Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 6 February 2018

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Nigel Slater's Middle East (Image Credit: BBC)
Nigel Slater’s Middle East (Image Credit: BBC)

Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin featuring the latest developments on media and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 06:00 GMT.

Have we reached “peak Facebook”?

Facebook reported a 47% in total revenues to $40.6 billion in the year to 31 December 2017 but that time spent on the platform has fallen by approximately 50 million hours each day following changes to its News Feed to emphasise content from friends. (Facebook)

So have we reached “peak Facebook”?

For a time it seemed that Facebook was immune to the fate of MySpace and Friends Reunited and was on the verge of becoming the Internet.

However, Vanity Fair also asks whether Facebook has simply become too big to handle and its “Move Fast and Break Things” mantra may soon apply to itself. (Vanity Fair)

On the subject of financial results, Google parent Alphabet reported revenue for the year to 31 December 2017 of $110.9 billion, a 23% increase year on year. Apple reported revenue for the quarter to 31 December 2017 of $88.3 billion and an active user base of some 1.3 billion devices in January 2018.

Smart Speakers

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker was due to be available for sale in the UK from this Friday, 9 April 2018. However, based on delivery estimates on the Apple website, it appears that this may slip in to next week. Initial reviews are very positive, though of course it takes time to fully assess the effectiveness of a speaker.

Google’s Assistant has also been updated to upgrade the functionality to set alarms, reminders and play content on demand. (Google Blog)

Streaming Media

Spotify is reported to be testing a new “lean back” playlists-based app, initially in Australia. (TechCrunch)

The New York Times reflects on one year of its “The Daily” podcast. (New York Times)

The BBC launches a new “boring” podcast “The Boring Talks” exploring the mundane. (BBC)

Also of note on the BBC iPlayer:

BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Radio Manchester remember the Munich Air Disaster of 6 February 1958 in After Munich: How They Rebuilt United and Sport At Six, Munich Remembered.

Nigel Slater’s Middle East, a three part culinary tour of the region by the acclaimed food writer, begins in Lebanon. (BBC iPlayer)

Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider’s Guide to the Music Business. The final part of the series explores the money-making machine of the reunion tour. (BBC iPlayer)

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