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LU STOUT: And that's a big headline. I mean, now that Apple is going to be nixing the iPhone headphone jack, how will users be able to listen to sound files from the new iPhone?

BURKE: So, a lot of people think that maybe it will just be as simple as being able to plug your headphones into the charging port. That would mean that you can't listen to your music around charge at the same time. Other people believe that Apple will have a set of wireless headphones, those are already available on the market from other companies. So, will they give it to you for free or will they charge for it? Or if you just are cheap or you want to stick to your old device, your old headphones, maybe a port here, rather an adaptor that you can just plug in so that it switches over to your charging port. I was trying out some of those at the tech show in Germany last week. They work great and only cost a few bucks, Kristie.

LU STOUT: Yeah, and old habits die hard. So, an adapter is a good solution there.

And Samuel, there's been some social media outrage to this change, but there's a lot of history to suggest that Apple is a leader for these big changes in tech, right?

BURKE: Change is always so hard, whether it's in your personal life or even with a device. But in the end, it seems to have always worked out in Apple's favor. You know, they got rid of the floppy disk drive, which was very controversial at the time. When the iPhone came out a lot of people thought that it would never work because it didn't have a removable battery. They said what are you going to do when your battery dies, clearly some of those folks were wrong.

And then they got rid of the DVDs in laptops and people thought they were nuts and then it became the industry standard.

So, people always ask me why are you covering all these Apple events? It seems like free advertising. But the truth is, Apple is an industry leader and that's why all eyes will be fixed on this event today and we'll be covering for you and seeing if they change the whole tech industry with some of these small changes.

LU STOUT: Yeah, and it's kicking off just a few hours from now. And you are there. Samuel Burke reporting live from San Francisco. Thank you, take care.

Well, Apple's new iPhone is sure to boast all the latest technology, some people are ditching their smartphones altogether. The so-called dumb phone users, such as, yes, the actor Eddie Redmayne, are opting for simple hand sets using them to just make calls.

CNN's Nina Dos Santos looks at this new trend switching off from a very connected world.


[08:35:30] NINA DOS SANTOS, CNN MONEY: Smartphones: always to hand, and always connected. Emails, social media, games, news, markets, sports, more games, music, photos, weather, it's information overload.

But many people are ditching their smartphones in favor of a simpler handset. In 2015, an estimated 44 million so-called basic phones were sold, accounting for 2 percent of the mobile market. That may not sound like a lot but it's still worth nearly $7 billion.

Leading the charge for change is Swiss-based Punkd whose CEO hopes that their device can help cut through the clutter of the modern world.

PETTER NEBY, CEO, PUNKD: It's not always good to be always online and always in the world of notifications.

DOS SANTOS: Punkd's stripped back phone does have a calendar, contacts book and alarm, but at its heart it's a phone.

NEBY: It's all about taking back the conversation. This whole element of, no one really knows how to talk any longer.

DOS SANTOS: I brought along my Blackberry and also my iPhone. There are features of these two devices that I use every day. How can people cope with just that?

NEBY: Well, that's -- that's exactly the point, isn't it? I think these smartphones are more computers that you can also talk from, and they're less it is built to having a conversation with. For instance I myself am a user of a smartphone and such a phone. And so I wouldn't give up my smartphone. But I just got more help from this to cut it out more often.

DOS SANTOS: And taking that step back seems to be getting the phone noticed. Sold out within weeks of its launch, it has the backing of design magazine Wallpaper.

ROSA BERTOLI, DESIGN EDITOR, WALLPAPER MAGAZINE: I think more and more people want simplicity in their daily lives, and design is a great tool to achieve this simplicity because the work of designers is basically making our lives easier and creating objects that are pleasant to use, pleasant to have around.

DOS SANTOS: Which means simple as well as smart, may be here to stay.

Nina Dos Santos, CNN Money, London.


LU STOUT: Now, we are also expecting big news from Sony. The company says a Playstation meeting is happening right after Apple's event. Now Sony is expected to unveil a new more powerful high-end version of the Playstation 4, reportedly code-named Neo. Now, it's not a completely new generation of game console, but it is expected to support 4k resolution and give a better virtual reality experience.

Now Gamers are also expecting to see a slimmer version of the PS4 and updates on Playstation VR.

You're watching News Stream. Still ahead, Fox is paying big to end a sexual harassment lawsuit, but this may only be the beginning of the network's problems.


[08:39:59] LU STOUT: Welcome back.

Now, the parent company of Fox News is paying $20 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. That suit was brought by former anchor Gretchen Carlson, but she isn't the only staffer to accuse ousted Fox News Chief Roger Ailes.

And amid all of this, long-time host Greta Van Susteren abruptly quit the network.

Brian Stelter has more.


GRETCHEN CARLSON, FRM. FOX NEWS HOST: Welcome to the Real Story. I'm Gretchen Carlson.

BRIAN STELTER, CNN INTENATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The real story behind Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes will now never see a courtroom. Fox's parent company announcing a bombshell $20 million settlement, made by the network on behalf of Ailes. Fox issuing a highly unusual statement saying we sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect that she and all our colleagues deserve.

Experts say the eight figure settlement will have ripple effects all across corporate America.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Multiple women were taping conversations with Roger Ailes.

STELTER: The settlements mean any audiotapes will now remain secret.

So the Murdochs are clearly trying to move on while Ailes is still fighting. He resigned under pressure in late July and now the GOP strategist turned TV boss is giving advice to Donald Trump, though not formally working for the campaign.

Today Ailes' lawyer, Susan Estrich (ph) pointedly saying he's not helping to pay for the settlement.

All told, more than 20 women reportedly spoke with the Murdochs' outside law firm about Ailes' alleged harassment.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These are stories that they did not even tell their families, their husbands, their children. I mean, these are incredibly personal stories.

STELTER: Ailes has denied it. But the aftershocks continue at Fox. One of the network's best-known hosts, Greta Van Susteren, exercising a clause in her contract letting her walk out the door now that Ailes is out.

She says on Facebook Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years. Now, she's looking for a new broadcasting job.

And as for Carlson, maybe there's advocacy work in her future. In a statement, she says she will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace.


LU STOUT: And that was Brian Stelter reporting.

And finally, it looks like any old map until you inspect it closely. An English company has released the marvelous map of actual Australian place names and I warn you now, many of those names cannot be mentioned in polite company.

Intercourse Island, and Lovely Bottom are just a couple of examples.

But the mapmakers say that Tasmania has the highest concentration of quirky names. And there are lots with the word bottom in them apparently.

And Australia is not the only country with naughty names, though. The company has also made maps for Britain, and the United States.

And that's is News Stream. I'm Kristie Lu Stout. But don't go anywhere, World Sport with Alex Thomas is next.


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