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  • Book an Airbnb While You Can?

    Book an Airbnb While You Can?

    By Mark Richards. Airbnb has changed the face of many cities and ‘destroyed communities.’ Now the residents are fighting back – and it looks like the legislators are on their side. But there are signs that Airbnb will not go quietly. The battle lines have been drawn… I hope you [...]

  • April Economic Round-Up

April Economic Round-Up

May 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on April Economic Round-Up

By Mark Richards. As we do at the beginning of every month, CL News looks back over the month just ended. What did April bring us? [...]

  • Reasons to be Cheerful – Part 4

Reasons to be Cheerful – Part 4

April 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Reasons to be Cheerful – Part 4

By Mark Richards We are slightly late this month, thanks to Easter, but here it is. Moneygap’s round-up of the month’s good news. And in the [...]

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Seaside Towns on the Rocks

April 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Seaside Towns on the Rocks

By Mark Richards. A House of Lords’ report has just suggested that poor broadband is harming the UK’s seaside towns. In truth, the malaise goes much [...]

  • March Economic Round-Up

March Economic Round-Up

April 1st, 2019|Comments Off on March Economic Round-Up

By Mark Richards. As we do at the beginning of every month, CL News looks back over the month just ended. So what did March bring [...]

  • Book an Airbnb While You Can?

Book an Airbnb While You Can?

May 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Book an Airbnb While You Can?

By Mark Richards. Airbnb has changed the face of many cities and ‘destroyed communities.’ Now the residents are [...]

  • Testing the Right Personality

Testing the Right Personality

March 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Testing the Right Personality

By Mark Richards. Personality tests are being used more and more frequently in business. The traditional approach was [...]

  • Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

March 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

By Mark Richards. Will artificial intelligence bring us untold benefits – eliminating traffic accidents, developing customised learning and [...]

Personal Finance

  • Pet insurance - Protecting Man’s Best Friend

Protecting Man’s Best Friend

April 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Protecting Man’s Best Friend

By Mark Richards If you have a dog or a cat it makes sense to have it insured. As figures from the Association of British Insurers show, vet’s bills are [...]

  • I Love You: Give me your Money

I Love You: Give me your Money

February 15th, 2019|Comments Off on I Love You: Give me your Money

By Mark Richards. As we all know, yesterday was Valentine’s Day, but for thousands of people around the world it will have been the day when they fell victim to [...]

Business News

  • Book an Airbnb While You Can?

Book an Airbnb While You Can?

May 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Book an Airbnb While You Can?

By Mark Richards. Airbnb has changed the face of many cities and ‘destroyed communities.’ Now the residents are fighting back – and it looks like the legislators are on their side. But there are signs [...]

  • Can all the Streaming Services Survive?

Can all the Streaming Services Survive?

April 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Can all the Streaming Services Survive?

By Mark Richards. Disney is about to launch a streaming service – entering a highly competitive market. Can all the streaming services survive? Will Netflix continue to grow its subscriber numbers? Can Apple work out [...]

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The Real Price of the Subscription Economy

April 15th, 2019|Comments Off on The Real Price of the Subscription Economy

By Mark Richards Disney is about to launch a new streaming service. Meanwhile more and more of us have devices like Alexa in our homes. Is this a fantastic new era of entertainment and convenience? [...]

  • The Rise and Rise of Esports

The Rise and Rise of Esports

April 5th, 2019|Comments Off on The Rise and Rise of Esports

By Mark Richards. This is a busy weekend of sport, with the Grand National and the FA Cup semi-finals. But what will the sporting scene look like in ten years’ time? Will traditional sports have [...]

  • “Would you Like a Large Bot With That?”

“Would you Like a Large Bot With That?”

March 29th, 2019|Comments Off on “Would you Like a Large Bot With That?”

By Mark Richards. Is your job at risk from AI, robotics and automation? Estimates of the number of jobs at risk vary widely, from 800m worldwide to none at all. Yes, some jobs will undoubtedly [...]

  • Testing the Right Personality

Testing the Right Personality

March 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Testing the Right Personality

By Mark Richards. Personality tests are being used more and more frequently in business. The traditional approach was to dread them and deride them as a waste of time. But as companies and organisations increasingly [...]

  • Is it the Beginning of the End for the Tech Giants?

Is it the Beginning of the End for the Tech Giants?

March 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Is it the Beginning of the End for the Tech Giants?

By Mark Richards. At first glance, the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, and an article written by a Democratic wannabee in the US and Facebook’s longest period of ‘down’ time for ten years have little to do [...]

  • The Pace of Change Accelerates

The Pace of Change Accelerates

March 11th, 2019|Comments Off on The Pace of Change Accelerates

By Mark Richards. All my life there have been three fundamental facts about cars. Now all of them are under threat, and the changes they will bring will threaten the car industry as we know [...]

  • The Office Dress Code: to Tie or not to Tie?

The Office Dress Code: to Tie or not to Tie?

March 8th, 2019|Comments Off on The Office Dress Code: to Tie or not to Tie?

By Mark Richards. Is there an office dress code where you work? Does it make sense? Eight years ago a Swiss bank was telling female employees what colour underwear they should choose. Now an investment [...]

Politics

The Irresistible March of the Bots

March 25th, 2019|Comments Off on The Irresistible March of the Bots

By Mark Richards. Can we trust what we read any more? We have all heard the term ‘fake news:’ but as artificial intelligence becomes ever more powerful and the use [...]

  • Costs for driving abroad set to soar because of Brexit

Costs for driving abroad set to soar because of Brexit

January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Costs for driving abroad set to soar because of Brexit

By Mark Fairlie. Britons are expected to spend £36,190,000 on international driving permits if an agreement over the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The sum was [...]

  • Brexit threatens Christmas

Brexit threatens Christmas

December 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Brexit threatens Christmas

With little over three months, until the UK leaves the European Union, a clear transition and plan ought to be in place by now. However, Brexit is in the midst [...]

  • Huawei’s finance director facing extradition to the US

Huawei’s finance director facing extradition to the US

December 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Huawei’s finance director facing extradition to the US

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 [...]

Should We Worry about China Spying on Us?

November 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Should We Worry about China Spying on Us?

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 [...]

Technology

  • I Spy, with my Five Eyes

    I Spy, with my Five Eyes

    By Mark Richards. Last week’s papers were full of stories about spies and security. The UK gave Chinese company Huawei the go-ahead to work on [...]