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    COVID variant fears spur booster shot plans around the world. Here’s the latest update

    Medical studies say that vaccines still provide robust protection against the most dangerous effects of COVID-19 and its variants.  Sara Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. A new analysis published by the UK government’s scientific advisory group says it’s “almost inevitable” a COVID-19 variant will emerge that can resist vaccines, CNN reported Sunday. The analysis is theoretical in nature and has not been peer-reviewed. But it speaks to the deep chasm between those who have and have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, and fuels questions about what governments, public health organizations and vaccine-makers will do next to keep new cases…

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    iOS 14.7 will give the iPhone a few cool new features. Here’s what we know about it

    iOS 14.7 will give the iPhone a few cool new features. James Martin/CNET Apple’s iOS 14.6 update arrived in late May with new features including another way to locate lost AirTags trackers and high-fidelity Apple Music support. But we’re already looking ahead to iOS 14.7, currently available as a public beta.  iOS 14.7 appears to be another small update, which is not a surprise. The big update arrived with iOS 14.5 in April, which includes the ability to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, stop apps from tracking you for advertising purposes and choose from four Siri voices.  Here’s what we know about iOS 14.7 so far. Plus, check out…

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    The Bidens look enormous in viral photo with the Carters. Here’s why

    President Joe Biden is tall, but is he that tall? The president and first lady Jill Biden recently visited former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter in Plains, Georgia, and the two couples posed for a photo. But once The Carter Center shared the image, viewers began to notice something a bit strange. The Bidens look enormous, while the Carters look tiny, leading some to joke that it looks as if the First Couple is visiting a dollhouse. “Very oddly shot photo,” wrote actress Meredith Salenger, also noting the paintings of the Carter family hanging on the wall. “Besides it looking like a dollhouse. Or the Bidens…

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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…