Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 6 November 2018

The latest developments in media and technology, published every Tuesday at 06:00 GMT.

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The BBC Sounds App
The BBC Sounds App (Image Credit: BBC)

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BBC launches BBC Sounds

The BBC has officially launched its new audio app BBC Sounds.

BBC Sounds is intended to ultimately replace its iPlayer radio app and brings the BBC’s live radio stations, on-demand audio and podcasts into one app.

You may have seen BBC Radio services have rebranded their social media feeds “Radio 1 on BBC Sounds”. The launch is supported by a big budget marketing campaign produced by BBC Creative with Riff Raff Films and directed by MegaForce

At the moment the app is only available for download in the UK. As you have to sign in to access the app’s content you can continue listening where you left off on other devices. To drive take-up of the app, some podcasts are only available on the app. It also features exclusive mixes and archive comedy and drama.

The Guardian launches daily news podcast

The Guardian has joined The New York Times and The Financial Times in launching a daily news podcast.

Published every weekday “Today In Focus” selects one issue for each 20 minute edition. The BBC has also launched a similar single issue daily podcast “Beyond Today”.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 30 October 2018

The latest developments in media and technology, published every Tuesday at 06:00 GMT.

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Somerset House, London
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Somerset House, London

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

A new exhibition has opened at Somerset House, London celebrating the enduring legacy of the comic strip “Peanuts”.

Created by the late Charles M Schulz in 1950, the cartoon strip was syndicated to 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries around the world, and translated into 21 languages. By the time Charles M Schulz died in 2000, he had created some 17,897 comic strips – all hand drawn by himself.

The exhibition features extensive original strips from the Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California.

It looks not only the technical quality of his work – how he conveys emotion and sound in a black and white strip but also its enduring themes of failure, anxiety, loss and its social and political commentary.

The exhibition runs until 3 March 2019 and tickets can be bought online.

25 Years of The Essential Mix

Back in October 1993, BBC Radio 1 was at pains to shed its “Smashie and Nicey” image from the comic creations of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.

Big name DJs like Dave Lee Travis and Simon Bates departed the station to make way for a new guard of younger names. One of the earliest successes was “The Essential Mix”.

Created by Pete Tong, at the time the concept was revolutionary. A blank canvas for any guest DJ or producer to create a two hour uninterrupted mix, broadcast in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mixes in its early years from Daft Punk, David Holmes and Paul Oakenfold won huge plaudits. It quickly became the most taped show on BBC Radio 1.

In the early days mixes were recorded as live from vinyl onto DAT tape. And if you wanted a track listing you needed to consult one of the monthly dance music magazines. Today, the process is of course all much more sophisticated. A celebration was held at BBC Radio 1 last Friday, and features guest mixes from Derrick Carter, Derrick May, Paul Oakenfold and Slam.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 23 October 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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Apple 30 October 2018 Event Logos
Apple 30 October 2018 Event Logos (Image Credit: Apple)

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James Harding Launches Tortoise Media

James Harding, former Editor of The Times and Director of BBC News & Current Affairs, is launching a new “slow news” media venture Tortoise Media.

Backed by private investors and donations through Kickstarter, Tortoise Media will eschew the breaking news maelstrom. When at the BBC, James Harding was reported not to be fan of its rolling news channel, and came close to shutting it down altogether.

Tortoise Media promises not take ads nor cover press conferences. Its journalism will focus on five themes: technology; natural resources; identity; finance and longevity.

Members, depending on their choice of package, will have access to daily news conferences and receive a daily digital briefing and a quarterly print publication.

Tortoise Media has already recruited Chris Cook, policy editor at Newsnight, who broke major stories about financial mismanagement at Kids Company and alleged bullying by Speaker of the House Of Commons, John Bercow.

At the time of writing it has received donations of more than £360,000 from over 1,400 donors. There are a wide range of supporter packages available, starting at £50 for under 30s.

Apple Special Event

Apple is holding a “special event” in Brooklyn next Tuesday 30 October 2018.

It starts at 10:00 EDT. As is to be expected, details are scant at the moment. However, as Apple recently announced the launch of new iPhones at an event in Curpurtino, it is likely to focus on other Apple products. The fact that event invitations feature artistic renderings of the Apple logo, suggests it relates to creative tools such as the iPad.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 16 October 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 Guardian Weekly
The Guardian Weekly (Image Credit: The Guardian)

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The Guardian Weekly relaunches

Once upon a time, travelling abroad meant being in blissful ignorance as to what was happening back at home.

This was often a blessing and a curse.

Sometimes a political brouhaha could have come and gone. On one memorable occasion, on boarding a flight from New York to London Heathrow in September 2000, there was the shock of being handed a letter advising that protests at fuel refineries had resulted in empty supermarket shelves at home.

There was of course the option of buying a 2-3 day old newspaper printed and flown out from the UK. Many British papers such as the Telegraph would produce weekly editions for international readers. As has The Guardian which, for more than 99 years, has distributed “The Guardian Weekly” in some 170 countries.

The internet may have rendered the concept superfluous, however The Guardian has now relaunched its weekly edition as a news magazine and the first edition was published last week. It will also be available more widely in the UK with a new cover price of £4.40. There are also special editions for the US and Australia, where The Guardian has dedicated bureaux.

Whilst it has been a very tough market for print, a lot of weekly/bi-weekly news magazines have continued to thrive thanks to strong cover images and editorial and, of course, the current political climate.

The Guardian Weekly is published every Thursday.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 9 October 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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Hangar 51
Hangar 51 (Image Credit: International Airlines Group)

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IAG selects next start-ups to join Hangar 51

For the past three years IAG has been running a start-up accelerator programme known as “Hangar 51”.

Start-ups are invited to pitch new applications and products across all aspect of airline and airport operations from cargo to frequent flyer programmes.

IAG has revealed the ten finalists for this year. They will all spend ten weeks at IAG working with senior management to test and develop their projects. A demonstration day will be held on 14 December 2018 and a select number will receive a financial investment from IAG.

Here are the ten finalists:

1. 30K is a US start-up which provides an application programming interface (API) that populates flight search results detailing the fare’s mileage earning and frequent flyer benefits.

2. Assaia is a Swiss start-up which feeds airport ramp video footage into the airlines’ networks to set up more efficient aircraft turnarounds.

3. Biobeat is an Israeli start-up which has developed a wearable medical monitoring device suitable for cabin crew, pilots and travellers.

4. Emu Analytics creates real-time analytics and data to track cargo and baggage containers.

5. LuckyTrip is an app which uses artificial intelligence for passengers to find unique trips with one tap. Users set their budget, tap the “Lucky” button and instantly see a trip to hundreds of destinations in Europe.

6. Mobilus Labs offers a wearable voice communications platform which enables teams to connect from various environments.

7. SATAVIA provides airlines with decision making intelligence. It uses satellite earth observation data, numerical weather prediction and aircraft tracking to optimise maintenance and flight operations.

8. Signol develops software which focuses on fuel efficiency by analysing operational data and provides feedback to pilots to help reduce CO2 emissions.

9. Skylights has developed a Virtual Reality headset that enables passengers to watch in-flight entertainment in 2D, 3D and 180°.

10. Soter Analytics specialises in wearable health devices for airport ramp staff to prevent physical injuries in workplaces.

Ironically, the pitch day was held on the same day that BA announced that customer data had been stolen from its website!
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 2 October 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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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt at the Victoria & Albert Museum (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt at the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum has in the past couple of weeks opened a great exhibition “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt” exploring the world of contemporary video games.

It’s not always an easy subject to put into an exhibition space, but this has been done very well with expansive display and interactive exhibits. The exhibition runs until Sunday 24 February 2019. Tickets are on sale now from the V&A.

On a technology related note, “The Future Starts Here 100 projects shaping the world of tomorrow” is also running at the V&A until Sunday 4 November 2019.

easyJet targets the Instagram generation

easyJet has launched a new “Look & Book” feature to its smartphone app.

The idea is that if you see an image of a destination you like on Instagram, you can screen grab it on your phone. easyJet’s app can then attempt to identify the location and search for a direct flight to the destination. Though, presumably the technology will work with images sourced from anywhere.

As powerful and influential Instagram is, we’re not sure how many would simply go straight from viewing a picture to booking a flight.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 25 September 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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Time Out 50 (Image Credit: Time Out)

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50 Years Of Time Out

Time Out magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

It was founded in 1968 by Tony Elliott. The first issue was produced on his kitchen table.

Along with Rough Guide and Lonely Planet it became an indispensable and globally renowned guide to discovering the world’s cities. Time Out London survives as a weekly printed publication, but has been distributed free of charge for many years.

With the rise of the Internet, in particular Google and social media, city guides have become heavily commoditised. However, Time Out still has impact through its covers and many a promoter places a lot of cachet on securing a recommendation in Time Out.

Time Out will be celebrating with a special birthday party in Granary Square Kings Cross on Saturday 29 September 2018. Tickets are on sale at Time Out.

It will also be supported by a book and special exhibition “Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers” at the Museum of Brands, Packing and Advertising.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 18 September 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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Apple iOS12 (Image Credit: Apple)

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Apple’s iOS12 available for download

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS12, is now available for download.

New features include group notifications, more Do Not Disturb options, a new Shortcuts app where you automate series of actions suggested by Siri, and “Screen Time” reports. As always, it is advisable to download the new operating system to take advantage of the latest security features.

Initial impressions are that it does make your devices work faster and more responsive.

New Apple iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4

On a related note, as has been widely publicised, Apple announced three new iPhones last week and a new Apple Watch Series 4.

The specification of the new devices has been well documented. The new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are now available for pre-order from £999 and £1,099 respectively, more if you effectively take financing with a pay monthly contract. It has to be said that however technically impressive these products are, an equivalent amount of expenditure on professional photography equipment or a dedicated laptop would yield much more.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 11 September 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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BA First WiFi
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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 BST.

In light of recent events with the BA Customer Data Breach, it seems a good idea to focus on the issue of security, both at home and on the move. So here are some tips to protect your personal accounts and data.

1. Passwords

This is your first line of defence against hackers.

It is advisable not to use the same password across different accounts and logins as fraudulent access to one account will prompt attempts to access others.

A password should be “strong” with a combination of capitalised and lower case letters, numbers and characters that could not be easily guessed. It should not be based on any public information about you, such as family members, profession or personal interests.

There are many password managers which will generate and store complex passwords for you. Whilst these are reputable, out of personal preference, we don’t use them.

2. Two Factor / Step Authentication

Many websites and apps offer two factor/step authentication before your account can be accessed from a new computer or device.

The most common is two step authentication where a unique passcode is sent to your mobile phone before you can login from a new computer or device.

It’s far from infallible as SMS messages can be intercepted, but it does add an extra layer of security. Many websites and apps also allow the use of hardware tokens such as YubiKey.

The website Two Factor Auth details which websites and apps offer two step authentication.

Frustratingly, neither ba.com nor the BA Executive Club offers this.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 4 September 2018

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Apple, 12 September 2018 Media Invitation
Apple, 12 September 2018 Media Invitation (Image Credit: Apple)

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Apple expected to unveil new products on Wednesday 12 September

Apple has sent out press invitations to a media event at its headquarters in Cupertino at 10:00 PDT (18:00 BST) on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Apple is expected to unveil details of new iPhone and Apple Watch products. In advance of this, images of a new iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 have been leaked to 9To5Mac.

Apple is notoriously protective over leaks and has in the past undertaken extensive measures to find the source of leaks throughout its own headquarters and its suppliers.

Amazon’s Coverage of US Open

If you’ve been out and about in London recently you’ve no doubt seen extensive advertising by Amazon for its coverage of the US Open.

There are many things you can say about Amazon. It may not have the most visually appealing website or produce the most attractively designed products, but when it does something it does it well and very efficiently.

This appears not to be the case for its live TV coverage of the US Open which has drawn highly critical reviews. Specific areas of criticism include the picture quality and the lack of a replay option – something of an oversight given the time difference between the US and UK. (Amazon)
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