Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 5 June 2018

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Apple previews iOS12

Apple held its keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, 4 June 2018.

There were no announcements regarding Apple hardware. The main announcement was a preview of Apple’s next mobile operating system iOS12.

It will include more features to manage time using mobile devices and minimise disturbances. Such features include an enhanced Do Not Disturb feature, new settings for notifications and a new “Screen Time” feature which measures time spent using specific apps.

Apple also promises much faster performance, new tools to manage photographs and Group FaceTime chat. (Apple Newsroom)

Apple also previewed new software for Apple Watch (Apple Newsroom) and Apple TV. (Apple Newsroom)

iOS12 will be available for download this autumn.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 29 May 2018

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“The Fourth Estate”

One of the illustrations of the difference between the UK and the US is the relative extremes in domestic media coverage of Brexit and Donald Trump’s Presidency.

In the US, you have Fox News where by day, one the dumbest news shows on television, “Fox & Friends” dictates the Presidential agenda. By night, Sean Hannity undergoes the most exhausting mental gymnastics to create a grand conspiracy narrative against President Trump. On the other hand, The New York Times and Washington Post are producing some of their best work.

In the UK on Brexit, everything is somewhere in the middle and satisfying nobody. A new Showtime series goes behind the scenes at the New York Times in “The Fourth Estate”. There’s no word yet on when and where it will be available in the UK. Not even the Showtime website works in the UK…
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 22 May 2018

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BBC Radio 2 is going to Ibiza (!)

It has long been a fixture for BBC Radio 1 to spend a weekend in Ibiza every summer.

20 years ago, in 1998 and an era of BBC largesse, virtually the entire radio station decamped to the White Isle. Zoe Ball just about made it on air to co-present her breakfast show after a night partying with her then future husband Norman Cook. Lisa I’Anson missed her Sunday lunchtime show after a night at the notorious Manumission Club and Motel (legend has it liquid acid was dropped in her eyes).

In news that may well make some readers feel a little old and a sign of how the island’s appeal is changing, BBC Radio 2 is to spend a weekend in Ibiza with Zoe Ball returning to the island alongside Gary Davies and Ana Matronic from Friday 29 June 2018. (BBC Media Centre)

On a slight tangent, in a sign of how much the island has changed the marmite W Hotel brand is due to open a property on the island next year. (Marriott)

The BBC’s Biggest Weekend

There’s no Glastonbury festival this year, so the BBC is stepping into the void with its “Biggest Weekend”

It features live music across four days from Friday 25 May to Monday 28 May 2018 from four locations: Belfast, Coventry, Perth and Swansea. In addition to coverage on BBC Radio’s 1, 2, 3 and 6 Music, there’s TV coverage on BBC2 and BBC4 across the weekend.

On a related note, the BBC has announced a new music discovery festival BBC Music Introducing LIVE at Tobacco Dock from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November 2018. (BBC Media Centre)

The Soft Power of The Royal Family

What more can be said of the Royal Wedding?

To give an indication of the soft power of The Royal Family abroad, in spite of the 5-8 hour time difference, the wedding secured an audience of 29 million across 15 networks in the United States. (Nielsen)
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 15 May 2018

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Wardour News To Close

Any one who has ever visited Soho in London with any degree of frequency could not fail to have noticed Wardour News at 118-120 Wardour Street.

The long-standing newsagent sold titles from the around the world on travel, as well as fashion and design. It will close its doors permanently on Friday 25 May 2018 after nearly 34 years in business. There have been heartfelt tributes from The Evening Standard and Vogue.

Its closure will leave a hole in Soho which has long been steadily turning from the home of London’s creative industries into a gastronomic theme peak. A few doors down from Wardour News is a restaurant dedicated to toasted cheese sandwiches. If that wasn’t absurd enough, around the corner on Old Compton Street is a venue dedicated to serving potato crisps…

Google I/O Conference

Google held its annual “I/O” conference last week.

There were no less than 100 announcements across Google’s suite of products. These include new voices and custom routines for the Google Assistant and additional self-controls as part of Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative.

The Spoken Word on Spotify

Bloomsbury has signed a deal with Spotify to make its 33 1/3 books available on the platform. (The Book Seller)

National Public Radio is also making its podcasts which include Fresh Air and TED Radio Hour available on the platform. (NPR)

Also of note this week:

BBC Radios 1, 2, Five Live and commercial radio stations around the UK are to join forces at 10:59 BST today, 14 May 2018, to broadcast a minute long message about mental health. (RadioCentre)

In the quest for ever more aesthetically pleasing and higher resolution TV screens, sound has become somewhat overlooked in television. The BBC “Sounds Amazing” audio conference looks at ideas to improve the audio experience for viewers and listeners, such as binaural sound. (BBC Academy)

Brian Stelter of CNN’s Reliable Sources interviews Trevor Noah of the Daily Show. (CNN)

CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour joins PBS on a permanent basis with a daily show “Amanpour & Company” (Hollywood Reporter)

Facebook has suspended 200 apps pending a full investigation into misuse of member data on the platform. (Facebook)

Here’s an extraordinarily detailed account on the close relationship between President Tump and Sean Hannity of Fox News. (New York Magazine)

It’s “Upfront” season in New York this week where, in a longstanding tradition, the American TV networks pitch their new shows to advertisers. The New York Times looks at why traditional TV is in trouble, a trend that is likely to follow on this side of the atlantic. (The New York Times)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 8 May 2018

Our weekly bulletin on the latest developments in media and technology around the world, as published every Tuesday morning at 06:00 BST.

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The Eurovision Song Contest

There is simply no better display of pan European geopolitics than the Eurovision Song Contest.

The final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest, one of the longest running and most watched non-sporting events in the world, takes place in Lisbon on Saturday 12 May. It will be broadcast to an estimated audience of 200 million.

It has long been regarded in the UK as something of a joke. However, in recent years, thanks to Sweden in particular, the final has become an increasingly ambitious production. And of course, there is the voting, where loyalties and rivalries come to the fore.

In the UK, the BBC will air the two semi-finals on BBC4 tonight, Tuesday 8 May and on Thursday 10 May, all at 20:00. The Saturday final, where 26 finalisits will perform, is on BBC1 at 20:00 with commentary from Graham Norton.

As well as being shown across Europe, the final is shown live in Australia on SBS which embraces the contest with gusto, and Logo TV in the US.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 1 May 2018

Our weekly bulletin on the latest developments in media and technology around the world, as published every Tuesday morning at 06:00 BST.

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Your BA Executive Club card will soon be available in Apple Wallet

BA has just put through a minor update to its iPhone app. The Executive Club card has been redesigned and this is a precursor to BA making available your card in Apple Wallet, as well as the BA app.

Also of note this week:

The BBC begins trials of steaming of live Ultra-High Definition content in High Dynamic Range on the iPlayer beta. (BBC)

BBC Radio 1 replays an Essential Mix by the late Avicii from 2010. (BBC iPlayer Radio)

BBC Radio 1’s Ben Cooper writes on reinventing radio for the Alexa age (Medium)

The BBC’s Global News division partners with VICE Media to bring VICE News This Week to the BBC World News channel. (BBC)

“The Fourth Estate” documentary chronicles the New York Times in the era of Trump. (CBS News)

Microsoft unveils its April 2018 update to Windows 10 with new creative and productivity tools. (Microsoft)
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 24 April 2018

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 17 April 2018

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“Nothing to See Here” 27 February 2017; “Stormy” 23 April 2018. Illustrations by Tim O’Brien for TIME Magazine.

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BBC Radio 1 Schedule Changes

Many listeners to BBC Radio 1 in the 1990s will recall Chris Evans’ tenure on the stations’ breakfast show from 1995 to 1997.

Radio 1 was reeling after the forced departure of high-profile DJs led to listening figures going into freefall. It turned to Chris Evans to turn the station’s fortunes around. It worked until Chris Evans’ ego got the better of him. He asked for Fridays off so he could concentrate on his Channel 4 TV show, TFI Friday. The Controller of Radio 1, Matthew Bannister, said no. Chris shortly departed the station.

The current Controller of Radio 1, Ben Cooper, clearly sees things differently. From June of this year, Radio 1’s weekday DJs Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo and Greg James will be given Fridays off. Instead, Radio 1 will run a three day weekend schedule from Friday to Sunday. (BBC Media Centre)

Qantas AVRO Accelerator Programme

Qantas is running its AVRO Accelerator programme for new technology start-ups for a second year.

Operated in partnership with Slingshot, successful applicants will receive funding and mentoring from the Qantas Group. Qantas is specifically for looking for applicant start-ups who are developing technology around themes such as the personalised, seamless customer journey; customer engagement; and smarter and safer airline and airport operations.

In Europe, International Airlines Group operates a similar programme called Hangar 51.

There’s more information available from Qantas.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 10 April 2018

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Facebook

Facebook CEO and Chairman Mark Zuckerberg, still under siege over the alleged unauthorised use of Facebook users’ data by third parties, is due to appear before two Senate committees in the United States, beginning with the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Tuesday afternoon (local time).

In advance of these hearings Facebook has announced a series of platform and policy changes:

It has removed 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts, and 138 Facebook Pages that were controlled by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (Facebook)

A number of restrictions have been placed on data made available to Facebook apps. Facebook has also disabled the ability to look up users with their e-mail address and phone number. From yesterday, Monday 9 April 2018, Facebook will begin to proactively advise users of the apps they are using and the data they are sharing with these apps. Facebook has also begun to notify some 87 million users that their data may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica. (Facebook)

Facebook has also announced a series of planned measures for increased transparency for political advertisements and pages on the platform. (Facebook)
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 3 April 2018

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TheC64 Mini

Let’s start with something for children of the 1980s: A “mini” version of the much-loved Commodore 64 computer (pictured above), TheC64 Mini has just been released.

It follows in the footsteps of the mini Super Nintendo console. However, there’s no need to bring out the cassette player and sit patiently for games to load. It’s pre-loaded with 64 games. It also has the benefit of being designed to work with modern TVs in the way that the consoles and computers of the 20th century aren’t.

Hopefully, a similar version of the Commodore Amiga A500 will follow suit…

On a related note, the London Games Festival is taking place between 5 and 15 April 2018 with events at Somerset House and elsewhere.
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