Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 6 March 2018

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

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The Monocle Media Summit

The editorial team of Monocle Magazine and various movers & shakers from the world of media gathered in London last week for the 2nd annual Moncole Media Summit to take the temperature of broadcast and print media, as well as branding and advertising. Guests included Hala Gorani of CNN and Francine Lacqua of Bloomberg. You can hear highlights from Moncole 24’s weekly print media show “The Stack”.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 27 February 2018

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 20 February 2018

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Social Media In The Dock

The biggest story in the past week has of course been Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian individuals who are alleged to have manipulated many social media platforms to interfere in the 2016 US Presidential Election.

It is worth reading the full text of the indictment to see just how systematically and methodically social media platforms were abused.

NBC News has retrieved more than 200,000 now deleted tweets alleged to have been posted by Russian trolls.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 13 February 2018

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Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook
Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook (Image Credit: Wired)

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Smart Speakers

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is now on sale.

Now admittedly, Apple’s capacious store on Regent Street with all its hard surfaces is not the best environment to test a speaker. It certainly packs a sound. Bearing in mind the price point of £315 and that you’ll need two speakers to benefit from stereo sound, it is a lot of money. Having sampled Alexa and Google Home, I think Google Home Mini wins for its ease of use, unobtrusiveness and accessible price point which allows for multiple purchases. If you really want HiFi sound, then it’s best to invest in HiFi.

The Loop goes inside Apple’s HomePod audio lab.
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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)

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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.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 30 January 2018

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Streaming Media

BBC Radio 1, which was famous for its comedy shows in the 1990s (The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris), is to make a return to the genre. The station will launch a new series of comedy podcasts. The first series will be available for download from Monday 5 February. (BBC)

The Sun’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn speaks to the Media Masters podcast.

Sky has also announced that its online streaming service Now TV will offer HD streams of TV channels from later this year. On a related note, Virgin Media is offering all existing customers the opportunity to upgrade to its latest 4K ready V6 set-top box. (Virgin Media)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 23 January 2018

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Amazon Echo Spot (Image Credit: Amazon.co.uk)
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 16 January 2018

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Facebook News Feed

Facebook has announced changes it its News Feed which will prioritise posts from friends and family and posts that prompt interaction and conversation over public posts from publishers.

This is as it comes under considerable scrutiny over the influence of its algorithmic news feed on media consumption and democracy. Many print and broadcast media businesses have long protested, with some considerable justification, that Facebook and others are media companies and should be subject to the same regulatory regime as them.

This will hopefully mean less tiresome clickbait (with those faux-conversational four word sentence introductions) choking up the Facebook news feed.

(Facebook Newsroom)
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Travel Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 9 January 2018

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

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

 

Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas.  BA and Virgin have been running additional flights from London Heathrow.

Virgin is running flights from Las Vegas to Heathrow on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 January 2018.  British Airways will also operate additional flights to/from London Heathrow and Las Vegas on Tuesday 9, Thursday 11, Friday and Sunday 14 January 2018.

Apple releases iOS 11.2.2

Apple has released the latest version of its iOS operating system (11.2.2).  This includes an update to the mitigate the effects of Spectre.  As always, it is recommended that you download and install the latest software updates as soon as they become available.  Here is more detail from Apple on the vulnerabilities caused by both Meltdown and Spectre.

Also of note this week:

We’re only 9 days into 2018 and it seems that political developments on both sides of the Atlantic are going to be as equally as exhausting as last year.  For an excellent daily summary of developments in the US we recommend the Reliable Sources newsletter from CNN’s Brian Stelter.  A truly impressive amount of effort goes into each edition.

Facebook begins tests to allow users to post Instagram stories into Whatsapp.  Facebook has of course faced scrutiny in the EU over the sharing of data between Whatsapp and Facebook.  (TechCrunch)

Google: We’ve sold a lot of Google Home Minis  (Google)

Inside The Lab Where Amazon’s Alexa Takes Over The World (Wired)

Spotify’s “Mint” playlist for “EDM” (terrible phrase – just call it dance music)  (ChartMetric)

 

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Travel Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 19 December 2017

Our weekly bulletin on the latest developments in travel and technology around the world, as published every Tuesday morning at 07:00 GMT.

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Hello and welcome to the weekly bulletin featuring the latest developments on travel and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 07:00 GMT / 08:00 CET.   This is our last bulletin of 2017.  Our next bulletin will be published on Tuesday 9 January 2018.

KLM’s automated bot is available on Google Home

KLM’s automated bot is now available on Google Home. At the moment it seems limited to dispensing packing advice, but the potential is obvious.

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