Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 3 April 2018

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Commodore 64 Computer (Image Credit: London Air Travel)
Commodore 64 Computer (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

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 BST.

TheC64 Mini

Let’s start with something for children of the 1980s: A “mini” version of the much-loved Commodore 64 computer (pictured above), TheC64 Mini has just been released.

It follows in the footsteps of the mini Super Nintendo console. However, there’s no need to bring out the cassette player and sit patiently for games to load. It’s pre-loaded with 64 games. It also has the benefit of being designed to work with modern TVs in the way that the consoles and computers of the 20th century aren’t.

Hopefully, a similar version of the Commodore Amiga A500 will follow suit…

On a related note, the London Games Festival is taking place between 5 and 15 April 2018 with events at Somerset House and elsewhere.

KLM launches new podcast series “The Journey”

KLM has launched a new six part podcast series “The Journey”.

Each episode features a unique true story about life-changing experiences from travel. Two of the six parts are now available online and the podcast is accompanied by a nicely illustrated website.

The Media Society – Russia: A New Cold Media War?

The Media Society in London has long hosted events featuring some of the most senior figures in broadcast and print media discussing their careers and the issues of the day.

On Monday 9 April 2018, James Landale, the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent will chair a panel discussion at The Groucho Club, Dean Street, Soho on the role of both the UK and Russia in a new media war.

Panellists include: Luke Harding Moscow Correspondent, The Guardian (2007-2011). Author of Collusion: How Russia helped Trump win the White House and Mafia State; Daria Litvinova, Reuters Institute of the Study of Journalism and Formerly of the Moscow Times and RIA Novosti; and Peter Conradi, Foreign Editor, The Sunday Times. Author of Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War The event is open to members and non-members.

Tickets can be purchased from The Media Society.

Apple rolls out iOS 11.3

Apple has rolled out the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11.3. Whilst many features such as Business Chat and access to health records are only available to users in the US, it is recommended to upgrade as soon as is practicable to take advantage of the latest security updates. (Apple Newsroom)

Also of note this week:

The BBC begins coverage of The Commonwealth Games from Australia’s Gold Coast from Wednesday 4 April until Sunday 15 April. Inevitably due to timezones, much of the live coverage is overnight but highlights will be available on the BBC Red Button. (BBC)

The BBC World Service has launched a new service BBC News Serbian, based in Belgrade as part of a Government funded expansion of the World Service. (BBC World Service)

Netflix ventures into topical comedy with The Joe McHale Show with Joe McHale making its debut on the platform. (Netflix)

Colin Murray hosts a new BBC podcast “Blood On The Tracks”. The first episode features a curious mix of Josh Widdicombe, Martin Bashir, Skin from Skunk Anansie and Jimmy White discussing their favourite tracks. (BBC)

Slate’s Hit Parade podcast looks at Madonna’s 1998 album Ray Of Light, produced by William Orbit. (Slate)

Proving that Netflix does not have a monopoly on successful reboots, nor political topicality, and that there is still a future for broadcast TV, the new series premiere of Roseanne on ABC (US) scored more than 18 million viewers. Another series has already been commissioned. (ABC) (New York Times)

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