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Is the Podcast Trend set to Continue?

By | 2018-12-10T10:43:25+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Mark Richards. We are listening to more and more podcasts as they boom in popularity – and they are an advertiser’s dream. Is the trend set to continue? Will we see more brands launching their own podcasts? And could you make your fortune from a podcast? If you believe in Chinese signs of the [...]

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Huawei’s finance director facing extradition to the US

By | 2018-12-06T14:20:59+00:00 December 6th, 2018|Business, Politics, Technology|

By Mark Fairlie. The daughter of the founder of one of the world’s biggest firms, Huawei, has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in providing US-origin goods to countries sanctioned by America. China has protested to Canada, the country in which she was arrested, that she should be released immediately.  The United States is requesting [...]

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Fears of digital divide in online shopping

By | 2018-12-04T09:57:22+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Banking, Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. A new EU regulation called “Payment Services Directive 2” (PSD2) may lead to consumers living in areas with poor mobile reception facing increased difficulties making online purchases, according to James Daley, the managing director of research and ratings agency, Fairer Finance. Under the new system, an extra layer of security will soon [...]

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Marriott International data breach affecting 500 million guests

By | 2018-12-04T09:43:50+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Lauren Howells. Up to 500 million guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property, may have had their details compromised following a data breach. Unauthorised access to Starwood network since 2014 Marriott said that, following an alert on 8 September 2018 from an “internal security tool” regarding an attempt to access the Starwood [...]

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Should We Worry about China Spying on Us?

By | 2018-11-30T10:43:21+00:00 November 30th, 2018|Business, Politics, Technology|

By Mark Richards. Should we worry about the Chinese state spying on us? Plenty of countries around the world are so concerned that they are now refusing to buy Chinese equipment for key installations. Are they right to worry? And what about your mobile phone… We have written a lot about China recently. Earlier this [...]

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“Astronomical” directory enquiry charges to be capped

By | 2018-11-29T09:37:51+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. From April 2019, 90-second calls to directory enquiry service providers will be capped at £3.65. According to telecoms regulator OFCOM, the move has been prompted by the fact that 65% of service users do not know how much calls cost and two-fifths said that calls cost more than they expected. The £3.65 [...]

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Regulator Caps Charges on Rent To Own but is the Balance Right?

By | 2018-12-04T09:30:27+00:00 November 28th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Trevor Clawson. When it comes to consumer goods, there are luxuries and there are essentials. And if an essential happens to be a cooker or washing machine costing £300, then finding the money to purchase the item outright can be a huge challenge to a great many people. ‘Rent-to-own’ deals offer one means to [...]

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Monzo exploring expansion into high-cost credit

By | 2018-11-27T14:13:07+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Mark Fairlie. Smartphone-based financial technology start-up, Monzo, is considering a move into the “Wonga segment” of the market, its chief executive Tom Blomfield told James Cook of the Telegraph. Describing Wonga as the “least worst” of the high-cost credit companies, Mr Blomfield said that “if you’ve got a doorstep lender…with a baseball bat, Wonga [...]

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Apple: Is it the Beginning of the End?

By | 2018-11-26T11:20:43+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Mark Richards. Plenty of people will be reading this article on an iPhone. Many more will have iPads, Macs and other Apple products at home. But could the recent slide in the share price be a sign that the company is heading for trouble? Does Apple need a new Steve Jobs? We look at [...]

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Banter Claus – what can you say at the office Christmas party?

By | 2018-11-23T09:56:18+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Business, Economy|

By Mark Richards. The office party season is fast approaching. What can you say at the party? Your witty banter might be deeply offensive to some of your work colleagues. Unsurprisingly, employers are getting worried – and starting to take action. It is November 23rd this morning. If you have any energy left after the [...]

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