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)

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 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.

Facebook

Facebook finds itself under scrutiny again.

Wired Magazine looks at Mark Zuckerberg’s “2 years of hell”. The Guardian looks at the dawn of the technology backlash. The Monday Note says Facebook has a “Big Tobacco” problem. Unilever has fired at salvo at Facebook and others threatening to remove ads from their platforms if they do not reform themselves. (Financial Times)

Streaming Media

First of all let’s start with “The World’s Most Luxurious Airline” which premiered on Channel 4 on Monday evening. Looking at some of the savage responses on Twitter at some of its participants, the main lesson is to never to agree to appear on television.

It may hard to believe now, but when “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” launched on Bravo in the US in 2003 it was genuinely groundbreaking television (the UK version is probably best forgotten). Netflix has launched a new version of “Queer Eye” which has been very well received. (Netflix)

WNYC and ProPublica have launched a new podcast Trump Inc.

Also of note this week:

BBC Weather has a new look as it transitions from the Met Office to Meteo Group. Hopefully, this will mean more accurate international forecasts as they can often be widely inaccurate. (BBC)

Are we witnessing the end of AM and FM radio?

According to the latest quarterly listening figures from the audience measurement body RAJAR, digital listening now accounts for just short of 50% of radio listening in the UK. Meanwhile Absolute Radio has applied to the communications regulator OFCOM to turn off some of its AM transmitters. This will marginally reduce its coverage but reduce is AM transmission costs substantially. The BBC is also in the process of turning of many local radio AM transmitters.

A brilliant piece of interactive journalism by Bloomberg looking at the decline of the American mall through an interactive video game. (Bloomberg)

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