An annual survey suggests developers are losing confidence in Valve

An annual survey suggests developers are losing confidence in Valve

Small developers are losing confidence that Valve is earning its 30% of Steam sales, according to a new survey. In 2017, 39% of developers agreed that Valve had earned its share, but that number has dropped to 11% in this year’s survey. Lars Doucet, who has run this survey for three years, is quick to note that these results are not scientific – but they do put numbers to issues developers have lately been in heated discussions over.

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Another analyst lowers iPhone sales forecast, this time cutting iPhone XS Max by nearly half

Another analyst lowers iPhone sales forecast, this time cutting iPhone XS Max by nearly half

Yet another analyst is cutting iPhone demand for the first quarter of 2019. As reported by Reuters, Citi Research has lowered its forecast from 50 million to 45 million for the quarter, primarily due to weak iPhone XS Max demand. While Citi is cutting its overall iPhone shipment forecast by 5 million, its iPhone XS Max forecast is seeing a much bigger hit. The firm is lowering its forecast for the 6.5-inch device by a whopping 48 percent for the first quarter of 2019.

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A $21,000 Cosmetology School Debt, and a $9-an-Hour Job

A $21,000 Cosmetology School Debt, and a $9-an-Hour Job

When she was in cosmetology school, Tracy Lozano had a love-hate relationship with weekday mornings. Those predawn moments were the only time she saw her infant daughter awake, and she savored them. When the time came to hand the baby to her own mother, she said in a recent interview, she would stifle her tears, letting them roll only when she had closed the door behind her.

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The year consumers fought back against rising Apple prices

The year consumers fought back against rising Apple prices

Apple has for years been a premium brand that rarely, if ever discounted products. Period. Every year, the company could raise prices on products, and consumers would not only happily pay, but stand in long lines for the privilege of doing so. So when Apple started putting misleading, but seemingly consumer-friendly posters in front of Apple Stores at the end of 2018 offering a new iPhone model for $300 off (with trade-in of your current phone), you know something different happened for the company this year.

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Apple still considering North Carolina campus, report suggests

Apple still considering North Carolina campus, report suggests

The 281-acre plot of land in Wake County, which Apple purportedly considered for a new campus earlier this year, was this week sold to a recently established LLC called Acute Investments, reports WRAL Tech Wire. Scott Levitan, CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, confirmed the sale concluded this week, but would not comment further on the deal. Apple is not officially attached to the purchase, but R. Bruce Thompson, a lobbyist connected to the tech giant, was named in the public documents. Thompson is Apple's local arbitrator when the company negotiates government incentives related to local job recruitment, the report said.

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Did Apple retail prices get too high in 2018? Consumers say way yes.

Did Apple retail prices get too high in 2018? Consumers say way yes.

Apple has for years been a premium brand that rarely, if ever discounted products. Period. Every year, the company could raise prices on products, and consumers would not only happily pay, but stand in long lines for the privilege of doing so. So when Apple started putting misleading, but seemingly consumer-friendly posters in front of Apple Stores at the end of 2018 offering a new iPhone model for $300 off (with trade-in of your current phone), you know something different happened for the company this year.

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It Looks Like the End has Finally Come to the Essential Phone

It Looks Like the End has Finally Come to the Essential Phone

It wasn’t the successful, industry-changing run we had all hoped for from the startup founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, but the Essential Phone might be done. After a good year and a half of price drops and flash sales after a rocky, expensive start, the Essential Phone has begun slipping away into unavailability land.

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TV antennas are making a comeback in the age of digital streaming

TV antennas are making a comeback in the age of digital streaming

Karl Rudnick, a retired 69-year-old mathematician who lives in Solana Beach, Calif., recently bought a second home outside Minneapolis to be close to family members. He did not have to draw on his knowledge of advanced calculus to reject the idea of paying for two cable TV subscriptions. “I talked to the cable companies and asked if there was a way to have one account,” Rudnick said. “There wasn’t, and all of a sudden I was looking at spending $300 a month just to have internet and TV.”

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