Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 18 September 2018

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Apple iOS12 (Image Credit: Apple)

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.

Apple’s iOS12 available for download

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS12, is now available for download.

New features include group notifications, more Do Not Disturb options, a new Shortcuts app where you automate series of actions suggested by Siri, and “Screen Time” reports. As always, it is advisable to download the new operating system to take advantage of the latest security features.

Initial impressions are that it does make your devices work faster and more responsive.

New Apple iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4

On a related note, as has been widely publicised, Apple announced three new iPhones last week and a new Apple Watch Series 4.

The specification of the new devices has been well documented. The new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are now available for pre-order from £999 and £1,099 respectively, more if you effectively take financing with a pay monthly contract. It has to be said that however technically impressive these products are, an equivalent amount of expenditure on professional photography equipment or a dedicated laptop would yield much more.

Regime Change at The Daily Mail

A quiet revolution has been taking place just off Kensington High Street.

Northcliffe House is home to the Daily Mail. For decades great swathes of Britain’s political class lived in fear of its editor Paul Dacre. Arguably, no newspaper has ever reflected the personality of its editor like Paul Dacre’s Daily Mail.

With a generous editorial budget, it tapped into the fears and prejudices of Middle England with laser precision. On no other newspaper could a pithy front page headline contain so much blind rage and fury. This has been none more so in evidence than it’s coverage of the EU Referendum with anyone who dares to question The Government’s path dubbed “enemies of the people”, “traitors” and “saboteurs”.

However, there has been an abrupt volte face. Paul Dacre quietly left the paper in the summer and has been replaced by Remain supporting Geordie Greig. There’s been a distinct softening of its tone. Don’t expect the Mail to come out in favour of a 2nd referendum, but the Brexit hardliners will find themselves marginalised and won’t be able to rely on support from the Mail.

Of course, had this happened three years ago, events in the UK could have taken a very different course.

Also of note this week:

BBC Research & Development on reducing delays of live streams compared to broadcast TV. (BBC R&D)

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff buys Time Magazine. (CNN Money)

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