Travel Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 7 November 2017

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

International Airlines Group - Aer Lingus, BA, Iberia, Vueling
International Airlines Group – Aer Lingus, BA, Iberia, Vueling

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.

International Airlines Group held its annual Capital Markets Day last Friday.  

We’e already covered many of the BA announcements.  There was also a lot of detail in the IAG slide deck on digital initiatives across the group.   These include, from slide 91, the roll out of “New Distribution Capability” which is radical change in how airlines set and distribute their fares and sell ancillary services to customers and a number of measures to automate airport operations.

All of Europe’s “Big Three” airline groups, IAG, Air France KLM, and Lufthansa, are a great pains to emphasise their investments in digital so expect a lot more announcements in the coming months and years.

On a related note, what’s happening with BA and WiFi? 

Virgin Atlantic now has WiFi on every flight. IAG has previously announced that it is to install high speed WiFi across the short-haul fleets of all IAG group airlines and on the majority of BA long-haul aircraft. It is understood that some BA 747s have WiFi installed but BA seems some way off from officially launching fleet wide WiFi.

Apple has released the latest version of its mobile operating system iOS11.1. 

The precise security details are available from Apple. As always, it’s advisable to download the latest software updates for all your operating systems and apps as soon as they are available.

The iPhoneX was also released last Friday to broadly positive reviews.

The Wall Street Journal explains who does, and doesn’t, get to review Apple phones in advance.

Whatsapp has added two new features.

We’ve all seen Whatsapp messages erroneously sent to entire groups to much embarrassment! Well now you can delete them within seven minutes of sending them. You can also share your live location in real time with a person or group.

Global Radio, which owns some of the biggest commercial radio brands in the UK. such as Capital, Heart and Smooth has soft-launched a new app which offers live streams of its radio stations and on-demand playlists to suit your mood / activity.

The BBC Academy is the BBC’s in house training school.

Although, ostensibly aimed at its own staff, it does have some great resources for anyone interested in technology and video production, such as this guide to Ultra HD which has been used to film Blue Planet II, for example.

Also of note this week:

Bloomberg reviews video headsets Would you use one in-flight?

How Snap Maps offered real-time coverage of the 31 October terror attack in New York. (Nieman Journalism Lab)

Is Amazon too powerful to break up? (The Financial Times)

Sony comes back from the brink (The Guardian)

Barcelona: Smart City Revolution In Progress (The Financial Times)

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