CDC releases updated “science based” school guidelines

Enlarge / Rochelle Walensky during the announcement of her nomination to head the CDC.

As the US approached the start of the school year in 2020, the guidance it received from the federal government was a mess. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a series of documents in late July that was a mix of evidence-based risk analysis and full-throated endorsement of having children back in school, with no consideration of risk at all.

Now, with a new administration in charge and promoting evidence-based policymaking, the CDC has revisited its advice on pandemic

Amazon Fire TV Cube review: It’s hip to be square


There’s no shortage of streaming devices. Whether it’s Amazon, Apple, Google, or Roku, there’s a streaming device for you. The Amazon Fire TV Cube is the company’s most robust offering and it competes directly with the Apple TV. It features top-of-the-line hardware, Amazon Alexa, and of course nearly all the content you could desire. While it may be the best of the best from Amazon, it still faces shortcomings that are worth pointing out. Find out what they are in the Android Authority Amazon Fire TV Cube review.

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Google updates its iOS YouTube app, the first update to one of its major iOS apps since December


Google has provided a bug fix to its iOS YouTube app, the first update to a major Google iOS app since December, 9to5Google reports. Although there’s been speculation that the reason for the lack of updates to iOS versions of Gmail, Docs, Search, and Photos is an attempt to avoid Apple’s new privacy labels, Google has explicitly denied that was the case. The company said in a January 12th blog post it would add the labels to its apps when updates were available:

As Google’s iOS apps are updated with new features or to fix bugs, you’ll see updates

Best President’s Day Sales 2021: Laptops, TVs, Video Games, and More


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While Presidents’ Day sales aren’t exactly known as a bastion of tech deals, today’s Dealmaster has found a few good discounts for those looking for new gadgets, games, and electronics gear.

Highlights from our roundup below include several deals on recommended Apple products, with the AirPods Pro marked down to $180—which is $60 off Apple’s MSRP and tied for the second-lowest price we’ve tracked—the 64GB iPad Air down to a new low of $540, and the MagSafe Charger for iPhone 12 down to a new low of $34.
Elsewhere, we have a handful of deals

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