We asked the businesses at the forefront of innovation to tell us how life will change for all of us in the next five years as part of the Tech List. We also asked them what the big challenges ahead will be and many responded by saying that finding the right skills and talent will be a barrier to growth. And keeping up with the pace of change will keep them on their toes. But in a bid to avoid too much futuristic talk, we also asked them about their favourite films, books and music - the bits that make us all human Among the top choices were Let’s Stay Together by Al Green, tracks by Pink Floyd and fittingly, The Future’s so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades, by Timbuk 3. For a favourite book, one opted for a non-fiction title scarily called Humans Need Not Apply by Jerry Kaplan. And someone even admitted to Rock Star starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston as a favourite film. Watch the team behind Lightfoot explain the future of their invention The Tech List is the second … [Read more...] about These 30 top tech firms are the ones to watch for 2019
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Child-friendlyMajorca, Spain The largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, with an appealing climate and short flight time, Majorca is an obvious choice for families with younger children. Throw in the soft sandy beaches, particularly Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona, sheltered coves and limestone mountains, and fine Roman and Moorish remains, and this becomes an all-ages' favourite. Visit the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th Century Santa Maria Cathedral, and the stone-built villages of Pollenca and Fornalutx. Try tumbet, a delicious local dish of fried aubergines, potatoes, red peppers and tomatoes, along with ensaimada, a pastry made with pork lard (sorry vegetarians!). Stay at one of TUI's three Family Life resorts. The four-star Mallorca Mar is right on the seafront, with rooms that include kitchenettes and a balcony or terrace. www.tuiholidays.ie Cantabria, Spain Northern Spain is still relatively low-key as a holiday destination. Which is just the way the Cantabrians … [Read more...] about 50 best holidays for 2019: Get your trips started here!
If Theresa May fails to get her deal through parliament in January, the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal becomes more likely. Here, Guardian journalists examine what a no-deal Brexit could mean for the country, sector by sector. British and EU expats In a no-deal scenario, the rights of British nationals in Europe to work and reside there will fall away unless a member state has contingency plans in place. For this reason many British expats have taken the precaution of becoming citizens of the countries in which they are settled. In its latest no-deal planning paper unveiled earlier this month the European commission urged members to take a “generous” approach to protect the rights of 1 million Britons living in the bloc. It said governments should consider granting temporary residence permits to allow time for people to make applications to secure their long-term status. Campaigners say the EU’s decision to leave the issue of citizens’ rights … [Read more...] about Food prices to finance: what a no-deal Brexit could mean for Britain
When Donald Trump strides off his plane on to UK soil this week, wispy locks flying in the wind, he will expect his every whim to be catered for. The world’s most powerful man needs to stay focused on the weighty matters affecting all our futures. This is the US leader who is still locked in a high-stakes nuclear poker game with North Korea. Other issues taxing the presidential brain will be a trade war with China and the status of women. But one of his foremost questions on his official visit to Britain will be: “Did we bring the cookies?” For the leader of the free world must be given Oreos only from the US, which he claims taste better. Wherever he goes, the President has a list of preferences worthy of any diva. Take his taste in food. Trump always insists on having his own-brand ketchup, carried by an aide. He is also partial to sweet treats from See’s Candies, a US firm famed for its chocolate – but also the manufacturer of … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s life on the road with personalised travel perks worthy of a diva
Chris Ramsey, who runs Plug In Adventures, told Holyrood that by the time they got to Siberia, they had to rely more on the help of strangers. “We were driving through our second to last charging point when the Russian state electricity company got in contact and offered us a charging location. We drove down this tiny dirt track in the middle of the Siberian forest, up to this little wooden hut. So we thought, ‘OK, we’ll plug in there and sleep in the car’. But no, there were two guys there, who started taking the padlocks off the electricity pylon, and then wired our charging cable directly into the pylon.” For 250km of the journey through Kazakhstan they were driving on dirt roads, which were in the process of being replaced. Some entrants turned back, but having raised their suspension, and with their electric car containing fewer working parts compared to a petrol one, there was less to go wrong. In the course of the trip, the only mechanical failures … [Read more...] about Is Scotland ready for electric vehicles?