iPhone sales could ‘get worse’ before they get better

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Yet another analyst thinks iPhone sales are going to struggle in 2019.
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Jefferies analyst Timothy O’Shea has added his name to the growing number of Apple watchers concerned about iPhone demand. His message? That Wall Street estimates remain too high, and that Apple’s situation, “could get worse before it gets better.”

Apple has lost more than one-fifth of its value since its $1 trillion record market cap earlier this year.

Here are all the challenges for 14 Days of Fortnite event

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14 Days of Fortnite kicks off today.
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Fortnite’s festive event for 2018 has kicked off, giving players the opportunity to unlock exclusive holiday rewards and play fresh limited-time game modes every day.

The challenges you’ll need to complete to earn those rewards will be revealed at 9 a.m. ET each day, but thanks to a new leak, we already know what to expect from 14 Days of Fortnite.

Boost your resume by getting certified in Microsoft Excel [Deals]

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Take a deep dive into Microsoft Excel, and come out with a highly marketable certification.
Take a deep dive into Microsoft Excel, and come out with a highly marketable certification.
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When it comes to appealing to potential employers, every bit of extra skill helps. And there are few skills more portable and marketable than mastery of Microsoft Excel. It’s used in countless offices, for everything from bookkeeping to contacts to project management and way beyond. So these Excel courses are a must-see for any digital professional.

France’s president wants to tax U.S. tech giants an extra $792 million

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Funds could help pay some of the emergency funds Macron recently announced.
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Beleaguered French president Emmanuel Macron is hoping to win back public favor by putting in place tax hikes on American tech giants doing business in Europe.

France has reportedly been working with other countries in the European Union to introduce a digital tax on companies including Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. The new taxes, set to be introduced in January, could pull in $792 million.

Today in Apple history: Apple crushes Think Secret rumors site

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Cupertino's battle with Apple rumors site Think Secret splits Apple fans.
Cupertino's battle with a rumor site splits Apple fans.
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December 19: Today in Apple history: Apple crushes Think Secret Apple rumors site December 19, 2007: Apple settles a lawsuit with reporter Nick Ciarelli, resulting in the shuttering of Think Secret, his masssively popular Apple rumors website.

Writing under the screen name Nick de Plume, Harvard student Ciarelli had broken a number of Apple stories on the site, which he launched in the late 1990s.

The terms of Ciarelli’s settlement with Apple remain secret. In a statement, he says he will “be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits.”

Twitter brings back the chronological timeline on iOS

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You can now view your Twitter timeline in reverse chronological order on iOS.

Twitter has been testing the feature, which lets you see the newest tweets first, for the past couple of months. Now it is being rolled out to all — starting with those on iOS.

Apple nets major tax break for new $1 billion Texas campus

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A look at Apple's forthcoming Austin, Texas campus.
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Update: Williamson County elected to award Apple tax breaks worth $16 million over 15 years. The Williamson County commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the deal. Another $25 million will come from the Texas Enterprise Fund.

Apple apparently netted itself a good deal for its newly announced $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. According to a new report, Williamson County could pay back 65 percent of property taxes to Apple in exchange for a long-term commitment to creating jobs.

The money would be paid in yearly installments. It would start when Apple hires 700 people, then continue for the next 15 years. In return, Apple would invest $400 million and hire 4,000 people for the new site.

Get the tools and knowledge to launch any Arduino project [Deals]

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Get all the resources you need to start building all kinds of Arduino projects.
Get all the resources you need to start building all kinds of Arduino projects.
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With Arduino, it’s possible to build almost anything you can imagine. Whether it’s wearables, apps, or robots, the freedom Arduino offers can be liberating or intimidating, depending on your skill level. So this bundle of parts and lessons is a great resource for anyone looking to break into Arduino.

HomePod glitter bomb punishes porch pirates

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Mark Rober wants thieves to think twice before swiping packages off a porch.
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Mark Rober already served the citizens of planet Earth by helping build the Curiosity rover currently roaming Mars. Now add holiday hero to his engineering credentials.

The ex-NASA engineer designed a series of revenge-bait packages that looked like HomePods — but showered unsuspecting thieves with glitter and deadly doses of fart spray.