Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 29 May 2018

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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 BST.

“The Fourth Estate”

One of the illustrations of the difference between the UK and the US is the relative extremes in domestic media coverage of Brexit and Donald Trump’s Presidency.

In the US, you have Fox News where by day, one the dumbest news shows on television, “Fox & Friends” dictates the Presidential agenda. By night, Sean Hannity undergoes the most exhausting mental gymnastics to create a grand conspiracy narrative against President Trump. On the other hand, The New York Times and Washington Post are producing some of their best work.

In the UK on Brexit, everything is somewhere in the middle and satisfying nobody. A new Showtime series goes behind the scenes at the New York Times in “The Fourth Estate”. There’s no word yet on when and where it will be available in the UK. Not even the Showtime website works in the UK…

BBC’s Biggest Weekend

The BBC held its “Biggest Weekend” music festival across the UK this weekend.

You can catch up with all the performances online. If we were to recommend one, it would be Underworld in Belfast.

On a related note, Scott Mills begins his transition to Radio 2 with The Radio 2 Remix. It all sounds very Radio 1 circa 1999.

What’s wrong with WH Smith?

WH Smith, a fixture of the UK’s airports and railway stations, has long been one of the British public’s favourite targets for opprobrium.

Hurried travellers will no doubt be familiar with its assault course of tat and ill-targeted promotional offers, assisting its financial performance that has kept investors on side. It was probably no coincidence that Which? chose a relatively slow news weekend to release its poll of the best and worst High Street shops prompting another burst of national outcry at what was once one of Britain’s strongest retail brands.

The Spectator looks at how the public fell out of love with WH Smith.

Apple Keynote Address at Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple is holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California next week from Monday 4 June to Friday 8 June 2018.

As is customary, it will include a “Keynote” address at 10:00 PDT. This is where Apple unveils new software updates and hardware to a rapturous reception in the auditorium. Apple is expected to unveil details of is new mobile operating system iOS 12.

You can follow live tweets from the event courtesy of MacRomorsLive

Apple launches new Privacy Website

Staying with Apple, it is recently launched a new Privacy Website where you can request a download of data Apple holds on you.

Also of note this week:

If you’re interested in 4K TV, here is a very technical explanation from the BBC’s R&D department on how they filmed the Royal Wedding in 4K HDR. (BBC)

Gatwick’s passenger app wins Mobile Innovation of the Year at the National Technology awards, and Mobile App of the Year at the Real IT awards. (Gatwick Airport)

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