“Staggering and Tragic”: COVID-19 cases spike in US children, top 1 million

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Enlarge / Boston Medical Center Child Life Specialist Karlie Bittrich sees to a baby while in a pediatrics tent set up outside of Boston Medical Center in Boston on April 29, 2020.

As COVID-19 cases skyrocket throughout the country, cases are also spiking in infants, children, and adolescents, and the group is now sharing more of the disease burden than ever recorded.

Cases in the young jumped 22 percent in the two weeks between October 29 and November 12, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The week ending on November

Price-matching policies for Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others

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Nothing is more frustrating than buying a new computer, phone, game console, or backpack and finding out that you could have gotten it for a lot cheaper somewhere else. In order to keep customers happy — and prevent them from going elsewhere — many retailers offer price-matching policies where they promise to match a lower price that you’ve found elsewhere. They will also sometimes match themselves if you buy something that goes down in price a week later.

What follows are the price-matching policies for a variety of major retailers. There are a few things to make note of here.

Zepp Z review: A good-looking overpriced smartwatch

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It was only a few months ago that we posted our review of the first Zepp-branded smartwatch the Zepp E Circle. Now we’re back with the Zepp Z review: a second, more premium watch from the fledgling Amazfit sister brand.

The Zepp Z is a bigger smartwatch with a classic watch style. It beefs up the internals, adds in some new features, and fixes a few of the problems we had with the Zepp E Circle. However, all those new features and tweaks increase the price by a significant amount. It’s a bold move, and we’re not sure

Samsung’s rumored Galaxy S21 phone lineup is starting to make sense

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The crush of new hardware to review and discuss is beginning to wind down, but there are a few more gadgets to talk about over the next week. Believe it or not, though, it’s also time to start talking about 2021’s consumer tech. No, not CES, but Samsung. The company is widely expected to hold its Galaxy S21 event in January instead of the usual March.

How come? I don’t have any good guesses, but I think I’d be skeptical about COVID-related reasons. Samsung can move remarkably fast in bringing new products to market, but I bet its flagships are

Opolar LC-06 Laptop Fan Cooler review

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Most laptop coolers operate on a similar premise. You place your laptop on top and fans drive cool air into the intake vents. The cool air helps keep things under control and prevents overheating. Opolar, however, takes a different approach. Its laptop cooler product doesn’t shoot air into your machine. Instead, it draws air out of most laptops. The Opolar LC-06 Laptop Fan Cooler has a funky design and some neat features, but does it actually work? Let’s find out.

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What is the Opolar LC-06 Laptop Fan Cooler?

Opolar LC 06 in use

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PowerA GameCube Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch review

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If you’re of a certain age, you probably have fond memories of playing Super Smash Bros. Melee on your Nintendo GameCube. While die-hards likely still play it regularly, most folks have moved on to the more modern Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If you want to enjoy that new-school game in an old school way, the PowerA GameCube Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch is what you’re looking for.

In this PowerA GameCube Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch review, I’m going to tell you the very good reasons why you should grab one — as well as the good reasons to

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