January 14th, 2016
Episode 613 of 901 episodes
Shares in Renault have crashed amid an investigation into its vehicle emissions technology. The French car maker said tests had found no evidence of emissions-cheating devices. Automotive journalist Mike Rutherford explains that investors are worried that Renault could be dragged into the emissions cheating scandal that has undermined Volkswagen. The collapse in the price of oil has provided a challenge for supporters of alternative energy sources, from wind to solar power. Many projects now look less financially attractive than they did eighteen months ago. We ask George Monbiot, a renowned environmental campaigner if the sinking oil price is disastrous for his cause. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a company in Romania that monitored the online activity of one if its employees did not breach his human rights. The man was dismissed after the firm presented a 45 page transcript of messages he had exchanged with his brother and fiancée on the Yahoo Messenger app. All of the messages were sent from a work computer during work hours. The man took the case to Strasbourg, arguing that his right to a private life had been breached, but the Court ruled that it was not unreasonable for employers to check that staff are doing their job. We hear from some workers in London about the prospect of their bosses checking their private messages and get the view of Ben Willmot, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. It has not been confirmed, but the mere rumour that Apple is about to abandon the standard mini headphone jack plug has unleashed an extraordinary wave of anger. Apple has not commented, but it is thought such a move could allow it to make even thinner smartphones. However critics are furious and have accused Apple of trying to corner the market and already more than 250,000 people have signed an online petition demanding a rethink. The BBC's Tom Bateman has produced an obituary for the mini jack and Stuart Miles from Pocket Lint tells us what Apple might be up to.