Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 16 January 2018

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Barack Obama & David Letterman (Image Credit: Netflix)

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 GMT.

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)

Streaming Media

The BBC has launched a new short-form video service BBC Ideas. (About The BBC Blog)

David Letterman has begun a new monthly talk show on Netflix “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”. David’s first guest is no less than former US President Barack Obama.

KISS FM UK has launched two new online only channels, KISS Jams and KISS Grime. These can listened to exclusively through the KISS Kube app.

BBC iPlayer TV & Radio Highlights: The Coronation (BBC1) and 50 Places To See Before You Die (First Shown 2002).

Smart Devices & Speakers

Something we missed before Christmas: Heathrow Airport is now available as a “skill” on Amazon Alexa. (Heathrow Media Centre)

Google sets out its ambitions for the Google Assistant: (Google)

Smartphone and Tablet Apps

Australian public broadcaster ABC has made its news app available worldwide.

Former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has invested in a new news gathering app Zig (New York Times)

Also of note this week:

Google has reportedly acquired UK start-up Redux on the quiet. Redux develops technology that can turn surfaces into speakers.

Sony’s reborn robot dog Aibo is now on sale in Japan for JPY 198,000 (that’s approximately £1,300) (Sony Japan)

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