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YOUTUBE LEARN­ING

SO many times I’ve made the mis­take of buy­ing my son a book to help him learn some skill – from play­ing gui­tar to learn­ing to draw. How old school of me... he al­ways tosses the printed word aside and heads for YouTube. There isn’t much you would want to learn how to do that isn’t fully ex­plained by some ex­pert or other on the video net­work.

But there’s a bit of an is­sue… de­spite the pop­u­lar­ity of ‘how to’ videos on YouTube, they are hard to make money from and cost a lot – in time if not money – to make.

And there are sus­pi­cions from YouTu­bers that the al­go­rithms which sur­face good videos favour short and snappy, so it’s also hard to get noticed. YouTube has now de­cided to do some­thing about it. It has launched YouTube Learn­ing, a chan­nel on the net­work de­voted to pick­ing up new skills, and has set aside around £15m to fund its own orig­i­nal videos as well as videos from in­de­pen­dent creators. Any­one can ap­ply for fund­ing, but you need at least 25,000 sub­scribers and be able to show you mean busi­ness. Some money has al­ready gone out, to the likes of TED-Ed and Crash Course, but there’s more to come. And with that cash will come much knowl­edge and many more new skills to dis­cover.

NEW IPADS ON THE WAY

JUST as the ru­mour mill has been pre­dict­ing for months, Ap­ple is to hold a spe­cial event next week, with the ex­pec­ta­tion that new iPad Pros may be on the way for Christ­mas. Word is they’ll take some de­sign cues and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions from the iPhone XS, so ex­pect to see no home but­ton, a notch on the front face, and an ex­cep­tional cam­era on the back. Mac en­thu­si­asts are also hold­ing out hope for a re­vamp of the longne­glected Mac Mini desk­top, and new iMacs.

The event is to be held on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30, and in a de­par­ture for Ap­ple, which nor­mally holds these events at or close to its Cal­i­for­nian Bay Area base, will take place in the Brook­lyn bor­ough of New York City.

Is there a new iPad Pro in the wings?

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