Month: <span>June 2014</span>

The World Cup kicks off in Brazil this evening as the host nation take on Croatia in Sao Paulo – so this edition of Around the World is dancing to the samba beat in a Brazil World Cup Special.

And if you want to keep in touch with friends, colleagues, clients or fellow football fans forth duration of the tournament, you can use to speak to up to 50 other people at once, using the local rate Brazilian dial-in number 21-39561452.

Now read on to fill your head with enough World Cup trivia to make sure your picked first for every pub quiz team for at least the next four weeks…

Around the world

If you’re currently employed in the UK, you only have the right to request flexible working if you are a registered carer or if you have children under the age of 17, or children under the age of 18 if they are disabled.

However, as we reported on Sunday, this will all change on June 30th when the UK’s Flexible Working Regulations are amended to allow anyone the right to request flexible working, so long as they have been with their employer for at least six months.

And a recent poll run by HR consultants, Croner, and YouGov found over a quarter (26%) of UK employees planned on making an application for flexible working, which includes everything from working from home, to flexi-time, to job-sharing.

So if you’re one of the 26%, here’s how to request flexible working from your employer…

Flexible working

Star Wars droids such as R2-D2 and C3PO are known the world over – and beyond for that matter – but are elements of this science fiction becoming science fact?

We’ve already seen how Google is buying up robotics and artificial intelligence companies like there’s no tomorrow – and if the robots fulfill their terminator-like prophecy there will be no tomorrow – but how do modern day robots shape up against their Star Wars counterparts?

Check out this cracking infographic to find out…


As of June 30 this year, all UK employees will have a legal right to request flexible working – including remote working, working from home, flexi-time and job sharing –  in what will be one of the biggest shake-ups in employment law the UK has ever seen.

Of course, asking for flexible working is one thing, getting it can be quite another, but this new legislation means your employer has to at least consider your proposal. So put a good enough case across – think reduced overheads, increased productivity – and you could be soon be flexible working and all the benefits it brings.

Flexible working Work from home

Apple has announced details of iOS8 – its latest multi-platform operating system – and one of the main innovations appears to be the inclusion of health data monitoring apps.

Speaking at Apple’s annual conference for developers in San Francisco, Craig Federighi, the company’s senior vice president of software engineering revealed details Health, an app for iPhone and iPad.