Steve Caplin takes a look at the latest developments in the automotive world, with the first electric Mini Cooper, 130 Lotus e-cars, Tesla upping production, a Tel Aviv company reinventing electric cars with a common platform, Jaguar Land Rover monitoring drivers' facial expressions, Scotland Yard using a military drone to catch dangerous drivers. He also explains why people are hiring cars in Japan but going nowhere. Uber launches a helicopter service in New York, it's 40 years of the Walkman, The BBC is using AI for assessing the highlights of Wimbledon and Amazon joins forces with the NHS.
Steve Caplin on Facebook's closing down of fake review sites and Stanford University's tool that lets you convincingly put words into people's mouths in videos. There's the world's most efficient vehicle, a fan that's also a pen, camera, recording device and phone, the Musicians' Union complaining about classical music on streaming services, an LED spirit level, the speed of 5G and Amazon's airborne Neighbourhood Watch idea.
Steve Caplin gets all steamed up, with stories about sex in space, on Instagram, on DVD and more. He also waxes lyrical about the new 360-degree webcam at Stonehenge but is less enthused about a voice-activated version of Monopoly. There's a family-friendly beehive seeking crowd-funding, Japanese DNA matchmaking and NatWest's new way of using selfies for indentification.
Steve Caplin ponders Jeffrey Katzenberg's new short-form mobile-only streaming service Quibi, which will have a Spielberg horror series viewable only at night. Also hydrogen-powered vertical take-off taxis, Ikea's robotic furniture, a 360-degree rooftop infinity pool for London, how atom bomb testing could help find fake paintings, a new bike direction indicator and taking the guesswork out of best-before dates.
Steve Caplin looks at Apple's new iOS operating system which has a new feature allowing anonymous sign-ups. Also how motorists could soon be fined for noise as well as speeding, how much it will cost if you fancy a trip to the International Space Station, Amazon's Clicks and Mortar pop-up shops in the UK, a wireless, solar-powered reversing camera for cars that don't have them and why ice-cream vans may make a return.
Steve Caplin looks at the Persistence of Chaos, an artwork laptop infected with the world's most dangerous malware. The app Northern Fail exposes the shortcomings of Northern Rail. Amazon is said to be developing a wearable device to detect emotions. Delivery robots can now conquer steps. the University of Plymouth develop the world's first raspberry-picking robot. There's a tiny selfie drone and a clever foldaway shooting-stick-style chair, which he demonstrates. Great radio!
Steve Caplin looks at the launch of the latest iPod, 18 years after the first - a hard disk in a box - appeared. Also, some of the problems users of electric cars currently face when charging their vehicles in the rain, Alexa's and Siri's gender bias, Facebook's cryptocurrency, Uber's ebikes and the company's "no talking" option in its cars in the USA. And which of the ebikes is actually most economical?
Steve Caplin goes automotive, looking at Dyson's plans for an electric off-road car, the Honda e with swift recharge, the electric Jaguar E-type with optional original engine and Hydrogen-powered double-decker buses. He explains why 5G has been stalled by lamppost problems and why Jeff Bezos thinks he can have a moonbase by 2024 while Elon Musk thinks he can get to Mars by then. Australia's $50 note issue was marred by a spelling mistake, Barcelona has a self-charging e bike and there's a very cheap credit-card sized charger to take around with you.
Steve Caplin bemoans the inaccuracy of fitness trackers, even though he never uses one himself. He also reveals delivery service DPD's new electric cargo bike, the endurance plane that stays aloft for years, the fire extinguisher that sucks instead of blows, the AI-generated thrash metal, robots to clean your teeth, a self-braking supermarket trolley and Chinese fake Lego.
Steve Caplin on new research about how unsafe most of our internet passwords are. He also looks at making wood fire resistant - with wood, at Uber giving information on public transport, at an amphibious car kit, at the CIA joining Instagram, battery-free pacemakers and a solution to the problem of opening Leathermen with no fingernails.