next few weeks, months, and years, money market funds paying more than 4%, and the caveats to understand before utilizing those accounts, and who can benefit from I Bonds and less-liquid savings vehicles. Website mentioned: https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/ Host - Dylan Lewis; Guest - Robert Brokamp
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Robert Brokamp


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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: Buffett's Latest Buys (and Sells) (16/5)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: Buffett's Latest Buys (and Sells) (16/5)
Late Monday Berkshire-Hathaway filed a 13-F with the SEC, so we're taking a closer look at what they've been buying and selling. Jim Gillies discusses Home Depot's lackluster 1st-quarter results masking an otherwise strong business, Capital One getting a boost from the Oracle of Omaha, and the surprising energy stock the Berkshire Hathaway team took a stake in. Plus, 19 minutes in, Alison Southwick and Robert Brokamp dip into the mailbag to answer your questions about investing, retirement, and more. Companies discussed: HD, BRK.A, BRK.B, COP, USB, BK, TSM, RH, BAC, OXY, AAPL, HPQ, ATVI, VTS. Host - Chris Hill; Guests - Jim Gillies, Alison Southwick, Robert Brokamp
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Jim Gillies, Alison Southwick, Robert Brokamp


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Adam Cox

The Hypnotist: Hypnosis to Face a Fear of Loud Noises

Adam Cox
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The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist: Hypnosis to Face a Fear of Loud Noises
Bang! Are you frightened by thunderstorms, fireworks or gunshots? And is it the bang itself, or the anticipation of it coming, which disturbs you the most? Anticipating fear may well be linked back to childhood, an embedded state of mind. So this episode introduces a new approach of resourcefulness designed to cope with such anxieties. Please be aware! - there are some sound effects built in to the programme, all designed to build in this new resilience.

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