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No phone battery, no holiday, in CNET UK podcast 396

No phone battery, no holiday. Are tough new airport rules sensible precautions or government scaremongering?

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A dicky tummy; towel-wielding tourists reserving the best loungers; lost luggage. There are lots of things that can put a dampener on your holiday, and now you can add a dead battery to the list, as US authorities issue a ruling that all gadgets must be charged and working if you want to take them on a plane.

As phones join the list of shoes, liquids, printer cartridges and other items falling foul of airport security, we ask whether this latest measure is a wise precaution or more "security theatre" scaremongering?

On a lighter note, we take a hammer to Google's new $100 million piggy bank for backing European companies, and parcel up the Post Office's chances as mobile phone network. We find out how to wipe your Android phone to make sure it stays wiped, and square off with BlackBerry's unconventionally-shaped new Passport phone.

And we ponder perhaps the greatest issue of the day: as Sony debuts a phone for narcissists and selfie-taking fans stick a stick in the spokes of the T0ur de France, we ask if we've hit #peakselfie.

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