Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 23 January 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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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.

Smart Baggage

British Airways has issued new guidance on the carriage of “smart baggage” as checked and carry-on luggage on its aircraft. These are bags that contain a lithium battery that can be used, inter alia, to charge portable devices.

More detailed guidance is available on the BA website.
Streaming Media

Spotify has launched a new multimedia format “Spotlight” which adds visual layers such as videos, photos and text to spoken word audio on the service. Spotify will also launch new audio series with media partners such as BuzzFeed news. (Spotify Press)

The Media Podcast predicts the media trends of the year ahead (The Media Podcast)

Our top pick from the BBC iPlayer this week is Hits, Hype & Hustle: An Insider’s Guide to the Music Business.

Smart Devices & Speakers

Amazon has added another Alexa-enabled device to the Echo family. The Echo Spot is now available for pre-order in the UK at The Echo Spot is priced at £119.99.

Apple has confirmed that its long-awaited HomePod smart speaker will be available in the UK, US and Australia from Friday 9 February. It is priced at £319 in the UK and is available to pre-order this coming Friday 26 January.

Social Media

Facebook, is scrambling to recover from the political fallout of the alleged use of platform to interfere in democratic processes. It is to begin surveying its members in the US on the news sources they consider to be the most trustworthy. Those deemed to be more trustworthy will be given a higher priority on the Facebook News Feed. This will then be rolled out internationally.

Twitter has also released the findings of its further review into abuse of the platform during the 2016 US Presidential Election. It is notifying no less than 677,775 people in the United States that they interacted with accounts that are potentially associated with the Russian Government backed Internet Research Agency. (Twitter Blog)


Sadly, many talented young journalists left BuzzFeed’s London bureau last week after a round of redundancies. This final article by one departing journalist, Tom Phillips, The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm in 2018 was brilliantly crafted and brutally accurate.

Also of note this week:

The Financial Times is offering free digital subscriptions to students aged 16-19 around the world. (Financial Times)

Netflix added a stonking 8.3m net new subscribers globally in the last quarter of 2017. Legacy cable, satellite, and free-to-air broadcasters have every reason to be concerned. (Netflix Investor Relations)

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