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.
Apple acquires Shazam
Following press reports over the weekend, first broken by TechCrunch, Apple has agreed to acquire Shazam – the app that identifies recorded music in a matter of seconds.
Although Shazam actually pre-dates the smartphone era, it is arguably one of its greatest innovations. A genuinely innovative and practically useful product that marries mobile and the internet. Needless to say, it is expected that Apple will integrate Shazam into Apple Music.
Apple TV App is now available in the UK
In other Apple news, the Apple TV app is now available for download in the UK. The app allows to you watch purchases/rentals from iTunes and streaming services from Amazon, BBC, ITV and Channel 5 from one app and across all Apple devices. Channel 4’s on demand service is conspicuously absent.
Virgin Media introduces Virgin TV Go
Virgin Media has replaced its “TV Anywhere” app with Virgin TV Control which will continue to control your set-top box remotely. A new app, Virgin TV Go, takes over the functionality to stream selected TV channels on your smartphone and tablet, and, for the first time on a 3G and 4G network. More details from Virgin Media.
YouTube publishes its “rewind” of 2017
(A staggering 122m views at the time of posting.)
Google unveils three experimental photography apps
Google has just released three experimental mobile photography apps which are available on either (or both) Android and iOS.
Storyboard (Android) turns your videos into a single-page comic layout.
Selfissimo! (iOS, Android) is an automated selfie photographer that takes a black and white photo each time you stop moving and pose.
Scrubbies (iOS) lets you to manipulate the speed and direction of video playback of videos shot in the app to produce video loops that highlight actions and replay moments.
More details from Google.
Also of note this week:
Apple unveils the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts of 2017. (Apple)
The BBC makes all its live radio services and podcasts available as a “skill” on Amazon Echo smart speakers, with more devices to follow. (BBC)
A vast array of archive BBC TV programmes and series covering genres such as drama, comedy, natural history will be added to the BBC iPlayer from this Saturday 16 December 2017. (BBC)
The Top 20 podcasts of 2017, based on US downloads. (Podtrac)
YouTube plans a new music subscription service for launch in 2018. (Bloomberg)
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