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    Child tax credit checks for babies to some 24 year-olds: Here’s how much money you’ll get for your kids

    Calculate how much money you could get from the expanded 2021 child tax credit. Sarah Tew/CNET Starting this July, the first of seven checks that are part of the child tax credit for 2021 should start going out to you — unless you opt out of the monthly payments. The payments authorized in March’s stimulus bill mean half of what you’re due will arrive throughout the second part of 2021, and the other half in 2022. How the IRS will split payment schedule and the qualification rules can be confusing. For example, if your adjusted gross income for 2021 is above a certain amount, you could get less money. CNET’s child tax credit calculator below can help…

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    AirTags in 2021: What to know ahead of Apple’s April 20 event

    Could we really see AirTags next week? Apple This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters. Siri spilled the beans on Monday about Apple’s next event on April 20, dubbed “spring loaded.” While we’re expecting new software (namely iOS 14.5) and hardware products (including AirPods 3), we’ve also got our eye out for — you guessed it — AirTags. Even though Samsung beat Apple to market with its SmartTag bluetooth trackers, the April event could finally usher in Apple’s tracker tech after the gadgets remained elusive last year. Earlier this month, Apple enabled third-party companies to locate lost items in its Find My app,…

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    Starlink explained: What to know about Elon Musk’s satellite internet venture

    The SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in May last year. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service/Getty Images When you think of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, chances are good that you think of his electric car company Tesla or his space-exploration venture SpaceX (to say nothing of his history of stirring up controversy on social media, or smoking weed with Joe Rogan). Maybe you just know him as the second-richest person on Earth (Jeff Bezos retook the top spot earlier this year).  Before long, though, something else might come to mind when you think of Musk: a venture called Starlink that seeks to sell internet connections to almost…