Why Apple TV+’s Ghostwriter and Helpsters could be so important

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This is Apple's first attempt at reaching out to the lucrative kid market.
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We’ve got our first glimpse of what Apple TV+’s kid-friendly programming is going to look like — in the form of trailers for Ghostwriter and Helpsters.

Ghostwriter reboots a popular children’s mystery/fantasy series which originally ran from 1992 through 1994. It involved a group of diverse kids who solve crimes and mysteries with the help of a ghost, which can communicate only by rearranging letters and words to form sentences.

Helpsters, meanwhile, is a Sesame Street-style show all about learning to help. The question: Can both shows help Apple TV+ to be a success?

Senior UK Spotify exec jumps ship to Apple Music

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Austin Daboh will be Apple Music's new Head of Editorial in the United Kingdom.
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A Spotify executive described as “one of the most senior and best connected figures at Spotify’s UK HQ” has jumped ship to Apple.

Former BBC Radio 1 and Spotify employee Austin Daboh will act as the new Head of Editorial for the UK & Ireland at Apple Music’s London HQ. Daboh will shape Apple Music’s UK editorial and playlist ecosystem. In particular, he’ll be focusing on promoting new British artists.

Fortnite update adds new Party Hub, Split View support on iPad

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Chatting with friends couldn't be easier.
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Fortnite’s brand new Party Hub makes it easier than ever for mobile players to stay in touch with friends.

You can use it to chat to other players both inside and outside of the game. It will tell you which of your friends are online and let you start a party before jumping into a match on any platform.

Today in Apple history: iOS 7’s major redesign divides fans

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Here's how iOS 7(right) compared to iOS 6 (left).
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September 18: Today in Apple history: iOS 7's major redesign divides fans September 18, 2013: iOS 7 makes its public debut with a radical redesign that divides the tech world.

The biggest overhaul iOS had seen in years, iOS 7 ditches the skeuomorphic objects, dials, and textures of previous iterations. Instead, it boasts stark patches of whitespace, simpler icons, and more abstract controls for settings. The Jony Ive era of software design is truly underway.

Shot on iPhone 11 Pro video shows off Tokyo in its futuristic glory

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The iPhone 11 Pro boasts Apple's greatest iPhone cameras to date.
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The iPhone Pro 11’s dazzling trio of rear-cameras is one of the most praised features of the new phones in early reviews. Now we get to see the results for ourselves.

Filmmaker Andy To recently went to Tokyo and recorded a stunning 4K walking tour of the Japanese capital city. The results received praise from none other than Apple’s Tim Cook.

Apple explores using multi-user eye tracking for games and more

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A new patent shows Apple is looking into the possibilities of one computer following the eye movements of two people.
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A computer tracking where its user is looking isn’t that complicated, but eye tracking two people simultaneously is more challenging. Apple worked out a method, and sees the potential for games, security and even surgery.

iPhone 11 uses Intel’s last 4G modem

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The days when iPhones use Intel modems are almost over, but not yet.
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The end of the Apple’s war with Qualcomm didn’t come soon enough for this chip maker to get its 4G modems into the 2019 iPhone models. All three of Apple’s new handsets use a modem designed before Intel got out of this business.

Which possibly means this phone isn’t as fast as it could be.