Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 9 October 2018

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Hangar 51
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IAG selects next start-ups to join Hangar 51

For the past three years IAG has been running a start-up accelerator programme known as “Hangar 51”.

Start-ups are invited to pitch new applications and products across all aspect of airline and airport operations from cargo to frequent flyer programmes.

IAG has revealed the ten finalists for this year. They will all spend ten weeks at IAG working with senior management to test and develop their projects. A demonstration day will be held on 14 December 2018 and a select number will receive a financial investment from IAG.

Here are the ten finalists:

1. 30K is a US start-up which provides an application programming interface (API) that populates flight search results detailing the fare’s mileage earning and frequent flyer benefits.

2. Assaia is a Swiss start-up which feeds airport ramp video footage into the airlines’ networks to set up more efficient aircraft turnarounds.

3. Biobeat is an Israeli start-up which has developed a wearable medical monitoring device suitable for cabin crew, pilots and travellers.

4. Emu Analytics creates real-time analytics and data to track cargo and baggage containers.

5. LuckyTrip is an app which uses artificial intelligence for passengers to find unique trips with one tap. Users set their budget, tap the “Lucky” button and instantly see a trip to hundreds of destinations in Europe.

6. Mobilus Labs offers a wearable voice communications platform which enables teams to connect from various environments.

7. SATAVIA provides airlines with decision making intelligence. It uses satellite earth observation data, numerical weather prediction and aircraft tracking to optimise maintenance and flight operations.

8. Signol develops software which focuses on fuel efficiency by analysing operational data and provides feedback to pilots to help reduce CO2 emissions.

9. Skylights has developed a Virtual Reality headset that enables passengers to watch in-flight entertainment in 2D, 3D and 180°.

10. Soter Analytics specialises in wearable health devices for airport ramp staff to prevent physical injuries in workplaces.

Ironically, the pitch day was held on the same day that BA announced that customer data had been stolen from its website!
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 2 October 2018

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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt at the Victoria & Albert Museum (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt at the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum has in the past couple of weeks opened a great exhibition “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt” exploring the world of contemporary video games.

It’s not always an easy subject to put into an exhibition space, but this has been done very well with expansive display and interactive exhibits. The exhibition runs until Sunday 24 February 2019. Tickets are on sale now from the V&A.

On a technology related note, “The Future Starts Here 100 projects shaping the world of tomorrow” is also running at the V&A until Sunday 4 November 2019.

easyJet targets the Instagram generation

easyJet has launched a new “Look & Book” feature to its smartphone app.

The idea is that if you see an image of a destination you like on Instagram, you can screen grab it on your phone. easyJet’s app can then attempt to identify the location and search for a direct flight to the destination. Though, presumably the technology will work with images sourced from anywhere.

As powerful and influential Instagram is, we’re not sure how many would simply go straight from viewing a picture to booking a flight.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 25 September 2018

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50 Years Of Time Out

Time Out magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

It was founded in 1968 by Tony Elliott. The first issue was produced on his kitchen table.

Along with Rough Guide and Lonely Planet it became an indispensable and globally renowned guide to discovering the world’s cities. Time Out London survives as a weekly printed publication, but has been distributed free of charge for many years.

With the rise of the Internet, in particular Google and social media, city guides have become heavily commoditised. However, Time Out still has impact through its covers and many a promoter places a lot of cachet on securing a recommendation in Time Out.

Time Out will be celebrating with a special birthday party in Granary Square Kings Cross on Saturday 29 September 2018. Tickets are on sale at Time Out.

It will also be supported by a book and special exhibition “Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers” at the Museum of Brands, Packing and Advertising.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 18 September 2018

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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.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 11 September 2018

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In light of recent events with the BA Customer Data Breach, it seems a good idea to focus on the issue of security, both at home and on the move. So here are some tips to protect your personal accounts and data.

1. Passwords

This is your first line of defence against hackers.

It is advisable not to use the same password across different accounts and logins as fraudulent access to one account will prompt attempts to access others.

A password should be “strong” with a combination of capitalised and lower case letters, numbers and characters that could not be easily guessed. It should not be based on any public information about you, such as family members, profession or personal interests.

There are many password managers which will generate and store complex passwords for you. Whilst these are reputable, out of personal preference, we don’t use them.

2. Two Factor / Step Authentication

Many websites and apps offer two factor/step authentication before your account can be accessed from a new computer or device.

The most common is two step authentication where a unique passcode is sent to your mobile phone before you can login from a new computer or device.

It’s far from infallible as SMS messages can be intercepted, but it does add an extra layer of security. Many websites and apps also allow the use of hardware tokens such as YubiKey.

The website Two Factor Auth details which websites and apps offer two step authentication.

Frustratingly, neither ba.com nor the BA Executive Club offers this.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 4 September 2018

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Apple, 12 September 2018 Media Invitation
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Apple expected to unveil new products on Wednesday 12 September

Apple has sent out press invitations to a media event at its headquarters in Cupertino at 10:00 PDT (18:00 BST) on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Apple is expected to unveil details of new iPhone and Apple Watch products. In advance of this, images of a new iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 have been leaked to 9To5Mac.

Apple is notoriously protective over leaks and has in the past undertaken extensive measures to find the source of leaks throughout its own headquarters and its suppliers.

Amazon’s Coverage of US Open

If you’ve been out and about in London recently you’ve no doubt seen extensive advertising by Amazon for its coverage of the US Open.

There are many things you can say about Amazon. It may not have the most visually appealing website or produce the most attractively designed products, but when it does something it does it well and very efficiently.

This appears not to be the case for its live TV coverage of the US Open which has drawn highly critical reviews. Specific areas of criticism include the picture quality and the lack of a replay option – something of an oversight given the time difference between the US and UK. (Amazon)
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 28 August 2018

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Arizona Republic, New York Post Front Pages - Sunday 26 August 2018
Arizona Republic, New York Post Front Pages – Sunday 26 August 2018

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All The News That’s Fit To Print

If you were at home this past Bank Holiday weekend and happened to Google the opening times for your local supermarket, you would have been presented with these search results in Google:

Google Search Results Extract

Articles like this, which don’t even contain any practically useful information, have helped propel The Sun ahead of the juggernaut MailOnline in the UK online newspaper market with more than 30 million users a month. The printed circulation figures for all UK newspapers make for dismal reading. It’s probably not what its writers envisaged when signing up for journalism school, but that’s Google’s algorithms for you. (The Drum)

Also of note this week:

Apple, a company notoriously protective against leaks, is expected to unveil three new iPhones next month, based around the design of the iPhoneX. (Bloomberg)

Fox News’ Summer of Mistakes and Apologies. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Spotify has released the most streamed songs of the summer. Top of the charts is “In My Feelings” by Drake which was streamed by no less than 393 million times. This is followed by “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 (featuring Cardi B) which just managed a mere 293 million streams and “I Like It” (featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny) with 289 million streams. (Spotify)

How the US newspapers covered the death of Senator John McCain. (Mario Garcia)

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 21 August 2018

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Greg James, BBC Radio 1 (Image Credit: BBC)

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The Nation’s Favourite

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show may not be the most popular radio show in the UK. It is comfortably beaten by Chris Evans on Radio 2 and the Today Programme. However, it is still one of the most prestigious and for many DJs the ultimate career ambition.

Yesterday, Greg James took the helm of the show, replacing Nick Grimshaw after six years. And it’s a very different style of show. Nick Grimshaw was keen to emphasise his circle of celebrity friends from Harry Styles to Daisy Lowe. He once missed a show after he phoned in sick after a weekend partying in Istanbul to celebrate the opening of an outpost of the Soho House. Greg seems keen to put interaction with the listeners first, as per this profile by BuzzFeed.

It normally takes time for a new breakfast show to settle in. However, the first show got off to a very confident start and initial reviews are very positive. An achievement in itself.

euronews – One To Watch

Global news channels are bit like airport hotels. There’s a certain emptiness to them. As BBC World News and CNN International broadcast across multiple timezones, there is no sense of time or place in their output.

One of the lessor known channels is euronews. Based in Lyon, it was founded in 1993 and has a considerably lower profile than its rivals.

However, that may change shortly. NBC Universal, owner of NBC News in the US, acquired a stake in the channel last year. Deborah Turness, president of NBC News International, is overseeing a revamp of the channel that includes a new schedule of live programming and journalists in the field self-reporting on smartphones.

Before joining NBC, Deborah Turness was Head of ITV News and regularly beat the BBC and Sky to a number of scoops. There are already signs this is having an impact. When news broke of suspected terrorist attack in Westminster last week, a euronews reporter Vincent McAviney was already on the ground to film the immediate police response.

There’s more detail on euronews’ plans in a profile by The Drum.

euronews bulletins will also be shown on London Underground platforms such as Green Park and Oxford Circus.

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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 14 August 2018

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The Fox News Presidency

The symbiotic relationship between President Trump and Fox News has long been established.

The President is known to be an avid viewer of its morning show “Fox & Friends”. Many of his tweets can be traced back to Fox News “talking points”. Trump is also known to speak regularly to Fox host Sean Hannity who, every weekday evening, begins his show with an exhausting display of mental gymnastics in a monologue of some grand conspiracy involving Hillary Clinton.

The relationship between Fox News and the Presidency traces its origins even further. The founding CEO of Fox News, the late Roger Ailes, was an advisor to President Nixon and knew how to harness the power of television.

Now a former Fox News executive, Bill Shine, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications is producing Trump’s image as how Trump sees the Presidency: a TV show where its all about image, ratings and a simple narrative of winners and losers. (Seattle Times) (The Washington Post)

On a related note, on Thursday 16 August 2018, more than 100 US newspapers will publish an editorial criticising Trump’s anti-press rhetoric. (CNN Money)

The Tyranny Of Clickbait

We’re sure anyone reading this is familiar with the concept of “clickbait”.

Websites are heavily dependent on click-throughs from Google searches and social media, and many digital journalists paid according to clicks. This means there is no press release so ordinary that cannot be given the appearance of a major revelation with a clickbait headline: “This will surprise you/melt your heart”. “This is what happened…” “Here’s why…” The irony of course is when a website has a major exclusive, it simply shouts it.

Not only is it patronising to readers and disrespectful of their time, it is tiresomely predictable. Everybody is doing it. As The Drum notes everybody following the same rules is stifling creativity.

In the words of ad agency BBH, when the world zigs, zag.
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Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 7 August 2018

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Sky Wars

The long-running battle for ownership of Sky in Europe should reach a head this week.

Fox and Comcast have been locked in a bidding war for Sky after Disney launched a now successful bid for the entertainment assets of Fox. The deadline for Fox to launch a counter bid to Comcast expires this Thursday.

The New York Times reports on Disney’s advanced plans to launch its own streaming service dubbed “Disneyflix”. It is expected that as part of this Disney will remove much of its own content from Netflix.

Comcast it has to be said does not have the best of reputations in the US. We’ve experienced at first hand its broadband network outages. It also owns NBC which let go of journalist Ronan Farrow who had been working on one of the biggest stories to break in Hollywood – the expose of Harvey Weinstein. NBC News has also faced questions over its own workplace culture which led to the firing of Today Show presenter Matt Later last year.

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