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Smart meters, Spotify and unadopted roads

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First broadcast:
Thursday 21 February 2013

More than a million electricity smart meters have been installed in UK homes, under plans to offer one to every household by 2019. The cost is estimated at £11bn, but some experts think they're already an out-of-date technology.

Some people who pay for Spotify's 'Premium' online music service are having problems using it with Android mobile phones. The adverts say the two are compatible, but the company also says it's working on a fix.

A private road might sound like luxury living, but many homes are on 'unadopted roads' with no real owner or maintenance. Hear about the pitfalls, potholes and effect on property prices.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: John Neal.


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  • Smart meters.

    Is the governments smart meter programme being forgotten because of the Green Deal?

  • DEET

    Scientists have found evidence that mosquitos are increasingly not being repelled by Deet.

  • Unadopted roads

    What do you do if you live on an unadopted road?

  • A round-up of yesterday’s news

    A round up of emails from our programme yesterday.

  • King’s Cross update.

    Delays continue for East Coast Train passengers. The company tells us why.

  • Spotify

    Problems for Spotify users on Android phones.

  • Meat markets

    Sales of British beef are booming as the horsemeat scandal boosts consumer confidence.

  • DEET

    Helen Skelton from Blue Peter tells us her mosquito horror stories

  • Smart Meter

    Around a million smart meters have been installed as the first phase of an eleven billion pound project to offer a smart meter to every home in the UK before the end of the decade.



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