Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 14 May 2019

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Apple Store, Carnegie Library, Mount Vernon Square, Washington
Apple Store, Carnegie Library, Mount Vernon Square, Washington (Image Credit: Washington)

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Yesterday, Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating software iOS 12.3.

The most visible change is a redesigned Apple TV app which includes a range of free catch-up content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and All4. It also includes a range of catch-up content for purchase, including the first seven series of Game Of Thrones.

Apple’s release does refer to the new app having Apple Channels where users can subscribe to specific TV services, but this does not appear to be available in the UK yet.

As ever, it’s important to download the latest software to take advantage of the latest security updates.

Staying with Apple, Bloomberg reports that Apple’s chip manufacturers are working on a new chip for three new smartphones that will be unveiled later this year. The three new phones will be successors to the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The two high-end models, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, will also gain a third rear camera with a wide-angle lens.

Apple also owned a new store at the Carnegie Library on Mount Vernon Square in Washington last weekend. There was less good news for Apple elsewhere in Washington yesterday as the Supreme Court in Washington has allowed a case concerning alleged anti-competitive practices in the management of Apple’s App Store to proceed. (Washington Post)

Google I/O 2019

Google held its annual I/O developer conference last week.

Google has listed no less than 100 separate announcements across the fields of smartphones, the smart home, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The two big headlines are new Pixel 3a smartphone and Google Nest Max which is the new name for Google Home. The latter will retail in the UK for £219.

Also of note this week:

The BBC has launched a new podcast “13 Minutes To The Moon” telling across 12 parts the story of the Apollo 11 moon landing. (BBC)

“It’s Time To Break Up Facebook”. It’s not unusual to see polemics against Facebook, but this comes from its co-founder who knows the company’s methods intimately. (New York Times)

It’s “Upfront” week in the US where the major US TV networks present their new shows to advertisers. The Hollywood Reporter has trailers for all the new shows. Meanwhile, Variety details all those that have been cancelled in a notoriously ruthless market.

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